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John C. McGinley portrays Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs. He has been a member of the main cast for all 9 seasons.


John C. McGinley was born in Greenwich Village, New York in 1959. His love for acting began as an undergraduate at New York University. In 1984, he received a master of fine arts degree from the New York University Theater Program.

McGinley has appeared in the films Wall Street, Identity, The Animal, Any Given Sunday, Wagons East, The Rock, Nothing to Lose, Se7en, Office Space, Platoon, Are We Done Yet? and Wild Hogs. McGinley has also served as producer on a number of films including Colin Fitz and Watch It.

In his Los Angeles home, McGinley spends a lot of time with his young son, Max, who has Down Syndrome, and he is actively involved in fund-raising activities for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). McGinley serves as the national spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk, an advocacy walk organized by the NDSS.


  • John enjoys surfing, weightlifting and softball.
  • It was John's idea to have Dr. Cox call J.D girl's names, reflecting a habit he has with real life friends.
    • Also, Dr. Cox's whistling to get peoples' attention and his nose scratches were all improv by John, but they caught on and became part of the character.
  • He's often referred to as "Johnny C." by fellow cast members.


Year Title Media Character
1985 Another World TV Ned (Unknown episodes)
1986 Sweet Liberty Film Floyd
Platoon Film Sgt. Red O'Neill
1987 Leg Work TV Unknown (Unknown episodes)
Wall Street Film Marvin
1988 Spenser: For Hire TV K.C. (1 episode)
Shakedown Film Sean Phillips
Clinton and Nadine TV Movie Turner
Talk Radio Film Stu
1989 Prisoners of Inertia Film Ogden
Lost Angels Film Dr. Farmer
Fat Man and Little Boy Film Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD
Suffering Bastards Film Buddy Johnson
Born on the Fourth of July Film Official #1
1991 Highlander II: The Quickening Film David Blake
Point Break Film FBI Agent Ben Harp
1992 Article 99 Film Dr. Rudy Bobrick
A Midnight Clear Film Major Griffin
Little Noises Film Stu
Cruel Doubt TV Movie Attorney Jim Vos Burgh
Fathers & Sons Film Gary (uncredited)
1993 Watch It Film Rick
Hear No Evil Film Mickey O'Malley
The Last Outlaw TV Movie Wills
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Film Officer Francis Muldoon
On Deadly Ground Film MacGruder
Mother's Boys Film Mr. Fogel
Surviving the Game Film John Griffin
Wagons East Film Julian Rogers
Frasier TV Danny Kriezel (1 episode)
1995 Long Island Fever TV Movie Jim McCarty
The Return of Hunter TV Movie Det. Sgt. Harry McBride
Born to Be Wild Film Max Carr
Se7en Film California
Nixon Film Earl
1996 Hollywood Boulevard Film Jackson Elliot
Psalms from the Underground Film Unknown
The Rock Film Marine Captain Hendrix
Mother Film Carl
Set It Off Film Detective Strode
Johns Film Danny Cohen
1998 Colin Fitz Film Groundskeeper
Flypaper Film Joe
The Practice TV Atty. Leonard Goode (2 episodes)
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Film Eddie Grillo
Nothing to Lose Film Davis 'Rig' Lanlow
Intensity TV Movie Edgler Foreman Vess
1998 Bad Cop, Bad Cop TV Movie Unknown
Target Earth TV Movie Agent Vincent Naples, FBI
The Pentagon Wars TV Movie Col. J.D. Bock
1999 Office Space Film Bob Slydell
The Jack Bull TV Movie Woody
Three to Tango Film Strauss
Any Given Sunday Film Jack Rose
2000 Sole Survivor TV Movie Victor Yates
Get Carter Film Con McCarty
2001 The Animal Film Sgt. Sisk
Summer Catch Film Hugh Alexander (uncredited)
Scrubs TV Dr. Cox
2002 Crazy as Hell Film Parker
Highway Film Johnny the Fox
Stealing Harvard Film Detective Charles
Clone High TV Creepy Trucker (1 episode)
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie TV Movie Dr. Cox
2003 Identity Film George York
Spider-Man TV Richard Damien (2 episodes)
Kim Possible TV Rudolph 'White Stripe' Farnsworth (1 episode)
Justice League TV The Atom (4 episodes)
2005 Lil' Pimp Video Man Cub Master
American Dragon: Jake Long TV Dr. Diente (1 episode)
2006 The Boondocks TV The White Shadow (1 episode)
Two Tickets to Paradise Film Mark
Puff, Puff, Pass Film Jerry Dupree
A.W.O.L Film Garris
2007 Wild Hogs Film Highway Patrolman
Are We Done Yet? Film Chuck Mitchell, Jr.
Dead Head Fred Video Game Fred Neuman
2008 WordGirl TV The Whammer (1 episode)
American Crude Film Jim
Robot Chicken TV Unknown (1 episode)
WordGirl TV The Whammer (7 episodes)
2009 Back TV Movie Tom Barnes
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Video Metallo


Year Ceremony Award Result For
2002 Television Critics Association Awards TCA Award Nominated Individual Achievement in Comedy - Scrubs
2003 Satellite Awards Golden Satellite Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical - Scrubs
2006 Method Fest Festival Director's Award Won Two Tickets to Paradise

MAIN Zach BraffSarah ChalkeDonald FaisonNeil FlynnKen JenkinsJohn C. McGinley
Judy ReyesEliza CoupeKerry BishéMichael MosleyDave Franco
SUPPORTING Johnny KastlSam LloydRobert MaschioChrista MillerTravis SchuldtAloma Wright
SEE ALSO List of character appearances • Cast from Season: 12345678W9 e