Theodore Martin 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 late regular on Happy Days, Dynasty and The Love Boat. He is also known for playing the villainous role of Stan Gable in the film Revenge of the Nerds and several made-for-television sequels.
Theodore Martin McGinley
May 30, 1958
|Education||University of Southern California (withdrawn)|
|Known for||Jefferson D'Arcy - Married... with Children|
Charley Shanowski - Hope & Faith
McGinley was born in Newport Beach, California, the son of Bob and Emily McGinley, of Irish descent. At Newport Harbor High School, he focused on Athletics and Swimming and a star player in the water polo team, also working as a lifeguard at the beach during summers. After graduation, McGinley attended USC on a water polo scholarship, majoring in urban planning and real estate.
At USC, McGinley was captain and two time MVP of the water polo team as well as a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. However, in his sophomore year, following recommendation from his girlfriend, McGinley began modeling as a way to break onto the acting scene. With his scholarship not renewed, he dropped out from USC and, in 1979, moved to New York.
After a casting director spotted a picture of him in GQ, McGinley was cast on the 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 comedy film Young Doctors in Love (1982).
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 on television series including The Love Boat and Dynasty. He then played the role of Al Bundy's best friend Jefferson D'Arcy on Married... with Children from 1991 to 1997, describing it as a "great, great gig". He had recurring roles on Aaron Sorkin's television series Sports Night, as Dana's boyfriend Gordon, and The West Wing as a television news anchor. From 2003-2006, he played Charley Shanowski on Hope & Faith.
Two years later, he was selected for a role in Charlie Lawrence, a situation comedy about a freshman congressman from New Mexico, played by Nathan Lane. McGinley played Graydon Ford, the neighbor of Lane's title character, who was a member of the opposing political party. McGinley was also in the pilot for the 2002 CBS show Life of the Party, playing a senator. McGinley was 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 cast member. 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, McGinley himself spoofed his reputation by asking Al Bundy, "Another picture, Captain? I mean, Fonzie? ....Al?". In 2003, McGinley told Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "I've had a lot of fun with it. To be honest with you, it's meant people are still talking about me. It's kind of doing me a favor. And people keep hiring me, so I know that I'm okay, shark-jumping.
His guest star roles include series such as Fantasy Island (1982), Hotel (1985–87), Perfect Strangers (1988), B.L. Stryker (1989), Evening Shade (1990) Dream On (1991), The John Larroquette Show (1995–96; 1997-1998), The Practice (2001), and Justice League (2002).
During and shortly after the run of Married … With Children, McGinley was a part of many film and television movies, playing different types of characters. In 1993, he played Mr. Scream in Wayne's World 2. That same year, McGinley affected a Southern accent in his role in the miniseries Wild Justice, which was poorly received by critics. Some of his television movie roles were very dark. In 1996, he was the star of Deadly Web, a movie that aired on NBC in 1996 and co–starred his wife, Gigi Rice. The movie was about a woman who was stalked on the Internet. McGinley played one of his darkest roles in 1998 in the television movie Every Mother's Worst Fear. He played Mitch Carson, a sexual predator who lures a teenage girl into his house, where he holds her captive and tortures her.
More recently, in 2011, McGinley again made fun of his "shark-jumping" abilities in "Mitefall", the final episode of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Cartoon Network. In the episode, Bat-Mite (voiced by Paul Reubens) wants the show to be cancelled to usher in a new TV show called Beware the Batman. To that end, he starts replacing aspects of the show, including switching 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.
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Dr. Bucky DeVol|
|1984||Revenge of the Nerds||Stan Gable|
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Himself|
|1989||Physical Evidence||Kyle DE Roache|
|1992||Space Case||Biff||Alternative title: Alien Invasion|
|1993||Wayne's World 2||Mr. Scream|
|1998||Follow Your Heart||James Allen Bailey|
|1998||Major League: Back to the Minors||Leonard Huff||Alternative title: Major League III|
|1999||The Big Tease||Johnny Darjerling|
|2000||Face the Music||Marcus|
|2000||Daybreak||Dillon Johansen||Alternative title: Rapid Transit|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Army major|
|2007||The Storm Awaits||Vale NewCastle|
|2010||Christmas with a Capital C||Dan Reed|
|2010||Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster||Thornton Blake V (Uncle Thorny)|
|2015||Do You Believe?||Matthew|
|2017||The Outcasts||Principal Whitmore|
|2018||God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness||Thomas Ellsworth|
|1980–1984||Happy Days||Roger Phillips||61 episodes|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Errol Brookfield III||1 episode|
|1983||Making of a Male Model||Gary Angelo||Television movie|
|1983–1987||The Love Boat||Photographer Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans||60 episodes|
|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 / Norman Jablonsky / Prince Paco||167 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|
|1993||Linda||Brandon "Jeff" Jeffries||Television movie|
|1994||Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love||Stan Gable||Television movie|
|1995||Dream On||Chad Spencer||1 episode|
|1995||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|
|1999||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||Frozen Impact||Dan Blanchard||Television movie|
|2003||Charlie Lawrence||Graydon Ford||7 episodes|
|2003||The Proud Family||Lance McDougal (voice)||1 episode|
|2003–2006||Hope & Faith||Dr. Charley Shanowski||73 episodes|
|2004||NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323||Reese Faulkner||Television movie|
|2007||Family Guy||Helicopter Rental Agent (voice)||1 episode|
|2007||'Til Death||Webby||1 episode|
|2007||The Note||Kingston "King" Danville||Television movie|
|2008||Dancing with the Stars||Himself (contestant)||2 episodes|
|2009||Psych||Randy Labayta||Episode: "Six Feet Under the Sea"|
|2009||The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love||Kingston "King" Danville||Television movie|
|2010||Wizards of Waverly Place||Superintendent Clanton||1 episode|
|2010||Melissa & Joey||Mayor||Episode: "In Lennox We Trust"|
|2011||Breaking In||Larry||Episode: "White on White on White"|
|2011||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Himself as Aquaman||Mitefall (series finale)|
|2012||Notes from the Heart Healer||Kingston "King" Danville||Television movie|
|2012||The Mentalist||Ed Hunt||Episode: "If It Bleeds, It Leads"|
|2013||A Mother's Rage||Stan||Television movie|
|2013||Mad Men||Mel||Episode: “To Have and to Hold"|
|2014||Castle||Brock Harmon||Episode: "Last Action Hero"|
|2015–2017||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Denny Clay (voice)||54 episodes|
|2015||The Bridge||Charlie Bartons||Television movie|
|2016||The Bridge Part 2|
|2017||Fatherly Obsession||Robert J. Farnsworth||Television movie|
|2018||The Baxters||John Baxter||Lead role|
|2019||No Good Nick||Sam||Recurring role|
|2019||Christmas Reservations||Duffy Johnson||Television movie|
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- Chan, Alex (2 June 2016). "15 join Newport Harbor High Hall of Fame". LA Times. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
- "Ted McGinley Biography". Encyclopedia of World Biography. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
- Somers, Marcia (September 1986). "Ted McGinley Remains a Hometown Hero". Orange Coast Magazine: 111, 112.
- "Ted McGinley Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
- Adams, Jason (October 17, 2003). "Ted McGinley Is Not A Killer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- Harris, Will (May 15, 2012). "Ted McGinley talks Happy Days, The West Wing, and being the "patron saint" of jumping the shark". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- Pierce, Scott D. (December 5, 2003). "'Saint' McGinley can only laugh". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved September 24, 2008.
- "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Help". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2008-06-08.
Q. Does Ted McGinley know he's the patron saint?