Filmmaker McG to deliver York College commencement address

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Filmmaker Joseph McGinty Nichol, better known as McG, will give the commencement address to York College's Class of 2022.

The first typical outdoor commencement exercise for the 235-year-old college since 2019 will feature nearly 700 graduates earning associate, bachelor and doctoral degrees. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14, and will be held under the tent on Main Campus. The event will also be livestreamed online.

Director McG arrives at the premiere of "3 Days to Kill" held at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

McG is the only person in Hollywood history to have write a No. 1 song, produce a No. 1 TV show and direct a No. 1 movie. His parents are York natives. He will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts during the ceremony.

McG has directed 10 feature films and eight television pilots. His career in Hollywood began in the mid-1990s, when he co-wrote the No. 1 songs “Fly,” “Every Morning,” and “Someday” for childhood friends Sugar Ray. During this time, he also directed over 50 music videos for artists such as Sublime, Smash Mouth and Sean “Puffy” Combs.

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His feature film debut was the blockbuster “Charlie’s Angels,” which debuted at No. 1 and marked the biggest opening ever for a first-time director. Other films and stars directed by McG include Matthew McConaughey in “We Are Marshall;” Christian Bale in “Terminator Salvation;” Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, and Chris Pine in “This Means War” and Kevin Costner in “3 Days to Kill.” He also wrote, produced, and directed “The Babysitter” films for Netflix. To date, his feature films have grossed over $1.2 billion at the box office.

McG is also the executive producer of more than 800 hours of prime-time network television, including the cultural phenomenon “The OC” and the long-running series “Supernatural.”

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In 2001, McG founded his production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision. Wonderland produced the breakout hits “Tall Girl,” “The Duff,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Holidate,” and “Love Hard.”

He is working with James Cameron on the remake of “True Lies” as well as a film adaption of the international best-seller “Uglies,” starring Joey King. He also plans to direct “Family Leave” starring Jennifer Garner.

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