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John C. McGinley

Lowest Rated:   0% Wagons East! (1994)
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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
52% The Belko Experiment
  • Wendell Dukes
$10.2M 2017
No Score Yet The Good Catholic
  • Actor
2017
5% Get a Job
  • Diller
2016
88% The Discoverers
  • Bill Birch
2014
71% Kid Cannabis
  • John Grefard
2014
79% 42
  • Red Barber
$95.1M 2013
No Score Yet Watercolor Postcards
  • Merlin
2013
12% 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
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Jack Rose
1999
28% Three to Tango
  • Strauss
1999
80% The Jack Bull
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Woody
1999
79% 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
29% 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
63% Set It Off
  • Det. Strode
1996
66% The Rock
  • Marine Capt. Hendrix
1996
89% Mother
  • John's buddy Carl
1996
75% Nixon
  • Earl
1995
80% 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
69% The New Age
  • Actor
1994
27% 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
13% Hear No Evil
  • Mickey
1993
43% Mother's Boys
  • Mr. Fogel
1993
87% A Midnight Clear
  • Maj. Griffin
1992
46% Article 99
  • Dr. Rudy Bobrick
1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening
  • Blake
1991
68% Point Break
  • Ben Harp
1991
No Score Yet Little Noises
  • Stu
1991
90% Born on the Fourth of July
  • Official #1
1989
50% 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 Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
67% Stan Against Evil
2016
  • Producer
  • Stanley Miller
  • 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
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Dr. Perry Cox Perry Cox
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Danny
  • 1994

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