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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 April 1968Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJames David Weinroth
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Just before J.D. Roth hosted a series of game shows (between children and adults) for 14 years, (including Fox's Fun House (1988), which ran from 1988 to 1991 and Animal Planet ZOOventure (1997), which ran from 1997 to 1998), he was a contestant on Star Search (1983), and (as an actor), he made numerous guest appearances on The Equalizer (1985), As the World Turns (1956) and Charles in Charge (1984). After hosting "Fun House", he then founded "Slam Dunk Productions", on which he served as the executive producer of the short-lived Double Up (1992), Mad Libs & Moolah Beach (2001). In October 2000, he hosted his first adult game show, Sex Wars (2000), with Jennifer Cole, after hosting a lot of kids game shows, and what he knew was that a lot of kids, who grew up watching the shows J.D. had hosted, should enjoy watching an adult game show, but it lasted for only a year.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: hugsarealwaysinorder@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Christine Roth (1997 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often closes each show with a catchphrase, pertaining to it
Voice of Jonny Quest

Trivia (13)

Has a twin sister named Heidi, who is a pediatrician. Also has a younger sister, Alison, who is an attorney.
Has two sons, Cooper and Duncan.
Is the founder & CEO of 3 Ball Productions, along with Todd A. Nelson.
Became an actor at age 10, and has been working in television commercials, ever since.
Is a childhood fan of Jonny Quest (1964).
When he was 11, he booked himself an audition for a children show at a New York City nightclub, winning a spot along with others including Ricky Schroder, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Ricki Lake, who were unknown stars at the time.
The youngest game show host ever to produced, with his first production company, "Slam Dunk Productions".
Was a huge Survivor (2000) fan.
Was a finalist on Star Search (1983).
An avid sports fan and basketball player. His favorite player is Michael Jordan, despite being a fan of his home town Philadelphia 76ers.
Graduated from Cherry Hill High School East in 1986.
Best known by the public as the host of Fox's Fun House (1988) and Endurance (2002).
When Roth was young, he was a fan of Bob Barker's game show.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on working with Mark Consuelos]: Mark's a great guy, great charisma, positive energy ... I can't believe nobody snatched him up yet to host. People feel very relaxed & at ease around him.
[on the interaction of kids when hosting Endurance (2002)]: I'm there all day, everyday. You know, I host the show, I created it, I produce it, edit it - I'm there. And I take it seriously. This is not summer camp, this is not party time - I'm pushing [these] kids to get something valuable from the several weeks they're going to spend with us. Otherwise, anyone can just make a TV show.
[When he worked as a game show host, before being promoted as a television producer]: It was luck really! The first show I pitched was bought. I had no idea it would turn into the monster that it is. I've produced shows like The Biggest Loser (2004) and Beauty and the Geek (2005). I'm grateful that it has turned out the way it has. All I wanted was to make shows I liked & would watch.
[on how he compares Age of Love (2007) to For Love or Money (2003)]: We're going to have a group of 40 year olds who arrive. They're going to get in the elevator and they're living on the 40th floor. And we have a group of 20-year olds who arrive and they live on the 20th floor. And our bachelor is living in between them. So we have the first relationship style show where the bachelor is actually living amongst the women. They can go down and visit if they want to because he's right there. Typically on a show, like I created For Love or Money (2003), you bring that bachelor and it's like they haven't seen a human being for a long time. But he's going to be around them a lot more.
[on reality TV hosts who didn't quite understand the producing side of it]: There's also robo-hosts. They have an earpiece in their ear, and we tell them what to say. Finding guys who actually know how to do it is hard. Needle in a haystack. I remember the first season of 'Survivor,' we [Roth and Probst] met for breakfast and he said, 'Man, I don't know how long I'm gonna do this.' And I remember leaning into the breakfast table and almost grabbing him by the shirt and saying, 'If they have to wheel you out in your wheelchair 25 years from now, you stay with it.'
[on how many times a weight loss reality show has been a controversial show, including The Biggest Loser (2004)]: They're only controversial once. 'Biggest Loser' was very controversial when it came out. I had to defend myself on Entertainment Tonight (1981) to the Fat Women's Association of America. They hadn't even seen the show yet and they were mad.
'Idol' is like the Death Star of television. It approaches over television and just hovers there and we all stand in the darkness trying to hold on.
It's not the most natural tie-in. But it's a great way to raise awareness of obesity while making viewers aware of millions of people who can't put food on their table.

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