Himself on HBO First Look
11/30/1968, Kalmazoo, Michigan, USA
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Award-winning commercial and music video director McG made his feature film directorial debut with Charlie's Angels in 2000, and followed up with the sequal, Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle in 2003. He began his career as a still photographer, shooting musicians and other friends in local bands. Forming the record label G Recordings in 1993, he hooked up with the band that would become known as Sugar Ray, and went on to work with the group as both producer and songwriter. McG received the Pop Video of the Year Award from the Music Video Production Association for directing the music video for Sugar Ray's "Fly," a song that he also co-wrote. McG has directed nearly 50 music videos, including Sugar Ray's "Every Morning," Fastball's "The Way," Smash Mouth's "All Star" and "Walkin' On the Sun" (which received Billboard's Pop Video of the Year Award), Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" and The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and "Why Don't You Get a Job." He has also helmed videos for such diverse artists as Mase, Korn, Everclear, Wyclef Jean, Spacehog, Sublime and Cypress Hill, and has directed longform documentaries for both Korn and Sugar Ray. The director has also been recognized for his work in commercials for such clients as Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola. For The Gap, he directed a memorable ad featuring khaki-outfitted country line dancers stepping in time to Dwight Yoakam's interpretation of the Queen hit "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." The commercial received the top prize at the 1999 London International Film Festival. Born in Kalmazoo, Michigan, McG grew up in Newport Beach, California. He attended the University of California at Irvine, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in psychology.moreless
Kalmazoo, Michigan, USA
Joseph McGinty Nichol
- Trivia & Quotes
McG: I'm pretty convinced there's a chemical reality to who I am, regarding my brain, that makes me kind of a strange guy. And there's the behavioral component of growing up in a house where my dad would lose his temper a lot and my mother has a little bit of a hypochondriac streak. It doesn't take a genius to see the writing on the wall. I'm fundamentally a pretty neurotic guy, but I've come to terms with that.
McG: There's no doubt that there's certain songs and arrangements of music that release a chemical reaction in my brain. This sounds a little goofy, but I really believe that. It's such a euphoric experience that I sort of want to chase that experience as often as possible. And it's also that set of chemical circumstances in my brain that makes me messed up. So, you know, you take the good with the bad.
McG: I always remember responding very emotionally to film. I had a lot of lonely time on my hands because I wasn't really the best-looking kid in my town and I sort of pined after girls. I had to sort of immerse myself in the arts because girls weren't particularly interested in me.
For directing Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle in 2003, McG earned US$4,000,000.
McG's alias comes from his middle name, McGinty which was his mother's maiden name.
McG went to the University of California-Irvine where he obtained his B.A. in Psychology.