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Jay Roach
Jay Roach (2013).JPG
Roach at the 2013 Peabody Awards
Mathew Jay Roach

(1957-06-14) June 14, 1957 (age 63)
Other namesM. Jay Roach
Alma materStanford University (BA)
University of Southern California (MFA)
Years active1986–present
(m. 1993)

Mathew Jay Roach (born June 14, 1957) is an American filmmaker. He is best known for directing the Austin Powers film series (1997–2002), Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), The Campaign (2012), Trumbo (2015), and Bombshell (2019).[1]

Roach earned critical acclaim for directing and producing the HBO political drama films Recount (2008), Game Change (2012), and All the Way (2016). He produced these films under his Everyman Pictures banner.[2] For his work, he has received four Primetime Emmy Awards from six nominations.

Early life and education

Roach was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father was a military worker.[3] He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1975.[4] 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.[5]


Roach made his directorial debut with the 1990 comedy film Zoo Radio. He received further recognition for the commercial successful spy comedy film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), starring Mike Myers as the title character. He returned to direct the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Roach also directed the sports comedy-drama film Mystery, Alaska, which was released in October 1999. He continued to direct critically and commercially successful comedies, including Meet the Parents (2000) and its sequel Meet the Fockers (2004), Dinner for Schmucks (2010), and The Campaign (2012). Roach expanded into other genres, directing the biographical period drama Trumbo (2015) and the biographical drama Bombshell (2019), which earned multiple Academy Award nominations.

Roach earned critical acclaim for directing multiple HBO political drama films. He directed Recount (2008), which earned him two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Television Movie, in addition to the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film. He then directed Game Change, about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, which premiered March 2012 as one of the most watched films in HBO history. The film earned him additions Primetime Emmy Awards in the same categories, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Peabody Award.[6] He also directed All the Way, which premiered in May 2016 and earned Roach two more Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the same categories.

Personal life

Roach is married to musician and actress Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, with whom he has two sons.[7] Roach was raised a Southern Baptist, and converted to Judaism before marrying Hoffs.[3]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1990 Zoo Radio Yes No No Credited as M. Jay Roach
1994 Blown Away No Associate Yes
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Yes No No
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Yes No No
Mystery, Alaska Yes No No
2000 Meet the Parents Yes Yes No
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Yes No No
2004 Meet the Fockers Yes Yes No
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Yes Yes No
2012 The Campaign Yes Yes No
2015 Trumbo Yes Uncredited No
2019 Bombshell Yes Yes No

Producer only


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1993 Space Rangers No Yes Yes Episode: "Fort Hope"
Lifepod No Yes Yes Television film
1997 Poltergeist: The Legacy No No Yes Episode: "Fear"
2004 American Candidate No Executive No 10 episodes
2005 Earth to America Yes No No Television special
2008 Recount Yes Executive No Television film
2012 Game Change Yes Executive No
2015 The Brink Yes Executive No 10 episodes
2016 All the Way Yes Executive No Television film
2019 Barry No No No Appeared as himself; Episode: "The Audition"
2020 Coastal Elites Yes Executive No Television film

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Television Movie Recount Won [8]
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Won
2009 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Won [9]
Golden Globe Award Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [10]
Producers Guild of America Award Best Long-Form Television Nominated [9]
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Television Movie Game Change Won [8]
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Won
2013 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Won [9]
Golden Globe Award Best Miniseries or Television Movie Won [11]
Producers Guild of America Award Best Long-Form Television Won [9]
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Television Movie All the Way Nominated [8]
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special Nominated
2017 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film Nominated [9]


  1. ^ Stanford Magazine, July/Aug 2007
  2. ^ "Jay Roach". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (July 20, 2010). "'Schmucks' Director Redefines the Term". The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Lane, Charlotte Balcomb (June 11, 1999). "Native son directs 'Austin Powers'". Albuquerque Journal. p. B1.
  5. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts Archived August 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Lazarus, Catie (June 5, 2013). "Talking to Jay Roach About 'Austin Powers', 'Meet the Parents', and Directing Big-Budget Comedies". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "No more manic Mondays". The Sun-Herald. September 5, 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c "Jay Roach". Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Jay Roach - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Recount". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  11. ^ "Game Change". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved January 10, 2020.

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