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Joseph E. "Joe" Roth[1] (born 1948) is an American film executive, producer and director. He co-founded Morgan Creek Productions in 1988 and was chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–93), Caravan Pictures (1993–94), and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000) before founding Revolution Studios in 2000, then Roth Films.

Joe Roth
Joe Roth at Sounders Victory Rally, 2016.jpg
Joe Roth in December 2016
Born 1948 (age 69–70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director, chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993) and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000)
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Donna Arkoff
Children 3


Early lifeEdit

Roth was born in New York City, the son of Lawrence Roth, a foreman at a plastics plant,[2] and Frances Roth.[3] Roth is of Jewish heritage.[4] In 1959, Roth's father volunteered his son to be a plaintiff in the ACLU's effort to abolish mandatory prayer in public schools. The case, filed in New York, wound its way through the system, finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. The Court ruled that such prayer was unconstitutional under the First Amendment, in the landmark case of Engel v. Vitale.[5]

Roth attended Boston University, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in communication.[1]


Over the course of his career, he has produced over 40 films, and has directed six to date, including 1990's Coupe de Ville, 2001's America's Sweethearts and 2006's Freedomland.

Roth, who was ranked 6th in Premiere Magazine's 2003 Hollywood Power List, produced the 76th annual Academy Awards. Roth announced that in October 2007, when Revolution's distribution deal with Sony Pictures ends, Revolution Studios will close and he will join Sony as a producer.

On November 13, 2007, Roth was introduced as the majority owner of a Seattle, Washington–based Major League Soccer franchise along with Paul Allen. Seattle Sounders FC—which calls CenturyLink Field home—began regular season play in 2009. On November 12, 2015, Roth passed on majority ownership to Adrian Hanauer.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Donna Arkoff whose father was movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff.[6] They have three children. They reside in a mansion designed by architect Douglas Honnold for Irish production designer Cedric Gibbons and Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio in 1929 in Los Angeles, California.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Conversation production assistant (uncredited)
1976 Tunnel Vision Player-Announcer producer
1977 Cracking Up Man (uncredited) executive producer
1978 Our Winning Season producer
1979 Americathon
1982 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
1983 The Final Terror
1984 The Stone Boy
Bachelor Party executive producer
1985 Moving Violations producer
1986 Off Beat co-producer
Where the River Runs Black producer
Streets of Gold director/producer
1987 P.K. and the Kid producer
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise director/executive producer
1988 Young Guns producer
Dead Ringers executive producer (uncredited)
1989 Skin Deep executive producer
Major League co-producer
Renegades executive producer
Enemies, a Love Story
1990 Nightbreed co-producer
Coupe de Ville director
Young Guns II executive producer
The Exorcist III
Pacific Heights
1993 The Three Musketeers
1994 Angie
Angels in the Outfield producer
A Low Down Dirty Shame
1995 Houseguest
The Jerky Boys: The Movie
Tall Tale
While You Were Sleeping
1996 Before and After
2001 America's Sweethearts director
2003 Tears of the Sun executive producer
Daddy Day Care
Hollywood Homicide
Mona Lisa Smile
2004 The Forgotten producer
Christmas with the Kranks director
2005 An Unfinished Life executive producer
2006 Freedomland director
2007 The Great Debaters producer
2010 Alice in Wonderland
Knight and Day executive producer
2012 Snow White & the Huntsman producer
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful
2014 Sabotage executive producer
Heaven Is for Real producer
Million Dollar Arm
2015 In the Heart of the Sea
2016 Miracles from Heaven
The Huntsman: Winter's War
Alice Through the Looking Glass
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage


  1. ^ a b "B.U. Bridge". October 27, 2003. 
  2. ^ "Joe Roth". 
  3. ^ New York Civil Liberties Union: "Obituary: Steven Engel, Plaintiff in Landmark School Prayer Case" February 6, 2008
  4. ^ Engel V. Vitale By Susan Dudley Gold
  5. ^ Hammer, Joshua. "The Sly Dog at Fox". Newsweek, May 25, 1992.
  6. ^ New York Times: "Samuel Z. Arkoff, Maker of Drive-In Thrillers, Dies at 83" By ALJEAN HARMETZ September 19, 2001
  7. ^ Brown, Patricia Leigh (February 29, 2008). "A Moderne Masterpiece Revived". Architectural Digest. Retrieved January 14, 2017. 

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