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Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 30, 1958
SpouseGigi Rice
FactAttended the University of Southern California where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Ted McGinley was born in Santa Monica, California, on May 30, 1958. His parents were Peggy (née McNulty), a homemaker, and John McGinley, an insurance broker. He has two older sisters, Judy and Barbara. McGinley was raised in a strict Catholic household and attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. He played football and baseball in high school and was offered a baseball scholarship to the University of Southern California, but declined in order to pursue an acting career.

McGinley’s first acting role was in an episode of the television series Happy Days. He subsequently appeared in episodes of Laverne & Shirley, M*A*S*H, and The Love Boat. In 1981, he had a small role in the film The Cannonball Run. McGinley’s breakout role came in 1982 when he played Jefferson D’Arcy on the television series Married… with Children. He continued to appear on the show until 1997.

In 1984, McGinley appeared in the film Revenge of the Nerds. He subsequently appeared in films such as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), The Wonder Years (1988), Wayne’s World (1992), and Major League: Back to the Minors (1998). McGinley has also appeared in several television movies and miniseries, including The Stand (1994), From the Earth to the Moon (1998), and 10.5 (2004).

McGinley has been married to Megan Murphy since 1984. They have two children: Molly and Patrick. McGinley is a supporter of the Republican Party and has donated to the campaigns of Mitt Romney and John McCain.

General Info

Full NameTed McGinley
Date Of BirthMay 30, 1958
Height1.82 m
EducationNewport Harbor High School, University of Southern California


SpouseGigi Rice
ChildrenBeau Martin McGinley
ParentsEmily McGinley, Bob McGinley


AwardsTV Land Innovator Award, TV Land Fan Favorite Award
MoviesRevenge of the Nerds, Do You Believe?, Major League: Back to the Minors, The Note, Taking a Chance on Love, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, Wayne's World 2, Pearl Harbor, Frozen Impact, Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation, Hard Time: Hostage Hotel, Every Mother's Worst Fear, Physica...
TV ShowsHappy Days, The Love Boat, Dynasty, Married... with Children, Charlie Lawrence, Hope & Faith, Dancing with the Stars, No Tomorrow, Retrosexual: The '80s

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1You have to like the characters you play.
2I've always said that the word 'genius,' especially in Hollywood, is way overused.
3Most of my stuff, I never really watch.
4I love my wife, I love my kids.
5Hollywood's all about, 'Let's make this easy: This is what you do, so you go over here in this group, and we're not gonna call you.'
6I guess I just wasn't meant to dance.
7I remember in high school trying to get home from water-polo practice in time so I could see Happy Days on television when it first came on, because I was so blown away by it. It was just such a cool thing.
8I don't know why, but I'm an easy target. And I don't do anything to dispel it.


1He's of Irish descent.
2Son Beau Martin McGinley was born on May 25, 1994.
3Before taking the role of Jefferson D'Arcy on Married with Children (1987), he played Peggy's husband in a Christmas fantasy episode in which Al wonders what life would have been like if he had never been born. The episodes were Married with Children: It's a Bundyful Life (1989) and Married with Children: It's a Bundyful Life (1989).
4"Patron saint" of the website "Jump the Shark" (a phrase describing an event in a television show that viewers feel has caused it to irreparably stray from its original premise and marks the start of the show's decline) because of his frequent roles as a fresh or a replacement character shortly before the termination of many shows.
5Took a 16-year-old Brooke Shields to her Dwight Englewood senior prom in 1982.
6Attended the University of Southern California where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
7Was the captain of the USC water polo team.




The Outskirts2017completedPrincipal Whitmore
Happily Never After2017TV Movie post-productionGene
Expendable Assets2016Carter
Transformers: Robots in Disguise2015-2016TV SeriesDenny Clay / Ship Captain
The Bridge Part 22016TV MovieCharlie
Sam, Again2016ShortRick
The Bridge2015TV MovieCharlie
Underdog Kids2015Mr. Hershfeld
Do You Believe?2015Matthew
Castle2014TV SeriesBrock Harmon
Rescuing Madison2014TV MovieDouglas
Bad Behavior2013Bruce
Mad Men2013TV SeriesMel
A Mother's Rage2013TV MovieStan
The Mentalist2012TV SeriesEd Hunt
The 4 to 9ers2012TV MovieRay
Sullivan & Son2012TV SeriesEugene Casternakie
Imaginary Friend2012TV MovieOfficer Cameron
Notes from the Heart Healer2012TV MovieKingston Danville
Christmas with a Capital C2011Dan Reed
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2011TV SeriesAquaman 2
Breaking In2011TV SeriesLarry
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster2010TV MovieUncle Thorny
Melissa & Joey2010TV SeriesMayor Frank Hitchcock
Wizards of Waverly Place2010TV SeriesSuperintendent Clanton
Privileged2010VideoMr. Webber
Taking a Chance on Love2009TV MovieKingston Danville
Psych2009TV SeriesRandy Labayda
Family Guy2007-2008TV SeriesHelicopter Rental Agent
The Note2007TV MovieKingston Danville
The Storm Awaits2007ShortVale NewCastle
'Til Death2007TV SeriesWebby
Hope & Faith2003-2006TV SeriesCharley Shanowski
NTSB: The Crash of Flight 3232004TV MovieReese Faulkner
Family Curse2003TV Movie
The Proud Family2003TV SeriesLance McDougal
Justice League2002-2003TV SeriesTom Turbine / Burns
Charlie Lawrence2003TV SeriesGraydon Cord
Frozen Impact2003TV MovieDan Blanchard
My Adventures in Television2002TV SeriesTed Wayne Giblen
Pearl Harbor2001Army Major
The Practice2001TV SeriesMichael Hale
The West Wing2000-2001TV SeriesMark Gottfried
Face the Music2000Marcus
Daybreak2000/IDillon Johansen
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel1999TV MovieFBI Agent Hopkins
The Big Tease1999Johnny Darjerling
Work with Me1999TV SeriesMurray Epstein
Sports Night1998-1999TV SeriesGordon
Follow Your Heart1999James Allen Bailey
Every Mother's Worst Fear1998TV MovieScanman
Major League: Back to the Minors1998Leonard Huff
The John Larroquette Show1995-1996TV SeriesKarl Reese
Deadly Web1996TV MoviePeter Lawrence
Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead1995TV MovieJeffrey Quint
Dream On1995TV SeriesChad Spencer
Wild Justice1994TV MovieAubrey Billings
Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love1994TV MovieStan Gable
Wayne's World 21993Mr. Scream
Linda1993TV MovieBrandon 'Jeff' Jeffries
Space Case1992Biff
Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation1992TV MovieDean Stanley Gable
Blue Tornado1991Philip
Baby Talk1991TV SeriesCraig Palmer
Evening Shade1990TV SeriesKyle Hampton
B.L. Stryker1989TV SeriesMitch Slade
Physical Evidence1989Kyle
Perfect Strangers1988TV SeriesBilly Appleton
Hotel1985-1987TV SeriesKyle Stanton / Neil Benson / Wade Stafford
Dynasty1986-1987TV SeriesClay Fallmont
The Love Boat1983-1987TV SeriesShip's Photographer Ashley 'Ace' Covington Evans / Ashley Covington Evans / Ship's Purser / ...
Happy Days1980-1984TV SeriesRoger Phillips
Revenge of the Nerds1984Stan Gable
Making of a Male Model1983TV MovieGary Angelo
Herndon1983TV MovieShack Shackleford
Fantasy Island1982TV SeriesErrol Brookfield III
Young Doctors in Love1982Dr. Bucky DeVol


Sam, Again2016Short executive producer
Do You Believe?2015associate producer


Married with Children1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happy Days1981TV Series performer - 1 episode


Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2015TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Guest / Himself / ...
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Fox and Friends2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself
See Dad Run2013TV SeriesHimself
Perfect Partners: Genie Francis & Ted McGinley in 'The Note 3 - Notes from the Heart Healer'2012Video documentary shortHimself
80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2011TV MovieHimself
Biography2001-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Eavesdrop: A Conversation with Writer/Director Matthew Miele2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Note 2: Taking a Chance on Love - Heart Healers: Genie and Ted on Peyton and King2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Note 2: Taking a Chance on Love - How It All Began2009Video documentary shortHimself
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Family Dynamic: Creating Hope & Faith2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
Dancing with the Stars2008TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Tony Danza Show2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - softball team
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade2004TV SpecialHimself
SoapTalk2004TV SeriesHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now: TV Hunks2003TV Short documentaryHimself
Married... with Children Reunion2003TV Movie documentaryHimself / Jefferson D'Arcy
The Love Boat: TV Tales2002TV SpecialHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Bundymania1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV's All-Time Funniest Christmas Moments1995TV MovieHimself - Co-Host
Married with Children1995TV SeriesHimself / Jefferson D'Arcy
Backstage with the Bundys1992TV Special documentaryHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Troop Beverly Hills1989Himself
Battle of the Network Stars XVIII1985TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
53rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade1984TV SpecialHimself
Just Men!1983TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
Married with Children1995TV SeriesJefferson D'Arcy
The Best O' Bundy: Married with Children's 200th Episode Celebration1995TV Special documentaryJefferson D'Arcy


Won Awards

2009Innovator AwardTV Land AwardsMarried with Children (1987)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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