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Mathew Jay Roach (born June 14, 1957) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for directing the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents.[1] He also directed the comedy film Dinner for Schmucks (2010), the HBO political dramas Recount (2008), Game Change (2012) and All the Way (2016), and the political comedy The Campaign (2012). His twelfth film, the biographical drama Trumbo, was released on November 6, 2015. He produced these films under his Everyman Pictures banner.[2]

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Roach at the 2013 Peabody Awards
Mathew Jay Roach

(1957-06-14) June 14, 1957 (age 62)
Other namesM. Jay Roach
Alma materStanford University
University of Southern California
OccupationFilm director, film producer and screenwriter
Years active1986–present
Susanna Hoffs (m. 1993)

Early life and educationEdit

Roach was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father was a military worker.[3] He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1975.[4] He received a BA in economics from Stanford University in 1980 and later earned an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California in 1986.[5]


His directing credits include the Emmy-winning HBO film Recount, which earned Roach two Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Made for Television Movie in addition to a DGA Award. He also directed the HBO film Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, which premiered March 2012 as one of the most watched films in HBO history. The film also gave him his third and fourth win Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special & Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, as well as a Golden Globe and Peabody Award. His other directing credits include Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Mystery, Alaska.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Roach is married to musician/actress Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, with whom he has two sons.[7] Roach was raised a Southern Baptist, and converted to Judaism before marrying Hoffs.[3]



Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1993 Zoo Radio Yes No No Credited as M. Jay Roach
1994 Blown Away No No Yes
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Yes No No
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Yes No No
Mystery, Alaska Yes No No
2000 Meet the Parents Yes Yes No
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Yes No No
2004 Meet the Fockers Yes Yes No
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Yes Yes No
2012 The Campaign Yes Yes No
2015 Trumbo Yes uncredited No
2019 Bombshell Yes Yes No

Producer only


Year Film Director Executive
2008 Recount Yes Yes TV movie
2012 Game Change Yes Yes
2015 The Brink Yes Yes Episode: "Pilot"
2016 All the Way Yes Yes TV movie
2019 Barry No No Actor, himself, one episode: "The Audition" (season 2, episode 7)


  1. ^ Stanford Magazine, July/Aug 2007
  2. ^ "Jay Roach". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (July 20, 2010). "'Schmucks' Director Redefines the Term". The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Lane, Charlotte Balcomb (June 11, 1999). "Native son directs 'Austin Powers'". Albuquerque Journal. p. B1.
  5. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts Archived August 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Lazarus, Catie (June 5, 2013). "Talking to Jay Roach About 'Austin Powers', 'Meet the Parents', and Directing Big-Budget Comedies". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "No more manic Mondays". The Sun-Herald. September 5, 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2010.

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