James Roday

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James Roday

Roday at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2009
BornJames David Rodriguez
(1976-04-04) April 4, 1976 (age 36)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Maggie Lawson (2006-present)
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James Roday

Roday at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2009
BornJames David Rodriguez
(1976-04-04) April 4, 1976 (age 36)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Maggie Lawson (2006-present)

James Roday (pronounced /roʊˈdeɪ/; born April 4, 1976) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He currently stars on the USA Network series Psych as hyper-observant consultant detective and fake psychic Shawn Spencer.


Personal life

Roday was born in San Antonio, Texas as James David Rodriguez.[1] He attended Taft High School in San Antonio.[2] His father is of Mexican descent and his mother is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Roday's father, Jaime "Jim" Rodriguez, worked for Boardwalk Auto Group. Rodriguez is now the regional caterer manager of Taco Cabana. [3][4] Roday's father has remarried and has a daughter named Lisette who aspires to be an actress in Waxahachie, TX.

At New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, Roday studied theater and earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts.[5] 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.[2]

Roday is the co-artistic director of Red Dog Squadron, a Los Angeles theater company he co-founded with Brad Raider.[6][7] Roday has been in a relationship with Psych co-star Maggie Lawson since 2006.[6][8][7]


Roday has acted in various theatrical productions, including Three Sisters, Twelfth Night as Sebastian, A Respectable Wedding, Severity's Mistress, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago with his theatre company, Red Dog Squadron. 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 is set to direct the film Gravy, which he and Harthan wrote, currently in pre-production with Infinity and Gold Circle Films.[citation needed]

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.[9]

BuddyTV ranked him #89 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[10] In 2012, Roday served as the special guest ring announcer for the CM Punk vs. The Miz match on the 12 March edition of WWE Raw SuperShow.[11]

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.[8]

His role as Shawn Spencer in Psych earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2009 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2009 he was nominated by the ALMA Awards for Oustanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Psych. In 2011 he was nominated 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.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1999Coming SoonChad
Ryan Caulfield: Year OneVic
2000BelieveBruce Arm/Agent Johnny
Get RealTrent Sykes
2001Thank HeavenReceptionist
First YearsEdgar 'Egg' Ross
ProvidenceAlexander Conrad
Showtime'Maxis' Cameraman
2003Rolling KansasDick Murphy
Miss MatchNick PaineSeries Regular
2005Don't Come KnockingMickey, First Assistant Director
The Dukes of HazzardBilly Prickett
2006BeerfestGerman Messenger
2006-presentPsychShawn SpencerProducer 2009–Present
2008Fear ItselfCarlosEpisode: "In Sickness and in Health"
2009GamerNews Co-Host #1
2011WWE Tough EnoughHimselfEpisode: "I've Been Bamboozled and Flabbergasted"
2011Love BitesJeffEpisode: "TMI"
2012WWE Raw SuperShowHimselfSpecial guest ring announcer


  1. ^ Lee Hernandez (12 October 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: ‘Psych' Star James Roday Explains Why He Changed His Latino Last Name for Hollywood". Latina. http://www.latina.com/entertainment/tv/exclusive-psych-star-james-roday-explains-why-he-changed-his-latino-last-name-holly. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Martinez, Kiko. "Psych out". Hispanic Magazine. http://hispaniconline.com/HispanicMag/2008_08/LatinForum-Film.html. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.waxahachietx.com/news/waxahachie/psych-star-james-roday-s-reel-take-on-life-family/article_55c0d1ce-630d-11e1-af52-001871e3ce6c.html
  4. ^ http://www.latina.com/entertainment/tv/exclusive-psych-star-james-roday-explains-why-he-changed-his-latino-last-name-holly
  5. ^ Roberts, Robin (August 9, 2007). "Psych's Two Sleuths Reveal Their Poker Faces". TV Guide.
  6. ^ a b Tarnoff, Brooke (February 9, 2010). "'Psych' Star James Roday Is a Big, Fat Liar". PopEater. http://www.popeater.com/2010/02/09/psych-james-roday-maggie-lawson. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Lufkin, Bryan (July 7, 2010). "James Roday, Steve Franks Promise "Twin Peaks" Episode of Psych". Starpulse.com. http://www.starpulse.com/news/Bryan_Lufkin/2010/07/07/james_roday_steve_franks_promise_twin_. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Dare, Johnny (June 25, 2009). "Interview: James Roday". freejohnnydare.com. http://www.freejohnnydare.com/fjd/2009/06/interview-james-roday-6-25-09/comment-page-1/. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ Reuters (July 11, 2006). "Psych premiere sets basic cable mark". TV.com. http://www.tv.com/psych/show/59369/story.html?story_id=5278&tag=headlines;title;1. 
  10. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/white-collar/tvs-100-sexiest-men-of-2011-29104.aspx. Retrieved March 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "WWE Champion CM Punk def. The Miz". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2012-03-12/wwe-raw-supershow-results/page-5. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 

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