John C. McGinley

LOS ANGELES - APR 09:  John C. McGinley arrives to the '42' Holl

McGinley in 2013, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: John Christopher McGinley

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 3, 1959

Ethnicity: Irish, with smaller amounts of German, English, distant Dutch

John C. McGinley is an American actor, comedian, author, and activist. His roles include Platoon, Wall Street, Point Break, On Deadly Ground, Se7en, The Rock, Intensity, Office Space, Identity, Wild Hogs, Alex Cross, and 42, among many other works.

John is the son of Mary, a schoolteacher, and Gerald McGinley, a stockbroker. He was raised in Millburn, New Jersey. He is married to yoga instructor Nichole Kessler. John has a son with his former wife Lauren Lambert, and two children with Nichole.

John’s paternal grandfather was Edward Francis McGinley (the son of Edward McGinley and Elizabeth Agnes McFadden). John’s grandfather Edward was born in Pennsylvania. John’s great-grandfather Edward was from Donegal, Ireland.

John’s paternal grandmother was named Helen/Helena Cecilia/Cecelia Hayes (the daughter of Michael Hayes). Helen was born in New Jersey. Michael was from Newfoundland, Canada.

John’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Anthony O’Neill/O’Neil (the son of James W. O’Neil and Mary Elizabeth Patton). Thomas was born in New York. James was the son of Daniel O’Neil.

John’s maternal grandmother was Irene M. Clark (the daughter of Frank M. Clark and Magdalena “Lena” Stork). Irene was born in New York. Frank was the son of James Ward Clark and Elizabeth W. Bailey. Magdalena was the daughter of Phillip Stork and Elizabeth, who were German.

Sources: John’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s father –


Curious about ethnicity

2 Responses

  1. madman says:

    John is the son of Mary Patricia (O’Neill) and Gerald Hayes McGinley.

    Obituary of John’s father –

  2. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    He’s a Celtic ancestry. Nice :-)

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