Roach was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father was a military worker. He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1975. He received a BA in economics from Stanford University in 1980 and later earned an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California in 1986. Jay Roach is a director, writer and producer in Hollywood. His directing credits include the Emmy-winning HBO film Recount, which earned Roach two Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Made for Television Movie in addition to a DGA Award. He also directed the HBO film Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, which premiered March 2012 as one of the most watched films in HBO history. The film also gave him his third Primetime Emmy Award. His other directing credits include Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Mystery, Alaska. Roach’s producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” His latest film was The Campaign (2012), a political comedy centred on competing congressional candidates, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.