Andrew McCarthy


Andrew McCarthy Biography

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.

Career

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".

Personal life

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.

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 Question for the Courage to Settle Down, was published in 2012.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Class Jonathan Ogner
1985 ' 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 Mannequin Jonathan Switcher
1987 Less Than Zero Clay Easton
1988 Kansas Wade Corey
1988 Fresh Horses Matt Larkin
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Larry Wilson
1990 Jours tranquilles Clichy Henry Miller
1990 Dr. M Assassin
1991 Year of the Gun David Raybourne
1992 Only You Clifford Godfrey
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Larry Wilson
1993 ' 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 Everything Relative Howard
1996 Cosas que nunca te dije Don
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 ' 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 2BPerfectlyHonest Josh
2004 News for the Church Director, writer; Short film
2005 ' Charles King
2008 ' Richard Grace
2009 ' Cash
2009 Camp Hell Michael
2010 Main Street Howard Mercer
2011 Snatched Frank Baum completed
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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 ' Johnathan Television film
1996 Escape Clause Richard Ramsay Television film
1996 Hostile Force Rabbit (Mike) Television film
1996 ' Richard Reilly Television film
1998 ' Keith Lussier Television film
1998 Perfect Assassins Ben Carroway Television film
2000 ' Stanley Banner Television film
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Randolph Morrow Episode: "Slaves "
2000 ' Michael Lewis Television film
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Robert F. Kennedy Television film
2002 Georgetown Television pilot
2002 ' Mike Harper Television film
2003 Straight from the Heart Tyler Ross Television film
2003 Law & Order Attorney Finnerty Episode: "Absentia"
2003 ' 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 ' Kit Freers Television film
2004 Crusader Hank Robinson Television film
2005 E-Ring Aaron Gerrity Five episodes
2006 ' 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

Fantafestival

  • 1987: Won, "Best Actor" " Mannequin
Sedona International Film Festival

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



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