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Creator / Ted McGinley

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Theodore Martin "Ted" McGinley (born May 30, 1958 in Newport Beach, California) is an American actor. His famous roles include Stan Gable in Revenge of the Nerds and Jefferson D'Arcy in Married... with Children.

In television circles, McGinley is known as the "patron saint of shark-jumping" by Jump The Shark founder Jon Hein, due to his historical tendency to join shows near the end of their production, when interest was waning and producers tried to shake things up to stay relevant (most notably, he appeared in the later phases of The Love Boat, Happy Days, Dynasty (1981), Married... with Children, and The John Larroquette Show). Bat-Mite even pointed that out when he used his powers to make McGinley replace Aquaman's voice actor in the Series Finale of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which was themed around shark-jumping moments.

McGinley's stint on Married... with Children, where he played Marcy's scheming second husband Jefferson D'Arcy, subverted his tendency to join shows near the end of their runs; he became a regular in season 5, and it didn't end until season 11. Nonetheless, he did join the cast late and his arrival represented a later phase of production, so it conforms to his overall motif (though most fans don't consider McGinley to be the reason why the show went downhill).note