Joe Roth

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Joe Roth
Joe Roth at Sounders Victory Rally, 2016.jpg
Roth in December 2016
Joseph Emanuel Roth

OccupationFilm director, chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993) and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000)
Years active1974–present
Donna Arkoff
(m. 1980; div. 2004)

Irene Oh
(m. 2006)

Joseph E. Roth[1] is an American film executive, producer and director. He co-founded Morgan Creek Productions in 1988 and was chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993), Caravan Pictures (1993–1994), and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000) before founding Revolution Studios in 2000, then Roth Films.

Early life[edit]

Roth was born to Frances and Lawrence Roth.[2] In 1959, Roth's father volunteered his son to be a plaintiff in the ACLU's effort to abolish mandatory prayer in public schools. The case, filed in New York, went through several appeals, finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. The Court ruled that such prayer was unconstitutional under the First Amendment, in the landmark case of Engel v. Vitale.[3]

Roth attended Boston University, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in communication.[1]


Over the course of his career, he has produced over 40 films, and has directed six to date, including 1990's Coupe de Ville, 2001's America's Sweethearts and 2006's Freedomland.

Roth, who was ranked 6th in Premiere Magazine's 2003 Hollywood Power List, produced the 76th annual Academy Awards. Roth announced that in October 2007, when Revolution's distribution deal with Sony Pictures ends, Revolution Studios will close and he will join Sony as a producer.

On November 13, 2007, Roth was introduced as the majority owner of a Seattle, Washington–based Major League Soccer franchise along with Paul Allen. Seattle Sounders FC—which calls CenturyLink Field home—began regular season play in 2009. On November 12, 2015, Roth passed on majority ownership to Adrian Hanauer.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Donna Arkoff whose father was movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff.[4] They have three children. They resided in a mansion designed by architect Douglas Honnold for Irish production designer Cedric Gibbons and Mexican actress Dolores del Río in 1929 in Los Angeles, California.[5]


All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1976 Tunnel Vision
1977 Cracking Up Executive producer
1978 Our Winning Season
1979 Americathon
1982 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
1983 The Final Terror
1984 The Stone Boy
Bachelor Party Executive producer
1985 Moving Violations
1986 Off Beat Co-producer
Where the River Runs Black
Streets of Gold
1987 P.K. and the Kid
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Executive producer
1988 Young Guns
Dead Ringers Executive producer
1989 Skin Deep Executive producer
Major League Co-producer
Renegades Executive producer
Enemies, A Love Story Executive producer
1990 Nightbreed Co-producer
Young Guns II Executive producer
The Exorcist III Executive producer
Pacific Heights Executive producer
1993 The Three Musketeers
1994 Angie Executive producer
Angels in the Outfield
A Low Down Dirty Shame
1995 Houseguest
The Jerky Boys: The Movie
Tall Tale
While You Were Sleeping
1996 Before and After Executive producer
2003 Tears of the Sun Executive producer
Daddy Day Care Executive producer
Hollywood Homicide Executive producer
Mona Lisa Smile Executive producer
2004 The Forgotten
2005 An Unfinished Life Executive producer
2006 Little Man Executive producer
2007 The Great Debaters
2010 Alice in Wonderland
Knight and Day Executive producer
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful
2014 Sabotage Executive producer
Heaven Is for Real
Million Dollar Arm
2015 In the Heart of the Sea
2016 Miracles from Heaven
The Huntsman: Winter's War
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Exorcist III: Legion Executive producer
2017 XXX: Return of Xander Cage
The Dreaming Man Executive producer
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
2020 Dolittle
2021 F9
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Peter Pan and Wendy
As director
Year Film
1986 Streets of Gold
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
1990 Coupe de Ville
2001 America's Sweethearts
2004 Christmas with the Kranks
2006 Freedomland
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role Notes
1974 The Conversation Production assistant
1988 Young Guns Presenter
Dead Ringers
1990 The Exorcist III
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1976 Tunnel Vision Player-Announcer
1977 Cracking Up Man
Production manager
Year Film Role Notes
1998 Armageddon Executive in charge of production
Year Film Notes
1995 Dead Presidents Special thanks
2002 Punch-Drunk Love
Gangs of New York
2009 Bandslam Thanks


Year Title Credit Notes
2004 76th Academy Awards Television special
2007 Demons Executive producer Television film
2011 Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza Executive producer
2010−12 Are We There Yet? Executive producer
2012−14 Anger Management Executive producer
2019 This is Football Executive producer Documentary
The Plot Against America Executive producer
Year Title Role Notes
1990 American Masters Special thanks Documentary


  1. ^ a b "B.U. Bridge". October 27, 2003.
  2. ^ New York Civil Liberties Union: "Obituary: Steven Engel, Plaintiff in Landmark School Prayer Case" February 6, 2008
  3. ^ Hammer, Joshua. "The Sly Dog at Fox". Newsweek, May 25, 1992.
  4. ^ New York Times: "Samuel Z. Arkoff, Maker of Drive-In Thrillers, Dies at 83" By ALJEAN HARMETZ September 19, 2001
  5. ^ Brown, Patricia Leigh (February 29, 2008). "A Moderne Masterpiece Revived". Architectural Digest. Retrieved January 14, 2017.

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