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Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy
McCarthy at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Andrew Thomas McCarthy
(1962-11-29) November 29, 1962
Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Travel writer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Carol Schneider
(m. 1999–2005; 1 child)
Dolores Rice
(m. 2011–present; 2 children)

Andrew Thomas McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor, 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.


  • Early life 1
  • Acting/directing career 2
  • Travel writing 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

McCarthy was born in Westfield, New Jersey. His mother worked for a newspaper and his father was involved in investments and stocks.[1] McCarthy moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey, as a teenager and attended the Pingry School.[2] He also attended the town's public school, Bernards High School, for part of a year.

Acting/directing 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. 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."[3] 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.[4] 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. McCarthy is also known for an incident at the 2013 Comic Con Philly event, where his security staff assaulted "Skippy," a popular YouTube character, who was attempting to photograph the Mannequin actor at the time.[5] 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 2015 he directed 3 episodes (ep. 11, 13 & 16) in season 2 of the NBC hit television show The Blacklist starring James Spader & Megan Boone.[6]

Travel writing

McCarthy has also become a travel writer, and is currently an Editor at Large at National Geographic Traveler magazine.[7][8] 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.[9] A book written by McCarthy, The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, was published in 2012.[10] In February/March 2015, National Geographic published his account, entitled "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 greatgrandfather John McCarthy had emigrated in the late 1800s.[11][12]

Personal life

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

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."[3]

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.[13] In September 2013 it was announced that the couple were expecting their third child.[14]

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.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Class Jonathan Ogner
1985 Heaven Help Us Michael Dunn Also known as Catholic Boys
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Kevin Dolenz
1985 The Beniker Gang Arthur Beniker
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 à 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 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 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 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
2003 Straight from the Heart Tyler Ross
2004 2BPerfectlyHonest Josh
2004 News for the Church Director, writer; Short film
2005 Orphan King, TheThe Orphan King Charles King
2005 Crusader Hank Robinson TV Movie
2008 Spiderwick Chronicles, TheThe Spiderwick Chronicles Richard Grace
2009 Good Guy, TheThe Good Guy Cash
2009 Camp Hell Michael
2010 Main Street Howard Mercer
2011 Snatched Frank Baum completed
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 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 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 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; Director 20 episodes; 2 episodes
2009;2010-2012 Gossip Girl Rick Rhodes; Director Episode: "Valley Girls"; 6 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Marshall David Bryant IV 2 episodes
2009 The National Tree Corey Burdoc Television film
2011 White Collar Vincent Adler 2 Episodes
2012 A Christmas Dance Jack TV Movie (Also known as Come Dance with Me)
2013-2014 Orange Is the New Black Director 5 Episodes
2013-2014 Alpha House Director
2015 The Blacklist Director 3 Episodes: "Ruslan Denisov", "The Deer Hunter", "Tom Keen"

Awards and nominations


  • 1987: Won, "Best Actor" – Mannequin

Sedona International Film Festival

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


  1. ^ Thomas, Bob (March 1, 1987). "McCarthy a hot ticket in acting market". Park City Daily News. 
  2. ^ Andrew McCarthy bio, Retrieved March 21, 2011. "At 16, he moved to Bernardsville, where he attended a prep school called the Pingry School."
  3. ^ a b Andrew McCarthy (I) – News
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ edbassmaster (June 1, 2013). "Comic Con Philly". 
  6. ^ List of The Blacklist episodes#Season 2 .282014.E2.80.9315.29
  7. ^ [5]
  8. ^ [6]
  9. ^ Andrew McCarthy held at gunpoint People Magazine, "Lipstick Jungle Star Andrew McCarthy Detained in Ethiopia", 2-08-2010.
  10. ^ [7]
  11. ^ [8]
  12. ^ "'/ "Hollywood star discovers he's from Kerry and not Cork after supporting Cork all his life! . 6 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Freydkin, Donna (March 20, 2008). "'Pretty' heartthrob Andrew McCarthy loves his 'Lipstick'".  
  14. ^ I will be nearing 70 when my youngest child goes to college': St. Elmo's Fire star Andrew McCarthy, 50, nervous about third child"'". Daily Mail. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Andrew McCarthy discusses his alcoholism". USA Today. March 26, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 

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