John C McGinley Biography

John C McGinley is an American actor who is also associated with organizations that support people with Down syndrome. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: August 3, 1959

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Voice Actors

Age: 60 Years, 60 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: John Christopher McGinley

Born in: New York City, New York

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Nichole McGinley (m. 2007), Lauren Lambert (m. 1997 – div. 2001)

father: Gerald McGinley

mother: Patricia McGinley

children: Billie Grace McGinley, Kate Aleena McGinley, Max McGinley

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: New York University, Millburn High School, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Syracuse University

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John C McGinley is an American character actor. Equally comfortable in bringing comic and eccentric characters to life, McGinley started his career with Alan Alda’s ‘Sweet Liberty’ in 1986. The graph of his career has risen steeply since then. The popular actor has won hearts with his portrayal of ‘Dr. Perry Cox’ in the American TV series ‘Scrubs.’ He has also written and produced films and TV shows. Making a plausible use of his position as a public figure, McGinley has consistently made an effort to raise awareness about the disease known as Down syndrome. He is presently a board member and the international spokesperson for the ‘Global Down Syndrome Foundation.’ He is also a spokesperson for the ‘National Down Syndrome Society.’

Childhood & Early Life
  • McGinley’s first notable theater performance was in John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,’ where he stepped into a role previously performed by John Turturro. Following this, McGinley was part of several theatrical productions that ran on and off ‘Broadway.’
  • Some of his notable theatrical works include ‘Broadway’ hits such as ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’and ‘The Ballad of Soapy Smith.’
  • McGinley made quite an impression with his performance in ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.’ The next breakthrough in his career was the 1986 ‘Academy Award’-winning film ‘Platoon,’ where he played the role of ‘Sergeant Red O’Neill.’ Earlier that year, he had been cast in Alan Alda’s ‘Sweet Liberty,’ which marked his entry into the world of cinema.
  • Between 1987 and 1990, McGinley starred in movies such as ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Talk Radio.’ In 1990, he wrote the script for the movie ‘Suffering Bastards’ and was also a member of the cast. In the early 1980s, McGinley was seen in a popular ‘Subaru’ commercial.
  • Throughout the 1990s, McGinley’s career witnessed growth and he worked in numerous commercially successful movies. ‘Point Break,’ ‘Highlander II: The Quickening,’ ‘Article 99,’ ‘Wagons East!,’ ‘Seven,’ ‘The Rock,’ ‘Set It Off,’ ‘Nothing to Lose,’ and ‘Office Space’ are some of his noteworthy projects. In 1999, he produced and starred in a movie called ‘The Jack Bull.’
  • In the next decade, he made appearances in movies such as ‘Are We Done Yet?’ and ‘Wild Hogs.’ Besides being a prolific actor and scriptwriter, McGinley also had a career as a voice-over artist. He lent his voice to ‘The Atom’ in multiple episodes of the superhero TV series ‘Justice League Unlimited.’ He also lent his voice to a number of other animated characters, including the lead character in the ‘Sony PSP’ video game ‘Dead Head Fred.’
  • In 2001, McGinley started playing the role of ‘Dr. Perry Cox’ in the popular ‘NBC’ series ‘Scrubs.’ In 2005, McGinley wrote a book inspired by the animated show ‘Untalkative Bunny.’ The book was named ‘The Untalkative Bunny: How to be Heard without Saying a Word.’
  • Since 2012, he appeared in ‘USA Network’s ‘Burn Notice,’ playing the character of ‘Tom Card.’ In 2013, he returned to ‘Broadway’ with ‘Glengarry Glen Ross.’
  • Throughout his career, McGinley had been associated with several TV commercials, such as the campaigns for ‘Champions Tour,’ ‘Miller Lite,’ ‘,’ and ‘State Farm insurance.’
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Major Works
  • ‘Platoons,’ one of McGinley’s earliest and most difficult projects, went on to bag an ‘Academy Award.’
  • McGinley’s role as a serial killer in the 1997 suspense drama ‘Intensity’ earned him immense critical acclaim. The show, based on a novel of the same name by Dean Koontz, later became the highest-rated miniseries on ‘Fox.’
  • The medical comedy–drama ‘Scrubs’ has earned McGinley immense limelight and has widely contributed to the expansion of his fan base.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2002, McGinley was nominated for a ‘Television Critics Association Award’ in the ‘Individual Achievement in Comedy’ category. The same year, he was nominated for two ‘Online Film & Television Association Awards,’ in the categories of ‘Best Actor in a New Comedy Series’ and ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.’ All these nominations were for his role in ‘NBC’s ‘Scrubs.’
  • In 2003, he was nominated for a ‘Satellite Award’ in the category of the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical.’ This was again for his performance in ‘Scrubs.’
  • In 2006, he was nominated for the ‘Festival Director’s Award’ at ‘Method Fest’ for his role in ‘Two Tickets to Paradise.’
  • In 2008, McGinley was made an ‘Honorary Patron’ of the ‘University Philosophical Society’ of ‘Trinity College,’ Dublin.
Family & Personal Life
  • McGinley married Lauren Lambert in 1997 and has a son named Max. The couple divorced in 2001.
  • On April 7, 2007, McGinley married Nichole Kessler, a yoga instructor. The couple is raising their two daughters at their home in Malibu, California. McGinley and his ex-wife share the custody of Max.
  • McGinley’s son, Max, suffers from the Down syndrome, and a first-hand experience of the disease inspired McGinley to create awareness about the same. Presently, he is a board member of the ‘Global Down Syndrome Foundation’ and the chief spokesperson for the ‘National Down Syndrome Society.’

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