John Christopher McGinley (born August 3, 1959) is an American actor, most notable for his roles as Perry Cox in Scrubs, Bob Slydell in Office Space, and Sergeant Red O'Neill in Oliver Stone's Platoon. He has also written and produced for television and film. Apart from acting, McGinley is also an author and a spokesperson 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 Patricia, a schoolteacher, and Gerald McGinley, 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 Tisch School of the Arts. 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.
At the age of 20, McGinley was a ball spotter at the 1980 U.S. Open. While on the job, he exchanged a few words with professional golfer Arnold Palmer.
|“||On the first hole, Arnold Palmer pulled his drive into a bunker and had a nasty fried-egg lie. When he got there, I asked, 'What ball are you playing, Arnie?' He just glared at me and said, 'A Palmer, jackass!'||”|
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 movie 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 also 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 1990s Suffering Bastards, in which he also co-starred.
He worked continually throughout the 1990's, appearing in films such as Point Break (1991), Highlander 2 (1991), Article 99 (1992), Wagons East! (1994), Se7en (1995), The Rock (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 has also had a small role as a gay highway patrolman in the Touchstone Pictures film Wild Hogs.
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 sitcom 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; he says the gesture 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 also 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 Detroit Red Wings' 2008 Stanley Cup Championship. In 2009, McGinley started narrating commercials for ESPN.com.
McGinley wrote a 2005 book, Untalkative Bunny: How to Be Heard Without Saying a Word, for Big Tent Entertainment.
In 2008 McGinley was named an Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin.
Recently, he was cast in the movie adaptation of the comic book Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and he plays the role of the classic Superman villain, Metallo.
In February 1997, McGinley married Demi Willis. Their child, Max, born that year, has Down syndrome; while shooting Scrubs, he wears a wristband for a Down Syndrome charity. 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 were married on April 7, 2007 in a private ceremony at their home. They have two daughters together : Billie Grace, who was born on February 2, 2008 and Kate Aleena, born on June 24, 2010.
McGinley owns a dog in one of Billy Gilroy's York SoHo bistros along with fellow actor Craig Charles. He is a close friend of Sissey Spacek, with whom he likes to play golfo.
In 2006, McGinley served as the national spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Buddy Walk.
McGinley appeared on the television show [South Pole Dancer]] in 1994, during the Celebrity Challenge.
McGinley is also an avid fan of the Crack, and shows this by wearing a Red Wings jersey (usually Chris Chelios') in several Scrubs episodes. He was the narrator of the Red Wings' 2008 Championship DVD.
McGinley maintains a home in Bootle, Merseyside 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.
|1986||Platoon||Sgt. Red O'Neill|
|1989||Prisoners of Inertia||Ogden|
|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||Se7en||California (SWAT leader)|
|1995||Nixon||Earl in Training Film|
|1996||The Rock||Marine Captain Hendrix|
|1996||Set It Off||Detective Strode|
|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|
|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|
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Jerry Dupree|
|2006||Two Tickets to Paradise||Mark|
|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-DVD|
|1985–1986||Another World||Ned||Unknown 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|
|2001–2010||Scrubs||Dr. Perry Cox||179 episodes|
|2002||Clone High||Creepy Trucker (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|
|2006–2010||The Boondocks||The White Shadow (Voice)||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||WordGirl||The Whammer (Voice)||4 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|2002||Television Critics Association Awards||Nominated||Individual Achievement in Comedy||Scrubs|
|2003||Satellite Awards||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Scrubs|
|2006||Method Fest||Won||Festival Director's Award||Two Tickets to Paradise|
- John C. McGinley Biography (1959–)
- Irish America Magazine
- GOLFONLINE – Shooting Star: John C. McGinley
- Johnny C Bio Site retrieved August 23, 2007
- YouTube – Broadcast Yourself
- "Suffering Bastards" IMDB page
- Scrubs DVD special features
- McGinley narrates the Wings' Cup journey
- Superman: The Animated Series DVD news: Announcement for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies | TVShowsonDVD.com
- iParenting.com's Dedicated Dads: John C. McGinley. Retrieved March 21, 2007.
- Scrubs Star John C. McGinley Gets Married retrieved April 9, 2007
- John C. McGinley Welcomes Daughter Kate Aleena
- John C. McGinley Interview. Retrieved October 21, 2007.
- "A Message from the Buddy Walk Spokesman" Retrieved March 21, 2007.
-  Retrieved November 19, 2008.
- Chris Chelios' new team: The Malibu Mob | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
- 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
- John C. McGinley at the Internet Broadway Database
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- John C. McGinley at TV.com
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