10 actors and actresses back from the brink
A look at bottomed-out A-listers who successfully re-ignited their careers
Early Success: Bateman's early successes were from his early life, as he became known for his roles in "Little House on the Prairie," "It's Your Move," "Valerie" and a handful of other opportunities starting as a pre-teen around 1981 and picking up high-profile teen roles throughout the '80s. He was one of the youngest directors ever in TV when helmed "The Hogan Family" for three episodes when he was only 18 years old.
The Brink: Isn't being a child star its own brink? His career felt the pangs of a box office flop, "Teen Wolf Too," in 1987, as he segued from teen characters to 20-somethings. While Bateman (born in 1969) continued to work in TV throughout the '90s, and signed on to several series that didn't manage to make it past their first seasons or beyond their pilots. Stints in made-for-TV movies like "This Can't Be Love" showed up on the rolls, but transitioning between childhood/teen heartthrob characters into scoring more adult scripts seemed like they were just out of Bateman's grasp.
The Comeback: "Arrested Development" became an instantly beloved comedy series when the Bluths bowed in 2003, with Bateman cast as "the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together," Michael Bluth. His dry wit and obvious draw as the frontman for the TV series relaunched him into films starting from then on out.
Did it take? It tells you something that, despite never achieving good network ratings, "Arrested Development" was revived for a fourth season via Netflix this year. There was something obviously special about that show and Bateman's role in it, which earned him Emmys, Golden Globes and TCA awards and nominations. After "AD" bowed, Bateman made his way into leading characters in "Juno," "Hancock," "Up in the Air," "Horrible Bosses" and "Identity Thief." Not only did he leave the "American child actor" curse behind, he remains in a whole new era of his career from out of cult-favoried comedy.