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Jay Roach

Filmmaker Jay Roach has garnered a reputation as one of Hollywood's producer/directors with a magic comedic touch, having helmed a string of very funny and successful hits.

Roach made his directorial debut in 1997 with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, starring Mike Myers, following that with the sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Roach also directed and produced Meet the Parents and the follow-up, Meet the Fockers, starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. Prior to Parents, he also directed the wry and touching Mystery, Alaska, starring an ensemble cast headed by Russell Crowe.

In 2008, Roach won two Emmy Awards for both directing and producing the star-studded HBO made-for-TV film Recount, starring Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern and Tom Wilkinson, among many others. The film follows the Florida recount from Election Day in November 2000 through the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of George W. Bush over Al Gore five weeks later. Roach also won a Director's Guild Award for the film, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for producing. The film was honored with an AFI Award, being named as one of the top ten TV programs of 2008, and was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critic's Award for Best Picture Made for Television.

Recent producing credits include Sacha Baron Cohen's Academy Award-nominated "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Bruno, and Charlie Bartlett. Prior to that, he produced The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Roach is currently producing the third installment of the Fockers' films, Little Fockers, out December 2010.

A graduate of Stanford University, Roach received his Master's degree in film production from the University of Southern California.


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Jay Roach Facts

OccupationDirector, Producer
BirthdayJune 14, 1957 (60)
SignGemini
BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Awards2008 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special (for Recount)

Selected Filmography

Trumbo
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
The Campaign
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Pilot
Game Change
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Meet the Parents
Dinner for Schmucks
Meet the Fockers
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