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Also Known As: Joseph E Roth Died:
Born: June 13, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: executive, producer, director, movie booker, production assistant, lightboard operator

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Joe Roth studied communications at Boston University before settling in San Francisco where he first found employment as a production assistant on commercials and feature films and later as a booker for United Artists. At the same time, the native New Yorker began an association with the Pitchel Players, an improvisational comedy group like Chicago's Second City, that led to his eventually producing the troupe's shows. In 1974, the Players relocated to L.A. and Roth, utilizing then-unknown comic actors like Chevy Chase, Howard Hesseman and Laraine Newman, produced his first film, "Tunnelvision". A spoof of TV programming made for $250,000, the film went on to gross around $17 million. Roth went on to produce such diverse features as "Our Winning Season" (1978), "Bachelor Party" and Christopher Cain's "The Stone Boy" (both 1984). He made his directorial debut with the boxing melodrama, "Streets of Gold" (1986) and went on to helm "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise" (1987) and "Coupe de Ville" (1990). In 1987, he and James G. Robinson co-founded the Morgan Creek independent production company, responsible for such films as "Young Guns" and "Dead Ringers" (both 1988), "Enemies, A Love Story"...

Joe Roth studied communications at Boston University before settling in San Francisco where he first found employment as a production assistant on commercials and feature films and later as a booker for United Artists. At the same time, the native New Yorker began an association with the Pitchel Players, an improvisational comedy group like Chicago's Second City, that led to his eventually producing the troupe's shows. In 1974, the Players relocated to L.A. and Roth, utilizing then-unknown comic actors like Chevy Chase, Howard Hesseman and Laraine Newman, produced his first film, "Tunnelvision". A spoof of TV programming made for $250,000, the film went on to gross around $17 million. Roth went on to produce such diverse features as "Our Winning Season" (1978), "Bachelor Party" and Christopher Cain's "The Stone Boy" (both 1984). He made his directorial debut with the boxing melodrama, "Streets of Gold" (1986) and went on to helm "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise" (1987) and "Coupe de Ville" (1990). In 1987, he and James G. Robinson co-founded the Morgan Creek independent production company, responsible for such films as "Young Guns" and "Dead Ringers" (both 1988), "Enemies, A Love Story" and "Major League" (both 1989) and "Pacific Heights" (1990).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Freedomland (2006) Director
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  America's Sweethearts (2001) Director
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  Coupe de Ville (1990) Director
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  Revenge of the Nerds II (1987) Director
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  Streets Of Gold (1986) Director

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Raised on Long Island, New York
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Planned to attend law school at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California; changed mind at last minute
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Began career as production assistant on San Francisco-produced commercials and features; also worked as movie booker for United Artists
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Lighting operator, then producer, for Pitchel Players improvisational group
1974:
Moved Pitchel Players to Los Angeles, leased Ashgrove (now Improvisation) Theatre
1976:
First film as producer, "Tunnelvision", in which he also appeared
1986:
First film as director, "Streets of Gold"
1987:
Co-founder, with James G Robinson, of Morgan Creek Productions
1989:
Appointed chairman of Fox Film Corporation, newly-formed theatrical film unit of 20th Century-Fox Film Corp.; was also named head of News Corporation unit
1992:
Announced resignation from Fox to form an independent film division with Disney (effective January 1, 1993); founded Caravan Pictures with partner Roger Birnbaum; announced ambitious plan to release up to 10 films per year under Caravan banner
1994:
Appointed chairman of Walt Disney Motion Pictures, replacing a departed Jeffrey Katzenberg
1996:
Shut down Hollywood Pictures as a production company, although it would continue to act as a releasing label
2000:
Announced resignation from Disney (January)
2000:
Formed Revolution Pictures, with funding from Sony Pictures, Liberty Media's Starz Encore Group and Fox Broadcasting
2001:
Debut feature for Revolution Pictures, "Tomcats"
2001:
Directed the comedy "America's Sweethearts" from a script by Billy Crystal and starring Julia Roberts, and Catherine Zeta-Jones
2004:
Directed Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks"
2006:
Directed the drama "Freedomland," starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore and Edie Falco
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Education

School of Public Communications, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1970

Notes

"I want to own a movie company that's focused simply on making movies, and I want the Internet to also be a component of the company," said Roth, who hopes to put out five pictures a year. (From The Hollywood Reporter, January 13, 2000)

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wife:
Mary Roth. Divorced.
wife:
Donna Roth. Producer. Born in 1951; produced "Benny & Joon" and "Unstrung Heroes"; daughter of producer Samuel Z Arkoff.

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father:
Larry Roth. Plastics manufacturer.
mother:
Frances Roth. Psychiatric nurse.
brother:
Dan Roth. Became estranged when Roth joined a cult during his early years in Hollywood.
daughter:
Alexis A Roth. Born in 1981; died in 1983 of sudden infant death syndrome.
son:
Zachary Roth. Born in 1984.
daughter:
Julia Roth. Born in 1989.
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