PROFILE
Name:
Ted McGinley
Birth Date:
May 30, 1958
Birth Place:
Newport Beach, California, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as Roger Phillips on TV series Happy Days (1980-1984)
BIOGRAPHY
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Married… with Children

Background:

Initially noticed as Roger Phillips (1980-1984), a coach and teacher at Jefferson High on the ABC sitcom "Happy Days," and Clay Fallmont (1986-1987), the cheating husband of Sammy Jo (played by Heather Locklear), on the ABC prime time television soap opera "Dynasty," Ted McGinley garnered widespread attention while playing the Bundys' neighbor, Jefferson D'Arcy, on FOX’s long-running sitcom "Married… with Children."

McGinley, who had recurring roles on "Hotel," "The John Larroquette Show," "Sports Night," "The West Wing" and "Justice League," also co-starred as Hope's (played by Faith Ford) orthodontist husband Charley Shanowski on the ABC sitcom "Hope & Faith" (2003-2006). He also guest starred in such TV shows as “The Practice,” “Evening Shade,” “Perfect Strangers,” “B.L. Stryker” and “Dream On,” as well as appeared in a string of TV movies, including “Deadly Web” (1996), “Every Mother's Worst Fear” (1998) and “Hard Time: Hostage Hotel” (1999).

On the big screen, McGinley is probably best remembered as the fraternity jock Stan Gable in the cult hit film "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984), a role which he later reprised in the Fox TV-movie sequels "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation" (1992) and "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love" (1994). He was also cast in the films "Young Doctors in Love" (1982), "Wayne's World 2" (1993), "Major League: Back to the Minors" (1998), "Dick" (1999), "Daybreak" (2000) and "Pearl Harbor" (2001). He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Eavesdrop" and "Privileged."

As for his stage work, McGinley acted in “6 Rms Rtv Vu” and “I'm Not Rappaport.”

This 5' 11" strapping All-American blond has been married to actress Gigi Rice since 1991 and has two children with her.


Water-Polo Captain

Childhood ad Family:

On May 30, 1958, Theodore Martin McGinley was born in Newport Beach, California. He has a sister named Sue and another named Patti. McGinley, who graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1976, took 16-year-old Brooke Shields to her Dwight Englewood senior prom in 1982. McGinley then attended the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is an avid runner and was the captain of the water-polo team in college.

While performing in a Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre production of "I'm Not Rappaport," McGinley met actress Gigi Rice (born on March 13, 1965), whom he later married on June 21, 1991. She is the daughter of Thomas Rice, who was appointed by Governor Dick Celeste as the Director of the Ohio Highway Patrol, and later served as the Safety Director for the city of Columbus during the administration of Mayor Greg Lashutka.

McGinley and Rice have two children, one of whom is son Beau Martin McGinley (born on May 25, 1994). McGinley and his family now reside in Los Angeles. He is good friends with his “Hope and Faith” co-star Kelly Ripa.


Happy Days

Career:

After making his TV movie debut with a small role as a jogger in the ABC movie "Valentine" (1979), Ted McGinley snagged the regular role of Roger Phillips on the ABC sitcom "Happy Days." Introduced after Ron Howard's character Richie left the show, McGinley would stay on the show from 1980 to 1984.

During this time, McGinley made his feature film debut with the Garry Marshall-directed comedy set in a hospital, "Young Doctors in Love" (1982; starring Sean Young and Michael McKean), and followed it up with a co-starring role in Jeff Kanew's comedy starring Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984). He later reprised the role in the TV movie sequels "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation" (1992) and "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love" (1994).

After his contract with "Happy Days" ended, McGinley was cast as photographer Ashley Covington Evans (Ace) on the ABC sitcom "The Love Boat," in which he stayed during the last two seasons of the series (1984-1986). He then played Clay Fallmont (1986-1987), the son of Senator Buck and Emily Fallmont (played by Richard Anderson and Pat Crowley) in the ABC prime time television soap opera "Dynasty."

Meanwhile, McGinley had recurring roles in the ABC prime-time soap opera based on the book by Arthur Hailey, "Hotel," and the detective show starring Burt Reynolds, "B.L. Stryker." He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of ABC’s sitcom "Perfect Strangers" and appeared as the yuppie boyfriend in the Michael Crichton-directed crime film "Physical Evidence" (1989), starring Burt Reynolds.

From 1989 to 1997, McGinley portrayed Jefferson D'Arcy, Marcy's (played by Amanda Bearse) second husband, on FOX’s long-running sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago, "Married… with Children."

During his "Married… with Children" tenure, McGinley continued acting in films. He could be seen in Antonio Bido's thriller "Blue Tornado" (1991; co-starred with Dirk Benedict), Howard R. Cohen's comedy "Space Case" (1992), Stephen Surjik's comedy "Wayne's World 2" (1993; starring Mike Myers), and Paul Turner's thriller "Wild Justice" (1994). He also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Wild Justice" (1993), "Linda" (1993; aka. "Lust for Murder"), "Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead" (1995) and "Deadly Web" (1996). Additionally, he appeared in multiple episodes of NBC’s sitcom "The John Larroquette Show" and guest starred in an episode of CBS’ sitcom "Evening Shade," and HBO’s adult sitcom "Dream On." He also co-starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Baby Talk."

After "Married… with Children," McGinley played recurring roles on ABC’s "Sports Night" (as Gordon Gage; 1998-1999), NBC’s political drama "The West Wing" (as Mark Gottfried), was the talk show host of "Capitol Beat" (2000-2001), and Cartoon Network animated series "Justice League" (voiced Burns and Tom Turbine; 2002-2003). He also appeared in the pilot of the comedy series "Work with Me" as well as guest starred in an episode of ABC’s Emmy Award winning legal drama "The Practice" and ABC’s short-lived sitcom "Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)." Additionally, he could be seen in the TV movies "Every Mother's Worst Fear" (1998) and "Hard Time: Hostage Hotel" (1999).

On the big screen, moviegoers could catch McGinley in Lorenzo Doumani's comedy "Follow Your Heart" (1998), John Warren's baseball comedy "Major League: Back to the Minors" (1998; starring Scott Bakula and Corbin Bernsen), Andrew Fleming's comedy "Dick" (1999; starring Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams), and Kevin Allen's comedy "The Big Tease" (1999; starring Craig Ferguson). He also acted in Jeff Howard's musical comedy "Face the Music" (2000), Jean Pellerin's thriller "Daybreak" (2000; opposite Roy Scheider), Dirk Benedict's drama "Cahoots" (2001; starring Keith Carradine and David Keith), and Michael Bay's Oscar-winning war film "Pearl Harbor" (2001; with Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jon Voight).

2003-2006 saw McGinley appear as Charley Shanowski, Hope's (played by Faith Ford) orthodontist husband who dislikes Hope's celebrity sister Faith (played by Kelly Ripa), on the ABC sitcom "Hope & Faith." He also appeared in the short-lived comedy series "Charlie Lawrence" (2003) and in an episode of Disney Channel’s animated sitcom "The Proud Family." He co-starred in the unsold TV series pilot "Family Curse" (2003) and starred as a paramedic father (Linda Purl played his wife while Nicole Paggi and Myles Jeffrey played his children) in the drama TV movie "Frozen Impact" (2003).

McGinley recently co-starred with his real-life wife Gigi Rice in Peter Castagnetti's 42-minute short comedy film "The Storm Awaits" (2007). He also appeared in the TV movie version of Angela Hunt's novel "The Note" (2007) and guest-starred in an episode of Fox’s sitcom "'Til Death."

He has completed his new film, Matthew Miele's "Eavesdrop," in which he will co-star with Lynn Collins, Anna Chlumsky, Alan Ruck, and Wendie Malick, and will soon wrap up Jonah Salander's "Privileged," featuring Adam Butcher, Nikki Reed, and Julian Morris.

Besides busy acting in front of the camera, McGinley has also acted on stage with performances in “6 Rms Rtv Vu” for Tiffany's Attic/Kansas Theatre and “I'm Not Rappaport” at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.


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