Joe Roth

Producer, Executive, Director
Joe Roth studied communications at Boston University before settling in San Francisco where he first found employment as a production assistant on commercials and feature films and later as a booker for United Artists ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1948 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (53)

Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

In the Heart of the Sea 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brilliance 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heaven is for Real 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Million Dollar Arm 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Anger Management 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Are We There Yet? 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knight and Day 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great Debaters 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

An Unfinished Life 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Producer

The Forgotten 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tears of the Sun 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Before and After 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Houseguest 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Jerky Boys 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Three Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pacific Heights 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Renegades 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Skin Deep 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Young Guns 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Revenge of the Nerds II 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Where the River Runs Black 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moving Violations 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Stone Boy 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

P.K. and the Kid 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Final Terror 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Our Winning Season 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cracking Up 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tunnelvision 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Happiness Sold Separately (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (6)

Freedomland 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Revenge of the Nerds II 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Executive (4)

Zoom 2006 (Movie)

(Studio Executive)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

(Studio Executive)

The Forgotten 2004 (Movie)

(Studio Executive)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Studio Executive)
Actor (3)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Hollywood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor
Other (2)

Endurance 1999 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Joe Roth studied communications at Boston University before settling in San Francisco where he first found employment as a production assistant on commercials and feature films and later as a booker for United Artists. At the same time, the native New Yorker began an association with the Pitchel Players, an improvisational comedy group like Chicago's Second City, that led to his eventually producing the troupe's shows. In 1974, the Players relocated to L.A. and Roth, utilizing then-unknown comic actors like Chevy Chase, Howard Hesseman and Laraine Newman, produced his first film, "Tunnelvision". A spoof of TV programming made for $250,000, the film went on to gross around $17 million. Roth went on to produce such diverse features as "Our Winning Season" (1978), "Bachelor Party" and Christopher Cain's "The Stone Boy" (both 1984). He made his directorial debut with the boxing melodrama, "Streets of Gold" (1986) and went on to helm "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise" (1987) and "Coupe de Ville" (1990). In 1987, he and James G. Robinson co-founded the Morgan Creek independent production company, responsible for such films as "Young Guns" and "Dead Ringers" (both 1988), "Enemies, A Love Story" and "Major League" (both 1989) and "Pacific Heights" (1990).

Relationships

Donna Roth

Wife
born in 1951 produced "Benny & Joon" and "Unstrung Heroes" daughter of producer Samuel Z Arkoff

Larry Roth

Father

Mary Roth

Wife
divorced

Frances Roth

Mother

Alexis Roth

Daughter
born in 1981 died in 1983 of sudden infant death syndrome

Julia Roth

Daughter
born in 1989

Zachary Roth

Son
born in 1984

Dan Roth

Brother
became estranged when Roth joined a cult during his early years in Hollywood

EDUCATION

School of Public Communications, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1970
school now known as the College of Communication

Milestones

2006

Directed the drama "Freedomland," starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore and Edie Falco

2004

Directed Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks"

2001

Directed the comedy "America's Sweethearts" from a script by Billy Crystal and starring Julia Roberts, and Catherine Zeta-Jones

2001

Debut feature for Revolution Pictures, "Tomcats"

2000

Announced resignation from Disney (January)

2000

Formed Revolution Pictures, with funding from Sony Pictures, Liberty Media's Starz Encore Group and Fox Broadcasting

1996

Shut down Hollywood Pictures as a production company, although it would continue to act as a releasing label

1994

Appointed chairman of Walt Disney Motion Pictures, replacing a departed Jeffrey Katzenberg

1992

Announced resignation from Fox to form an independent film division with Disney (effective January 1, 1993); founded Caravan Pictures with partner Roger Birnbaum; announced ambitious plan to release up to 10 films per year under Caravan banner

1989

Appointed chairman of Fox Film Corporation, newly-formed theatrical film unit of 20th Century-Fox Film Corp.; was also named head of News Corporation unit

1987

Co-founder, with James G Robinson, of Morgan Creek Productions

1986

First film as director, "Streets of Gold"

1976

First film as producer, "Tunnelvision", in which he also appeared

1974

Moved Pitchel Players to Los Angeles, leased Ashgrove (now Improvisation) Theatre

Began career as production assistant on San Francisco-produced commercials and features; also worked as movie booker for United Artists

Lighting operator, then producer, for Pitchel Players improvisational group

Planned to attend law school at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California; changed mind at last minute

Raised on Long Island, New York

Bonus Trivia

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"I want to own a movie company that's focused simply on making movies, and I want the Internet to also be a component of the company," said Roth, who hopes to put out five pictures a year. (From The Hollywood Reporter, January 13, 2000)

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