John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

  • Highest Rated: 90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Wagons East! (1994)
  • Birthday: Aug 3, 1959
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • John McGinley, often credited as John C. McGinley, has become one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood since he first got noticed in Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986). The intense, unblinking actor specializes in sarcasm, cynicism, and a used car dealer's unctuous insincerity, meaning he can play either wacky or sinister in both comedies and dramas. Although he has appeared in six Stone films, his breakout performance came in a very different format, as the acerbic and piercingly straightforward Dr. Perry Cox on the hit NBC sitcom Scrubs (2001).McGinley was born on August 3, 1959, in New York City. Growing up in Millburn, NJ, he was more involved in sports than theater. He began studying acting at Syracuse University, continuing at N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts. McGinley then toiled both on and off-Broadway, as well as two years on the soap opera Another World, scoring his first film role in the Alan Alda-directed Sweet Liberty (1986). It was while he was serving as John Turturro's understudy on the play Danny and the Deep Blue Sea that a casting scout in Stone's employ spotted him and got him an audition for Platoon. McGinley was cast as the sycophantic Sgt. Red O'Neill in the eventual Oscar winner.McGinley followed up Platoon with another one-two punch of Stone movies, Wall Street (1987) and Talk Radio (1988). In interviews, McGinley has described theirs as a "strong working relationship," not a friendship per se with the demanding director. He appeared in a handful of other films before his fourth Stone collaboration, Born on the Fourth of July (1989), which was quickly followed by his first screenwriting effort. McGinley co-scripted and co-starred in the 1990 film Suffering Bastards, alongside Talk Radio's Eric Bogosian.The 1990s were a period of intense work for the actor, who appeared in an average of three movies a year, sometimes as many as seven -- a necessary but no less tricky feat for a character actor earning modest paychecks. The most heralded of these were David Fincher's Seven and Stone's Nixon (both 1995); the most forgettable were Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and the Steven Seagal starrer On Deadly Ground (1994). For most moviegoers, he remained under the radar.Two showy roles in 1999 ably demonstrated McGinley's facility for comedy. As a callous efficiency expert brought aboard to reorganize (i.e., downsize) the tech firm at the heart of Office Space, McGinley grinned and joked his way through a round of heartless layoffs. A similar oiliness informed his loud, obnoxious, kiss-ass portrayal of a Jim Rome-type sports interviewer in Stone's Any Given Sunday. It was soon after, in 2001, that McGinley was brought aboard for the role destined to identify him beyond any single film. As the default mentor on Scrubs, McGinley alternated hard-knocks frankness, biting wit, and a genuine desire to be left alone, in turn creating a hilarious persona and sealing his fate as an unwitting cult figure to the young surgeons. The sitcom work schedule has given him the necessary stability to spend time with his young son, Max, who has Down's syndrome.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Benched Don 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
42% The Good Catholic Ollie 2017
52% The Belko Experiment Wendell Dukes $10.2M 2017
5% Get a Job Diller 2016
88% The Discoverers Bill Birch 2014
71% Kid Cannabis John Grefard 2014
80% 42 Red Barber $95.1M 2013
No Score Yet Watercolor Postcards Merlin 2013
11% Alex Cross Captain Richard Brookwell $25.9M 2012
No Score Yet Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Metallo 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside Actor 2009
No Score Yet American Crude Jim 2008
8% Are We Done Yet? Chuck Mitchell Jr. $50M 2007
14% Wild Hogs Highway Patrolman $168.3M 2007
No Score Yet Colin Fitz Lives! Groundskeeper 2006
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Paradise Mark 2006
No Score Yet Puff, Puff, Pass John Dupree 2006
No Score Yet Lil' Pimp Man Cub Master (voice) 2005
No Score Yet The Discoverers Actor 2004
62% Identity George York $51.5M 2003
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Dr. Perry Cox 2002
50% Crazy as Hell Parker 2002
9% Stealing Harvard Det. Charles $14M 2002
8% Summer Catch Phillies Scout (uncredited) $19.1M 2001
30% The Animal Sgt. Sisk 2001
No Score Yet Highway Johnny the Fox 2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Actor 2001
12% Get Carter Con McCarty $14.6M 2000
No Score Yet Dean Koontz's 'Sole Survivor' Victor Yates 2000
52% Any Given Sunday Jack Rose 1999
28% Three to Tango Strauss 1999
80% The Jack Bull Producer Woody Executive Producer 1999
80% Office Space Bob Slydell 1999
No Score Yet A.W.O.L. Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars Colonel Bock 1998
No Score Yet Target Earth Agent Naples 1998
No Score Yet Taken Away Agent Naples 1998
No Score Yet Dean Koontz's Intensity Edgler Foreman Vess 1997
28% Nothing to Lose Davis `Rig' Lanlow 1997
38% Truth or Consequences, N.M. Eddie Grillo 1997
54% Johns Danny Cohen 1997
No Score Yet Flypaper Joe 1997
65% Set It Off Det. Strode 1996
66% The Rock Marine Capt. Hendrix 1996
90% Mother John's buddy Carl 1996
74% Nixon Earl 1995
81% Seven (Se7en) California 1995
No Score Yet Sex and the Other Man Producer 1995
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild Max Carr 1995
0% Wagons East! Julian 1994
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw Wills 1994
64% The New Age Actor 1994
25% Surviving the Game Griffin 1994
10% On Deadly Ground MacGruder 1994
0% Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Francis Muldoon 1994
56% Watch It Rick Producer 1993
11% Hear No Evil Mickey 1993
43% Mother's Boys Mr. Fogel 1993
88% A Midnight Clear Maj. Griffin 1992
43% Article 99 Dr. Rudy Bobrick 1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening Blake 1991
69% Point Break Ben Harp 1991
No Score Yet Little Noises Stu 1991
87% Born on the Fourth of July Official #1 1989
47% Fat Man and Little Boy Richard Schoenfield 1989
No Score Yet Lost Angels Dr. Farmer 1989
82% Talk Radio Stu 1988
No Score Yet Clinton and Nadine Turner 1988
63% Shakedown Sean Phillips 1988
78% Wall Street Marvin 1987
88% Platoon Sgt. O'Neill 1986
75% Sweet Liberty Floyd 1986

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
Kelton
  • 2019
No Score Yet Stan Against Evil
2016-2018
Producer Stanley Miller
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
73% Ground Floor
2013-2015
Mr. Mansfield
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
88% Burn Notice
2007-2013
Tom Card
  • 2012
54% The Boondocks
2005-2014
Voice
  • 2010
83% Scrubs
2001-2010
Dr. Perry Cox Perry Cox
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Goode
  • 1998
  • 1997
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Danny
  • 1994

QUOTES FROM John C. McGinley CHARACTERS

Chuck Mitchell Jr.
You never would've bought this place if it hadn't been for me.
John Grefard
The shit that we grow here... is fucking insane...
Bomb Squad Head
We don't have time to check all theses cars. One of them could blow up any minute.
Captain Richard Brookwell
Great. We're sitting in the middle of Baghdad.