John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley
McGinley in 2008
John Christopher McGinley
August 3, 1959
|Education||Syracuse University (BFA)|
New York University (MFA)
John Christopher McGinley (born August 3, 1959) is an American actor. He is most notable for his roles as Perry Cox in Scrubs, Bob Slydell in Office Space, Captain Hendrix in The Rock, Sergeant Red O'Neill in Oliver Stone's Platoon, Marv in Stone's Wall Street, and FBI agent Ben Harp in Point Break. He has written and produced for television and film. Apart from acting, McGinley is an author, a board member and international spokesman for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and a spokesman for the National Down Syndrome Society.
McGinley, who is one of five children, was born in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, the son of a schoolteacher and a stockbroker. His paternal great-grandfather was from Donegal, Ireland. McGinley was raised in Millburn, New Jersey, and attended Millburn High School, where he played wide receiver for the school's football team. He studied acting at Syracuse University, and later at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1984. Upon completing his education, McGinley did a variety of different work, including Off Broadway and Broadway productions, and a two-year stint on the soap opera Another World.
McGinley has had a prolific career, primarily as a supporting character actor. He was noticed by a casting scout while working as John Turturro's understudy in John Patrick Shanley's 1984 production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which led to a successful audition for the role of Sergeant Red O'Neill in the Oscar-winning Platoon (1986). McGinley had been cast in his first film role in Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty earlier in 1986. That was followed the next year with Wall Street (1987), and again the next with Talk Radio (1988). He was featured in a 1980s Subaru commercial. He appeared in the "Celebrity Challenge" version of American Gladiators, losing to Dean Cain. McGinley wrote the script for, and co-starred in, the 1990 film Suffering Bastards.
He worked continually throughout the 1990s, appearing in films such as Point Break (1991), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Article 99 (1992), Wagons East (1994), Seven (1995), The Rock (1996), Set It Off (1996), Nothing to Lose (1997) and Office Space (1999) (McGinley improvised several takes about his character's fondness for Michael Bolton). In 2007, he had a role as Chuck in the film Are We Done Yet? He had a small role as a gay highway patrolman in the film Wild Hogs which co-stars his Article 99 co-star Ray Liotta, although they don't share any screen credit.
McGinley has done voice-over work on animated television series, including the superhero The Atom on several episodes of Justice League Unlimited, a guest appearance as "The White Shadow", the secret government agent overseeing Huey Freeman on The Boondocks, voicing The Whammer on the PBS Kids Go! series WordGirl as well as the lead character in the Sony PSP video game Dead Head Fred.
McGinley received critical acclaim for his performance as a serial killer in Dean Koontz's suspense drama, Intensity (1997). It became Fox Television's highest-rated miniseries. He worked with Koontz and Fox once more in Sole Survivor (2000).
In 2001, McGinley began work as a regular on the NBC television series Scrubs as the acerbic Dr. Perry Cox. Throughout the series Dr. Cox acts as an unwilling mentor to the protagonist J.D. (Zach Braff). McGinley has said that there are three things over the course of the series that he improvises: his constant usage of girls' names for JD, which he does with all his real friends; his whistle, which he describes as "a bad habit"; and his habit of touching his nose, a tribute to Robert Redford's character in The Sting, and which he says means "It's gonna be OK."
Since the NFL season of 2007, McGinley has played the "Commish" of the More Taste League commercials for Miller Lite. He has done commercials for the Champions Tour, a professional golf tour for men over the age of 50. In 2008, McGinley was the narrator of the documentary of the 2008 Stanley Cup Championship of the Detroit Red Wings. In 2009, McGinley started narrating commercials for ESPN.com.
McGinley wrote a 2005 book titled, Untalkative Bunny: How to be Heard Without saying a Word which featured the title character from the show Untalkative Bunny on its cover.
In 2012, it was announced that McGinley would be a recurring character on USA Network's Burn Notice as Michael Westen's original CIA trainer, Tom Card. He was first introduced in the second episode of the show's sixth season.
In 2012, he appeared in a State Farm insurance commercial as a father wanting his college graduate son to move out. He began 2013 in the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross as Dave Moss. "It was the best couple of months of my life," he said. In 2013, it was announced that TBS made a series order for the television series Ground Floor, which stars McGinley. The series was canceled in 2015 after two seasons. In October 2014, McGinley hosted The E Street Radio channel on Sirius XM20 radio, discussing his appreciation of Bruce Springsteen's music, and their shared New Jersey roots.
In February 1997, McGinley married Lauren Lambert. Their son, Max, who has Down syndrome, was born that year. In December 2001, Lambert and McGinley divorced. In October 2002, he was chosen as "Dad of the Month" at iParenting.com. In August 2006, McGinley became engaged to yoga instructor Nichole Kessler in Malibu, whom he had dated for two years. The couple married on April 7, 2007 in a private ceremony at their home. They have two daughters.
McGinley serves on the Board of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, based in Denver. He is a celebrity Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society. In addition, he is a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics and was an integral part in crafting its "R-word: Spread The Word, To End The Word" campaign. McGinley is a vocal supporter for the special needs community, and commented in late 2011 on the experience of raising a teenager with Down syndrome along with two young daughters:
[Billie's] biggest strength is language. She's extraordinarily verbal, and Max's biggest challenge is his lack of spoken language. He can read at a certain level and do arithmetic, but he doesn't form sentences. So parenting Max and parenting Billie represent two polar opposites on the spoken-word spectrum. How we parent them in the same household and find a happy middle has been really interesting and continues to be.
McGinley is an avid fan of the NHL Detroit Red Wings, and shows this by wearing a Red Wings jersey (usually Chris Chelios) in several Scrubs episodes. He was the narrator of the 2008 Championship DVD of the Red Wings. He maintains a home in Malibu, California, and is well known as a member of the "Malibu Mob", a group of celebrity friends and neighbors including John Cusack, Tony Danza, former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, beach volleyball pro Gabrielle Reece, and tennis player John McEnroe. McGinley enjoys going golfing with John Cusack in his free time, and is a member of the Sherwood Lake Club.
|1989||Lost Angels||Dr. Farmer|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Official #1 – Democratic Convention, Pushing Wheelchair|
|1989||Fat Man and Little Boy||Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD|
|1989||Suffering Bastards||Buddy Johnson||Writer|
|1991||Point Break||FBI Agent Ben Harp|
|1991||Highlander II: The Quickening||David Blake|
|1992||Article 99||Dr. Rudy Bobrick|
|1992||Cruel Doubt||Attorney Jim Vos Burgh|
|1992||A Midnight Clear||Major Griffin|
|1993||Hear No Evil||Mickey O'Malley|
|1994||On Deadly Ground||MacGruder|
|1994||Surviving the Game||John Griffin|
|1994||Car 54, Where Are You?||Officer Francis Muldoon|
|1994||Wagons East||Julian Rogers|
|1995||Born to Be Wild||Max Carr|
|1995||Seven||California (SWAT leader)|
|1995||Nixon||Earl in Training Film|
|1996||The Rock||Marine Captain Hendrix|
|1996||Set It Off||Detective Strode|
|1997||Colin Fitz Lives!||Colin Fitz|
|1997||Intensity||Edgler Foreman Vess|
|1997||Truth or Consequences, N.M.||Eddie Grillo|
|1997||Nothing to Lose||Davis 'Rig' Lanlow|
|1998||Target Earth||Agent Vincent Naples|
|1998||The Pentagon Wars||Col. J.D. Bock|
|1999||Office Space||Bob Slydell|
|1999||Any Given Sunday||Jack Rose|
|1999||Three to Tango||Strauss|
|1999||The Jack Bull||Woody|
|2000||Get Carter||Con McCarty|
|2001||Summer Catch||Hugh Alexander||Uncredited|
|2001||The Animal||Sgt. Sisk|
|2002||Stealing Harvard||Detective Charles|
|2002||Highway||Johnny the Fox|
|2002||Crazy as Hell||Parker|
|2002||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Himself|
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Jerry Dupree|
|2006||Two Tickets to Paradise||Mark||Won - Method Fest - Festival Directors Award|
|2007||Wild Hogs||Gay Highway Patrolman|
|2007||Are We Done Yet?||Chuck Mitchell Jr.|
|2009||Life's a Trip||Mark Hewson|
|2009||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||John Corben / Metallo (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Alex Cross||Richard Brookwell|
|2014||Kid Cannabis||John Grefard|
|2016||Get a Job||Diller|
|2016||The Belko Experiment||Wendell Dukes|
|2017||Battle of the Sexes||Herb|
|2017||The Good Catholic||Father Ollie|
|1985–1986||Another World||Ned Barry||12 episodes|
|1988||Spenser: For Hire||K.C.||1 episode|
|1993||The Last Outlaw||Wills||Television film|
|1994||Frasier||Danny Kriezel||Episode: "Seat of Power"|
|1997||The Practice||Atty. Leonard Goode||2 episodes|
|1997||Intensity||Edgler Foreman Vess||Television film|
|1998||The Pentagon Wars||Col. J.D. Bock||Television film|
|2000||Sole Survivor||Victor Yates||Television film|
|2001||The Nightmare Room||Dr. Young||Episode: "Four Eyes"|
|2001–2010||Scrubs||Dr. Perry Cox||Main role|
Nominated - TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2002)
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2002)
|2002||Clone High||Doug Prepcourse (voice)||1 episode|
|2003||Kim Possible||Rudolph "White Stripe" Farnsworth (voice)||1 episode|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Richard Damien (voice)||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Justice League Unlimited||The Atom (voice)||4 episodes|
|2005||American Dragon Jake Long||Dr. Diente||Episode: "The Legend Of The Dragon Tooth"|
|2006–2010||The Boondocks||The White Shadow (voice)||2 episodes|
|2008||Robot Chicken||Mahmoud Ahmadinejad/Double Dare Host (voice)||Episode: "Chirlaxx"|
|2008–2015||WordGirl||The Whammer (voice)||4 episodes|
|2009||Scrubs: Interns||Dr. Perry Cox||1 webisode|
|2011||Dan Vs.||Imposter Dan (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Burn Notice||Tom Card||Recurring role (season 6), 6 episodes|
|2013–2015||Ground Floor||Remington Stewart Mansfield||Main role|
|2016–2018||Stan Against Evil||Stanley Miller||Main role|
|2018–2019||Chicago P.D.||Brian Kelton||Recurring role (season 6)|
|2019–2020||DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders||Grumblegard||Recurring role|
Awards and nominations
|2002||Television Critics Association Awards||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Scrubs||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Actor in a New Comedy Series||Scrubs||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Scrubs||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Scrubs||Nominated|
|2006||Method Fest||Festival Director's Award||Two Tickets to Paradise||Won|
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- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
- Video on YouTube
- Suffering Bastards on IMDb
- Scrubs DVD special features
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- "Scrubs Star John C. McGinley Gets Married". April 9, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
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- Chris Chelios' new team: The Malibu Mob | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press[dead link]
- MSN TV Blog: Paging Dr. Cox: 'Scrubs' Doc John C. McGinley Dishes on His Motor-Mouthed Alter Ego, His Famous Friends and His Elle MacPherson Jones Archived August 6, 2010, at the Portuguese Web Archive
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