Bobby Roth studied philosophy and creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining his B.A. in Cinema at the University of Southern California in 1972. Roth received his M.F.A. in motion picture production at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975.
Roth has directed numerous feature films and television movies of the week and has written a number of screenplays. Features Roth has written and directed include Independence Day, The Boss’ Son, Heartbreakers, Baja Oklahoma, Dead Solid Perfect, and The Man Inside. He has directed the features Keeper of the City, Rainbow Drive and Amanda.
TV movies Roth has directed include Judgment Day: The John List Story; Kidnapped: In The Line of Duty, for NBC; the Emmy nominated Naomi & Wynnona: Love Can Build a Bridge, for NBC; the Emmy winning The Inheritance, for CBS; The Devil’s Child, for ABC; A Secret Affair, for CBS; and A Holiday Romance, for CBS.
Roth also had an overall deal with Universal Studios to write, direct, and produce television; he created, wrote and co-executive produced the pilot and thirteen episodes of ABC’s The Insiders. Other episodic television directing credits include Vengeance Unlimited, The Profiler, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Miami Vice. Roth's features have been honored at over fifty international film festivals. The Boss’s Son won Best Feature Film, Best Writing, and Best Actress (Rita Moreno) in 1979 at the Miami International Film Festival. Roth also won Best Director for Circle of Power at the Knoke-Heist festival in Belgium in 1983, and Heartbreakers won the Grand Prize at the USA Film Festival at Dallas in 1985 and Best Actor (Nick Mancuso & Peter Coyote) at the USA Festival at Houston the same year. Roth also won the Special Jury Prize at the Virgin Islands Film Festival for Heartbreakers in 1985, which seventeen major film critics named to their top-ten list in 1984-85. Baja Oklahoma was nominated for four ACE awards and a Golden Globe, and Dead Solid Perfect was also nominated for an ACE award.