‘Arrested Development’ turns 20: Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Ron Howard then and now

Arrested Development, one of the quirkiest comedies of the early 2000s, premiered 20 years ago to the day.

Despite an all-star cast including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor and Ron Howard as narrator, and six Emmy wins, the show was canceled after just three seasons. It was returned for a fourth and fifth season years later on Netflix.

The show, which was executive produced by Howard and was influential in the early use of single-camera work for sitcoms, revolved around the wealthy, self-absorbed and eccentric members of the Bluth family who are shaken by the arrest of patriarch George Bluth. , played by Tambor, on fraud charges.


His cast "Arrested Development"

The cast of ‘Arrested Development’. (L. Cohen/WireImage)

Jason Bateman

Bateman played Michael Bluth, who struggles to keep his family together after his father is arrested. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work on the show. Since “Arrested Development,” Bateman has starred in several films including “Juno,” “Hancock,” Couples Retreat, “The Switch,” and “Horrible Bosses.”

Most recently, he starred in Netflix’s Ozark and the Nike/Michael Jordan film Air.

Bateman married actress and producer Amanda Anka, daughter of Paul Anka, in 2001, and the couple have two daughters: Francesca, 17, and Maple, 11.

A photo of Jason Bateman in 2004 and this year

Jason Bateman has starred in many films since ‘Arrested Development’. (Frederick M. Brown/Paula Lobo/ABC)

Jeffrey Tabor

Tambor played George Bluth, who was arrested for fraud in connection with his real estate empire in the first episode and was investigated for “low treason” for building housing for Sadaam Hussein, but was eventually acquitted. He also played his Oscar identical twin.

Tambor had roles in shows and movies like “City Slickers,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “There’s Something About Mary” before “Arrested Development,” and went on to star in Amazon’s “Transparent” — for which he received a Emmy – after the sitcom was canceled.

He also worked on 2009’s ‘The Hangover’.

Tambor was fired from “Transparent” in 2018 after sexual harassment allegations against him, but returned as George Bluth when the show moved to Netflix.

Tamor denied the accusations, saying, “I’m not that guy.”

He added at the time, “I apologize now if I made anyone, anyone feel vulnerable and I’m sorry.”

Jeffrey Tambor in 2004 and 2017

Jeffrey Tabor starred in “Transparent” after the show was canceled. (Jon Kopaloff/JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Will Arnett

Arnett played GOB (whom his character insisted was pronounced like the biblical Job), Michael Bluth’s older brother, a struggling professional magician.

After “Arrested Development,” Arnett went on to star in comedies including “Blades of Glory,” “30 Rock,” “BoJack Horseman” and the CBS sitcom “The Millers.”

He also voices Batman in the “Lego” movie franchise and narrates commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


Arnett married comedian Amy Poehler in 2003 and they have two sons Archie and Abel. After the couple split in 2016, the 53-year-old started dating Alessandra Brawn and the couple welcomed son Alexander in 2020.

Will Arnett in 2004 and 2023

Will Arnett went on to star in a number of comedies after Arrested Development. (Jon Kopaloff/Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

Portia Rossi

Portia de Rossi, 50, who played Michael’s twin sister Lindsay, was fresh off the legal drama ‘Ally McBeal’ when she landed the role.

She later went on to “Better Off Ted,” a recurring role on “Nip/Tuck,” and played Elizabeth North on “Scandal.”

De Rossi came out as gay in 2005 and married comedian Ellen DeGeneres in 2008.

Portia de Rossi in 2003 and 2023

Portia de Rossi moved on to shows like “Scandal” and “Nip/Tuck.” (Bill Davila/FilmMagic/Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for RH)

Michael Cera

Michael Cera, 35, played George Michael’s awkward teenage son, who has a secret crush on his cousin.

George Michael not only struggles with losing his mom at a young age, but he was also traumatized when he watched the HBO prison show “Oz” thinking it was the musical “The Wizard of Oz.”

“Arrested Development” eventually led to other awkward teen roles for Cera, including “Superbad,” “Juno” and “Scott Pilgrim v. the World.”


Most recently, he voiced Robin opposite Arnett’s Batman in “The Lego Batman Movie,” voiced the title character in the animated comedy “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” last year and was in the movie “Barbie.”

Cera also married his producer wife Nadine in 2018 and they had a son in 2021.

Michael Cera 2003 and 2023

Michael Cera was most recently in the movie “Barbie.” (Jim Spellman/WireImage/Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage)

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter, who played Michael’s estranged mother, Lucille Bluth, began her career in the 1960s with roles on shows such as “Route 66,” “The Fugitive” and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.”

She also starred in 1971’s Play Misty for Me opposite Clint Eastwood and 1966’s Grand Prix with James Garner. She voiced Mom Fran Sinclair in the 1991-1994 animatronic comedy “Dinosaurs.”

After “Arrested Development”, she played mom Elaine Robbins in “Retired at 35” and voiced Malory Archer, the mother of the lead character of the adult animated sitcom “Archer” and the former director of the spy agency where they worked from 2009. to 2021.

In 2021, Walter died at her home aged 80.

Walter was married to actor Ron Leibman from 1983 until his death in 2019 and had a daughter Brooke, 51, with her first husband Ross Bowman.


Jessica Walter in 2003 and 2017

Jessica Wlater died in 2021. (Barry King/WireImage/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Tony Hale

Mama’s boy Buster Bluth was played by comedian Tony Hale, 53, who later had recurring roles on “Chuck,” “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” “The 3:17 PM in Paris,” and played Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ personal assistant Gary Walsh on “Veep” from 2012 to 2019.

He also played would-be mayor Traske, a victim, in the 2022 “Hocus Pocus” sequel and the beloved Forky in “Toy Story 4.”

He married makeup artist Martel Thompson in 2003 and they have a daughter born in 2006.

Tony Hale in 2003 and 2023

Tony Hale also played the beloved Forky in the fourth part of “Toy Story” in 2019. (Barry King/Wireimage/Monica Schipper)

Ron Howard

Howard, who also executive produced the show, got his start as a child actor on shows like “The Andy Griffith Show.” As a teenager he moved on to “Happy Days” and “American Graffiti,” but eventually turned to producing and directing as an adult.

He directed Tom Hanks’ Apollo 13 in 1995 and won two Oscars for director and best picture for 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.

Most recently he directed Thirteen Lives, a film starring Viggo Mortensen about Thai cave rescue, and We Feed people, a documentary about chef José Andrés’ work feeding victims of global disasters.


Ron Howard in 2004 and 2023

Narrator and former child actor Ron Howard works mostly behind the camera now. (John Sciulli/WireImage for The jLINE Group, Inc./Randy Shropshire)

Howard married his actress wife Cheryl in 1975 and they have one son and three daughters, including “Jurassic World” star Bryce Dallas Howard.

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