While most people might easily recognize James Roday as an actor, he has fared well as a scriptwriter and even as a producer. This James ventured into acting shortly after he graduated from New York University where he obtained his degree in Fine Art. He rose to stardom after his stunning performance as Shawn Spencer in the television series, Psych. Over the years, he has starred in several other theatrical productions, movies, and television series.
Thus far in the course of his career, James Roday has written, directed, and produced films under his name. All you need to know about this amazing and super talented entertainer have been covered in this piece.
James Roday Biography
The American professional actor, movie director, and scriptwriter was born on the 4th of April, 1976, in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. His full birth name is James David Rodriguez and he is of mixed ethnicity as he has Mexican, Irish, English, and Scottish heritage.
His father Jamie Rodriguez was an Airforce Sergeant, the man also worked as the Regional Catering Manager of Taco Cabana. On the other hand, his mother Irene Rodriguez’s occupation isn’t known, this has given rise to speculations about her being a housewife.
Flipping over to his educational background, it is known that James Roday studied at the New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing, where he graduated with a degree in Fine Art. Upon graduation, he ventured into acting squarely and at the age of 22, he was forced to change his screen name from James Rodriguez to James Roday because someone else had already registered with James Rodriguez in the Screen Actors Guild.
James began his professional acting career when he starred in several theatrical productions like Three Sisters, A Respectable Wedding and Severity’s Mistress. He was the lead cast in Sexual Perversity in Chicago and was also in the 2016 play, White Rabbit Red Rabbit.
The talented actor made his first movie appearance in 1999, he was featured in the movie Coming Soon alongside Ryan Reynolds. Subsequently, he has starred in films like Rolling Kansas where he played the role of Dick Murphy, Providence wherein he portrayed Alexander Conrad and Showtime, where he played Maxis Cameraman. That’s not all, you will find James Roday as Billy Prickett in The Dukes of Hazzard, as a German Messenger in Beerfest, and as Zane in The Buddy Games.
James Roday’s prowess in sitcoms cannot be left out as he has starred in a plethora of them, including NBC’s Miss Match where he played Nick Paine, First Years in which he portrayed Edgar, Gray Mende in A Million Little Things, as well as the USA Network television series, Psych, where he played the role of Shawn Spencer for eight years
In addition to his acting career, James is also a writer, director, and a producer. He is known to have served as a producer for the television movie, Quest for Truth and also for some episodes of the sitcom, Psych. James Roday is also the writer and director of films like Shoot The Moon, Gravy, Treehouse, and several others.
His Former Partner – Maggie Lawson
An insight into James Roday’s love life shows that the American actor was dating his co-star, Maggie Lawson from Psych. The duo started dating in 2006 and enjoyed their relationship for a period of seven years before it emerged that they are no longer lovers.
After the breakup, Meggie got married to another actor, Ben Koldyle on August 8, 2015, but the marriage didn’t endure as much as everyone imagined, the couple went their separate ways in 2017.
To the best of our knowledge, James is currently single. Is he taking a break from being in love or just focusing on his career? We really don’t know.
What Is He Doing Now?
With the return of his breakthrough work in 2017, the American actor returned to the set of Psych, starring alongside Dule Hill and Timothy Omundson. He is said to have co-written Psych: The Movie (2017) with Steve Frank.
Currently, James is taking part in the ABC Drama series, A Million Little Things; he’s playing Gary Mendez in the series. This actor is expected to appear as Zane in 2019’s The Buddy Games and as Officer Duane in an Untitled Hollywood Hills Project which is set to be released in 2019.