Ted McGinley

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Ted McGinley
BornTheodore Martin McGinley
(1958-05-30) May 30, 1958 (age 56)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Gigi Rice (1991–present)
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Ted McGinley
BornTheodore Martin McGinley
(1958-05-30) May 30, 1958 (age 56)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Years active1980–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 satire 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 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 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. Such shows include Happy Days, The Love Boat and Dynasty.[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 many 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 to be eliminated in the competition.

Personal life[edit]

McGinley married actress Gigi Rice in 1991 and has two sons.[2]


Film and television[edit]

2012 Notes From the Heart Healer - King Television Movie

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1982Young Doctors in LoveDr. Bucky DeVol
1984Revenge of the NerdsStan Gable
1989Physical EvidenceKyle
1991Blue TornadoPhillip
1992Space CaseBiffAlternative title: Alien Invasion
1993Wayne's World 2Mr. Scream
1994Wild JusticeAubrey BillingsAlternative titles: Covert Assassin & Dial
1998Follow Your HeartJames Allen Bailey
Major League: Back to the MinorsLeonard HuffAlternative title: Major League III
The Big TeaseJohnny Darjerling
2000Face the MusicMarcus
DaybreakDillon JohansenAlternative title: Rapid Transit
Pearl HarborArmy major
2007The Storm AwaitsVale NewCastle
PrivilegedMr. Webber
2010Christmas with a Capital CDan Reed
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake MonsterThornton "Thorny" Blake V
2015The OutskirtsFilming
1980–1984Happy DaysRoger Phillips61 episodes
1982Fantasy IslandErrol Brookfield III1 episode
1983HerndonShack ShacklefordUnknown episodes
Making of a Male ModelGary AngeloTelevision movie
1984–1986The Love BoatPhotographer Ashley "Ace" Covington EvansUnknown episodes, Seasons 8-9
1985–1987HotelKyle Stanton3 episodes
1986–1987DynastyClay Fallmont34 episodes
1988Perfect StrangersBilly Appleton1 episode
1989B.L. StrykerMitch Slade2 episodes
1989–1997Married... with ChildrenJefferson D'Arcy164 episodes
1990Evening ShadeKyle Hampton1 episode
1991Baby TalkCraig Palmer1 episode
1992Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next GenerationDean Stanley GableTelevision movie
1993Wild JusticeAubrey BillingsTelevision movie
LindaBrandon "Jeff" JeffriesTelevision movie
1994Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in LoveStan GableTelevision movie
1995Dream On1 episode
Tails You Live, Heads You're DeadJeffrey QuintTelevision movie
1995–1996The John Larroquette ShowKarl Reese4 episodes
1996Deadly WebPeter LawrenceTelevision movie
1998Every Mother's Worst FearScanmanTelevision movie
1998–1999Sports NightGordon8 episodes
1999Work with MeMurray Epstein1 episode
Hard Time: Hostage HotelFBI Agent HopkinsTelevision movie
2000–2001The West WingMark Gottfried3 episodes
2001The PracticeMichael Hale1 episode
2002Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)Ted Wayne Giblen1 episode
2002–2003Justice LeagueVarious (voice)3 episodes
2003Family CurseTelevision movie
Frozen ImpactDan BlanchardTelevision movie
The Proud FamilyLance McDougal (voice)1 episode
2003–2006Hope & FaithDr. Charley Shanowski55 episodes
2004NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323Reese FaulknerTelevision movie
2007Family GuyVoice1 episode
'Til DeathWebby1 episode
The NoteKingTelevision movie
2008Dancing with the StarsSelf2 episodes
2009PsychRandy LabaytaSeason 3, Episode 10: Six Feet Under the Sea
The Note II: Taking a Chance on LoveKingTelevision Movie
2010Wizards of Waverly PlaceSuperintendent Clanton1 episode
2010Melissa & JoeyMayorEpisode 10: "In Lennox We Trust"
2011Breaking In (TV series)LarryEpisode 104: "White on White on White"
2011Batman: The Brave and the BoldHimself as AquamanMitefall (series finale)
2012The MentalistMr. Hunt
2013Mad MenMel1 episode


  1. ^ a b "Ted McGinley Biography". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Adams, Jason (2003-10-17). "Ted McGinley Is Not A Killer". ew.com. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Ted McGinley Biography (1958-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Ted McGinley Biography". tv.yahoo.com. 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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