John C. McGinley's path to stardom is a story that reads like a classic Hollywood script. While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," he was spotted by director Oliver Stone and soon after was cast in "Platoon," the first of a long list of collaborations between Stone and McGinley which includes "Wall Street," "Talk Radio," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Nixon" and "Any Given Sunday."
He is currently in production on “Ground Floor,” a new workplace comedy series, which reunites him with creator Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”). John C. plays ‘Mr. Mansfield,’ the critical boss to hot-shot young banker ‘Brody’ (Skylar Austin). “Ground Floor” debuted on November 14, 2013, 10pm on TBS and will run through January 16, 2014.
For the big screen, John C. most recently received critical acclaim for his role as Brooklyn Dodgers’ radio broadcaster ‘Red Barber’ in Warner Bros.’ "42," the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film is now available on DVD.
John C. received stellar reviews for his starring performance as ‘Dave Moss’ in the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Glengarry Glen Ross.” According to Newday, “John C. McGinley is especially dazzling as the hothead who plans the office crime.” The play also stars Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale and ran through January 20, 2013.
He has wrapped production on the comedy feature “Get A Job” and a starring role in the independent comedy feature, "The Discoverers," with Griffin Dunne. This road movie written and directed by Justin Schwarz will soon be making the festival circuit.
John C. is an audience favorite for his hilarious portrayal of 'Dr. Perry Cox' in the Emmy-nominated medical comedy series, "Scrubs," which ended its successful nine season run in 2010. He most recently returned to television with a memorable arc on USA Networks’ hit drama series “Burn Notice.” Joining season 6, John C. played the recurring role of ‘Tom Card,’ the CIA training officer who taught ‘Michael Weston’ (Jeffrey Donovan) everything he knows.
His impressive career in film spans a diverse range of characters in over sixty films to date, including such features as the recent “Alex Cross,” "Wild Hogs," "Identity," "The Animal," "The Rock," "Nothing to Lose," "Set It Off," "Seven," "Office Space," "Mother," "Wagons East," "Surviving the Game," "On Deadly Ground," "Point Break," "Highlander II," "A Midnight Clear" and "Fat Man and Little Boy." He also previously starred opposite Ice Cube in Sony/Revolution Studios' feature, "Are We Done Yet?," the sequel to the hit comedy "Are We There Yet?." Of John C.'s performance, The New York Times proclaimed, "....a marvelous John C. McGinley, playing a dodgy jack-of-all-
trades with the kind of energy that forces other actors to step up their game. He is so good. He redeems his character through acting skill alone."
With a solid commitment to the independent film community, he has appeared in director Eriq La Salle's "Crazy As Hell" and director Scott Silver's "Johns." He also worked on "Truth or Consequences, N.M.," Kiefer Sutherland's feature directorial debut and on "Colin Fitz," a film John C. co-produced which premiered in competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He starred in director D.B. Sweeney's independent feature, "Two Tickets to Paradise," which received raves on the festival circuit. For his performance in the later film, John C. was awarded Method Fest's Festival Director's Award, which is awarded for special recognition/excellence in film.
John C. is a partner at McGinley Entertainment Inc., an independent film production company with several projects currently in development. John C. first worked both sides of the camera, serving double duty as actor and producer for the romantic comedy "Watch It!" (with Peter Gallagher and Lili Taylor).
For television, he received stunning reviews for his starring role in Dean Koontz's gripping and highly rated suspense drama, "Intensity," a four-hour original film for FOX-
TV. Of his performance, the New York Times stated, "John C. McGinley plays 'Vess' with effective cold-blooded menace. It is McGinley, in a strong, low-key performance, who emerges as the film's secret weapon. His face is familiar from many movie roles where his guy-next-door looks have made him a natural sidekick. As the murderer with the unlikely name 'Edgler Vess,' he uses that regular-guy demeanor to make the character especially chilling."
He executive-produced and starred opposite John Cusack in HBO Pictures' western, "The Jack Bull," directed by John Badham; and he appeared in HBO NYC's "The Pentagon Wars."
In addition to film and TV, John C.'s background is heavily rooted in theater. He was featured on Broadway in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and off-Broadway in "The Ballad of Soapy Smith" and the original cast production of Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio,"both at the renowned Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare
Festival. He often cites Papp as the most instrumental force behind his career.
In May 2005, John C. was invited and honored to deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for the University of California San Francisco's (UCSF) School of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the nation.
As the father of Max, his fifteen-year-old son with Down syndrome, John C. is committed to building awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. He currently serves as an Ambassador for both the Special Olympics and the National Down Syndrome Society and is a board member of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. He previously served for seven years as the national spokesperson for NDSS's annual advocacy Buddy Walks. John C. is also one of the original creators, in conjunction with Special Olympics, of the groundbreaking "Spread the Word to End the Word" national campaign to eradicate the "R" word. He has blogged repeatedly on the Huffington Post, advocating acceptance and awareness of people with special needs as well as the importance of eliminating the "R" word.
John C. resides in Los Angeles and enjoys stand-up paddle surfing, weight lifting and golf. He married Nichole Kessler on April 7, 2007 at the couple's home in Malibu and they now have two young daughters Billie Grace and Kate Aleena, in addition to big brother Max.