Became recognized to viewers for his part because the observant psychic impersonator Shawn Spencer about USA’s Psych. He previously previous function in films such as for example Beerfest as well as the Dukes of Hazzard. Given birth to Wayne David Rodriguez, he performed his first film role at age 18 within the 1999 film JUST AROUND THE CORNER. He previously his first repeating television role around the episode series Initial Years in 2001. He was nominated for any Satellite Honor for Best Acting professional in a string, Humor or Musical for Psych. He started dating celebrity Maggie Lawson in 2006. He acted alongside Alicia Silverstone within the 2003 Television series Mismatch.
Full Name James Roday
Date Of Birth April 4, 1976
Place Of Birth San Antonio, TX
Height 1.75 m
Profession TV Actor
Education William Howard Taft High School, New York University
Nominations ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor, Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, ALMA Award for Year in TV Comedy - Actor
Movies The Dukes of Hazzard, Rolling Kansas, Gravy, Pushing Dead, Christmas Eve, Beerfest, Skinwalkers, Repli-Kate, Don't Come Knocking, Gamer, Baby, Baby, Baby, Coming Soon, Showtime, Thank Heaven, A Christmas Tail
TV Shows Psych, Miss Match, First Years, Ryan Caulfield: Year One
Directed a play called "Greedy" for his theatre company, Red Dog Squadron, in Los Angeles, California. [January 2010]
Decided to use the last name "Roday," since there was already someone named James Rodriguez in the Screen Actors Guild.
Used to be in a band called Dogberry when he was younger.
Friend of Dana Ashbrook, whom he directed in his 2004 play "Sustenance." Ashbrook starred in Roday's favorite show Twin Peaks (1990) and guest-starred in the Psych (2006) episode that Roday wrote as an homage to "Twin Peaks." According to Roday, Ashbrook was instrumental in helping some of the pieces fall in place for the episode.
Co-artistic director of the theater company Red Dog Squadron, which he founded in 1999 with friend Brad Raider.
BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1997).
Look at every show on television; it's derivative of another show that came before it. It was only a matter of time. So all you 'Mentalist' fans, it's okay to like the show, but don't be in denial of where it came from. Friday nights, U.S.A., basic cable-style baby.
My plan was to go to New York and do some theatre, and then I got the script for 'Psych.' I was like, 'Ahh - just as I thought I was out, you pulled me back in!' I had a great meeting with the show creator and we laid out the parameters to make the show work: what I would do, what he would let me do.
When he came to television, there was no way I wasn't going to watch. Of course, he delivered everything that you would expect David Lynch to deliver, and more, and he was doing it in primetime network television. Even as a 14-year old, I wanted someone in the room with me that I could look over and say, 'Can you believe we're watching this?'
I remember one night, my parents were out at a function of some kind and I had just gotten cable in my room. That was a big deal, and I saw 'Blue Velvet' on HBO. It blew my mind in a way that I don't think children's minds are supposed to be blown, but they probably shouldn't be watching 'Blue Velvet.'
I was a strange, dark little dude. I fell in love with horror movies, at a very early age. Somehow, as a first grader, I was able to convince my parents to let me go see stuff like 'An American Werewolf in London' in theaters, so I was headed in that direction anyway.
I would say I'm more fascinated by Big Daddy V than I am necessarily a huge fan of Big Daddy V. He simply threw on the double-strapped unitard... and now he's some sort of fearsome, fighting, wrecking machine.
I would say I've actually done a lot more comedy than I've done drama. It's weird the way that worked out, because when I came out of theater school I took myself way too seriously, so it's kind of ironic that I ended up sort of going down the comedy path.
Leonardo Dicaprio didn't change his name, Emilio Estevez didn't change his name. But every case is different. I only have one reference of what my career was and I was very, very blessed and very, very lucky, and it got started very quickly after college. And I only know that by going with Roday.
Have I ever pretended to be something? I think back in college I think I might have told a girl that I was a professional tennis player once. And then, of course, she had never heard of me so I had to dig deeper. 'I'm just sort of on the playing satellites. You know, I'm kind of working my way up. I'm not ranked in the top 100 or anything.'
I always say David Bowie, that's sort of like my stock answer to every question regarding who I'd like to have come on the show, who I'd like to sing our theme song, who I'd like to meet for coffee in a completely unrelated non-'Psych' atmosphere. He's just the God, he's the man and I think we could probably make really good use of him on our show.
I came from Texas, I was studying theater at NYU, and I thought for sure that my lot in life would be to get the best bartending job I could find and do theater in New York. And that was a good life.
I did nothing but theater until, I guess, '99. I was all the way through college the first time that I had stepped in front of a camera. And it's weird; it's definitely a transition.
I get star-struck anytime I meet performers that I grew up watching and appreciating. I mean, it's still incredibly surreal to me that I was a kid in San Antonio watching movies and then now I'm working with some of the people that were in those movies. I don't think it'll ever stop being surreal on some level.
They just think I'm a white dude. Every once in a while someone thinks I'm Jewish. I get a lot of stuff, but never Latino.
'Twin Peaks' is my favorite show of all time.
I usually just pick a genre of movie that I feel like saluting and then go off and come up with something that I can sort of pay homage to. That's the great thing about our show is we've sort of created a landscape for 'Psych' where we're kind of allowed to go off and give shout-outs to movies that we love, genres that we love.
I'm a sports fanatic. It's hard for me to commit to the weekly, episodic nature of television, so for me, anytime that I can put a game on, that's what I do.
And I have to say, for the record, my favorite line from 'Without A Clue' is after Michael Caine pokes a dead body with a stick and announces to everyone, 'It is my opinion that this man is dead.'
Actors geek out over athletes. Everyone knows that.
I think what we do is fairly unique on 'Psych,' and we just have to keep doing that because that's what got us where we are.
I'd describe 'Psych' as 'Real Genius' meets 'Django Unchained.'
Kids love watching adults act like children. It's that spirit they can relate to.
My father is Jaime Rodriguez from San Antonio, Texas, and I've got one whole half of my family that's Mexican through and through.
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