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Andrew McCarthy
McCarthy in 2010
Andrew Thomas McCarthy

(1962-11-29) November 29, 1962 (age 61)
EducationNew York University (withdrawn)
Years active1983–present
Carol Schneider
(m. 1999; div. 2005)
Dolores Rice
(m. 2011)
Children3, including Sam McCarthy

Andrew Thomas McCarthy (born November 29, 1962)[1] is an American actor, travel writer, and television director. He is most known as a member of the Brat Pack, with roles in 1980s films such as St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Less than Zero, and Weekend at Bernie's. He is ranked No. 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars of all-time list. As a director, he is known for his work on Orange Is the New Black.

Early life and education


McCarthy was born in Westfield, New Jersey, the third of four boys. His mother worked for a newspaper, and his father was involved in investments and stocks.[2] McCarthy moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey, as a teenager and attended Bernards High School and the Pingry School, a preparatory academy.[3][4] At Pingry, he played the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, his first acting role. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at NYU for acting, but was expelled after two years.[5]



McCarthy's first major role was in the 1983 comedy Class opposite Jacqueline Bisset.[5] He was a member of the 1980s Hollywood group of young actors dubbed by the media as the "Brat Pack". The group starred in a few films, among them St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink. McCarthy appeared in the 1987 films Mannequin and Less than Zero, a cinematic adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel. In 1985, McCarthy starred with Donald Sutherland and Kevin Dillon in Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys) as Michael Dunn. McCarthy made his Broadway debut in The Boys of Winter.[6] He quickly returned to Hollywood in 1988 to star in several films, such as Fresh Horses and Kansas. He had another hit with the 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernie's.

He returned to Broadway to star in Side Man, and the production won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. 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."[7] 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.[8] In 2004, he played Dr. Hook in Kingdom Hospital. He appeared in five episodes of the 2005 NBC television series E-Ring. In 2008, he starred in the NBC television series Lipstick Jungle as billionaire Joe Bennett and had a minor role in The Spiderwick Chronicles.

McCarthy directed several episodes of the hit CW television series Gossip Girl, including "Touch of Eva" in the fourth season. In 2010 and 2011, he appeared in the hit USA show White Collar. He returned to the series in the next season to direct the episode "Neighborhood Watch". In 2015, he directed three episodes in Season 2 of the NBC hit television show The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone. In 2016, he starred in the short-lived ABC drama The Family. From 2020 to 2021, he had a recurring role in NBC's TV series Good Girls. In April 2022, McCarthy joined the cast of The Resident as Ian Sullivan (guest season 5) a renowned pediatric surgeon and Cade's estranged father.[9] On July 11, 2022, it was announced that he was promoted to series regular for the sixth season.[10]



McCarthy began travel writing and served as an Editor at Large at National Geographic Traveler magazine.[11][12] 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.[13] McCarthy's book The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down was published in 2012.[14]

In February 2015, National Geographic published McCarthy's account, titled "A Song for Ireland", of his return to the house in the townland of Lacka West in the parish of Duagh in County Kerry in Ireland from which his great-grandfather John McCarthy had emigrated in the late 1800s.[15][16]

McCarthy has received several awards from SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), including Travel Journalist of the Year in 2010.[17]

In 2017, Algonquin Books published McCarthy's YA novel, Just Fly Away.[18] The novel became a New York Times bestseller.[19]

McCarthy's memoir about his life and career in the 1980s, titled Brat: An '80s Story, was released in May 2021 by Grand Central Publishing.[20]

In 2023, Grand Central Publishing released Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain, McCarthy's memoir about walking the Camino de Santiago with his son Sam in the summer of 2021.[21]

Personal life

McCarthy with wife Dolores Rice at the premiere of Shrek Forever After

In 1992, McCarthy entered a detoxification program and has been sober since.[22] In 2004, he announced that he once had a serious alcohol problem, which began at age 12.

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, who also became an actor. McCarthy and Schneider divorced in 2005.

On August 28, 2011, McCarthy married Irish writer and director Dolores Rice. They have two children, Willow and Rowan.[23][24]




Year Title Role Notes
1983 Class Jonathan Ogner
1984 The Beniker Gang Arthur Beniker
1985 Heaven Help Us Michael Dunn a.k.a. Catholic Boys
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Kevin Dolenz
1986 Pretty in Pink Blane McDonnagh
1987 Mannequin Jonathan Switcher
1987 Waiting for the Moon Henry Hopper
1987 Less than Zero Clay Easton
1988 Kansas Wade Corey
1988 Fresh Horses Matt Larkin
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Larry Wilson
1990 Quiet Days in Clichy Henry Miller a.k.a. Jours tranquilles à Clichy
1990 Dr. M The Assassin
1991 Year of the Gun David Raybourne
1992 Only You Clifford Godfrey
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Larry Wilson
1993 The Joy Luck Club Ted Jordan
1994 Getting In Rupert Grimm a.k.a. Student Body
1994 Dead Funny Reggie Barker
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Eddie Parker
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 Everything Relative Howard
1996 Things I Never Told You Don Henderson a.k.a. Cosas que nunca te dije
1997 Stag Peter Weber
1998 Bela Donna Frank
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Cemetery Cop
1998 I'm Losing You Bertie Krohn
1999 A 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 Anything But Love Elliot Shephard a.k.a. Standard Time
2004 2BPerfectlyHonest Josh
2004 News for the Church Director, writer; Short film
2005 The Orphan King Charles King
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Richard Grace
2009 The Good Guy Cash
2009 Camp Hell Michael Leary
2010 Main Street Howard Mercer
2011 The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Brian
2011 Snatched Frank Baum
2019 Finding Julia Mike Chamonix
2024 Brats[25] Documentary; Also director


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Amazing Stories Edwin Episode: "Grandpa's Ghost"
1991 Tales from the Crypt Edward Foster Episode: "Loved to Death"
1992 Screen Two Martin Musgrove Episode: "Common Pursuit"
1995 The Courtyard Jonathan Hoffman Television film
1996 Escape Clause Richard Ramsay Television film
1996 Hostile Force Rabbit (Mike) Television film
1996 The Christmas Tree Richard Reilly Television film
1998 A Father for Brittany Keith Lussier Television film (a.k.a. A Change of Heart)
1998 Perfect Assassins Ben Carroway Television film
2000 A 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 Georgetown Television pilot
2002 The 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 The Twilight Zone Will 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 The Hollywood Mom's Mystery Kit Freers Television film
2005 Crusader Hank Robinson Television film
2005 E-Ring Aaron Gerrity 5 episodes
2006 The Way Henry Warden Television pilot
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent A.D.A. Gene Hoyle Episode: "Offense"
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Joe Bennett; Director 20 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Rick Rhodes Episode: "Valley Girls"
2009 Royal Pains Marshall David Bryant IV 2 episodes
2009 The National Tree Corey Burdoc Television film
2010–2012 Gossip Girl Director 6 episodes
2011 White Collar Vincent Adler 2 episodes
2012 A Christmas Dance Jack Television film (a.k.a. Come Dance with Me)
2013–2019 Orange Is the New Black Director 15 episodes
2013–2014 Alpha House 4 episodes
2015–2017 Turn: Washington's Spies 3 episodes
2015–2022 The Blacklist 22 episodes
2016 The Family Hank Asher 12 episodes
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Director Episode: "Hostages"
2018 Nightflyers 2 episodes
New Amsterdam Episode: "As Long as it Takes"
2018–2020 Condor 5 episodes
2019 The Enemy Within Episode: "Sequestered"
2019–2020 Good Girls Episode: "Jeff"/"Au Jus"/"Vegas Baby"
2020–2021 Mr. Fitzpatrick 5 Episodes
2020 The Sinner Director 2 episodes
2020 13 Reasons Why Mr. St. George Episode: Prom
2022–2023 The Resident Ian Sullivan Guest (season 5)
Main cast (season 6)
2023 The Blacklist Edward Episode: Arthur Hudson

Awards and nominations



  • 1987: Won, "Best Actor" – Mannequin

Rhode Island International Film Festival

  • 2004: Won, Grand Prize for "Best Short Film" – News for the Church – qualifying it as an Official Entry with the Academy Awards for Best Live Action Short Film

Full Info Including Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD produced by Al Gomes and A. Michelle of Big Noise

Sedona International Film Festival

  • 2005: Won, "Best Short Film" – News for the Church


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