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James Roday

at Comic-Con, July 23, 2009
Born James David Rodríguez
April 4, 1976 (1976-04-04) (age 33)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Years active 1998 - Present

James David Rodríguez (born April 4, 1976) is an American actor better known by his stage name James Roday (pronounced /roʊˈdeɪ/). He is currently starring in the USA Network television series Psych as faux psychic Shawn Spencer.


Personal life

Roday was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jim Rodríguez, who worked for Boardwalk Auto Group. He's an only child. He attended Taft High School in San Antonio.[1] He studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts.[2] He is also co-artistic director of RED DOG SQUADRON, a Los Angeles theatre company he co-founded with Brad Raider. Roday has been in a relationship with Maggie Lawson since 2006. In a new commercial on USA, he states that he is half Mexican.


Roday has acted in various theatrical productions, including Three Sisters, Twelfth Night as Sebastian, A Respectable Wedding, Severity's Mistress, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago with his theatre company, RED DOG SQUADRON. He has also starred in the 2003 film Rolling Kansas and appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard as Billy Prickett, and in the 2006 film Beerfest. Behind the scenes, he and writing partners Todd Harthan and James DeMonaco wrote the screenplay for the film Skinwalkers and he will direct the film Gravy, which as of mid-2006 is in pre-production.

Roday's television credits include starring roles on NBC's Miss Match in 2003 as "Nick Paine" and 2001's First Years as "Edgar 'Egg' Ross". The July 7, 2006 series premiere of USA Network's original series Psych (airing following the season premiere of USA's other comedic success, Monk) was the highest-rated scripted basic cable TV show premiere of 2006.[3] James Roday was to be guest hosting WWE Monday Night Raw with his co-star, Dulé Hill on January 25, 2010. However, due to medical reasons, Roday had to withdraw from attending the event, but he was contacted on the show via speaker telephone. He wrote and directed the season 4 finale episode of Psych entitled Mr. Yin Presents which premiered on March 10, 2010 on USA Network.

Awards and nominations

In 2006, Roday was nominated for the Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Psych by the Satellite Awards. He was also listed as #62 in People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People issue in 2007.

In 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Actor In a Comedy Television Series for Psych by the NCLR ALMA Awards.

Roday's role as Shawn Spencer in Psych earned him an Ewwy Award nomination in 2009 for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.


Year Title Role Other notes
1999 Coming Soon Chad
Ryan Caulfield: Year One Vic
2000 Believe Bruce Arm/Agent Johnny
Get Real Trent Sykes
2001 Thank Heaven Receptionist
First Years Edgar 'Egg' Ross
2002 Repli-Kate Max
Providence Alexander Conrad
Showtime 'Maxis' Cameraman
2003 Rolling Kansas Dick Murphy
Miss Match Nick Paine
2005 Don't Come Knocking Mickey, First Assistant Director
The Dukes of Hazzard Billy Prickett
2006 Beerfest German Messenger
Skinwalkers writer
2006-present Psych Shawn Spencer
2008 Fear Itself - In Sickness and in Health Carlos 1 Episode
2009 Gamer News Co-Host #1


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  2. ^ Robin Roberts, "Psych 's Two Sleuths Reveal Their Poker Faces," TV Guide, [1]
  3. ^ Psych premiere sets basic cable mark

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