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Joe Roth

Joe Roth
Joe Roth at Sounders Victory Rally, 2016.jpg
Roth in December 2016
Born1948 (age 70–71)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm director, chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993) and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000)
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Donna Arkoff (1980-2004)

Joseph E. 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.

Early life

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 life

He was married to Donna Arkoff whose father was movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff.[6] They have three children. They resided 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]


As Producer

Year Title
1976 Tunnel Vision
1978 Our Winning Season
1979 Americathon
1982 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
1983 The Final Terror
1984 The Stone Boy
1985 Moving Violations
1986 Off Beat
Where the River Runs Black
Streets of Gold
1987 P.K. and the Kid
1988 Young Guns
1989 Major League
1990 Nightbreed
1994 Angels in the Outfield
A Low Down Dirty Shame
1995 Houseguest
The Jerky Boys: The Movie
Tall Tale
While You Were Sleeping
1996 Before and After
2004 The Forgotten
2007 The Great Debaters
2010 Alice in Wonderland
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful
2014 Heaven Is for Real
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
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
2020 The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

As Executive Producer

Year Title
1977 Cracking Up
1984 Bachelor Party
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
1988 Dead Ringers (uncredited)
1989 Skin Deep
Enemies, a Love Story
1990 Young Guns II
The Exorcist III
Pacific Heights
1993 The Three Musketeers
1994 Angie
2003 Tears of the Sun
Daddy Day Care
Hollywood Homicide
Mona Lisa Smile
2005 An Unfinished Life
2010 Knight and Day
2014 Sabotage

As Director

Year Title
1986 Streets of Gold
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
1990 Coupe de Ville
2001 America's Sweethearts
2004 Christmas with the Kranks
2006 Freedomland

As Actor

Year Title Role
1976 Tunnel Vision Player-Announcer
1977 Cracking Up Man (uncredited)


Year Title Notes
1974 The Conversation production assistant (uncredited)
1995 Dead Presidents special thanks


  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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