Mark Justin Roiland
February 21, 1980
Manteca, California, U.S.
|Education||Modesto Junior College|
Mark Justin Roiland (born February 21, 1980) is an American animator, voice actor, writer, producer and director. He is best known as the co-creator of Adult Swim's animated sitcom Rick and Morty, for which he voiced the protagonists Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, and as the co-creator of Hulu's Solar Opposites, in which he voiced the main character, Korvo, until both networks severed ties with him in 2023 respectively as a result of domestic abuse charges. He had also played Earl of Lemongrab on Adventure Time, Blendin Blandin on Gravity Falls, and Oscar on Fish Hooks. He founded the animation studio Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions! and the video game studio Squanch Games, though he resigned from the latter in 2023.
Roiland was born and raised in Manteca, California. He attended Sierra High School up until the first quarter of his senior year and then transferred to Manteca High School for the remainder of his senior year, graduating in 1998. After high school, he attended Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. Roiland is dyslexic. Roiland has claimed he was sexually assaulted by his cousin at age 7.
Roiland got involved with Channel101, an L.A. media collective started by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, where he made and acted in numerous movie shorts (such as 2 Girls One Cup: The Show, House of Cosbys and a small role as musician Christopher Cross in the series Yacht Rock) and in the VH1 television show Acceptable TV. He appeared regularly on The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central as "Blonde Craig". From 2010 to 2016, he co-hosted The Grandma's Virginity Podcast with future Rick and Morty writer, Ryan Ridley, and future Steven Universe producer, Jackie Buscarino.
In 2012, Adult Swim approached Harmon to produce a new animated series for their network. Harmon approached Roiland and together, they created Rick and Morty (based on Roiland's previous work for Channel 101, "The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti") which debuted in 2013 to widespread acclaim. The show quickly grew a fan community as audiences praised the show for its unique story telling and incorporation of science-fiction elements. Between 2013 and 2022, Roiland voiced Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. In addition to the voice work, Roiland served as a co-writer and executive producer alongside Dan Harmon. By the end of season 1, Rick and Morty became one of the most successful shows Adult Swim ever produced. The success of the show spearheaded an entire franchise around it. Various themed merchandise have been produced and sold. In addition to the show, an app called "Pocket Mortys" was created. On August 25, 2016, Roiland launched virtual reality studio Squanchtendo, a portmanteau of the company Nintendo and Rick and Morty character Squanchy. It was later renamed to Squanch Games. Its first full-length title, Accounting+, made in collaboration with William Pugh's studio, was released for PSVR on December 19, 2017.
In January 2021, Roiland offered over a dozen artworks in his first NFT art collection, titled "The Best I Could Do". His highest-selling piece was by his Simpsons homage The Smintons, sold at $290,100. The collection sold for a total of $1.65 million. Roiland also sold his first painting, titled mypeoplefriend, via auction by Sotheby's in July 2021.
In Halloween of 2022, Roiland released a generative NFT project named "Art Gobblers" with Paradigm Ventures.
In August 2020, Roiland was arrested and charged with felony domestic battery and false imprisonment in Orange County, California, in connection with an alleged incident in January 2020 involving an unnamed woman he was reportedly dating at the time. Roiland was released on bail, after pleading not guilty, and pre-trial is scheduled for April 27, 2023. Knowledge of these events was not public until NBC News reported on the matter in January 2023.
After the charges were laid, multiple people came forward with their own allegations of abuse by Roiland, including claims of predatory behavior towards minors.
Adult Swim announced later that month that Roiland had been dismissed from Rick and Morty due to the charges and his roles would be recast for future seasons. Squanch Games affirmed that Roiland had resigned from the company on January 16, 2023, in the wake of the Adult Swim news. On January 25, 20th Television confirmed that he had also been removed from Solar Opposites and Koala Man, which will also continue to be produced without his involvement.
|2006||Tenacious D: Time Fixers||Abe Lincoln||Short film|
|The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti||Doc Smith, Mharti McDonhalds||Voice, short film|
|Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity||Char|
|2019||Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus||Foodio 3000, Weird Alien #1, Excited Audience Member||Voice, Netflix film|
|2021||Space Jam: A New Legacy||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith||Voice, cameo|
|2004||Cheap Seats without Ron Parker||Rhonda's Son||Episode: "1973 Superstars"|
|2005||House of Cosbys||Additional voices||Also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2007||Acceptable.TV||Various||Also director, writer and executive producer|
|2007–2010||The Sarah Silverman Program||Blonde Craig, Chant Leader||8 episodes|
|2010–2014||Fish Hooks||Oscar Fishtooth||Voice, also writer|
|2011–2018||Adventure Time||Earl of Lemongrab, Lemonhope, additional voices||14 episodes|
|2012–2015||Gravity Falls||Blendin Blandin, Bobby Renzobbi, additional voices||7 episodes|
|2013||Out There||Chris Novak||Voice, 10 episodes|
|2013–2022||Rick and Morty||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith, additional voices||Voice; also co-creator, writer, executive producer and director|
|2014–2019||The Cyanide and Happiness Show||Mr. Romero|
|2015||The Simpsons||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith||Voice, episode: "Mathlete's Feat"|
|Community||Ice Cube Head||Voice, episode: "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"|
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Honest Abe Lincoln's Hot Links Mascot||Voice, episode: "Mouth Quest"|
|2015–2017||Pig Goat Banana Cricket||Psychopath Giraffe, Radical Rick, Customer||Voice, 7 episodes|
|2015||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Sea Queen||Voice, episode: "Mermaids"|
|2016||Animals.||H&M||Voice, episode: "Cats"|
|Future-Worm!||General Couponocus, Mr. Clock Face, Professor Gigglesnorp, Commandant Giflington, Homework Android||Voice, 7 episodes|
|2017||Mystery Science Theater 3000||—||Writer: "Reptilicus"|
|2018–2019||Hot Streets||Chubbie Webbers||Voice, also executive producer|
|2018||Robot Chicken||Additional voices||Episode: "3 2 1 2 333, 222, 3…66?"|
|70th Primetime Emmy Awards||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith||Voice, television special|
|2019||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Doop-Doop||2 episodes|
|2020–2022||Solar Opposites||Korvo||Voice; also co-creator, writer, executive producer and director|
|2021||Invincible||Doug Cheston||Episode: "You Look Kinda Dead"|
|2022||The Boys Presents: Diabolical||Papers, Narrator's Dad, Picante's Dad||Voice, episode: "An Animated Short Where Pissed-Off Supes Kill Their Parents"; also writer|
|The Paloni Show! Halloween Special!||Leroy Paloni||Voice; also creator, writer, executive producer|
|2023||Koala Man||Chad Wagon||Voice, episode: "The Red Hot Rule"; also executive producer|
|2004||Sockbaby||Ronnie's Lungs||1 episode|
|2005–2010||Yacht Rock||Christopher Cross||4 episodes|
|2012||SuperFuckers||Orange Lightning, Vortex|
|2013||Friends and Lovers||Captain Xandar||3 episodes|
|2013||Game Grumps||Himself||1 episode (unreleased)|
|2010–2016||Grandma's Virginity Podcast||44 episodes|
|2016–2018||H3 Podcast||3 episodes|
|2017||Lasagna Cat||Vocals||Episode: "10/20/1984"|
|2019||Meme Review||Guest||Episode: "Will Smith hosts Meme Review w/ Elon Musk"|
|2021||Sand Planet||Uncle & PP88||collabaration on Joel Haver's YouTube channel|
|2022||Half in the Bag||Guest||Overdub voices for Mike and Jay as Rick and Morty respectively|
In August 2016, Roiland set up a video game studio, Squanchtendo, which was later renamed to Squanch Games in December 2017.
|2013||Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know!||Earl of Lemongrab|
|2015||Dota 2||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith||Rick and Morty Announcer DLC|
|Lego Dimensions||Earl of Lemongrab|
|Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations|
|Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald||Various Voices|
|2016||Pocket Mortys||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith|
|The Lab||Various Personality Cores|
|Job Simulator||Radio Announcer|
|Accounting||Various Voices||Also co-director and co-writer|
|2017||Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith|
|2019||Trover Saves the Universe||Trover|
|2022||High on Life||Kenny|
|Warped Kart Racers||Korvo||Archived recordings|
|MultiVersus||Rick Sanchez, Morty Smith, Mr. Meeseeks||Archived recordings|
|2015||Annie Award||Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Rick and Morty||Nominated|||
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Animated TV Show||Nominated|||
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Animated Series||Won|||
|Annie Award||Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Won|||
|Saturn Award||Best Animated Series or Film on Television||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Animated TV Show||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||Rick and Morty for "Pickle Rick"||Won|||
|2020||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||Rick and Morty for "The Vat of Acid Episode"||Won|||
|2021||Critics' Choice Super Awards||Best Animated Series||Rick and Morty||Nominated|||
|Best Voice Actor in an Animated Series||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Nominated|||
|Saturn Award||Best Animated Series on Television||Nominated|||
|2022||Hollywood Critics Association TV Award||Best Broadcast Network or Cable Animated Series or Television Movie||Won|||
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||Nominated|||
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