J.D. Roth


One of the preeminent creative forces in reality programming and game show television during the 2000s, J.D. Roth made his mark by doubling as a producer and an on-camera emcee. Roth initially broke into Hollywood success at the age of 10 (ca. 1978) by doing voiceovers for commercials and animated programs. He capped off this period in the late '80s with a memorable stint as the host of the game show Fun House (a tenure that, at age 19, reportedly made him the youngest game show host in television history), then signed for an ongoing turn as Jonny Quest on The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996). Roth re-emerged at the outset of the following decade as a reality show producer-cum-host and encountered an overwhelming degree of success through his 3 Ball Productions shingle. Popular Roth programs included The Biggest Loser, For Love or Money, Beauty and the Geek, and Age of Love. In 2008, Roth reinvented the game show format with Opportunity Knocks, a touring program that found a prize-packed semi-truck pulling up at the homes of random families across America and then quizzing the household members on the lives and doings of their relatives. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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