John C. Mcginley


Actor

About

Also Known As
John Mcginley
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
August 03, 1959

Biography

A charismatic, high-energy supporting actor and occasional lead in countless features, John C. McGinley was a familiar face to audiences thanks to films like "Platoon" (1986"), "Wall Street" (1987), the TV movie "Intensity" (Fox, 1997) and "Any Given Sunday" (1999). However, his most memorable character was that of Dr. Perry Cox, the tough-as-nails Chief of Medicine on "Scrubs" (NBC/ABC,...

Family & Companions

Lauren Lambert
Wife
Met during filming of "Nothing to Lose" in 1996; married in February 1997; divorced in December 1997.

Biography

A charismatic, high-energy supporting actor and occasional lead in countless features, John C. McGinley was a familiar face to audiences thanks to films like "Platoon" (1986"), "Wall Street" (1987), the TV movie "Intensity" (Fox, 1997) and "Any Given Sunday" (1999). However, his most memorable character was that of Dr. Perry Cox, the tough-as-nails Chief of Medicine on "Scrubs" (NBC/ABC, 2001-2010). The role, along with a memorable performance in the cult favorite "Office Space" (1999) elevated McGinley from character actor to comic standout, a title he wielded effectively in "Wild Hogs" (2007) and "Are We Done Yet?" (2007). A versatile and immensely likable screen presence, he was a favorite among silver and small screen viewers for over two decades.

Born John Christopher McGinley on Aug. 3, 1959, he was one of five children by Greenwich Village-based stockbroker Gerald McGinley, and his wife, Patricia, a schoolteacher. Raised in Milburn, NJ, he was involved in sports at Milburn High School, but discovered acting while a student at Syracuse University. His newfound interest prompted a move to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, which preceded stage roles both on and off-Broadway. His television debut arrived with a two-year stint on the daytime soap "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999) from 1985 to 1986, which was followed soon after by his screen debut in "Sweet Liberty" (1986) starring Alan Alda.

McGinley's big break came while serving as understudy to John Turturro in the Circle-in-the-Square production of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea." A casting agent for writer-director Oliver Stone caught McGinley's performance and brought him in to read for Stone's next film project, an autobiographical piece based on his wartime experiences in Vietnam called "Platoon" (1987). McGinley was cast as Red O'Neill, a cowardly sergeant who survives the film's climatic assault by hiding beneath the bodies of dead North Vietnamese soldiers. The Oscar-winning film helped to establish McGinley's screen image as a brusque, fast-talking but morally questionable authority figure, and was the first of several subsequent films McGinley made with Stone. He played Charlie Sheen's stockbroker pal in "Wall Street" (1987), then served as DJ for kamikaze radio host Eric Bogosian in "Talk Radio" (1988) before essaying bit roles in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "Nixon" (1995). In 1999, he played Jack Rose, an abrasive TV sports commentator based on real-life radio personality Jim Rome, in Stone's football drama "Any Given Sunday."

Between assignments for Stone, McGinley was establishing himself as a busy and versatile character actor in both films and on television. On occasion, he was asked to play sympathetic parts, like the fictional Captain Richard Schoenfield, friend and roommate to Manhattan Project scientist Michael Merriman (McGinley's real-life friend, John Cusack) in "Fat Man and Little Boy" (1989), but with his machine gun delivery and boiling-point energy, he was best utilized as unyielding hardcases, like his FBI agent in the cult favorite "Point Break" (1991), the diabolical corporate chief in "Highlander 2: The Quickening" (1991), or one of rogue soldier Ed Harris' team in summer hit "The Rock" (1996). On occasion, he was called in to lend credibility to bit parts, like the SWAT team leader who aids Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in "Se7en" (1995).

His natural charisma made him an ideal choice for comedy, but his early efforts in this genre - best summed up by the dreadful film version of "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1994), which cast him as the uptight Officer Muldoon, originally played by Fred Gwynne in the TV series (NBC, 1961-63) - were beneath his talents. During this period, McGinley also earned his sole screenwriting credit to date with "Suffering Bastards" (1989), a lightweight, little-seen comedy about two brothers (McGinley and Eric Bogosian) who attempt to win back their mother's nightclub. In the early '90s, he shared producer credits on several independent films, including the romantic comedy "Watch It" (1993) and the erotic drama "Sex and the Other Woman" (1995).

McGinley's persistence and ubiquity began to pay off at the tail end of the 1990s with more substantial roles that showed the broad range of his talents. The first of these was the TV-movie "Intensity" (Fox, 1997), which cast him as a relentless serial killer in pursuit of Molly Parker's troubled heroine. McGinley received the lion's share of the praise for the film for his startling portrayal of the brilliant but savage murderer. He then switched gears to give a hilarious performance as a clueless business consultant who is utterly charmed by Ron Livingston's refusal to do his job in the cult favorite "Office Space" (1999). Both helped to further familiarize audiences with McGinley and bring him out of the realm of a face without a name - the traditional pitfall of the character actor.

In 2001, McGinley received the role that gave him the most consistent praise and greatest canvas for his abilities - that of the misanthropic Dr. Perry Ulysses Cox on "Scrubs." A brilliant doctor and tireless champion for the sick, Cox was also a dyed-in-the-wool misanthrope who terrorized his staff through intimidation - his habit of addressing Zach Braff's John Dorian with various women's name was a gag borrowed from his friendship with John Cusack - and dizzying rants that reduced recipients to quivering masses. Beneath his thorny exterior, Cox was a wounded soul, the product of a childhood marked by alcoholism, which in turn plagued his own adult life; despite this, he enjoyed love-hate relationships with many of the show's main characters, including Dorian, who viewed him as a mentor, Judy Reyes' Carla - the only person who saw through his prickly fa├žade - and his ex-wife Jordan, with whom he finally reunited in the series' finale. The only other actor to appear throughout the series' entire nine-year run, McGinley received both a Television Critics Award and Golden Satellite Award nomination for his work on "Scrubs," but more importantly, received the boost his career needed to elevate him into more prominent roles.

McGinley's knack for comic portrayals made him a favored go-to for outrageous characters in several major films. In the Disney comedy "Wild Hogs" (2007), he played a gay highway patrolman who joined the film's leads - John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence - for a skinny dip, while in "Are We Done Yet?" (2007), he was the vain, eccentric jack of all trades who demolishes Ice Cube's new house between assignments of baby whispering and property inspection. In both cases, McGinley's performance was singled out by critics as among the high points of both films. He also launched a prolific second career as a voiceover artist for animated TV series and features, including "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" (2009) as the villainous cyborg Metallo; the venerable hero the Atom on "Justice League Unlimited" (Cartoon Network, 2004-06), and on the PBS series "WordGirl" (2007- ) as the Whammer, who incorrectly adds the word "wham!" to sentences.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Benched (2018)
Border Crossing (2017)
The Good Catholic (2017)
Get a Job (2016)
The Belko Experiment (2016)
42 (2013)
The Discoverers (2013)
Watercolor Postcards (2012)
Alex Cross (2012)
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2010)
Metallo
Two Tickets to Paradise (2008)
American Crude (2008)
Are We Done Yet? (2007)
Wild Hogs (2007)
Puff, Puff, Pass (2006)
Identity (2003)
Stealing Harvard (2002)
It's a Very Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
Crazy As Hell (2002)
The Animal (2001)
Get Carter (2000)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Office Space (1999)
Three to Tango (1999)
The Jack Bull (1999)
The Pentagon Wars (1998)
Target Earth (1998)
Flypaper (1998)
Nothing to Lose (1997)
Truth Or Consequences, N.m. (1997)
Colin Fitz Lives! (1997)
Mother (1996)
Set It Off (1996)
johns (1996)
The Rock (1996)
The Return of Hunter (1995)
Born to Be Wild (1995)
Se7en (1995)
Nixon (1995)
Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Wagons East! (1994)
Surviving The Game (1994)
The Last Outlaw (1993)
Watch It (1993)
Mother's Boys (1993)
Hear No Evil (1993)
Article 99 (1992)
A Midnight Clear (1992)
Point Break (1991)
Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
Highlander 2: The Quickening (Director's Cut) (1991)
Little Noises (1991)
Suffering Bastards (1990)
Lost Angels (1989)
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Prisoners of Inertia (1989)
Shakedown (1988)
Clinton and Nadine (1988)
Wall Street (1987)
Talk Radio (1987)
Sweet Liberty (1986)
Platoon (1986)

Writer (Feature Film)

Suffering Bastards (1990)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Jack Bull (1999)
Executive Producer
Watch It (1993)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Summer Catch (2001)
Other

Cast (Special)

Scrubs: The Outtake Show (2003)
NBC'S FUNNIEST OUT-TAKES (2003)
The Commies (2003)
Long Island Fever (1996)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Dean Koontz's Sole Survivor (2000)
Dean Koontz's Intensity (1997)
Cruel Doubt (1992)

Life Events

1984

Made off-Broadway debut as understudy for John Turturro in John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea"; spotted by a talent scout for Oliver Stone when he went on for Turturro who was off making a film; offered a small role in "Platoon," but production was delayed for almost two years

1984

Landed role in off-Broadway play "The Ballad of Soapy Smith"

1985

Made Broadway debut in a revival production of "Requiem for a Heavyweight"

1985

Cast in the recurring role of Ned Howard on "Another World" (NBC)

1986

Feature acting debut, "Sweet Liberty"

1986

First film for director Oliver Stone, "Platoon"; played a cowardly sergeant

1987

Co-starred as Stu Noonan in off-Braodway production of Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio"

1987

Episodic TV debut, "Leg Work" (CBS)

1988

TV-movie debut, "Clinton and Nadine"

1988

Reprised role of Stu for Oliver Stone's film version of "Talk Radio"

1989

Feature screenwriting debut, "Suffering Bastards"; also starred

1993

Feature producing debut, ensemble comedy "Watch It"

1994

First film with song credit, "Car 54, Where Are You?"; also acted in movie

1997

Played a serial killer in Fox adaptation of Dean Koontz's "Intensity"

1999

Appeared as a sportscaster in Oliver Stone directed football drama "Any Given Sunday"

2000

Acted in TV adaptation of "Dean Koontz's Sole Survivor" (Fox)

2001

Cast in regular role on "Scrubs" (NBC), offering a scene-stealing turn as the surly Dr. Perry Cox

2003

Provided voiceover work on several episodes of "Justice League" (Cartoon Network) as superhero 'The Atom'

2007

Cast opposite Ice Cube in the comedy "Are We Done Yet?"

2007

Featured in the movie "Wild Hogs" as a Highway Patrol Officer with a questionable lifestyle choice

2012

Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry

Family

Gerald McGinley
Father
Investment banker. Born c. 1929.
Patricia McGinley
Mother
Retired schoolteacher. Born c. 1934.
Mark McGinley
Brother
Bond trader. Was working in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 but managed to make it out of the building before its collapse.
Max McGinley
Son
Born wth Down's syndrome in summer 1997.

Companions

Lauren Lambert
Wife
Met during filming of "Nothing to Lose" in 1996; married in February 1997; divorced in December 1997.

Bibliography