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McG Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph McGinty Nichol
Birth Place:
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Director, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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