Theodore Martin McGinley|
May 30, 1958
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|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, 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. 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. He then went into the role of Jefferson D'Arcy on Married... with Children from 1991-1997. 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.
McGinley has been called "the patron saint of shark-jumping" by jumptheshark.com 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. 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." 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 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."
Film and television
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Dr. Bucky DeVol|
|1984||Revenge of the Nerds||Stan Gable|
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Himself|
|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|
|The Big Tease||Johnny Darjerling|
|2000||Face the Music||Marcus|
|Daybreak||Dillon Johansen||Alternative title: Rapid Transit|
|Pearl Harbor||Army major|
|2007||The Storm Awaits||Vale NewCastle|
|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|
|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|
- "Ted McGinley Biography". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
- Adams, Jason (2003-10-17). "Ted McGinley Is Not A Killer". ew.com. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "Ted McGinley Biography (1958-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "Ted McGinley Biography". tv.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- Pierce, Scott D. (2003-12-05). "'Saint' McGinley can only laugh". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
- "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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