He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1975.
He also directed the comedy film Dinner for Schmucks (2010), the Home Box Office political dramas Recount (2008) and Game Change (2012), and the political comedy The Campaign (2012). His twelfth film, the biographical drama Trumbo, was released on November 6, 2015. He received a Bachelor in economics from Stanford University in 1980 and later earned an Master of Fine Arts in film production from the University of Southern California in 1986.
His directing credits include the Emmy-winning Home Box Office film Recount, which earned Roach two Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Made for Television Movie in addition to a DGA Award.
He also directed the Home Box Office film Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, which premiered March 2012 as one of the most watched films in Home Box Office history. His other directing credits include Austin Powers: International Manitoba of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Maine, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Mystery, Alaska.
Roach is married to musician/actress Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, with whom he has two sons.