James David Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas is having a pretty good time. Just over five years ago, he pole-vaulted from relative obscurity into the heady heights of cable TV stardom when he appeared as the more-than-slightly goofy fake-psychic detective Shawn Spencer in "Psych." He was the newbie in the cast, working with people like Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law" and a zillion other shows) and Dul?ģ Hill (who had already made his mark on Broadway in "The Tap Dance Kid" and on TV in "The West Wing," but he carried the show like a pro‘«Űso much so that he ascended to the role of producer, writer and director in the show's later years. Now‘«Űor rather on Oct. 12‘«Ű"Psych" returns for another season, and claims the crown as USA's longest-running series still in production, and certainly one of its most popular.
And Mr. Rodriguez‘«Űusually known as James Roday‘«Űis on the move.
Acting's only part of his game. He's been a writer almost as long as he's been an actor; way back in '06, he and his partners sold "Skinwalkers," a mother-and-son werewolf actioner, and he's already written almost a dozen "Psych" episodes as well. He's also one of the founding members of Red Dog Squadron, a non-profit theater company that's almost ten years old and has produced everything from Shakespeare to Mamet to original plays. Always to sell-out crowds.
It's true, most folks don't know that Roday is Latino (Mexican, actually, on his father's side), but he's never hidden it (in fact, he only changed it at the insistence of a TV exec, and even then at the last possible minute.) He even asked that the role he played in the horror anthology "Fear Itself" be converted into a Latino character. He even charmed the folks on the red carpet at the '09 ALMA Awards, as this clip shows.