Andrew Thomas McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor, travel writer and television director. He is most known for his roles in 1980s films such as St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, and Less Than Zero. He is ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars of all-time list. As a director he is known for his work on the Emmy Award-winning series Orange Is the New Black.
McCarthy at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Andrew Thomas McCarthy
November 29, 1962
Westfield, New Jersey, United States
|Residence||New York City|
(m. 1999; div. 2005)
Dolores Rice (m. 2011)
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's first major role was in the 1983 comedy Class. He involuntarily became a member of the 1980s Hollywood group of young actors known as the "Brat Pack". They starred in a few films, among them St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink. He starred in the 1987 films, Mannequin and Less Than Zero, a theatrical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 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. 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 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 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 a billionaire, but was eventually cancelled, and had a minor role in The Spiderwick Chronicles.
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. In 2010 and 2011, he appeared in the hit USA show White Collar; he was praised by several critics[who?] 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 and Megan Boone.[better source needed] In 2016, he starred in the short-lived ABC drama The Family.
McCarthy became 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. 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 great-grandfather John McCarthy had emigrated in the late 1800s.
In 1992, he entered a detoxification program and has been sober since. 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. The couple divorced in 2005. In 2004, he announced that he once had a serious alcohol problem, which began at age 12.
On August 28, 2011, he married Dolores Rice. They have a daughter, Willow. In September 2013, it was announced that the couple were expecting their second, and his third, child. McCarthy mentioned on "Good Day New York" on March 29, 2017, that his third child is a son and now two years old.
|1985||Heaven Help Us||Michael Dunn||a.k.a. 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||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||The 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||Things I Never Told You||Don||a.k.a. Cosas que nunca te dije|
|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||Standard Time||Elliot Shepherd|
|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|
|2010||Main Street||Howard Mercer|
|2011||National Lampoon's Snatched||Frank Baum|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Edwin||Episode: "Grandpa's Ghost"|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Edward Foster||Episode: "Loved to Death"|
|1992||Common Pursuit||Martin Musgrove||Television film|
|1995||The Courtyard||Johnathan||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|
|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||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||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||Five episodes|
|2006||The Way||Television pilot|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||A.D.A. Gene Hoyle||Episode: "Offense"|
|2008–09||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)|
|2013–2017||Orange Is the New Black||Director||11 episodes|
|2013–2014||Alpha House||Director||4 episodes|
|2015–2017||Turn: Washington's Spies||Director|
|2015-2018||The Blacklist||Director||10 episodes|
|2016||The Family||Hank||Main role|
|2017||The Blacklist: Redemption||Director||1 episode|
|2018||New Amsterdam||Director||Episode: "As Long as it Takes"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 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
- 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 Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., TV.com. Retrieved March 21, 2011. "At 16, he moved to Bernardsville, where he attended a prep school called the Pingry School."
- 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.
- edbassmaster (June 1, 2013). "Comic Con Philly".
- List of The Blacklist episodes#Season 2 .282014.E2.80.9315.29
- Andrew McCarthy held at gunpoint People Magazine, "Lipstick Jungle Star Andrew McCarthy Detained in Ethiopia", August 2, 2010.
- "Hollywood star discovers he's from Kerry and not Cork after supporting Cork all his life!'". evoke.ie. February 6, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- "Andrew McCarthy discusses his alcoholism". USA Today. March 26, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- Freydkin, Donna (March 20, 2008). "'Pretty' heartthrob Andrew McCarthy loves his 'Lipstick'". USA Today. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- "'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. September 9, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- McCarthy, Andrew (16 December 2014). "News for the Church". Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.