- Born in Michigan but grew up in Newport Beach, CA.
- The youngest of three, he was nicknamed "McG" by his family so he wouldn't be confused with his uncle Joe or his grandfather Joe.
- Childhood pals included Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. In high school, the two were in a band, the Q Tips, with McG---not McGrath---as lead singer.
- A year out of college, he formed a record label and signed his friends' band Shrinky Dinx, which later became Sugar Ray.
- Shared a house with Sugar Ray, produced their debut album and, with borrowed equipment, shot their first music video.
- Has directed more than 50 music videos, for (among others) the Barenaked Ladies, the Offspring and Smashmouth.
- Was picked to direct 2000's Charlie's Angels—his first big-screen effort—after a 45-minute meeting with producer Drew Barrymore.
- Founded the production company Wonderland Sound and Vision, which produces TV shows such as Supernatural and Chuck in addition to films.
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- University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA (BA in Psychology, 1992)
- Birth Name: Joseph McGinty Nichol
- Birth Place: Kalamazoo, MI
- Birthday: August 9, 1968, Leo
- Profession: Director, Producer
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