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Also Known As: M. Jay Roach Died:
Born: June 14, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Mexico, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, second unit director

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A bespectacled, hormonally charged British spy and an accident-prone male nurse helped to make producer-director Jay Roach one of the most successful comedy filmmakers in motion picture history. He made his feature debut with "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997), Mike Myers' raucous spoof of 1960s pop culture, and later helmed both of its increasingly raunchy sequels, "Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999) and "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002). He immediately followed these with "Meet the Parents" (2000), which delivered the improbable comedy team of Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, as well as its sequel, "Meet the Fockers" (2004). The latter was the highest grossing comedy ever made, and paved the way for Roach to lend his talents to projects as a producer. He showed an equally golden touch in that capacity by overseeing such box office winners as "50 First Dates" (2004) and "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: (2006). In 2008, he showed that broad comedy was not the only color in his directorial palette by helming the Emmy-winning "Recount," a dramatization of the behind-the-scenes politics in the 2000 Presidential...

A bespectacled, hormonally charged British spy and an accident-prone male nurse helped to make producer-director Jay Roach one of the most successful comedy filmmakers in motion picture history. He made his feature debut with "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997), Mike Myers' raucous spoof of 1960s pop culture, and later helmed both of its increasingly raunchy sequels, "Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999) and "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002). He immediately followed these with "Meet the Parents" (2000), which delivered the improbable comedy team of Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, as well as its sequel, "Meet the Fockers" (2004). The latter was the highest grossing comedy ever made, and paved the way for Roach to lend his talents to projects as a producer. He showed an equally golden touch in that capacity by overseeing such box office winners as "50 First Dates" (2004) and "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: (2006). In 2008, he showed that broad comedy was not the only color in his directorial palette by helming the Emmy-winning "Recount," a dramatization of the behind-the-scenes politics in the 2000 Presidential election, followed with "Game Change" (HBO, 2012), an inside look at the 2008 presidential campaign. Roach's astounding track record, garnered over a remarkably brief period of time, showed him to be a filmmaker with an unerring knack for understanding and even developing moviegoers' tastes in 21st century comedy.

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  Game Change (2012)
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  Recount (2008)
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  Used Guys (2007)
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  Meet the Fockers (2004) Director
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  Meet the Parents (2000) Director
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  Mystery, Alaska (1999) Director

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Helmed the student film, "Asleep at the Wheel" while attending USC
1991:
Served as consultant to director Jessi Wells on the feature "Zoo Radio"
1993:
Wrote and co-produced with Pen Densham the sci-fi series "Space Rangers" (CBS)
1993:
Co-produced the TV-movie "Lifepod" (FOX), a sci-fi remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"
1994:
Co-wrote with John Rice and Joe Batteer the film "Blown Away"; co-produced by Densham
1996:
Produced "The Empty Mirror"; also served as 2nd unit director (released theatrically in 1999)
1997:
Feature directing debut, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" starring Mike Myers in the title role
1999:
Helmed the sequel "Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
1999:
Directed the hockey-themed, "Mystery, Alaska" starring Russell Crowe
2000:
Helmed the hit comedy, "Meet the Parents" co-starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller
2002:
Again directed Mike Myers in "Austin Powers: Goldmember"
2004:
Reunited with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller for "Meet the Fockers"
2005:
Produced the film adaptation of Douglas Adams' popular comic sci-fi novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
2006:
Co-produced with Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
2008:
Directed the HBO film "Recount" about the 2000 Presidential election fallout
2009:
Produced Sacha Baron Cohen's film "BrĂ¼no"
2010:
Produced and directed the comedy "Dinner for Schmucks," starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell
2010:
Produced the sequel to the hit comedy, "Meet the Parents," titled "Little Fockers"
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Education

Stanford University: Stanford , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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wife:
Susanna Hoffs. Musician, actor. Born c. 1969; formerly with the group The Bangles.

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mother-in-law:
Tamar Simon Hoffs. Screenwriter, director.
son:
Jackson Roach. Born c. 1995.
son:
Sam Roach. Born on November 10, 1998.

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