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Andrew Thomas McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an Americanmarker actor. He is best known for his roles in St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink in the 1980s and more recently for his role in the TV show Lipstick Jungle.


Early life

McCarthy was born in New York City, New Yorkmarker. He grew up in Westfield, New Jerseymarker before moving to Bernardsville, New Jerseymarker where he attended Bernards High Schoolmarker prior to attending The Pingry Schoolmarker. While enrolled at the preparatory school, McCarthy took to acting in plays and musicals and playing on the school's basketball team. When he graduated, McCarthy enrolled in New York Universitymarker as a theater major. This led to his first film role as the lead in the 1983 film Class.


McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood during the 1980s. His classic, clean-cut good looks continually had him placed as the sincere and kind leading man. 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. He was unable to kick the habit until 1995. Years after the filming of Pretty in Pink, co-star and fellow Brat Pack member Molly Ringwald admitted to having a huge crush on Andrew during the filming. She found him "incredibly cute" and "dreamy." In 1985 McCarthy did his best to escape Hollywood by making his Broadwaymarker debut in The Boys of Winter. He eventually returned to Hollywood to perform. As the '90s neared, McCarthy's career began to falter. He starred in several disappointing films that were unable to captivate audiences, such as Fresh Horses and Kansas. Although his 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernie's was a hit, it failed to lift his career back up. In 1993, he had a supporting role in the critically-acclaimed The Joy Luck Club.

He returned to Broadway Theatermarker to star in Side Man. In 2003, McCarthy was set to guest star in two episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. However, 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 that originally aired in November 2007.In 2004, he returned to prominence playing Dr. Hook in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. Since 2005 he has appeared with some regularity in episodes of the TV show 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's ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

Personal life

In 1999, McCarthy married his college sweetheart Carol Schneider, 20 years after they first dated. He later stated his reasons for tracking down Schneider: "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 a coffee." In 2002, Schneider gave birth to their son, Sam McCarthy. In 2005, the couple divorced. His current partner, Dolores Rice had their daughter Willow in 2006.

In 2004, he announced that he had once had a serious alcohol problem, which began at twelve years of age. However, in 1992 he entered detox and has been sober since.


Year Film Role Other notes
1983 Class Jonathan Ogner
1985 The Beniker Gang Arthur Beniker
Heaven Help Us Michael Dunn
St. Elmo's Fire Kevin Dolenz
1986 Pretty in Pink Blane McDonough
1987 Waiting for the Moon Henry Hopper
Mannequin Jonathan Switcher
Less Than Zero Clay Easton
1988 Kansas Wade Corey
Fresh Horses Matt Larkin
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Larry Wilson
1990 Jours tranquilles à Clichy Henry Miller
Dr. M Assassin
1991 Year of the Gun David Raybourne
1992 Only You Clifford Godfrey
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Larry Wilson
The Joy Luck Club Ted Jordan
1994 Night of the Running Man Jerry Logan Direct-to-Video Release
Getting In Rupert Grimm
Dead Funny Reggie Barker
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Edwin 'Eddie' Pond Parker II
1995 Dream Man David Mander Direct-to-Video Release
1996 Mulholland Falls Jimmy Fields
Everything Relative Howard
Cosas que nunca te dije Don
1997 Stag Peter Weber
1998 Bela Donna Frank
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Cemetery Cop
I'm Losing You Bertie Krohn
1999 A Twist of Faith Henry Smith
New World Disorder Kurt Bishop
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
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
Camp Hope Michael awaiting release
Main Street Howard Mercer post-production
2010 Snatched Frank Baum post-production
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 TV-Movie
1995 The Courtyard Johnathan TV-Movie
1996 Escape Clause Richard Ramsay TV-Movie
Hostile Force Rabbit (Mike) TV-Movie
The Christmas Tree Richard Reilly TV-Movie
1998 A Father for Brittany Keith Lussier TV-Movie
Perfect Assassins Ben Carroway TV-Movie
2000 A Storm in Summer Stanley Banner TV-Movie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Randolph Morrow Episode: Slaves
The Sight Michael Lewis TV-Movie
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Robert 'Bobby' Kennedy TV-Movie
2002 Georgetown TV-Pilot
The Secret Life of Zoey Mike Harper TV-Movie
2003 Straight from the Heart Tyler Ross TV-Movie
Law & Order Attorney Finnerty Episode: Absentia
The Twilight Zone Marshall Episode: The Monsters Are on Maple Street
Monk Derek Philby Episode: Mr. Monk Goes Back to School
2004 Kingdom Hospital Dr. Hook Miniseries
The Hollywood Mom's Mystery Kit Freers TV-Movie
Crusader Hank Robinson TV-Movie
2005 E-Ring Aaron Gerrity Episode: Escape and Evade
Episode: Tribes
Episode: Weekend Pass
Episode: Toy Soldiers
Episode: The Forgotten

2006 The Way TV-Pilot
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent A.D.A. Gene Hoyle Episode: Offense
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Joe Bennett 20 episodes
2009 Gossip Girl Rick Rhodes Episode: Valley Girls
Royal Pains Marshall David Bryant IV 2 episodes
The National Tree Corey Burdock TV-Movie
awaiting release

Awards and nominations

  • 1987: Won, "Best Actor" - Mannequin

Sedona International Film Festival
  • 2005: Won, "Best Short Film" - News for the Church


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