John Christopher McGinley was born on the 3rd August 1959, in New York City, USA of Irish descent. He is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter and author, who became known portraying Dr. Perry Cox from the television series “Scrubs” (2001 – 2010). Moreover, he is a spokesman for the National Down Syndrome Society, and for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. McGinley has been active in the entertainment industry since 1985.
How much is the wealth of the actor? As authoritative sources estimate, the overall size of John C. McGinley’s net worth is over $12 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2016.
John C. McGinley Net Worth $12 Million
To begin with, McGinley was the son of teacher Patricia and stockbroker Gerald McGinley, and grew up with his four siblings in Millburn, New Jersey, where he attended Millburn High School where he also played football. Subsequently, John studied drama at Syracuse University, and later at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. During his training, he worked in various fields, including in various off-Broadway and Broadway productions.
Concerning his professional career, he debuted on the big screen creating a small role in the comedy film “Sweet Liberty” (1986) written and directed by Alan Alda. Then he landed a role in the Academy Awards winning film “Platoon” (1986) directed by Oliver Stone, loved by cinema goers as the box office grossed $138.5 million. Afterwards, he appeared in the main cast of many films, including “Talk Radio” (1988) and “Fat Man and Little Boy” (1989). In 1989, the film “Suffering Bastards” was also released which was scripted by McGinley; moreover, he landed the role of Buddy Johnson in the same film.
John C. McGinley landed supporting roles in the science fiction action film “Highlander II: The Quickening” (1991) directed by Russell Mulcahy, the war drama film “A Midnight Clear” (1992) by Keith Gordon and the thriller “Hear No Evil” (1993). He starred in the dramedy film “Article 99” (1992), before in 1993 producing the film “Watch It”. To add more, McGinley has increased his net worth starring in the films “On Deadly Ground” (1994), “Car 54, Where Are You?” (1994), “Seven” (1995), “Colin Fitz Lives!” (1997), “Intensity” (1997), “The Animal” (2001), “Stealing Harvard” (2002) and others. His net worth improved steadily.
It is worth mentioning the fact the McGinley won the Festival Directors Award in the Method Fest 2006 for his work in “Two Tickets to Paradise”. Lately, John landed a supporting role in “Kid Cannabis” (2014), and appeared in the main cast of the comedy “Get a Job” (2016). Currently, he is working on the set of upcoming films “The Belko Experiment” and “The Good Catholic”.
Furthermore, John McGinley has played many roles in television productions, the most notable being the role of Dr. Perry Cox in the television series “Scrubs” (2001–2010), for which role John was nominated for TCA and Satellite Awards. Currently, he has a regular role in the comedy series “Ground Floor” (2013–present).
Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he married Lauren Lambert in 1997 and they have a son who has Down Syndrome; the two divorced in 2001. In 2007, he married yoga instructor Nicole Kessler, and the family now has two daughters.
His wife, Nichole Kessler, gave birth to their second child together, daughter Kate Aleena McGinley, on June 24, 2010.
MFA in Acting - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1984).
Daughter, Billie Grace McGinley, born 2 February 2008, weighing 8 lbs and 21 inches long.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2008 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performances in the films Are We Done Yet? (2007) and Wild Hogs (2007), he failed to receive a nomination however.
Calls Oliver Stone his favorite director to work with, and has accordingly been cast in his films six times, more than any actor except Sean Stone, the director's son.
Is a good friend of NHL defense-man Chris Chelios and can often be seen on Scrubs (2001) wearing a Chelios hockey jersey or T-shirt of Chelios' chain of restaurants, "Cheli's Chili".
Became engaged to yoga teacher, Nichole Kessler, on August 19, 2006.
On Scrubs (2001), his character Dr. Cox's habit of referring to J.D. ( Zach Braff) by girls' names was put in the show after the writers noticed McGinley doing it to Braff. He claims to do this to all of his friends.
On the special edition DVD of Office Space (1999), writer/director Mike Judge and the cast reveal that McGinley improvised much of his character's praise of Michael Bolton. Several outtakes are shown. They also said that McGinley was intimidating to work with, which contributed to the character he played.
Describes Dr. Cox, his character on Scrubs (2001), as "a hard-ass with a heart of gold" in the tradition of Danny DeVito's Louie DiPalma on Taxi (1978) and Edward Asner's Lou Grant on Mary Tyler Moore (1970). Many of his co-stars say the same of him, that while he may seem intimidating at first he is very talented and great to work with.
Understudied John Turturro in the off-Broadway play "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea" early in his career.
His son with ex-wife Lauren Lambert, Max McGinley (born August 5, 1997), has Down's Syndrome. John took his TV role in Scrubs (2001) so he could stay close to home to be with him.
Was a Syracuse undergraduate before transferring to NYU, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1984.
(2013, on landing Office Space (1999)) When you came in, everybody auditioned for the role Gary Cole played. That was the audition piece, since the two Bobs weren't really on the page. So before you came in, you were issued illustrations and sent a file on your computer of an animated version of the role that Gary played. Everybody came in and auditioned for that. Then Gary got that, and Mike said, "You want to play one of the Bobs?" And I'm like, "Dude, I just want to be in this movie. It's the funniest thing I've ever read. But who are the Bobs?" And he goes, "We'll invent them down in Austin."Everybody says that to you, and it never happens. What we're going to invent when you get there on the day is that the 10k light just went out, and that's what we're going to address, not the Bobs doing the interviews. But he was true to his word, and I was only down there for three days, which is fantastic because we just stayed in. I'm only in two or three different interiors, that interview room and out in the office and then at the stapler guy's desk. That's it. So for three days, we just immersed into that and shot tons and tons of stuff for those people coming in when we're going to fire them or downsize. We just started to roll camera and do stuff.
I have mixed feelings about Car 54, Where Are You? (1994) Because we shot it as a musical and whoever the studio head was at Orion, or whoever the powers that be were, cut all but, like, two musical numbers out of it. That is the same as cutting the musical numbers out of The Wizard of Oz (1939); it wouldn't be that interesting. So the film, to me, doesn't make sense without the musical numbers in it. They kept in one of Buster [Poindexter's] musical numbers. And then maybe there's one other, but the film doesn't make sense. I wouldn't pretend to know what happened, what the decision-making process was, but we busted our humps on those numbers, and then the film came out and I didn't understand what I was watching.Because Orion was also producing a film in Kansas City called Article 99 (1992), I was doing them simultaneously. I would do Car 54, Where Are You? (1994) Monday through Wednesday, and they'd fly me last flight out from Toronto to Kansas City to shoot Thursday and Friday in Kansas City. And that happened for about four weeks. I love grinding like that.
[on his road to stardom] I dug tungsten. I was a successful waiter in New York. I worked at a shrink-wrap factory. I wrote tickets on the New York Stock Exchange. I was an assistant to a broker. I caddied the U.S. Open, and I was a camp counselor.
I did Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), with Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert down in Buenos Aires, and I stunk. I was infatuated with Orson Welles' filmography at the time, so I wanted to see if I could make my voice as low as his, and I succeeded. Nothing in the text supported that choice, though, so in the film, I look like a jackass. I don't look like a tough guy, I look like an idiot actor trying to toy around with his vocal apparatus.
The [Scrubs (2001)] pilot script's notes described the character as a John C. McGinley-type. Now, I don't know what that type is, but I said, "Well, you've got him." I still had to audition five times for the network.
[on talking to his Any Given Sunday (1999) costar, Al Pacino] When Johnny [John Cusack] and I were shooting The Jack Bull (1999) in Calgary, he told me just to go up and knock on Al's trailer door. That's the secret of talking to him. If no one knocks on his door, he stays closeted up by himself. It really worked. I spent a lot of time talking to Al.
[on why he feels he never landed a role as a TV series regular until Scrubs (2001)] With my dorky head, I guess I just wasn't handsome enough. I'd do the audition but never hear back. TV tends to look for the living equivalents of squeaky-clean Kens and Barbies, but with my dial I'm more like Ken's dirty old uncle.
[on how he memorizes his lines and prepares for his roles] I go downstairs and don't come up from there until I get that stuff hammered in my skull, until I can do it water skiing or jumping out of a plane. It's all about the text, flushing it out, to excavate, to really get in there and see what falls through your fingers.