About Theodore Martin McGinley
As a former model-turned-prominent character actor, Ted McGinley graced screens both large and small, often as empty-headed jocks or smarmy heartthrobs with unseemly ulterior motives. McGinley is perhaps best known for his role as Jefferson D'Arcy on the television series Married... with Children and as Charley Shanowski on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. He was also a regular on Happy Days and The Love Boat.
He was born Theodore Martin McGinley on May 30, 1958 in Newport Beach, California, where he was a surfer and lifeguard while attending Newport Harbor High School. McGinley attended University of Southern California on a water polo scholarship where he played for the U.S. Junior National team, and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. While at the university, he dipped his t into a modeling career. But his appearances in sporting goods ads cost him his water polo scholarship - the university claimed that he had violated NCAA endorsement rules, forcing him to leave college and move to New York, where he began modeling in earnest. He landed several advertisements, including one on the box cover of Sun-In hair lightener - an appropriate campaign, given his all-American "Malibu Ken"-type looks.
McGinley made his onscreen debut with a bit part as a jogger in the romantic drama, Valentine (ABC, 1979). It wasn’t until a casting director spotted a picture of him in GQ that he achieved his first significant break in the sitcom venue. He was cast as English teacher-cum-basketball coach Roger Phillips, the nephew of the Cunninghams, on the final four seasons of Happy Days (1980-1984).
Fortuitously, at about the same time that Days folded, the producers of The Love Boat (on the same network, ABC) tapped McGinley to play photographer Ace Evans -- a last-ditch attempt to save the program from sagging ratings. The strategy ultimately failed when The Love Boat ended its lengthy run in 1986, but in the meantime, McGinley landed what became a recurring role as jock Stan in the first three installments of Revenge of the Nerds.
Eventually, McGinley also joined the cast of the long-running Married...With Children from 1991 through 1997, playing chauvinistic layabout Jefferson D'Arcy (second husband of the Bundys' neighbor Marcy Rhoades), and essayed roles in theatrical films including Physical Evidence (1989), Wayne's World 2 (1993), and Dick (1999). The late '90s and 2000s found McGinley evincing a heightened presence in television once again, first on Aaron Sorkin's critically worshipped yet short-lived seriocomedy Sports Night (1998-1999), then as Charley Shanowski on the sitcom Hope & Faith (2003-2006), playing the orthodontist husband of a housewife (Faith Ford) who takes in her former soap opera diva sister (Kelly Ripa), much to his constant dismay. After that series came and went, McGinley voiced a character on several episodes of Family Guy (Fox, 1998- ) before it was announced that he would join season seven of Dancing With the Stars, showcasing his moves on the dance floor as a celebrity contestant partnered with dance professional, Inna Brayer.
McGinley is married to actress Gigi Rice with whom he has two children. One of his children is son Beau, born in 1994.