John McEnroe

A titanic figure on the world tennis scene in the 1970s and early 1980s, John McEnroe was also one of the game's most polarizing players, alienating as many fans with his on-court behavior as he won over with his ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1959 in Wiesbaden, Hessen, DE

Filmography

Actor (61)

7 Days in Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Art in the Twenty-First Century 2001 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Jim Rome on Showtime 2015 (Tv Show)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

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30 Rock 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Venus Vs. 2012 (Movie)

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Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

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McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Renée 2011 (Movie)

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Venus & Serena 2011 (Movie)

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You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

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CSI: New York 2007 (Tv Show)

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Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Costas NOW 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Curb Your Enthusiasm 2007 (Tv Show)

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Frasier 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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On the Record With Bob Costas 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1996 - 1998, 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Unstrung 2007 (Movie)

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Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Less Than Perfect 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Apprentice 2004 (Tv Show)

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Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

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Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Chair 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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2001 Wimbledon (NBC) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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French Open 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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John McEnroe: Game Set Match 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Tennis Open Championships 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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2000 Wimbledon (NBC) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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French Open 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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French Open Tennis Championships (2000) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 2000 U.S. Open 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Arthur Ashe Kids' Day 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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French Open Tennis Championships (1999) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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McEnroe Unleashed 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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1998 French Open Tennis Championships 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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French Open Tennis Championships (1998) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Wimbledon '98 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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John McEnroe U.S. Open Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Arli$$ 1996 (Tv Show)

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The 1995 U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 1992 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Wimbledon '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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NBC Saturday Sports Showcase 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Wimbledon '89 (NBC) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Eagle Tournament of Champions Tennis 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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History of Tennis 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championships 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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AT&T Tennis Challenge 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Pavarotti and Friends 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Players 1979 (Movie)

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Ground Floor (Tv Show)

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Biography

A titanic figure on the world tennis scene in the 1970s and early 1980s, John McEnroe was also one of the game's most polarizing players, alienating as many fans with his on-court behavior as he won over with his storied roster of championship titles. A left-handed player with unerring accuracy and extraordinary skills at serve and volley, McEnroe was ranked first in the world by the Association of Tennis Professions (ATP) from 1981 to 1984. He won 77 career singles titles over the course of his 16-year career, ranking behind only longtime foes Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl. McEnroe also laid claim to 17 Grand Slam titles in men's and mixed doubles and five Davis Cups for the U.S. Team, which he briefly led in 1999. But his athletic prowess was frequently overshadowed by a volcanic temper that frequently erupted in gales of vitriol against court officials and umpires, resulting in thousands of dollars in fines and ceaseless criticism from the media and even fellow players. The relentless scrutiny had a dampening effect on McEnroe's career, forcing him into a self-imposed exile in 1986; after marrying actress Tatum O'Neal that same year, he resurfaced with his anger intact but his game lacking in its former power. He retired in 1992 but remained in demand as both a commentator for televised tennis matches and an advertising spokesman, where he gleefully skewered his own legacy as one of the most ferocious figures - in both talent and temperament - in professional sports history.

Relationships

Tatum O'Neal Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 1, 1986 in Oyster Bay, NY Separated in December 1992 Divorced in 1994

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Milestones

1999

Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

1992

Retires from professional tennis

1982

Wins longest match in Davis Cup history (6 hours, 22 minutes) against Mats Wilander)

1981

Ranked World No. 1 male player by ATP

1981

Third win at U.S. Open makes him the first male player since the 1920s to achieve this status

1978

Youngest player to win U.S. Open in over 30 years

1977

Youngest player to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Bonus Trivia

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Retained custody of their three children after Tatum O'Neil's 2008 arrest for drug possession

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Fined $65,000 for behavior during 1990 Australian Open

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Formed his own group, The Johnny Smyth Band, during divorce from O'Neal

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Starred as himself in "Mr. Deeds" (2002), "Wimbledon" (2004), "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" (2008) and two episodes of "30 Rock (NBC, 2006-2012)

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Collected American contemporary art and opened his own Manhattan gallery in 1993

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Recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" with Roger Daltrey and members of Iron Maiden and fellow tennis player Pat Cash for Rock Aid Armenia event

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