Eli Raphael Roth is a popular film director, producer, writer, and actor best known for directing the films Hostel and Hostel: Part II. He also earned an SAG Award and BFCA Critic’s Choice Award for his appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
Roth was raised in Newton, Massachusetts by his parents, Dr. Sheldon Roth and Cora Roth.
He was inspired to make films when he watched the film Alien. Before he finished his studies in Newton South High School, Roth and his brothers had made about 100 short films. He then went to New York University and attended the Tisch School of the Arts.
One of Roth’s first acting gig was as an extra on The Practice.
Before graduating from film school, Roth made a film entitled Restaurant Dogs which bagged a Student Academy Award in 1995. That same year, Roth co-wrote the script for Cabin Fever with his roommate, Randy Pearlstein. Cabin Fever was Lionsgate’s top grossing film in 2001. The film would also paved the way for Roth in the field of horror film making.
In 1999, Roth commenced working on animated shorts called Chowdaheads. These miniseries were slated to air in between WCW Monday Nitro pro wrestling matches but the project was killed by WCW’s CEO.
Hostel was made in 2005 and it topped the box office when it started showing in theaters in January 2006. The film was followed by the release of its sequel, Hostel: Part II, which was released in 2007.
Aside from directing films, Roth also produced the films The Man with Iron Fist and The Last Exorcism and appeared in several films like Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse and some of David Lynch’s projects for his website.
Some of the other films that Roth directed were Thanksgiving (2007), Nation’s Pride (2009), The Green Inferno (2013), and Knock Knock (2015). He also appeared in some films like Death Proof (2007), Piranha 3D (2010), Scream 4 (2011), and Rock of Ages (2012).