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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.

Early life

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.[1] His paternal great-grandfather was from Donegal, Ireland.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] 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.[5] He appeared in the "Celebrity Challenge" version of American Gladiators, losing to Dean Cain. McGinley wrote the script for 1990s Suffering Bastards,[6] 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."[7]

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.[3] In 2008, McGinley was the narrator of the documentary of the Detroit Red Wings' 2008 Stanley Cup Championship.[8] In 2009, McGinley started narrating commercials for

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.[9]

Personal life

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[10] 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.[11] They have two daughters together : Billie Grace, who was born on February 2, 2008 and Kate Aleena, born on June 24, 2010.[12]

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.[13]

In 2006, McGinley served as the national spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Buddy Walk.[14]

McGinley appeared on the television show [South Pole Dancer]] in 1994, during the Celebrity Challenge.[15]

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",[16] 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.[17]

Selected filmography

Film work
Year Film Role Notes
1986 Sweet Liberty Floyd
1986 Platoon Sgt. Red O'Neill
1987 Wall Street Marvin
1988 Talk Radio Stu
1988 Shakedown Sean Phillips
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
1993 Watch It Rick Producer
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 Rock, TheThe Rock Marine Captain Hendrix
1996 Set It Off Detective Strode
1997 Flypaper Joe
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 Jack Bull, TheThe Jack Bull Woody
2000 Get Carter Con McCarty
2001 Summer Catch Hugh Alexander Uncredited
2001 Animal, TheThe Animal Sgt. Sisk
2002 Stealing Harvard Detective Charles
2002 Highway Johnny the Fox
2002 Crazy as Hell Parker
2003 Identity George York
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Jerry Dupree
2006 A.W.O.L. Garris
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Mark
2007 Wild Hogs Gay Highway Patrolman
2007 Are We Done Yet? Chuck Mitchell Jr.
2008 American Crude Jim
2009 Life's a Trip Mark Hewson
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies John Corben/Metallo (Voice) Direct-to-DVD
Television work
Year Title Role Notes
1985–1986 Another World Ned Unknown episodes
1988 Spenser: For Hire K.C. 1 episode
1993 Last Outlaw, TheThe Last Outlaw Wills Television film
1994 Frasier Danny Kriezel Episode: "Seat of Power"
1997 Practice, TheThe Practice Atty. Leonard Goode 2 episodes
1997 Intensity Edgler Foreman Vess Television film
1998 Pentagon Wars, TheThe 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 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks The White Shadow (Voice) 2 episodes
2008–2009 WordGirl The Whammer (Voice) 4 episodes

Awards and nominations

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


External links

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