Ted McGinley

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Ted McGinley
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McGinley in 2016
Theodore Martin McGinley

(1958-05-30) May 30, 1958 (age 63)
EducationUniversity of Southern California (withdrawn)
Years active1980–present
Known forMarried... with Children
Hope & Faith
Happy Days
The Love Boat
(m. 1991)

Theodore Martin McGinley[1] (born May 30, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jefferson D'Arcy on the television sitcom Married... with Children and as Charley Shanowski on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. He was a late regular on Happy Days, Dynasty and The Love Boat and is known for playing the villainous role of Stan Gable in the film Revenge of the Nerds and several made-for-television sequels.

Early life[edit]

McGinley was born in Newport Beach, California, the son of Bob and Emily McGinley, of Irish descent.[2] At Newport Harbor High School,[3] he focused on athletics and swimming and was a star player on the water polo team. He also worked as a lifeguard at the beach during summers. After graduation, McGinley attended USC on a water polo scholarship, majoring in urban planning and real estate.

At USC, McGinley was captain and two-time MVP of the water polo team as well as a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[4] However, in his sophomore year, following recommendation from his girlfriend, McGinley began modeling as a way to break onto the acting scene. With his scholarship not renewed, he left USC and moved to New York in 1979.[5]


After a casting director spotted a picture of him in GQ,[6] McGinley was cast on the comedy series Happy Days as Roger Phillips (nephew of the Cunninghams), a role he played from 1980-1984. During the run of Happy Days, he landed a role in the comedy film Young Doctors in Love (1982).[6]

After Happy Days ended in 1984, McGinley appeared in Revenge of the Nerds where he played Stanley Gable, the head of the jock-run Alpha Beta fraternity and the primary antagonist of the Lambda Lambda Lambda nerd fraternity; he reprised the role in the third and fourth movies in the "Nerds" franchise, both produced for television. He went on to appear in regular roles on television series including The Love Boat and Dynasty.[7] He then played the role of Al Bundy's best friend Jefferson D'Arcy on Married... with Children from 1991 to 1997, describing it as a "great, great gig."[8] He had recurring roles on Aaron Sorkin's television series Sports Night as Dana's boyfriend Gordon, and The West Wing as a television news anchor. From 2003-2006, he played Charley Shanowski on Hope & Faith.[8]

Two years later, he was selected for a role in Charlie Lawrence, a situation comedy about a freshman congressman from New Mexico, played by Nathan Lane. McGinley played Graydon Ford, the neighbor of Lane's title character, who was a member of the opposing political party. McGinley was also in the pilot for the 2002 CBS show Life of the Party, playing a senator.

His guest star roles include series such as Fantasy Island (1982), Hotel (1985–87), Perfect Strangers (1988), B.L. Stryker (1989), Evening Shade (1990), Dream On (1991), The John Larroquette Show (1995–96; 1997-1998), The Practice (2001), and Justice League (2002).

During and shortly after the run of Married … With Children, McGinley was a part of many film and television movies, playing different types of characters. In 1993, he played Mr. Scream in Wayne's World 2. That same year, McGinley affected a Southern accent in his role in the miniseries Wild Justice, which was poorly received by critics. Some of his television movie roles were very dark. In 1996, he was the star of Deadly Web, a movie that aired on NBC in 1996 and co–starred his wife, Gigi Rice. The movie was about a woman who was stalked on the Internet. McGinley played one of his darkest roles in 1998 in the television movie Every Mother's Worst Fear. He played Mitch Carson, a sexual predator who lures a teenage girl into his house, where he holds her captive and tortures her.[4]

In 2008, McGinley became a contestant on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, and was paired with pro dancer Inna Brayer. He was the second contestant to be eliminated in the competition.

"Jumping the Shark"[edit]

McGinley was called "the patron saint of shark-jumping" by jumptheshark.com founder Jon Hein. This is a reference to the popular and enduring shows which have featured him in their latter years, often to replace a departing regular cast member.[9] Hein writes that this is not a comment "on Ted's fine acting skills" and that "he has a great sense of humor about it, too."[10] In one episode of Married... with Children, McGinley himself spoofed his reputation by asking Al Bundy, "Another picture, Captain? I mean, Fonzie? ....Al?" In 2003, McGinley told Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "I've had a lot of fun with it. To be honest with you, it's meant people are still talking about me. It's kind of doing me a favor. And people keep hiring me, so I know that I'm okay, jumping the shark."[7][4]

In 2011, McGinley again made fun of his "shark-jumping" abilities in "Mitefall," the final episode of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Cartoon Network. In the episode, Bat-Mite (voiced by Paul Reubens) wants the show to be cancelled to usher in a new TV show called Beware the Batman. To that end, he starts replacing aspects of the show, including switching Aquaman's regular voice actor (John DiMaggio) with McGinley. Ambush Bug (voiced by McGinley's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler) helps to reverse the situation, in part by getting McGinley to break character (and mention his six-year stint on Married... with Children) and leave, forcing DiMaggio's voice back into Aquaman.

Personal life[edit]

McGinley married actress Gigi Rice in 1991 and has two sons, Beau (born 1994) and Quinn.[7] They reside in Los Angeles.[11]



Year Film Role Notes
1982 Young Doctors in Love Dr. Bucky DeVol
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Stan Gable
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Himself
1989 Physical Evidence Kyle DE Roache
1991 Blue Tornado Phillip
1992 Space Case Biff Alternative title: Alien Invasion
1993 Wayne's World 2 Mr. Scream
1998 Follow Your Heart James Allen Bailey
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Leonard Huff Alternative title: Major League III
1999 Dick Roderick
1999 The Big Tease Johnny Darjerling
2000 Face the Music Marcus
2000 Daybreak Dillon Johansen Alternative title: Rapid Transit
2001 Cahoots Brad
2001 Pearl Harbor Army major
2007 The Storm Awaits Vale NewCastle
2008 Eavesdrop Grant
2000 Privileged Mr. Webber
2010 Christmas with a Capital C Dan Reed
2010 Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Thornton Blake V (Uncle Thorny)
2015 Do You Believe? Matthew
2017 The Outcasts Principal Whitmore
2018 A.X.L. George Fontaine
2018 God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Thomas Ellsworth


Year Title Role Notes
1980–1984 Happy Days Roger Phillips 61 episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Errol Brookfield III 1 episode
1983 Making of a Male Model Gary Angelo Television movie
1983–1987 The Love Boat Photographer Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans 60 episodes
1985–1987 Hotel Kyle Stanton 3 episodes
1986–1987 Dynasty Clay Fallmont 34 episodes
1988 Perfect Strangers Billy Appleton 1 episode
1989 B.L. Stryker Mitch Slade 2 episodes
1989–1997 Married... with Children Jefferson D'Arcy / Norman Jablonsky / Prince Paco 167 episodes
1990 Evening Shade Kyle Hampton 1 episode
1991 Baby Talk Craig Palmer 1 episode
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Dean Stanley Gable Television movie
1993 Wild Justice Aubrey Billings Television movie
1993 Linda Brandon "Jeff" Jeffries Television movie
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Stan Gable Television movie
1995 Dream On Chad Spencer 1 episode
1995 Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead Jeffrey Quint Television movie
1995–1996 The John Larroquette Show Karl Reese 4 episodes
1996 Deadly Web Peter Lawrence Television movie
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Scanman Television movie
1998–1999 Sports Night Gordon 8 episodes
1999 Work with Me Murray Epstein 1 episode
1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel FBI Agent Hopkins Television movie
2000–2001 The West Wing Mark Gottfried 3 episodes
2001 The Practice Michael Hale 1 episode
2002 Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) Ted Wayne Giblen 1 episode
2002–2003 Justice League Various (voice) 3 episodes
2003 Frozen Impact Dan Blanchard Television movie
2003 Charlie Lawrence Graydon Ford 7 episodes
2003 The Proud Family Lance McDougal (voice) 1 episode
2003–2006 Hope & Faith Dr. Charley Shanowski 73 episodes
2004 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 Reese Faulkner Television movie
2007 Family Guy Helicopter Rental Agent (voice) 1 episode
2007 'Til Death Webby 1 episode
2007 The Note Kingston "King" Danville Television movie
2008 Dancing with the Stars Himself (contestant) 2 episodes
2009 Psych Randy Labayda Episode: "Six Feet Under the Sea"
2009 The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love Kingston "King" Danville Television movie
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Superintendent Clanton 1 episode
2010 Melissa & Joey Mayor Episode: "In Lennox We Trust"
2011 Breaking In Larry Episode: "White on White on White"
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Himself as Aquaman Mitefall (series finale)
2012 Notes from the Heart Healer Kingston "King" Danville Television movie
2012 The Mentalist Ed Hunt Episode: "If It Bleeds, It Leads"
2013 A Mother's Rage Stan Television movie
2013 Mad Men Mel Episode: “To Have and to Hold"
2014 Castle Brock Harmon Episode: "Last Action Hero"
2015–2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Denny Clay (voice) 54 episodes
2015 The Bridge Charlie Bartons Television movie
2016 The Bridge Part 2
2016 No Tomorrow Greg Covington Recurring role
2017 Fatherly Obsession Robert J. Farnsworth Television movie
2018 The Baxters John Baxter Lead role
2019 No Good Nick Sam Recurring role
2019 Christmas Reservations Duffy Johnson Television movie


  1. ^ https://www.californiabirthindex.org/birth/ted_m_mcginley_born_1958_6619665. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Rothstein, Michael (8 June 2009). "Why I Love College Sports (Fame and ND): Actor Ted McGinley". The Journal Gazette.
  3. ^ Chan, Alex (2 June 2016). "15 join Newport Harbor High Hall of Fame". LA Times. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Ted McGinley Biography". Encyclopedia of World Biography. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  5. ^ Somers, Marcia (September 1986). "Ted McGinley Remains a Hometown Hero". Orange Coast Magazine: 111, 112.
  6. ^ a b "Ted McGinley Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Adams, Jason (October 17, 2003). "Ted McGinley Is Not A Killer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Harris, Will (May 15, 2012). "Ted McGinley talks Happy Days, The West Wing, and being the "patron saint" of jumping the shark". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (December 5, 2003). "'Saint' McGinley can only laugh". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  10. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Help". TV Guide. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Q. Does Ted McGinley know he's the patron saint?
  11. ^ "Biography". Gigi Rice. Retrieved June 21, 2017.

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