McCarthy at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Andrew Thomas McCarthy
November 29, 1962
Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Travel writer|
(m. 1999–2005; 1 child)
(m. 2011–present; 1 child)
Andrew Thomas McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor, award-winning travel writer and television director from Westfield, N.J. He is known for his roles in the 1980s films St. Elmo's Fire, Mannequin, Weekend at Bernie's, Pretty in Pink, and Less Than Zero, and more recently for his roles in the television shows Lipstick Jungle, White Collar and Royal Pains.
McCarthy was born in Westfield, New Jersey. His mother worked for a newspaper and his father was involved in investments and stocks. McCarthy moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey, as a teenager and attended the Pingry School. He also attended the town's public school, Bernards High School, for part of a year.
McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood during the 1980s. His boy-next-door looks continually had him placed as the sincere and kind leading man. His breakout role was in the 1983 theatrical film Class. As McCarthy's career grew, he involuntarily became a member of the '80s Hollywood group of young actors known as the "Brat Pack"; McCarthy's better-known films include the Brat Pack films St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink. During the filming of St. Elmo's Fire, McCarthy took up smoking, a habit he dropped in 1995. He starred in the 1987 box office hits, Mannequin and Less Than Zero, a theatrical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' popular novel. In 1985, McCarthy starred with Donald Sutherland and Kevin Dillon in Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys) playing Michael Dunn. In 1985, McCarthy made his Broadway debut in The Boys of Winter. He quickly returned to Hollywood in 1988 to star in several films, such as Fresh Horses and Kansas.
He had another hit in the 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernie's. In 1991, he played the lead role in the motion picture Year of the Gun, a thriller which received mixed reviews from critics. In 1992, he starred in the romantic comedy film Only You. In 1993, he reprised the lead role of Larry Wilson in the sequel to the box office hit Weekend at Bernie's, Weekend at Bernie's II, the sequel was successful in the box office. He also had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club. In 1994, he starred in the motion pictures Getting In, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and Dead Funny. In 1994, he starred in the motion picture Escape Clause. In 1996, he starred in the motion picture I'm Losing You, a theatrical adaptation of the novel I'm Losing You. He also starred in the period piece, Mulholland Falls. In 1997, he starred in the motion picture Stag. He also starred in the 1999 theatrical film A Twist of Faith as a police detective.
He returned to Broadway theatre to star in Side Man, McCarthy's version of the play won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1999. In 2003, McCarthy was set to guest star in two episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Due to bad relations with actor Vincent D'Onofrio, series creator Dick Wolf decided against it. Wolf later stated, "Mr. McCarthy engaged in fractious behavior from the moment he walked on the set." McCarthy fired back in a statement of his own saying, "I was fired because I refused to allow a fellow actor to threaten me with physical violence, bully me and try to direct me." Despite this incident, he later guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (with Chris Noth, not D'Onofrio) that originally aired in November 2007. In 2004, he played Dr. Hook in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. He appeared in five episodes of the now-cancelled NBC television series E-Ring. In 2008, he starred in the NBC television series Lipstick Jungle as a billionaire, but was eventually cancelled, and had a minor role in The Spiderwick Chronicles. He is ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars of all time list. McCarthy recently directed several episodes of the hit CW television series, Gossip Girl, including Touch of Eva in the fourth season. In 2010 and 2011, he also appeared in the hit USA show White Collar; he was praised by several critics for his performance in the episodes. He returned to the series in the next season to direct the episode "Neighborhood Watch".
In 1999, McCarthy married his college sweetheart Carol Schneider 20 years after they first dated. He later stated his reasons for tracking her down after they had drifted apart: "I ran into someone who said they had seen Carol and her boyfriend and they seemed really happy, and for some reason it bothered me for a week. I called her and asked her if she was really with this guy and asked her out for coffee." In 2002, Schneider gave birth to a son, Sam. In 2005, the couple divorced. On August 28, 2011 he married Dolores Rice. They have a daughter, Willow.
In 2004, he announced that he once had a serious alcohol problem, which began at age 12. In 1992, he entered a detoxification program and has been sober since.
McCarthy has also become a travel writer, and is currently an Editor at Large at National Geographic Traveler magazine. In 2010, McCarthy was escorted out of an underground church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, for entering the site without documentation. He had been in the church on assignment for the travel magazine Afar. A book written by McCarthy, The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, was published in 2012.
|1985||Beniker Gang, TheThe Beniker Gang||Arthur Beniker|
|1985||Heaven Help Us||Michael Dunn||Known also as Catholic Boys|
|1985||St. Elmo's Fire||Kevin Dolenz|
|1986||Pretty in Pink||Blane McDonough|
|1987||Waiting for the Moon||Henry Hopper|
|1987||Less Than Zero||Clay Easton|
|1988||Fresh Horses||Matt Larkin|
|1989||Weekend at Bernie's||Larry Wilson|
|1990||Jours tranquilles à Clichy||Henry Miller|
|1991||Year of the Gun||David Raybourne|
|1992||Only You||Clifford Godfrey|
|1993||Weekend at Bernie's II||Larry Wilson|
|1993||Joy Luck Club, TheThe Joy Luck Club||Ted Jordan|
|1994||Getting In||Rupert Grimm|
|1994||Dead Funny||Reggie Barker|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Edwin 'Eddie' Pond Parker II|
|1995||Night of the Running Man||Jerry Logan||Direct-to-video release|
|1995||Dream Man||David Mander||Direct-to-video release|
|1996||Mulholland Falls||Jimmy Fields|
|1996||Cosas que nunca te dije||Don|
|1998||I Woke Up Early The Day I Died||Cemetery Cop|
|1998||I'm Losing You||Bertie Krohn|
|1999||Twist of Faith, AA Twist of Faith||Henry Smith|
|1999||New World Disorder||Kurt Bishop|
|1999||New Waterford Girl||Cecil Sweeney|
|2000||Nowhere in Sight||Eric Shelton|
|2001||Heaven Must Wait||Raymond Cane|
|2002||Standard Time||Elliot Shepherd|
|2004||News for the Church||Director, writer; Short film|
|2005||Orphan King, TheThe Orphan King||Charles King|
|2008||Spiderwick Chronicles, TheThe Spiderwick Chronicles||Richard Grace|
|2009||Good Guy, TheThe Good Guy||Cash|
|2010||Main Street||Howard Mercer|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Edwin||Episode: "Grandpa's Ghost"|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Edward Foster – Screenwriter||Episode: "Loved to Death"|
|1992||Common Pursuit||Martin Musgrove||Television film|
|1995||Courtyard, TheThe Courtyard||Johnathan||Television film|
|1996||Escape Clause||Richard Ramsay||Television film|
|1996||Hostile Force||Rabbit (Mike)||Television film|
|1996||Christmas Tree, TheThe Christmas Tree||Richard Reilly||Television film|
|1998||Father for Brittany, AA Father for Brittany||Keith Lussier||Television film|
|1998||Perfect Assassins||Ben Carroway||Television film|
|2000||Storm in Summer, AA Storm in Summer||Stanley Banner||Television film|
|2000||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Randolph Morrow||Episode: "Slaves "|
|2000||The Sight||Michael Lewis||Television film|
|2000||Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis||Robert F. Kennedy||Television film|
|2002||Secret Life of Zoey, TheThe Secret Life of Zoey||Mike Harper||Television film|
|2003||Straight from the Heart||Tyler Ross||Television film|
|2003||Law & Order||Attorney Finnerty||Episode: "Absentia"|
|2003||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Marshall||Episode: "The Monsters Are on Maple Street"|
|2003||Monk||Derek Philby||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School"|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Dr. Hook||Miniseries|
|2004||Hollywood Mom's Mystery, TheThe Hollywood Mom's Mystery||Kit Freers||Television film|
|2004||Crusader||Hank Robinson||Television film|
|2005||E-Ring||Aaron Gerrity||Five episodes|
|2006||Way, TheThe Way||Television pilot|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||A.D.A. Gene Hoyle||Episode: "Offense"|
|2008–09||Lipstick Jungle||Joe Bennett||20 episodes|
|2009||Gossip Girl||Rick Rhodes||Episode: "Valley Girls"|
|2009||Royal Pains||Marshall David Bryant IV||2 episodes|
|2009||The National Tree||Corey Burdock||Television film|
|2011||White Collar||Vincent Adler||2 Episodes|
Awards and nominations
- 1987: Won, "Best Actor" – Mannequin
- 2005: Won, "Best Short Film" – News for the Church
- Thomas, Bob (March 1, 1987). "McCarthy a hot ticket in acting market". Park City Daily News.
- Andrew McCarthy bio, TV.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. "At 16, he moved to Bernardsville, where he attended a prep school called the Pingry School."
- www.AndrewMcCarthy.com – "Things I Never Told You" trivia
- Andrew McCarthy (I) – News
- Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith (November 29, 2007). "Once Fired From "Law & Order," Andrew McCarthy Returns". Archived from the original on December 1, 2007.
- Freydkin, Donna (March 20, 2008). "'Pretty' heartthrob Andrew McCarthy loves his 'Lipstick'". USA Today. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- "Andrew McCarthy discusses his alcoholism". USA Today. March 26, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Andrew McCarthy held at gunpoint People Magazine, "Lipstick Jungle Star Andrew McCarthy Detained in Ethiopia", 2-08-2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrew McCarthy.|
- Andrew McCarthy at the Internet Movie Database
- Andrew McCarthy at the Internet Broadway Database
- Andrew McCarthy at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Andrew McCarthy at AllRovi
- Andrew McCarthy's Official Website