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Short Info

Net Worth$12 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 3, 1959
SpouseNichole McGinley (m. 2007), Lauren Lambert (m. 1997–2001), Nichole McGinley, Lauren Lambert
MarkTowering height
FactUnderstudied John Turturro in the off-Broadway play "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea" early in his career.

John C. McGinley is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his roles in the television series Scrubs and the film Office Space.

McGinley was born in New York City, the son of a high school teacher and a stockbroker. He has two brothers and two sisters. He was educated at the University of Notre Dame, where he played football and studied English literature.

After graduation, McGinley moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He appeared in a number of television shows and films, including Thelma & Louise and Wall Street. In 2001, he was cast as the gruff but lovable Dr. Perry Cox in the television series Scrubs. The show was a critical and commercial success, and McGinley’s performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

After Scrubs ended in 2010, McGinley starred in a number of films, including This Is 40 and The Campaign. He also had a recurring role on the television series Suits.

McGinley is married to actress Marlo Thomas. They have two children.

McGinley has a net worth of $20 million.

General Info

Full NameJohn C. McGinley
Net Worth$12 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 3, 1959
Height1.88 m, 1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Entrepreneur, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor, Author, Spokesperson, Entrepreneur, Author, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor, Screenwriter, Spokesperson
EducationSyracuse University, New York University, Millburn High School, Syracuse University, New York University, Millburn High School
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseNichole McGinley (m. 2007), Lauren Lambert (m. 1997–2001), Nichole McGinley, Lauren Lambert
ChildrenBillie Grace McGinley, Kate Aleena McGinley, Max McGinley, Max McGinley, Kate Aleena McGinley, Billie Grace McGinley
ParentsGerald McGinley, Patricia McGinley, Gerald McGinley, Patricia McGinley


NominationsTCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
MoviesPlatoon, Are We Done Yet?, Office Space, Point Break, Wall Street, Nothing to Lose, Any Given Sunday, Seven, Wild Hogs, On Deadly Ground, Surviving The Game, The Rock, The Animal, Wagons East!, Talk Radio, Highlander II: The Quickening, Stealing Harvard, Set It Off, Alex Cross, Three to Tango, Crazy...
TV ShowsGround Floor, Dan Vs., Scrubs, Alien Planet, WordGirl, Ground Floor, Dan Vs., Scrubs, Sole Survivor, Stan Against Evil

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#Marks / Signs
1Towering height
2Curly hair


1(2013, on landing Office Space (1999)) When you came in, everybody auditioned for the role Gary Cole played. That was the audition piece, since the two Bobs weren't really on the page. So before you came in, you were issued illustrations and sent a file on your computer of an animated version of the role that Gary played. Everybody came in and auditioned for that. Then Gary got that, and Mike said, "You want to play one of the Bobs?" And I'm like, "Dude, I just want to be in this movie. It's the funniest thing I've ever read. But who are the Bobs?" And he goes, "We'll invent them down in Austin." Everybody says that to you, and it never happens. What we're going to invent when you get there on the day is that the 10k light just went out, and that's what we're going to address, not the Bobs doing the interviews. But he was true to his word, and I was only down there for three days, which is fantastic because we just stayed in. I'm only in two or three different interiors, that interview room and out in the office and then at the stapler guy's desk. That's it. So for three days, we just immersed into that and shot tons and tons of stuff for those people coming in when we're going to fire them or downsize. We just started to roll camera and do stuff.
2I have mixed feelings about Car 54, Where Are You? (1994) Because we shot it as a musical and whoever the studio head was at Orion, or whoever the powers that be were, cut all but, like, two musical numbers out of it. That is the same as cutting the musical numbers out of The Wizard of Oz (1939); it wouldn't be that interesting. So the film, to me, doesn't make sense without the musical numbers in it. They kept in one of Buster [Poindexter's] musical numbers. And then maybe there's one other, but the film doesn't make sense. I wouldn't pretend to know what happened, what the decision-making process was, but we busted our humps on those numbers, and then the film came out and I didn't understand what I was watching. Because Orion was also producing a film in Kansas City called Article 99 (1992), I was doing them simultaneously. I would do Car 54, Where Are You? (1994) Monday through Wednesday, and they'd fly me last flight out from Toronto to Kansas City to shoot Thursday and Friday in Kansas City. And that happened for about four weeks. I love grinding like that.
3[on his road to stardom] I dug tungsten. I was a successful waiter in New York. I worked at a shrink-wrap factory. I wrote tickets on the New York Stock Exchange. I was an assistant to a broker. I caddied the U.S. Open, and I was a camp counselor.
4I did Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), with Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert down in Buenos Aires, and I stunk. I was infatuated with Orson Welles' filmography at the time, so I wanted to see if I could make my voice as low as his, and I succeeded. Nothing in the text supported that choice, though, so in the film, I look like a jackass. I don't look like a tough guy, I look like an idiot actor trying to toy around with his vocal apparatus.
5The [Scrubs (2001)] pilot script's notes described the character as a John C. McGinley-type. Now, I don't know what that type is, but I said, "Well, you've got him." I still had to audition five times for the network.
6[on talking to his Any Given Sunday (1999) costar, Al Pacino] When Johnny [John Cusack] and I were shooting The Jack Bull (1999) in Calgary, he told me just to go up and knock on Al's trailer door. That's the secret of talking to him. If no one knocks on his door, he stays closeted up by himself. It really worked. I spent a lot of time talking to Al.
7[on why he feels he never landed a role as a TV series regular until Scrubs (2001)] With my dorky head, I guess I just wasn't handsome enough. I'd do the audition but never hear back. TV tends to look for the living equivalents of squeaky-clean Kens and Barbies, but with my dial I'm more like Ken's dirty old uncle.
8[on how he memorizes his lines and prepares for his roles] I go downstairs and don't come up from there until I get that stuff hammered in my skull, until I can do it water skiing or jumping out of a plane. It's all about the text, flushing it out, to excavate, to really get in there and see what falls through your fingers.


1He is of Celtic ancestry.
2His wife, Nichole Kessler, gave birth to their second child together, daughter Kate Aleena McGinley, on June 24, 2010.
4MFA in Acting - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1984).
5Daughter, Billie Grace McGinley, born 2 February 2008, weighing 8 lbs and 21 inches long.
6Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2008 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performances in the films Are We Done Yet? (2007) and Wild Hogs (2007), he failed to receive a nomination however.
7Calls Oliver Stone his favorite director to work with, and has accordingly been cast in his films six times, more than any actor except Sean Stone, the director's son.
8Is a good friend of NHL defense-man Chris Chelios and can often be seen on Scrubs (2001) wearing a Chelios hockey jersey or T-shirt of Chelios' chain of restaurants, "Cheli's Chili".
9Became engaged to yoga teacher, Nichole Kessler, on August 19, 2006.
10On Scrubs (2001), his character Dr. Cox's habit of referring to J.D. ( Zach Braff) by girls' names was put in the show after the writers noticed McGinley doing it to Braff. He claims to do this to all of his friends.
11On the special edition DVD of Office Space (1999), writer/director Mike Judge and the cast reveal that McGinley improvised much of his character's praise of Michael Bolton. Several outtakes are shown. They also said that McGinley was intimidating to work with, which contributed to the character he played.
12Describes Dr. Cox, his character on Scrubs (2001), as "a hard-ass with a heart of gold" in the tradition of Danny DeVito's Louie DiPalma on Taxi (1978) and Edward Asner's Lou Grant on Mary Tyler Moore (1970). Many of his co-stars say the same of him, that while he may seem intimidating at first he is very talented and great to work with.
13He is a good friend of John Cusack.
14Lives in a four-bedroom beachside home in Malibu, California.
15Had to audition five times for his role in Scrubs (2001).
16He was on a celebrity version of American Gladiators (1989).
17Co-owned a restaurant with fellow Platoon (1986) star, Willem Dafoe called "Match", in New York City.
18Raised in Millburn, NJ, and attended Millburn Senior High School, the alma mater of The Princess Diaries (2001) star Anne Hathaway. Millburn is also adjacent to the town of Maplewood, where Scrubs (2001) co-star Zach Braff was raised.
19Understudied John Turturro in the off-Broadway play "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea" early in his career.
20His son with ex-wife Lauren Lambert, Max McGinley (born August 5, 1997), has Down's Syndrome. John took his TV role in Scrubs (2001) so he could stay close to home to be with him.
21Was a Syracuse undergraduate before transferring to NYU, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1984.




Rounding Third2016post-production
The Good Catholic2016completed
Stan Against Evil2016TV SeriesStanley Miller
The Belko Experiment2016Wendell Dukes
Get a Job2016Diller
Ground Floor2013-2015TV SeriesMr. Mansfield
Kid Cannabis2014John Grefard
Watercolor Postcards2013Merlin
422013Red Barber
Burn Notice2012TV SeriesTom Card
Alex Cross2012Captain Richard Brookwell
The Discoverers2012Bill Birch
Dan Vs.2011-2012TV SeriesFake Dan
Yahoo! News/Funny or Die GOP Presidential Online Internet Cyber Debate2012ShortRick Santorum
WordGirl2008-2012TV SeriesThe Whammer / Robot on TV
Smothered2011TV MovieSkip
The Boondocks2006-2010TV SeriesThe White Shadow
Scrubs2001-2010TV SeriesDr. Perry Cox
Back2009TV MovieTom Barnes
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies2009VideoMetallo (voice)
Scrubs: Interns2009TV SeriesDr. Perry Cox
Robot Chicken2008TV SeriesMahmoud Ahmadinejad / Double Dare Host
American Crude2008Jim
Dead Head Fred2007Video GameFred Neuman (voice)
Are We Done Yet?2007Chuck Mitchell, Jr.
Wild Hogs2007Highway Patrolman
World Trade Center2006Fireman (uncredited)
Puff, Puff, Pass2006Jerry Dupree
Two Tickets to Paradise2006Mark
American Dragon: Jake Long2005TV SeriesDr. Diente
Lil' Pimp2005VideoMan Cub Master (voice)
Kim Possible2003TV SeriesRudolph Farnsworth / White Stripe
Spider-Man2003TV SeriesRichard Damien
Identity2003George York
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie2002TV MovieDr. Perry Cox
Clone High2002TV SeriesCreepy Trucker
Stealing Harvard2002Detective Charles
Highway2002/IJohnny the Fox
King of the Hill2002TV SeriesOne-Armed Ronnie / Ranger
Crazy as Hell2002Parker
The Nightmare Room2001TV SeriesDr. Young
Summer Catch2001Hugh Alexander (uncredited)
The Animal2001Sgt. Sisk
Get Carter2000Con McCarty
Sole Survivor2000TV MovieVictor Yates
Any Given Sunday1999Jack Rose
Three to Tango1999Strauss
The Jack Bull1999TV MovieWoody
Office Space1999Bob Slydell
The Pentagon Wars1998TV MovieColonel J.D. Bock
Target Earth1998TV MovieAgent Vincent Naples, FBI
Bad Cop, Bad Cop1998TV Movie
Intensity1997TV MovieEdgler Foreman Vess
Nothing to Lose1997Davis 'Rig' Lanlow
Truth or Consequences, N.M.1997Eddie Grillo
The Practice1997TV SeriesAtty. Leonard Goode
Colin Fitz Lives!1997Groundskeeper
Hollywood Boulevard1996Jackson Elliot
Psalms from the Underground1996Short
Set It Off1996Detective Strode
Johns1996Danny Cohen
The Rock1996Marine Captain Hendrix (as John C. Mc Ginley)
Long Island Fever1995TV MovieJim McCarty
Nixon1995Earl in Training Film
Born to Be Wild1995Uncle Max Carr
The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.1995TV MovieDet. Sgt. Harry McBride
Frasier1994TV SeriesDanny Kriezel
Wagons East1994Julian
Surviving the Game1994John Griffin
On Deadly Ground1994MacGruder
Car 54, Where Are You?1994Officer Francis Muldoon
The Last Outlaw1993TV MovieWills
Mother's Boys1993Mr. Fogel, Teacher
Hear No Evil1993Mickey O'Malley
Watch It1993Rick
Cruel Doubt1992TV Mini-SeriesAttorney Jim Vos Burgh
A Midnight Clear1992Major Griffin
Little Noises1992Stu
Article 991992Dr. Rudy Bobrick
Fathers & Sons1992Gary (uncredited)
Point Break1991Ben Harp (as John McGinley)
Highlander II: The Quickening1991David Blake
Born on the Fourth of July1989Official #1 - Democratic Convention, Pushing Wheelchair (as John McGinley)
Suffering Bastards1989Buddy Johnson
Fat Man and Little Boy1989Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD
Lost Angels1989Dr. Farmer
Prisoners of Inertia1989Ogden
Talk Radio1988Stu
Clinton and Nadine1988TV MovieTurner
Shakedown1988Sean Phillips (as John McGinley)
Spenser: For Hire1988TV SeriesK.C.
Wall Street1987Marvin
Leg Work1987TV Series
Platoon1986Sgt. O'Neill
Sweet Liberty1986Floyd
Another World1964TV SeriesNed (1985-1986)


Stan Against Evil2016TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Jack Bull1999TV Movie executive producer
Colin Fitz Lives!1997producer
Sex & the Other Man1995producer
Watch It1993producer


ScrubsTV Series 1 episode, 2003 performer - 4 episodes, 2001 - 2007


Suffering Bastards1989writer


Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar2009TV Movie documentary special thanks
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode


Platoon: 302017Documentary filmingHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
Svengoolie2016TV SeriesHimself
Megan Clancy Interview with John C. McGinley2015Video shortHimself
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins2015TV SeriesHimself
Conan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fashion News Live2005-2014TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Quiet on the Set2014TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
Marie2013TV Series documentary
The Hour2013TV SeriesHimself
Reagan Round2012ShortHimself
The Bachmanns - You've Got Male2012ShortHimself
Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2008TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Ever 80s Movies2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies2007TV MovieHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten2007TV SeriesHimself
Point Break: Adrenaline Junkies2006Video shortHimself
Point Break: Ride the Wave2006Video shortHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Alien Planet2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Car Cruzin'2005TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
McEnroe2004TV SeriesHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
MADtv2003TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest / Paul a Postal Worker
The Bronx Bunny Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase2002TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'2001Video documentaryHimself / Sgt. O'Neill
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentaryHimself
American Gladiators1994TV SeriesHimself
Showbiz Today1990TV SeriesHimself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2006Festival Director's AwardMethod FestTwo Tickets to Paradise (2006)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a New Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)

Nominated Awards

2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)
2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActorScrubs (2001)
2006OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)
2005OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesScrubs (2001)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Supporting ActorScrubs (2001)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, Comedy or MusicalScrubs (2001)
2002TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyScrubs (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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