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10 John C. McGinley Roles We Love

John C. McGinley comes to IFC in Stan Against Evil starting November 2nd at 10P.

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With a career that spans theater, film and countless insults directed towards Zach Braff on Scrubs, John C. McGinley is one of those actors who makes everything he touches better. From a surly cop in Point Break to one of the Bobs in Office Space, McGinley has put his own unique spin on some truly memorable roles.

Starting November 2nd at 10P on IFC, you’ll get to see John as the demon hunting curmudgeon Stan Miller on Stan Against Evil, the new horror comedy from the folks behind The Simpsons and The Walking Dead. To see how he got here, we thought we’d look back at a few of his best parts, from hunting Oscar winners to emasculating Zach Braff.

10. Burn Notice, Tom Card

Burn Notice
USA Network

When it came time to introduce the man who trained superspy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), there was only one actor with the machismo chops to make it believable. Tom Card would go on to betray his former protégé, setting up a showdown that ended with one of them in the ground. (Clearly characters are only welcome for so long on USA.) A fun, pulpy part for McGinley to really chew into, Tom Card would be a dramatic return to form for the actor after a decade on Scrubs.

9. Point Break, Ben Harp

Point Break
20th Century Fox

Every cop movie needs an exacerbated commanding officer at his wits’ end with the loose cannon on his force. McGinley took on this trope in Point Break, delivering a few shining moments in the action classic. This wasn’t the showiest of roles, but who among us hasn’t wanted to chew out Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey at some point? For one shining moment, McGinley got to live that dream.

8. 42, Red Barber

Warner Bros.

McGinley is such a baseball fanatic that when he realized his neighbor, Brian Helgeland, was directing a movie about Jackie Robinson, he simply knocked on his door and asked to play legendary announcer Red Barber. Helgeland, amused that his friend was asking for a part instead of a cup of sugar, gave him a week to perfect the announcer’s distinctive voice. When McGinley nailed it, he was given the part on the spot. And if you watch the movie, you’d be hard-pressed to pick someone who could have done it any better.

7. Se7en, California

New Line Cinema

McGinley is a rare actor who can play both the everyman and the macho killing machine. In the David Fincher classic Se7en, McGinley got to go full SWAT on us, as a no-nonsense cop determined to take down serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey). Sure, he would fail, playing right into the psychopath’s hands, but boy did he look like a badass doing it.

6. Any Given Sunday, Jack Rose

Any Given Sunday
Warner Bros.

Inspired by “love him or hate him” sports show host Jim Rome, McGinley played the snarky mouth of the sports world, constantly chipping away at Al Pacino’s head coach Tony D’Amato, until he snapped and attacked him. Mixing the dorkiness and bravado of the modern sports talk world to perfection, McGinley nails the nails on the chalkboard side of sports fandom.

5. Talk Radio, Stu

Talk Radio
Universal Studios

Having played the part on stage at the legendary Public Theater, McGinley was the first and only choice to play Stu, the talk radio engineer who worked with, admired and resented Eric Bogosian’s caustic radio host. In a grounded movie filled with crackling dialogue, McGinley was a standout from the small ensemble.

4. Wall Street, Marvin

Wall Street
20th Century Fox

Oliver Stone’s classic dissection of 1980s greed gave McGinley one of his most memorable parts. Wall Street famously picked apart the decade that gave us Donald Trump, looking at the strivers who would do anything to take part in those cocaine parties and caviar dreams. Some made it to the top, like Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas), and some were left to fight for scraps, like poor Marvin. McGinley was a perfect fit for the stock slinger whose ego just wasn’t big enough, and whose morals were too pronounced to let him grasp the brass ring.

3. Platoon, Sgt. O’Neill

Orion Pictures

Stone gave McGinley his big break in this classic war movie. Cast as the fast talking, fun-loving sergeant who finally snaps, desperate to get out of this hellish war alive, McGinley spent months in the swamps of the Philippines hoping the government would wait to be overthrown until the movie was finished.

2. Office Space, Bob Slydell

Office Space
20th Century Fox

Desperate to just be in the movie, which McGinley described as one of the funniest scripts he’d ever read, he took the role of one of the two “Bobs,” even though the parts had barely been written. Director Mike Judge promised the role would be fleshed out on set, and true to his word, the pair spent days coming up with what would become one of the most memorable scenes in the cult classic.

1. Scrubs, Dr. Perry Cox

ABC Studios

McGinley almost didn’t get to play Dr. Cox — a character who, along with Dr. House, basically defined the modern version of the brilliant-but-surly doctor trope — even though the audition called for a “John C. McGinley type.” He had to audition multiple times, proving that the life of a character actor is never easy. Caustic, causally cruel, but with a heart of gold, Dr. Cox was the emasculating medical savant we all hope will save our lives one day. Sure, J.D. (Zach Braff) had to put up with his fair share of abuse (and female nicknames), but in the end no one could deny that Cox was one-of-a-kind. A truly classic sitcom character if there ever was one, Dr. Cox was proof that McGinley is as equally adept at comedy as he is at searing drama.

Watch John C. McGinley fight demons in a clip from IFC’s upcoming horror comedy Stan Against Evil! 


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.