Arrested Development cast ages: How old was the cast then (and now)?

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Ever since its premiere on Fox in November 2003, Arrested Development has been a cult favorite comedy series. Initially, the underrated sitcom ran for three seasons on the broadcast network before Netflix revived the series in 2013 and produced two more seasons.

Of course, Arrested Development centers on the eccentric and comically chaotic Bluth family and boasts a cast full of huge stars like Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jessica Walter, and more amazing guest stars than you could ever imagine.

Because the series began back in 2003 and came to an end on Netflix in 2019, the Bluth family’s story spanned across two different decades. While watching the show in the 2020s, you might be wondering how old the cast was in season 1 compared to in season 5. Here’s a guide to the cast’s ages throughout the series!

How old was Jason Bateman in Arrested Development?

Jason Bateman was born on Jan. 14, 1969, making the Michael Bluth actor 54 years old as of 2023. When the Ozark star first started portraying Michael in 2003, he was 34 years old, and when the show made a comeback on Netflix in 2013, he was 44. Arrested Development season 5 finished airing in March 2019 when Bateman was 50 years old.

How old was Portia de Rossi in Arrested Development?

Portia de Rossi was born on Jan. 31, 1973, making the retired Australian-American actress 50 years old as of 2023. When de Rossi (who took her wife Ellen DeGeneres’ last name legally) started playing Lindsay Bluth Fünke in 2003, she was 30 years old, and she was 40 when the cast reunited for season 4 in 2013. When season 5 finished in 2019, de Rossi was 46.

How old was Will Arnett in Arrested Development?

Will Arnett was born on May 4, 1970, meaning the Canadian actor and Gob Bluth star will turn 53 years old in 2023. When the BoJack Horseman voice actor brought the magician to life in Arrested Development’s first season in 2003, he was 33 years old, making him 43 when the cast returned for season 4 and 49 when season 5 completed its run.

How old was Michael Cera in Arrested Development?

Michael Cera was born on June 7, 1988, making the George Michael Bluth star 34 years old as of March 2023, the same his on-screen dad Jason Bateman was when the series premiered. In 2003, Cera was only 15 years old, and by the time the cast came back for season 4, the Superbad and Juno actor was 25 years old. When season 5 ended in 2019, Cera was nearly 32.

How old was Alia Shawkat in Arrested Development?

Alia Shawkat was born on April 18, 1989, which means the Maeby Fünke actress will turn 34 years old in April 2023. When the Search Party star first started playing the daughter of Lindsay and Tobias in 2003, she was 14 years old, making her about 24 when season 4 premiered in 2013. Shawkat had just turned 30 when season 5 finished airing in 2019.

How old was Tony Hale in Arrested Development?

Tony Hale was born on Sept. 30, 1970, making the Emmy Award-winning Veep star 52 years old as of March 2023 and the same age as his on-screen brother Will Arnett. When the comedy series premiered on Fox in 2003, Hale was 33 years old, and when season 4 dropped on Netflix 10 years later, he was 43. The Buster actor was 49 years old.

How old was David Cross in Arrested Development?

David Cross was born on April 5, 1964, meaning the comedian and Tobias Fünke actor will be turning 59 in April 2023. When the Mr. Show vet first started bringing Lindsay’s quirky husband to life in 2003, he almost 40 years old, making him nearly 50 when the Netflix era began. Cross about 55 when the fifth season finished running in 2019.

How old was Jeffrey Tambor in Arrested Development?

Jeffrey Tambor was born on July 8, 1944, making the George Bluth Sr. actor and Transparent star 78 years old as of March 2023. When he first started portraying the Bluth patriarch in 2003, he was almost 60 years old, which made him almost 70 when season 4 dropped on Netflix. In 2019, Tambor was about 75 years old during the fifth season.

How old was Jessica Walter in Arrested Development?

Jessica Walter was born on Jan. 31, 1941, making the iconic Lucille Bluth star and Emmy Award-winning actress 62 years old when the series premiered in 2003. She was about 72 when season 4 arrived on Netflix in 2013 and 78 when season 5 ended in 2019. Walter sadly passed away at the age of 80 in March 2021

Watch all five seasons of Arrested Development now on Netflix!

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