While an understudy in New York in the Circle-In-The-Square production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” John C. McGinley 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.”
John C. starred for three seasons on IFC’s hit half-hour comedy-horror series, “Stan Against Evil,” on which he also served as a producer. He is an audience favorite for his hilarious portrayal of ‘Dr. Perry Cox’ in the Emmy-nominated medical comedy series, “Scrubs,” which ran for nine seasons. More recently, he starred for two seasons in TBS’s workplace comedy series “Ground Floor,” which reunited him with creator Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”).
John C.’s impressive career in film spans a diverse range of characters in over seventy films to date, including such features as “Get A Job,” “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 received critical acclaim for his role in Warner Bros.’ “42,” the life story of Jackie Robinson.
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).
In addition to film and television, John C.’s background is heavily rooted in theater. He received stellar reviews for his starring performance alongside Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
As the father of Max, his 23-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 Special Olympics and is a board member of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. 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.
In 2011, he won Global’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for his incredible contributions to the differently-abled community. Global is delighted to have John C. as spokesperson and champion for people with Down syndrome.