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Ted currently stars as "Charley" on ABC's comedy series "Hope & Faith." McGinley is perhaps best known to audiences for his portrayals of the Bundys' neighbor, Jefferson D'Arcy, for seven seaons on the hit Married … with Children, and as Greek Council President Stan Gable in the cult hit film, Revenge of the Nerds. His extensive television credits include recurring roles on the critically-acclaimed series The West Wing, Sports Night, Charlie Lawrence, Dynasty, The Love Boat and Happy Days. Other notable guest appearances include The Practice, The John Laroquette Show, Evening Shade, Perfect Strangers, Hotel, B.L. Stryker and Dream On. In addition he has acted in several telefilms, such as Hard Time: Hostage Hotel, Every Mother's Worst Fear, Netnapped, Deadly Web and the miniseries Wild Justice. On the silver screen, the versatile actor appeared in Pearl Harbor, Daybreak, The Big Tease, Dick, Major League: Back to the Minors and Wayne's World 2. Additional feature films include Frozen Impact, Not Your Ordinary Girl, Three Tornados, Young Doctors in Love, Troop Beverly Hills and Physical Evidence. McGinley has also appeared on stage, with performances in 6 Rms Rtv Vu for Kansas Theatre and I'm Not Rappaport at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress GiGi Rice, and their two children. Ted was born on May 30, 1958, in California.
More fun facts about Ted McGinley
Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)
"Married... with Children" (1987), as Norman Jablonsky, who would have been Peg's husband if Al had never been born (Christmas 1989).
He is the "Patron Saint" for the legendary site, Jump The Shark. A site dedicated to a show or event reaching it's peak and eventual downward spiral.
Ted was the captain of the water-polo team in college
Member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity
Took a 16 year-old Brooke Shields to her Dwight Englewood senior prom in 1982.
"Patron saint" of the website "Jump the Shark" (a phrase describing an event in a TV show that marks the start of the show's decline) because of his frequent roles as a fresh or a replacement character shortly before the termination of many shows.
Ted McGinley stars in "Hope & Faith''
Hope & Faith is a comedy about what happens when the fast lane collides with the carpool lane. It's about the moments that make you want to hug your sister … and the times you have to resist the urge to kill her.
Hope, a down-to-earth, happily married mom of three in Columbus, Ohio, had her tidy world up-ended by the arrival of her celebrity sister, Faith (Kelly Ripa). Faith was living the high life in Hollywood as a daytime soap opera star until her soap's character, Ashley Storm, was suddenly and unceremoniously killed off on The Sacred and the Sinful by her evil twin. After a year under her roof wreaking occasional havoc, Hope can attest that you can kill the diva off on the daytime drama, but you can't take the drama out of the diva.
Last season's cliffhanger ending left Faith missing -- lost in an undetermined third world country instead of an ashram in India where she was going to go "find herself." Assuming Faith finds her way back to Ohio, she'll have to make some changes, like accepting her soap career is seriously on hold, getting a real job, or series of jobs, and moving out of the family's house- -- well, at least out of her niece's bedroom. Hope and her husband, Charley (Ted McGinley), will find new parenting challenges as Faith tries to influence their three impressionable kids, especially their oldest teenaged daughter, Sydney, who starts to rebel against Hope's authority and gets her first serious boyfriend, a gorgeous "bad-boy" who makes Charley especially nervous.
Hope & Faith, which in its premiere season was nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series, stars Faith Ford as Hope, Kelly Ripa as Faith, Ted McGinley as Charley, Megan Fox as Sydney, Macey Cruthird as Hayley and Paulie Litt as Justin.
Ted McGinley: Bundymania
Q. What has working here been like for you?
A. Well it's the best job in Hollywood. The hours are easier on people than most other jobs. I go to work every day and, just laugh, and well and truly I look forward to going. It means that I can feed my family and put my son through college and er, so as a father it's a great thing. As an actor it's a big change for me to reach out to a different audience because I done, really, all-American shows like "Happy Days" and "Love Boat and that kind of" [Ted was interupted by a hammering noise on the set] so it's been like a different audience, it's been good for me.
Q. What do you think of Jefferson as a person?
A. I like him, I think he's a guy who would do anything in the world not to er--you know--work and er, we can all appreciate that. He's a Secret Agent and people don't see that CIA thing. I think that he works as a covert and everyone thinks that he's not doing it, they think that Marcy's out working. He's out playing, doing spy stuff, but he allows people to think that he's a moron and that he doesn't wanna work and in fact, he's saving the world, that's my theory. So I like him, you have to like the characters you play--you know. He's a cheerful fun-loving guy, and I'd say that he takes it as it comes, and he attacks the day from a good point of view.
Q. Why do you think the show is so popular in Germany?
A. I don't know, I think that Germany seems to have a a large blue collar population and I think that they tend to relate to the guy who's been beaten down, you know, the Al Bundys of the world, you know, the guy who's said 'society isn't good enough', and he's been waiting for a chance to say 'up yours!' -- you know --
And every day when he goes into his own little home, thats what he does. And he's created a clan of people who can be constantly on the edge of society, be er -- you know -- 'Well we'll show society coz society is always giving it to us, so now we'll give it back!' And I think that's what people relate to in every society.
Q. Well, would you mind Jefferson to be thought of as a 'villain'
A. Yeah that's all right, well actually I think that Marcy's the villain, I just sleep late -- you know -- er, I think that Jefferson will go and show where the winner was and er, you know, I go with Al to pave my way, you know, that's the way I look at it. In the mean time he's saving the world with his CIA operative stuff.
Q. Last year, Buck was replaced. Do you miss him?
A. That was really very sad, I mean he was a great dog and he was part of the family here. In fact he'd been here longer than I have, and I always thought I would go first, truthfully. You know, it's a sad day coz' Steve the dog trainer, who works with the dogs, is a friend of eveybody here, and he knows that he was a great star when he 'passed on', and so it was sad, and the other dog was cute but he was not Buck, and they were completely different, so it's kinda nice in that, you know, you have two different types of dogs as opposed to someone trying to replace Buck as the same dog.