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Retired FDNY firefighter, 58, with annual $136K disability pension 'moonlights as a stuntman'

A retired New York City firefighter has allegedly been working as a film stuntman, while earning an annual disability pension topping $136,000.

John McGinty, also known professionally in the film industry as John E Mack, retired from the FDNY 2016 after 25 years on the job.

McGinty, 58, claimed an unspecified disability and has been paid $136,683 per year in pension benefits in the last four years, according to information listed on Empire Center for Public Policy’s See Through NY website.

Retired firefighter John McGinty, also known professionally in the film industry as stuntman John E Mack, reportedly has been earning a disability pension totaling $136,000 a year 

As the New York Post first reported, when he was not fighting fires, McGinty has been performing stunts on movie and TV show sets for more than two decades, beginning with The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in 1999.

His IMDB page lists 33 credits as a stunt double, including most recently in 2018 on the shows New Amsterdam and The Americans. He previously appeared in films such as Michael Clayton and The Bourne Ultimatum.

McGinty also has landed a series of cameos on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Damages, mostly playing firefighters, paramedics or police officers.

According to a profile for a John Mack on CGM Talent's website, the 6-foot-tall, 200-pound stuntman has a wide variety of skills, including fighting, tactical training, stunt driving, falls of less than 30 feet and fire safety.

DailyMail.com called McGinty's cellphone number that was listed on the profile page, but no one picked up.   

Revelations about McGinty's side career came from some of his neighbors in Queens, who said that they watched how the supposedly disabled firefighter built a new porch on his house.

McGinty/Mack began doing stunts in 1999 while serving with the FDNY, and continued working on movies and TV shows until 2018, or two years after his retirement 

McGinty's history as a firefighter-turned-stuntman has been documented in reams of court documents involving an ugly neighbors' feud.

McGinty sued his next-door neighbor Brian Sullivan, who is a fellow retired firefighter, for defamation in 2018, seeking $175,000.

Court filings alleged that Sullivan wrongfully accused McGinty of sexually harassing his wife, of being a sexual predator and a pedophile. 

Sullivan later counter-sued McGinty for intentional infliction of emotional distress, seeking a judgement of $1million against him.

During a trial, McGinty identified himself as a retired disabled firefighter, while court records stated that he was employed as a stuntman and actor with the Screen Actors Guild. 

The FDNY would not comment on McGinty's alleged double life.

DailyMail.com on Monday contacted the New York City Fire Department Pension Fund and was awaiting a reply.

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