By Matthew Blank
20 Nov 2012
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.|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||Father: Businessman|
|Siblings||Two 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)|
|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"
|Some favorite modern plays:||
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
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|
|MAC or PC||MAC|
|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):||
|Last good movie you saw:||"The Odd Life of Timothy Green"|
|Some films you consider classics:||
"The Grey Fox"|
"Field of Dreams"
"There Will Be Blood"
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Luciano Pavarotti|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||Vanity Fair|
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