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Ted McGinley

Ted McGinley
Born Theodore Martin McGinley
(1958-05-30) May 30, 1958 (age 57)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Gigi Rice (1991–present)

Theodore Martin "Ted" McGinley (born May 30, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Jefferson D'Arcy on the television sitcom Married... with Children and as Charley Shanowski on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. He was also a regular on Happy Days, Dynasty and The Love Boat.


McGinley was born in Newport Beach, California, the son of Emily and Bob McGinley. He was a surfer and worked as a lifeguard in high school. In college he began modeling and was also the captain and two time MVP of the water polo team.


McGinley began his career in modeling. After a casting director spotted a picture of him in GQ,[1] he was cast in comedy series Happy Days as Roger Phillips (nephew of the Cunninghams), a role he played from 1980-1984. During the run of Happy Days, he landed a role in the 1982 comedy Young Doctors in Love.[1] After Happy Days ended in 1984, McGinley appeared in Revenge of the Nerds where he played Stanley Gable, the head of the jock-run Alpha Beta fraternity and the primary antagonist of the Lambda Lambda Lambda nerd fraternity; he reprised the role in the third and fourth movies in the "Nerds" franchise, both produced for television. He went on to appear in regular roles in television series including The Love Boat and Dynasty.[2] He then went into the role of Jefferson D'Arcy on Married... with Children from 1991-1997.[3] He had recurring roles on Aaron Sorkin's TV shows Sports Night, as Dana's boyfriend Gordon, and The West Wing as a TV news anchor. From 2003-2006, he played Charley Shanowski on Hope & Faith.[4]

McGinley has been called "the patron saint of shark-jumping" by founder Jon Hein. This is a reference to the popular and enduring shows which have featured him in their declining years often to replace a departing regular castmember.[5] Hein writes that this is not a comment "on Ted's fine acting skills" and that "he has a great sense of humor about it, too."[6] In one episode of Married... with Children (a show that stayed on the air for six seasons after McGinley's addition to the cast) McGinley himself spoofed this fact by asking Al, "Another picture, captain? I mean, Fonzie? ....Al?". A 2003 issue of People that focused on McGinley's casting on Hope and Faith was titled "Ted McGinley is Not a Killer", referencing his reputation for causing shows to jump the shark, though his long involvement with Married... with Children may have had the opposite effect: As Jefferson D'Arcy, a charming scam artist, and Marcy D'Arcy's husband, McGinley's contributions may have enabled the series to have a longer and more successful run with some fans preferring him to his predecessor, played by David Garrison.

More recently, in 2011, McGinley again made fun of his "shark-jumping" abilities in "Mitefall", the final episode of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series on Cartoon Network. In the episode, Bat-Mite (voiced by Paul Reubens) wants the show cancelled to usher in a new, darker Batman TV show. To that end, he starts replacing aspects of the show, including switching out Aquaman's regular voice actor (John DiMaggio) with McGinley. Ambush Bug (voiced by McGinley's Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler) helps to reverse the situation, in part by getting McGinley to break character (and mention his 6-year stint on Married... with Children) and leave, forcing DiMaggio's voice back into Aquaman.

In 2008, McGinley became a contestant on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, and was paired with pro dancer Inna Brayer. Ted was the second contestant to be eliminated in the competition.

In a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, former Happy Days writer Fred Fox, Jr., who wrote the episode that later spawned the phrase, said, "Was the [shark jump] episode of Happy Days deserving of its fate? No, it wasn't. All successful shows eventually start to decline. We feel "Ted the Show Killer" was the reason Happy Days  was canceled."

Personal life

McGinley married actress Gigi Rice in 1991 and has two sons, their names are Xander and Quinn McGinley.[2]


Film and television

Year Film Role Other notes
1982 Young Doctors in Love Dr. Bucky DeVol
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Stan Gable
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Himself
1989 Physical Evidence Kyle
1991 Blue Tornado Phillip
1992 Space Case Biff Alternative title: Alien Invasion
1993 Wayne's World 2 Mr. Scream
1994 Wild Justice Aubrey Billings Alternative titles: Covert Assassin & Dial
1998 Follow Your Heart James Allen Bailey
Major League: Back to the Minors Leonard Huff Alternative title: Major League III
1999 Dick Roderick
The Big Tease Johnny Darjerling
2000 Face the Music Marcus
Daybreak Dillon Johansen Alternative title: Rapid Transit
2001 Cahoots Brad
Pearl Harbor Army major
2007 The Storm Awaits Vale NewCastle
2008 Eavesdrop Grant
Privileged Mr. Webber
2010 Christmas with a Capital C Dan Reed
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Thornton "Thorny" Blake V
2015 Do You Believe? Matthew
The Outskirts Prinipal Whitmore Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1980–1984 Happy Days Roger Phillips 61 episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Errol Brookfield III 1 episode
1983 Herndon Shack Shackleford Unknown episodes
Making of a Male Model Gary Angelo Television movie
1984–1986 The Love Boat Photographer Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans Unknown episodes, Seasons 8-9
1985–1987 Hotel Kyle Stanton 3 episodes
1986–1987 Dynasty Clay Fallmont 34 episodes
1988 Perfect Strangers Billy Appleton 1 episode
1989 B.L. Stryker Mitch Slade 2 episodes
1989–1997 Married... with Children Jefferson D'Arcy 164 episodes
1990 Evening Shade Kyle Hampton 1 episode
1991 Baby Talk Craig Palmer 1 episode
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Dean Stanley Gable Television movie
1993 Wild Justice Aubrey Billings Television movie
Linda Brandon "Jeff" Jeffries Television movie
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Stan Gable Television movie
1995 Dream On 1 episode
Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead Jeffrey Quint Television movie
1995–1996 The John Larroquette Show Karl Reese 4 episodes
1996 Deadly Web Peter Lawrence Television movie
1998 Every Mother's Worst Fear Scanman Television movie
1998–1999 Sports Night Gordon 8 episodes
1999 Work with Me Murray Epstein 1 episode
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel FBI Agent Hopkins Television movie
2000–2001 The West Wing Mark Gottfried 3 episodes
2001 The Practice Michael Hale 1 episode
2002 Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) Ted Wayne Giblen 1 episode
2002–2003 Justice League Various (voice) 3 episodes
2003 Family Curse Television movie
Frozen Impact Dan Blanchard Television movie
The Proud Family Lance McDougal (voice) 1 episode
2003–2006 Hope & Faith Dr. Charley Shanowski 55 episodes
2004 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 Reese Faulkner Television movie
2007 Family Guy Voice 1 episode
'Til Death Webby 1 episode
The Note King Television movie
2008 Dancing with the Stars Self 2 episodes
2009 Psych Randy Labayta Season 3, Episode 10: "Six Feet Under the Sea"
The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love King Television movie
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Superintendent Clanton 1 episode
2010 Melissa & Joey Mayor Episode 10: "In Lennox We Trust"
2011 Breaking In Larry Episode 104: "White on White on White"
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Himself as Aquaman Mitefall (series finale)
2012 Notes From the Heart Healer King Television movie
2012 The Mentalist Ed Hunt Season 5, Episode 7: "If It Bleeds, It Leads"
2013 Mad Men Mel 1 episode
2014 Castle Brock Harmon Season 7, Episode 9: "Last Action Hero"
2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Denny Clay voice only


  1. ^ a b "Ted McGinley Biography". Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Adams, Jason (2003-10-17). "Ted McGinley Is Not A Killer". p. 1. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Ted McGinley Biography (1958-)". Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Ted McGinley Biography". Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  5. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (2003-12-05). "'Saint' McGinley can only laugh". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Help". Archived from the original on 2008-06-08.  – Q. Does Ted McGinley know he's the patron saint?

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