James Roday stars as Shawn Spencer on the USA Network original series PSYCH.
Roday began his career studying theatre at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing and graduated with a degree in fine arts. From there, he garnered a slew of New York theatre production credits both in classical ("The Three Sisters," "Twelfth Night," "A Respectable Wedding") and contemporary ("Severity's Mistress," "Sexual Perversity In Chicago") material.
Roday went on to star in several feature film roles including Wim Wenders' "Don't Come Knocking," "Rolling Kansas" directed by Thomas Haden Church and the Warner Bros. film adaptation of "The Dukes of Hazzard" as Billy Prickett in 2005. Roday’s other credits include Jay Chandresekhar’s "Beerfest," and several NBC series including “Fear Itself” directed by John Landis, “First Years” and “Miss Matched” with Alicia Silverstone.
In addition to acting, Roday and his writing partners Todd Harthan and James DeMonaco, wrote the screenplay for the LionsGate Film "Skinwalkers." Also, he will next direct the film "Gravy," which he and Harthan wrote, currently in pre-production. Roday co-wrote both the PSYCH season one and two finales as well as several episodes of seasons three through six, in addition to directing a few of them.
Along with partner Brad Raider, Roday runs the Los Angeles based non-profit theatre company Red Dog Squadron. Roday starred in the play “Extinction” with Michael Weston and Amanda Detmer at the Elephant Space in Hollywood, which then transferred to the Cherry Lane Theatre, off-Broadway in New York. Last hiatus he directed “Greedy” starring Maggie Lawson.
Roday currently resides in both LA and New York City.