Jack McGee is an American television and film character actor. He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows. McGee is perhaps best known as Chief Jerry Reilly on the television series Rescue Me. He was a regular cast member on the FX series for three seasons. As of 2007, series creator Peter Tolan says his character will be recurring. McGee was born in South Bronx, New York to a working-class, Irish family, the youngest of eight children. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, and appeared as a member of the background harmony in The Young Rascals. In 1977, he became a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department in order to pursue his acting career. His first major role was in the 1985 firefighter film Turk 182.