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John C. McGinley Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Was born with a mild form of dyslexia
  • Understudied for John Turturro in an off-Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which led to his first big break when he was spotted by a scout for director Oliver Stone
  • He got a role in Platoon (1986), which was followed by several more Stone collaborations, including Wall Street (1987), Talk Radio (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Nixon (1995) and Any Given Sunday (1999)
  • Part owner of Soho's Match restaurant, with Platoon costar Willem Dafoe
  • Auditioned five times for the part of Dr
  • Perry Cox on Scrubs
  • Appeared in Crazy as Hell (2002), a film directed by former New York University classmate Eriq La Salle
  • Actively involved in fund-raising activities for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)


  • Mark McGinley -- Brother
  • Billie Grace McGinley -- Daughter
  • Kate Aleena McGinley -- Daughter
  • Lauren Lambert -- Ex-wife
  • Gerald McGinley -- Father
  • Patricia McGinley -- Mother
  • Max McGinley -- Son
  • Nichole Kessler -- Wife