James Roday
Born: April 4, 1976
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation: Actor/Director/Writer/
Years Active: 1999-present
James David Rodríguez, (born April 4, 1976, San Antonio, Texas, US) better known by his screen name James Roday, plays Shawn Spencer on the USA Network original series Psych.


James Roday was born in San Antonio, Texas. James's father, Jaime "Jim" Rodriguez remarried after his birth and had a daughter, Lisette, who is James's half-sister. James attended Taft High School in San Antonio. He studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He is also co-artistic director of RED DOG SQUADRON, a Los Angeles theater company he co-founded with Brad Raider. In a commercial on USA, he states that he is half-Mexican.

Other than Psych, James has been featured in such films as The Dukes of Hazzard, Beerfest, and Gamer.

Roday is not just an actor but also a writer and director, and co-wrote numerous Psych episodes such as "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast" and "Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion." He also directed the episodes "Tuesday the 17th" and "Mr. Yin Presents." He wrote and directed "Lassie Jerky." He also co-wrote with Bill Callahan and directed "Deez Nups".

Roday dated Psych co-star Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara) from 2006 until the end of 2013.

According to USA Network's "Psych All Night" event, his favorite episode is "Dual Spires."


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Coming Soon Chad
Ryan Caulfield: Year One Vic
2000 Believe Bruce Arm/Argent 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 Series Regular
2005 Don't Come Knocking Mickey, First Assistant Director
The Dukes of Hazzard Billy Prickett
2006 Beerfest German Messenger
Skinwalkers Writer
2006-2014 Psych Shawn Spencer Main Character; Producer
2008 Fear Itself Carlos 1 Episode
2009 Gamer News Co-Host #1
2011 WWE Tough Enough Himself 1 Episode
Love Bites Jeff 1 Episode
2012 WWE Raw Supershow Himself Special Guest Ring Announcer
2015 Gravy Marty Also director and co-writer
Good Session Joel Unaired CBS Pilot
Christmas Eve B Also known as Stuck
Baby Baby Baby J.B. Independent Film written and directed by Brian Klugman
Nerd Herd (TV Movie) Kip aka The Brainy Bunch, Unaired ABC Pilot