John McGinley Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Oct 05, 2022 By Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Originally Published on May 14, 2022
Edited by Aditi Gupta
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Discover lots of interesting facts you might not know about the actor John C. McGinley.
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About John C. McGinley

John Christopher McGinley, also known as John C. McGinley is an actor of American origin.
John C. McGinley became renowned for his roles in TV shows like 'Scrubs' and movies like 'Office Space', 'The Rock' and 'Wall Street'. He's also a writer, and a voice actor and has also written scripts and produced TV shows and movies.
John C. McGinley started his career in 1986 with the comedy movie 'Sweet Liberty'. After the TV show 'Scrubs', John became a household name and his character has won hearts around the world. John C. McGinley has regularly made an attempt to promote awareness about Down Syndrome. He officially serves on the board of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation as an international spokesperson. In addition, he serves as the spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society.

John C. McGinley Net Worth, Earnings And Spending Habits

What is John C. McGinley’s net worth?

John C. McGinley has a net worth of $12 million. John was estimated to have earned $30,000 per episode on 'Scrubs'. He was also paid a whopping amount of $500,000 during the eighth season which was near the end of the series.

How much does John C. McGinley earn per year?

John C. McGinley earns $1,000,000 per year.

Height, Age And Physical Attributes

How tall is John C. McGinley?

John C. McGinley is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.

How old is John C. McGinley?

John C. McGinley was born in New York on August 3, 1959, and is now 62 years old as of 2021.

Childhood And Education

John C. McGinley was born as John Christopher McGinley in Greenwich Village in New York City to Gerald McGinley and Patricia McGinley. He has four more siblings. He grew up in Millburn, New York and completed his schooling at Millburn High School, and used to play football in the school's team.
John pursued theater at Syracuse University and New York University. After Syracuse University, John pursued Graduate Acting Program at New York University and graduated in the year 1984. McGinley worked in a number of jobs after finishing college, including his acting debut for the two-year recurring role on the soap opera 'Another World'.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is John C. McGinley’s partner?

John C. McGinley married Lauren Lambert in the year 1997. They have a son named Max McGinley. However, they parted ways in 2001.
In 2007, John married Nichole Kessler, a yoga instructor after dating her for three years. The couple has two daughters named Billie Grace McGinley and Kate Aleena McGinley.

Career And Professional Highlights


Best Known For…

John C. McGinley became a household name after starring in the famous Oscar-winning movie titled 'Platoons'. His role as a serial killer in the show 'Intensity', which was based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name, earned praise from critics and audiences.
McGinley's popularity soared after the medical comedy-drama 'Scrubs' aired on television and it boosted his fan base significantly.
John C. McGinley made his stage debut in the play 'Danny And The Deep Blue Sea'. In addition to this, McGinley appeared in a number of Broadway productions. A casting agent first discovered John during the shoot of the television show 'Danny And The Deep Blue Sea'. McGinley's portrayal in 'Danny And The Deep Blue Sea' left a lasting effect. He got the role in the Oscar-winning movie 'Platoon' which was released in 1986.
In 1986, he starred in the comedy movie 'Sweet Liberty'. John has also worked in the 1987 film 'Wall Street' and in the 1988 film 'Talk Radio'. In the '80s, John C. McGinley was featured in Subaru commercials and also appeared in the celebrities' version of the show 'American Gladiators'. In the year 1990, John authored the screenplay for the film 'Suffering Bastards', which he also starred in.
McGinley's career grew in the '90s, and he appeared in a number of extremely successful movies. Some of his notable works include 'Point Break', 'Highlander II: The Quickening', 'Article 99', 'Wagons East!', 'Seven', 'Set It Off', and 'Office Space'.
John's serial killer role in the 1997 suspense thriller series 'Intensity' was a huge hit for which the actor received immense popularity. John has also produced as well as starred in the films 'The Jack Bull' and 'Sole Survivor'. He appeared in the movies 'Are We Done Yet?' and 'Wild Hogs' over the next decade. McGinley had a career as a voice artist in addition to being a successful actor and dramatist. In many episodes of the TV series that was titled 'Justice League Unlimited', he voiced 'The Atom'. He has worked as a voice actor for several animated characters, as well as the video game titled 'Dead Head Fred', and TV shows like 'Spider-Man' and 'Kim Possible'.


Charity Work

John C. McGinley is currently serving in the Denver-based organization named Global Down Syndrome Foundation as a board member. He is also appointed as the ambassador of an organization named the National Down Syndrome Society.
John is a Special Olympics goodwill ambassador. The actor was also instrumental in developing the organization's campaign which was titled 'R-word: Spread The Word, End The Word'. He is also an advocate for the community of special needs people and has mentioned in 2011, personal experience as a parent of a child who is suffering from Down syndrome.

What awards has John C. McGinley won?

In 2002, John C. McGinley won the Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actor in a new comedy series along with the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his TV series 'Scrubs'.
In 2003, he was nominated for Satellite Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy, or Musical for his performance in ‘Scrubs’.
He received the Festival Director's Award at Method Fest in the year 2006 for his performance in the film 'Two Tickets to Paradise'.
He has been awarded the Honorary Patron of Trinity College and the University Philosophical Society in 2008.

John C. McGinley’s Hobbies And Interests

The hobbies of John C. McGinley include doing weight lifting, playing golf, as well as stand-up paddle surfing.

McGinley is a member of the Sherwood Lake Club and likes golfing with John Cusack, an American actor, in his spare time.

Other Interesting John C. McGinley Facts And Trivia

John, along with fellow actor Willem Dafoe, has invested in one of Billy Gilroy's New York SoHo bistros.
McGinley first appeared on the iconic NBC comedy show 'Scrubs' in 2001 as 'Dr. Perry Cox'.
McGinley authored a book based on the animated series 'Untalkative Bunny' in 2005. The book's title was 'The Untalkative Bunny: How to Be Heard Without Saying a Word'.
In the year 2009, John starred as Metallo who was the archetypal Superman adversary for the cinematic adaptation of the comic book 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'.
McGinley has featured in various TV advertisements throughout his acting career, including those for the 'Champions Tour', 'Miller Lite', 'ESPN', and ‘State Farm insurance.’
With 'Glengarry Glen Ross', he returned to Broadway in 2013. John's dedication to independent films has led him to appear in and produce three films in the year 2016, which were titled 'The Good Catholic', 'The Belko Experiment', and 'Rounding Third'.
John is a major admirer of the Detroit Red Wings, as seen by his jersey of the Red Wings in several episodes of 'Scrubs'. The Red Wings' 2008 Championship DVD featured him as the narrator.
Currently, John resides in Malibu, California, and is a member of the 'Malibu Mob', which includes stars like John Cusack, John McEnroe, Tony Danza, Laird Hamilton, Chris Chelios, and Gabrielle Reece.
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John McGinley Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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John McGinley

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Place of Birth

Greenwich Village



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New York University

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Nichole Kessler


Gerald McGinley, Patricia McGinley


Mark McGinley

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Written by Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason

Bachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

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