John C. McGinley quotes

  • Freedom of speech is, to all Americans, as oxygen is to the human condition. It is a right that has been irreversibly programmed into our hard drive. We are free to speak our minds. An artist's right to express him or herself as best suits their art, is the artist's prerogative and it is guaranteed.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Art #Oxygen #Freedom Of Speech

  • I wanted to be Red Barber, Mel Allen or Howard Cosell. I loved their personalities and all of their sounds.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Personality #Sound #Red

  • I always wanted to be Gene Hackman and I always wanted to be, you know... I wanted to be one of these guys. I always wanted to be Bob Duvall.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Guy #Bob #Genes

  • My son walked up to Nicole on the beach and I was throwing the ball for the dogs in the ocean. I was like, 'Max, you get the dogs. I'll talk to the hot blondes.'
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Dog #Beach #Ocean

  • I did feel Dr. Cox, the character that I was auditioning for, was too similar to the head of the hospital. He was too arrogant and mean. I approached him kind of like I had a miniature Max sitting on my shoulder. I pictured Max saying, "This guy has got to give love every once in a while. He has to!" I knew there had to be tiny little windows of redemption.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Character #Mean #Giving

  • I am a father. My son's name is Max and my daughter's name is Billie Grace. Twelve years ago Max was born with Down Syndrome. His journey has been complicated by infantile seizures, sleep apnea, dietary challenges and now, puberty!
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Mother #Daughter #Father

  • The learning curve on soaps is through the roof because it's a three-camera setup. There's a master and then there's two singles. And the great thing about soaps, and soap actors will tell you, is that when you get your line wrong, they don't re-shoot it. They just cut to the person listening.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Cutting #Two #Curves

  • Dr. Cox mentors the rookie doctors with a spoonful of dirt and then a cup of sugar. I see him as an archetypal descendent of two of my favorite curmudgeonly characters: Lou Grant and Louie De Palma.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Character #Two #Doctors

  • Turns out, Down syndrome is the most common genetic disorder, occurring once in every 800 births, and no one really knows why it happens. It just does.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Doe #Common #Birth

  • I did an episode of 'Frasier' with my friend Kelsey Grammer once.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Kelsey #Episodes

  • I got my Equity card from an audition out of Backstage. We did 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Kismet.'
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Guy #Dolls #Cards

  • Groups like the NAACP, The Anti-Defamation League, NOW and GLAAD, will respond to derisive language directed at their constituents. The price paid by those who cavalierly chose to verbally disrespect the dignity of African Americans, Jews, women and homosexuals is steep.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #League #Disrespect #African American

  • You go to the hospital your wife's in labor and you're doing the thing, and then it's very disorienting and scary and you beat yourself up and you go through a whole period of 'woe is me' and then you realize that this a gift, this child is the light, and if you can nourish that light and just let it shine, you have an opportunity to get closer to what I think is God.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Children #Opportunity #Thinking

  • A lot of things went incredibly well for 'Scrubs': from a ridiculous number of downloads on the iPods, to whenever they issue a new season on DVD it kinda sells out, and we got nominated for an Emmy. To be picked up for six years is all gravy, man.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Men #Dvds #Years

  • You go see 'Timothy Green,' and tell me if it doesn't rock your world. I loved it. I loved every frame of it.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Rocks #World #Green

  • With Shakespeare, if you're not going to do the iambic pentameter, do some other play.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Play

  • The idea for actors is to make a living telling stories, so if you can do that, then you're way ahead of the game.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Games #Ideas #Stories

  • My son, Max, was born the day Princess Di died.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Princess #Son #Max

  • Learn your lines.' I want that on my gravestone.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Lines #Want #Gravestone

  • If you watch 'E.T.' and say that there are holes in the story because this alien lands, then don't go to the movie! It drives me insane.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Land #Insane #Watches

  • I'm very proud of 'Platoon,' but at the end of it I was done. I was done.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Done #Proud #Ends

  • I'm just really proud of 'Dead Head Fred.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Proud

  • As an actor, it's great to play a strong leader with a heart of gold.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Strong #Heart #Play

  • TV tends to look for the living equivalents of squeaky-clean Kens and Barbies, but with my dial I'm more like Ken's dirty old uncle.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Uncles #Dirty #Barbie

  • I would love to have a photographic memory. It would come in handy with the rants I'm given on Scrubs... often on short notice!
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Memories #Given #Rant

  • I like to be in waiting rooms with people as they're auditioning, because their terror calms me.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #People #Waiting #Rooms

  • I'm a homebody. If I'm not working I'm with my family being a dad.
    -- John C. McGinley

    #Dad #My Family #Being A Dad