PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Scrubs" and Glengarry Glen Ross Star John C. McGinley

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20 Nov 2012

John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley

Stage and screen star John C. McGinley, who returns to Broadway in the role of Dave Moss in the current revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

McGinley has previously appeared on Broadway in Requiem for a Heavyweight and played Stu in the Public Theater and film versions of Talk Radio.

His many screen credits include "Platoon," "Wall Street," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Nixon," "Any Given Sunday," "Alex Cross," "42," "Wild Hogs," "Identity," "The Animal," "The Rock," "Nothing to Lose," "Set It Off," "Se7en," "Office Space," "Mother," "Point Break," "A Midnight Clear," "Fat Man and Little Boy," “Burn Notice,” “Scrubs,” “Intensity” and “The Jack Bull.”


Full given name: John Christopher McGinley
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Greenwich Village, NYC. Grew up in Short Hills, NJ.
Zodiac Sign:Leo
What your parents did/do for a living:Father: Businessman
Mother: Teacher
SiblingsTwo brothers and two sisters
Special skills: Advocating for the special needs community
Something you're REALLY bad at: Suffering bullies
First Broadway show you ever saw: Harry Chapin's The Night That Made America Famous
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The Petrified Forest with Humphrey Bogart
Where did you train and were there any particularly memorable college productions? NYU Graduate Theatre Program (M.F.A. '84)

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Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? Mentor: Ron Van Lieu
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Not While I'm Around"
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"
Favorite musicals: Sweeney Todd
The Mikado
Some favorite modern plays: Speed-the-Plow
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
M. Butterfly
Angels in America
Some favorite modern playwrights: David Mamet, John Patrick Shanley, Tony Kushner and David Henry Hwang
Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Spencer Tracy, Robert Shaw, Anna Magnani, Rita Hayworth, Richard Farnsworth
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: David Dukes and Richard Gere in Bent
Music that makes you cry or moves you, any genre: "Kentucky Ave" by Tom Waits
"The Fixer" by Eddie Vedder
"Do Ya" by E.L.O.
Your personal acting idols: Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Walter Huston
Most-visited websites: Huffington Post
Sports Illustrated
NY Times
Most played song on your iPod: The Prelude to Lohengrin
Last book you read: "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Must-see TV show(s): "Homeland"
"Boardwalk Empire"
Last good movie you saw: "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
Some films you consider classics: "The Grey Fox"
"Field of Dreams"
"Butch Cassidy…"
"There Will Be Blood"
"The Godfather"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Luciano Pavarotti
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Vanity Fair
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