Roger Kumble

Roger Kumble (born May 28, 1966) is an American film director, screenwriter, and playwright.[1]

Roger Kumble
Born (1966-05-28) May 28, 1966 (age 54)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Mary Mehagian

Life and careerEdit

Kumble was raised in Harrison, New York, and attended Harrison High School. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1988,[2] where he wrote for the "Waa Mu" show. He began his career as a playwright and director in 1993 with the Hollywood satire "Pay or Play", which garnered him the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Comic Writing.[3] His second play, 1997's "d girl", starring David Schwimmer, earned him four Dramalogue Awards.[4] In 2003, Kumble completed his Hollywood trilogy with the critically acclaimed "Turnaround", again starring David Schwimmer, which sold out its entire run in Los Angeles.

Kumble made his feature-film-directorial debut with 1999's Sony Pictures box-office hit, Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair.[5] His screenplay transposed the French novel Dangerous Liaisons to modern New York.[6]

He followed with the Sony Pictures comedy The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman and Thomas Jane, and New Line Cinema's Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Amy Smart. Both Sweetest Thing and Just Friends were voted two of the top twenty underrated films of the decade by the New York Post.[citation needed]

He also directed Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné and Donny Osmond in Disney's successful family-comedy College Road Trip. His next film, Furry Vengeance, starring Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields, was released in April 2010.

Most recently, he has directed episodes of the television series Entourage, Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge and Ringer starring Cruel Intentions actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Thomas.[7] In 2020, Kumble directed After We Collided, the sequel to the 2019 film After.[8]

Filmography as writerEdit

Filmography as directorEdit

Theater ProductionsEdit

  • "Pay or Play" (1993- Hudson Theater, Los Angeles)
  • "d girl" (also directed by Kumble) (1997-Century City Playhouse, Los Angeles)
  • "Turnaround" (2003-Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles)
  • "Girls Talk" (2011-Lee Strasberg Theater - Los Angeles)


L.A. Weekly Award Best Comic Writing "Pay or Play" 1993


  1. ^ "Roger Kumble". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. ^ "2008 Annual Report" (PDF). Northwestern University, School of Communications. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  3. ^ Cox, Dan (1997-02-05). "SCHWIMMER GETS 'D GIRL' AT PLAYHOUSE". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ "Roger Kumble and His Girls Talk About a New Play ‹ @ This Stage". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  5. ^ "Overview for Roger Kumble". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  6. ^ "Roger Kumble biography and filmography". 1996-05-28. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  7. ^ Byrne, Craig (March 14, 2012). "Ringer Spoilers: Description For The April 3 Episode". KSite TV. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
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