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John Christopher McGinley (born August 3, 1959)is an Americanmarker actor, most notable for his roles as Perry Cox in Scrubs, Bob Slydell in Office Space, and Sergeant Red O'Neill in Oliver Stone's Platoon. He has also written and directed for television and film. Apart from acting, McGinley is also an author and a spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Early life

McGinley, who is one of five children, was born in the Greenwich Villagemarker section of New York Citymarker, the son of Patricia, a schoolteacher, and Gerald McGinley, a stockbroker. His paternal great-grandfather was from Donegalmarker, Irelandmarker. McGinley was raised in Millburn, New Jerseymarker, and attended Millburn High Schoolmarker, where he played wide receiver for the school's football team. He studied acting at Syracuse Universitymarker, and later at New York Universitymarker's Tisch School of the Arts. Upon completing his education, McGinley did a variety of different work, including Off Broadway and Broadwaymarker productions, and a two-year stint on the soap opera Another World.

At the age of 20, McGinley was a ball spotter at the 1980 U.S. Open. While on the job, he exchanged a few words with professional golfer Arnold Palmer.


McGinley has had a prolific career, primarily as a supporting character actor. He was noticed by a casting scout while working as John Turturro's understudy in John Patrick Shanley's 1984 production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which led to an audition for the role of Sergeant Red O'Neill in the Oscar-winning Platoon, although his first movie role was Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty (1986). That was followed the next year with Wall Street (1987), and again the next with Talk Radio (1988). He also was featured in a 1980s Subaru commercial. He appeared in the "Celebrity Challenge" version of American Gladiators, losing to Dean Cain. McGinley wrote the script for 1990s Suffering Bastards, in which he also co-starred.

He worked continually throughout the 1990s, appearing in films such as Point Break (1991), Highlander 2 (1991), Article 99 (1992), Wagons East! (1994), Se7en (1995), The Rock (1996), Nothing to Lose (1997) and Office Space (1999) (McGinley improvised several takes about his character's fondness for Michael Bolton). In 2007, he had a role as Chuck in the film Are We Done Yet? He has also had a small role as a gay highway patrolman in the Touchstone Pictures film Wild Hogs.

McGinley has done voiceover work on animated television series, including the superhero The Atom on several episodes of Justice League Unlimited, a guest appearance as "The White Shadow", the secret government agent overseeing Huey Freeman on The Boondocks, voicing The Whammer on the PBS Kids Go! series WordGirl as well as the lead character in the Sony PSP video game Dead Head Fred.

McGinley received critical acclaim for his performance as a serial killer in Dean Koontz's suspense drama, Intensity (1997). It became Fox's highest-rated miniseries. He worked with Koontz and Fox once more in Sole Survivor (2000).

In 2001, McGinley began work as a regular on the NBC sitcom Scrubs as the acerbic Dr. Perry Cox. Throughout the series Dr. Cox acts as an unwilling mentor to the protagonist J.D. (Zach Braff). McGinley has said that there are three things over the course of the series that he improvises: his constant usage of girls' names for JD, which he does with all his real friends; his whistle, which he describes as "a bad habit"; and his habit of touching his nose, a tribute to Robert Redford's character in The Sting; he says the gesture means "It's gonna be OK."

Since the NFL season of 2007, McGinley has played the "Commish" of the More Taste League commercials for Miller Lite. He has also done commercials for the Champions Tour, a professional golf tour for men over the age of 50. In 2008, McGinley was the narrator of the documentary of the Detroit Red Wings' 2008 Stanley Cup Championship. In 2009, McGinley started narrating commercials for

McGinley wrote a 2005 book Untalkative Bunny: How to Be Heard Without Saying a Word, for Big Tent Entertainment.

Recently, he was cast in the movie adaptation of the comic book Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and he plays the role of the classic Superman villain, Metallo.

Personal life

In February 1997, McGinley married Lauren Lambert. Their child, Max, born that year, has Down syndrome; While shooting Scrubs, he wears a wristband for a Down Syndrome charity. In December 2001, Lambert and McGinley divorced. In October 2002, he was chosen as "Dad of the Month" at In August 2006, McGinley became engaged to yoga instructor Nichole Kessler in Malibumarker, whom he had dated for two years. The couple were married on April 7, 2007 in a private ceremony at their home. They have one daughter together, Billie Grace, who was born on February 2, 2008.

McGinley owns a stake in one of Billy Gilroy's New York SoHomarker bistros along with fellow actor Willem Dafoe. He is a close friend of John Cusack with whom he likes to play golf.

In 2006, McGinley served as the national spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Buddy Walk.

McGinley appeared on the television show American Gladiator in 1994, during the Celebrity Challenge.

McGinley is also an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and shows this by wearing a Red Wings jersey in several Scrubs episodes.

McGinley maintains a home in Malibu, Californiamarker and is well-known as a member of the "Malibu Mob", a group of celebrity friends and neighbours including John Cusack, Tony Danza, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, beach volleyball pro Gabrielle Reece, and tennis player John McEnroe.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Sweet Liberty Floyd
Platoon Sgt. Red O'Neill
1987 Wall Street Marvin
1988 Talk Radio Stu
Shakedown Sean Phillips
1989 Prisoners of Inertia Ogden
Born on the Fourth of July Official #1 - Democratic Convention, Pushing Wheelchair
Fat Man and Little Boy Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD
Suffering Bastards Buddy Johnson Writer
1991 Point Break FBI Agent Ben Harp
Highlander II: The Quickening David Blake
1992 Article 99 Dr. Rudy Bobrick
Cruel Doubt Attorney Jim Vos Burgh
A Midnight Clear Major Griffin
1993 Hear No Evil Mickey O'Malley
Watch It Rick Producer
1994 On Deadly Ground MacGruder
Surviving the Game John Griffin
Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Francis Muldoon
Wagons East! Julian Rogers
1995 Born to be Wild Max Carr
Se7en California
Nixon Earl in Training Film
1996 The Rock Marine Captain Hendrix
Set It Off Detective Strode
1997 Flypaper Joe
Intensity Edgler Foreman Vess
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Eddie Grillo
Nothing to Lose Davis 'Rig' Lanlow
1998 Target Earth Agent Vincent Naples
1999 Office Space Bob Slydell
Any Given Sunday Jack Rose
Three to Tango Strauss
The Jack Bull Woody
2000 Get Carter Con McCarty
2001 Summer Catch Hugh Alexander Uncredited
The Animal Sgt. Sisk
2002 Stealing Harvard Detective Charles
Highway Johnny the Fox
2003 Identity George York
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Jerry Dupree
A.W.O.L. Garris
Two Tickets to Paradise Mark
2007 Wild Hogs Gay Highway Patrolman
Are We Done Yet? Chuck Mitchell Jr.
2008 American Crude Jim
2009 Life's a Trip Mark Hewson
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies John Corben/Metallo (Voice) Direct-to-DVD release
Year Title Role Notes
1985-1986 Another World Ned Unknown episodes
1988 Spenser: For Hire K.C. 1 episode
1993 The Last Outlaw Wills Television movie
1994 Frasier Danny Kriezel Episode: "Seat of Power"
1997 The Practice Atty. Leonard Goode 2 episodes
Intensity Edgler Foreman Vess Television movie
1998 The Pentagon Wars Col. J.D. Bock Television movie
2000 Sole Survivor Victor Yates Television movie
2001 - Present Scrubs Dr. Perry Cox 169 episodes (to date)
2002 Clone High Creepy Trucker (Voice) 1 episode
2003 Kim Possible Rudolph "White Stripe" Farnsworth (Voice) 1 episode
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Richard Damien (Voice) 2 episodes
2003-2005 Justice League Unlimited The Atom (Voice) 4 episodes
2006 The Boondocks The White Shadow (Voice) 1 episode
2008-2009 WordGirl The Whammer (Voice) 4 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Film or series
2002 Television Critics Association Awards Nominated Individual Achievement in Comedy Scrubs
2003 Satellite Awards Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Scrubs
2006 Method Fest Won Festival Director's Award Two Tickets to Paradise


  1. John C. McGinley Biography (1959-)
  2. Irish America Magazine
  3. GOLFONLINE - Shooting Star: John C. McGinley
  4. Johnny C Bio Site retrieved 23 August 2007
  5. YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
  6. "Suffering Bastards" IMDB page
  7. Scrubs DVD special features
  8. McGinley narrates the Wings' Cup journey
  9. Superman: The Animated Series DVD news: Announcement for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies |
  10.'s Dedicated Dads: John C. McGinley. Retrieved March 21, 2007.
  11. Scrubs Star John C. McGinley Gets Married retrieved April 9, 2007
  12. John C. McGinley Interview. Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  13. "A Message from the Buddy Walk Spokesman" Retrieved March 21, 2007.
  14. [1] Retrieved November 19, 2008.
  15. Chris Chelios' new team: The Malibu Mob | | Detroit Free Press
  16. MSN TV Blog: Paging Dr. Cox: 'Scrubs' Doc John C. McGinley Dishes on His Motor-Mouthed Alter Ego, His Famous Friends and His Elle MacPherson Jones

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