Roday at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
|Born||James David Rodriguez
April 4, 1976
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
James Roday (//; born James David Rodriguez; April 4, 1976) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He starred on the USA Network series Psych as hyper-observant consultant detective and fake psychic Shawn Spencer.
Early life and education
Roday was born in San Antonio, Texas, as James David Rodriguez. He attended Taft High School in San Antonio. His father, Jaime "Jim" Rodriguez, is of Mexican descent, and his mother, Irene Rodriguez, is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Roday's father is now the regional catering manager of Taco Cabana.
At New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, Roday studied theatre and earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts. At the age of 22 he selected the professional name James Roday as there was already another "James Rodriguez" registered in the Screen Actors Guild.
Roday has acted in various theatrical productions, including Three Sisters, A Respectable Wedding, Severity's Mistress, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Extinction with his theater company, Red Dog Squadron, for which he also directed the play Greedy and wrote and directed the one-act play Sustenance. In December 2016 he starred. in the New York production of White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour.
He starred in the 2003 film Rolling Kansas, and appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of The Dukes Of Hazzard as Billy Prickett and the 2006 film Beerfest. Behind the scenes, he and writing partners Todd Harthan and James DeMonaco wrote the screenplay for the film Skinwalkers. The team also worked on a script for the film adaptation of the video game Driver. Roday directed his first feature film, Gravy in 2013, written by him and Todd Harthan.
Roday's television credits include starring roles on NBC's Miss Match in 2003 as "Nick Paine" and 2001's First Years as "Edgar 'Egg' Ross". The July 7, 2006 series premiere of USA Network's original series Psych (airing following the season premiere of USA's other comedic success, Monk) was the highest-rated scripted basic cable TV show premiere of 2006. It ran for 8 seasons.
After Psych, Roday starred in various pilots and independent films before focusing more and more on his work behind the camera. He has since directed episodes for Battle Creek (TV series), Rush Hour (U.S. TV series), Rosewood (TV series) and the upcoming SyFy show Blood Drive (TV series).
Awards and nominations
In 2006, Roday was nominated for the Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Psych by the Satellite Awards. He was listed as #62 in People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue in 2007. In 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Actor In a Comedy Television Series for Psych by the NCLR ALMA Awards.
His role as Shawn Spencer in Psych earned him an EWwy Award nomination in 2009 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2009, he was nominated by the ALMA Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Psych. In 2011, he was nominated again by the ALMA Awards for Favorite TV Actor-Leading Role for Psych. In 2010, he was nominated by the Image Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Psych for the episode "High Top Fade Out." In 2009 and 2011, he was nominated by the Imagen Foundation Awards for Best Actor-Television for Psych. Roday also won the award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 2nd Annual Timmys Awards in 2012, after being nominated the previous year, but lost to Hugh Laurie. In 2012, Roday won the award for Best Actor in a television series for Psych at the Imagen Awards.
Roday is the co-artistic director of the Red Dog Squadron, a Los Angeles theater company he co-founded with Brad Raider. In 2012, Roday, on behalf of Red Dog Squadron, and Black Dahlia Theatre artistic director Matt Shakman purchased the El Centro Theatre in Los Angeles, which is still undergoing renovations and will reopen under its original name "Circle Theatre." Roday dated fellow Psych co-star Maggie Lawson for eight years before she married actor Ben Koldyke in 2015.
|1999||Ryan Caulfield: Year One||Vic||Series Regular|
|2000||Believe||Bruce Arm / Agent Johnny||Short|
|2000||Get Real||Trent Sykes|
|2001||First Years||Edgar||Series Regular|
|2002||Rolling Kansas||Dick Murphy|
|2003||Miss Match||Nick Paine||Series Regular|
|2005||Don't Come Knocking||Mickey, First Assistant Director|
|2005||The Dukes of Hazzard||Billy Prickett|
|2006–14||Psych||Shawn Spencer||Also writer, director, and producer 2009–2014|
|2008||Fear Itself||Carlos||Episode: "In Sickness and in Health"|
|2009||Gamer||News Co-Host #1|
|2011||WWE Tough Enough||Himself||Episode: "I've Been Bamboozled & Flabbergasted"|
|2011||Love Bites||Jeff||Episode: "TMI"|
|2012||WWE Raw super show||Himself||Special guest ring announcer|
|2015||Gravy||Marty||Also director and co-writer|
|2015||Christmas Eve||B||Aka Stuck|
|2015||Baby Baby Baby||J.B.|
|2015||The Nerd Herd||Kip Mitchell||Aka The Brainy Bunch|
|2016||Pushing Dead||Dan Schauble||Lead|
|2009–14||Psych (TV series)||8 seasons|
|2014||Shoot The Moon||Pilot, also writer|
|2015||Gravy||Also actor and co-writer|
|2015||Battle Creek (TV series)||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|2015||Quest For Truth||Pilot, also co-writer|
|2015-16||Rosewood (TV series)||5 episodes|
|2016||Rush Hour (U.S. TV series)||Episode: "Knock, Knock... House Creeping!"|
|2017||Blood Drive (TV series)||Upcoming, 2 episodes|
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- "'Psych' star James Roday and Matt Shakman buy El Centro Theatre". latimes. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
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