John C. McGinley as Bill Birch
John C. was featured on Broadway in Requiem for a Heavyweight, off-Broadway in The Ballad of Soapy Smith and in the original cast production of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio, both at the renowned Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. While understudying 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.
Later this year he can be seen opposite Tyler Perry in the feature film, Alex Cross. He also will be a part of the upcoming ensemble cast of the Warner Brothers feature 42, which is about the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. John C. recently joined and can be seen in the current season of USA’s hit drama series “Burn Notice”.
Most notably, John C. received rave reviews 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 also received praise for his starring role in Dean Koontz’s gripping and highly rated suspense drama, Intensity, a four-hour original film for FOX-TV.
His impressive career in film spans a diverse range of characters in over sixty films to date, including 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.”
John C. is a partner at McGinley Entertainment Inc., an independent film production company with several projects currently in development. He 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). 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.
As the father of Max, his teenaged 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 World” 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.