FDNY firefighter with annual $136K disability pension moonlights as stuntman
A New York City firefighter has been moonlighting as a stuntman — while also raking in a $136,684-a-year disability pension, The Post has learned.
Firefighter John A. McGinty retired with the lucrative annual payout in 2016 after 25 years with the FDNY.
But it turns out McGinty, 58, has been working for years as a professional movie stuntman, according to his own LinkedIn page.
McGinty — who also goes by the stage name John Mack — says he is adept at fighting, driving stunts, falls below 30 feet and small fires, according to a profile on management site CMG Talent.
His personal cell number listed at the bottom of the profile is a dead give-away.
McGrinty’s bio on IMDB lists 33 TV stunt film credits going back more than a decade ago — including appearances in “Law & Order,” “The Americans” and 2004’s “The Manchurian Candidate” — which means he was moonlighting as a stuntman while still a firefighter, as well as after retirement.
People who know McGinty blew the whistle on the stuntman and retired disability pensioner’s double life after seeing The Post’s recent story that nearly all the firefighters who retired last year had annual pensions that topped $100,000, mostly on three-quarter disability.
“McGinty is disabled and we watched him build a new porch on his house,” said one neighbor who lives nearby in Neponsit/Rockaway Park.
“How can you be a stuntman and have a disability with the Fire Department? I don’t get it,” said a neighbor, who requested anonymity.
Another neighbor referred to McGinty as “Johnny Stunts.”
The FDNY’s practice of awarding of three-quarter disability pensions has been a simmering issue over the years. The Post reported a decade ago about a firefighter who obtained a disability pension for a respiratory illness — then went on to compete in triathlons.
McGinty’s double life — retired disabled firefighter and vigorous stuntman — might have remained a secret except that he sued his next-door neighbor in the Rockaways for defamation and claimed the name-calling in front of an actress-friend, Julie Reifers, hurt his stuntman/movie acting career.
“The plaintiff is employed as a stuntman and actor with the Screen Actors Guild,” McGinty’s suit against neighbor Brian Sullivan, also a retired firefighter, said.
McGinty complained that Sullivan called him a “pedophile”, “chicken hawk” and a “sexual predator” who harassed his wife.
The two also sued each other over a dispute involving a fence Sullivan erected separating both their properties.
Under questioning during the trial in that case, McGinty said, “I’m a retired disabled firefighter.”
During a deposition in the defamation case, Mary Sullivan, the defendant’s wife, claimed that McGinty was a serial harasser who stalked her and called her a “slut” and “white trash” who “gives blowjobs under the boardwalk.” He also grabbed his crotch while leering at her from his truck, she claimed.
The Sullivans declined comment.
But during a deposition in the defamation case, Sullivan said he and McGinty were next-door neighbors since 2007 and initially they were friendly.
“He and I had much in common, including that we were both members of the New York City Fire Department,” Sullivan said in the court proceeding last year.
“He was retired on disability a few years ago,” Sullivan said.
McGinty’s pension was listed on the Empire Center for Public Policy’s See Through NY website.
“This case is just the latest reminder of why New Yorkers should be able to see who’s getting a guaranteed pension that’s exempt from state income tax and how much they’re receiving,” said Empire Center president Tim Hoefer. “State taxpayers are on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in future pension payments and they deserve to know where every penny is going.
McGinty did not respond to requests for comment, and the FDNY declined.
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