James Roday (born April 4, 1976) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He currently stars on the USA Network series Psych as hyper-observant consultant detective and psychic Shawn Spencer.
James 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.
James Roday starred in the 2003 film Rolling Kansas, and appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of The Dukes Of Hazard as Billy Prickett and the 2006 film Beerfest. Behind the scenes, he and writing partners Todd Harthan and James DeMonaco wrote the screenplay for the film Skinwalkers. He also co-wrote Driver. He is set to direct the film Gravy, which he and Haathan wrote, currently in pre-production with Infinity and Gold Circle Films.
James 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 was the highest-rated scripted basic cable TV show premiere of 2006. Roday was to guest host WWE Monday Night Raw with his co-star, Dulé Hill on January 25, 2010. However, due to an appendectomy, Roday had to withdraw from attending the event, but he was contacted on the show via speaker telephone. He would later appear on WWE Tough Enough.
Roday co-wrote and directed the season 4 finale episode of Psych entitled Mr. Yin Presents which premiered on March 10, 2010 on USA Network. His favorite Psych episode so far is Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast.