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Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy

The basics
Occupations Screenwriter Film producer Television actor Film actor Film director Actor
Countries United States of America
A.K.A. Andrew Thomas McCarthy
Gender male
Birth November 29, 1962 (New York City, New York, U.S.A.)
Education New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Authority IMDB id ISNI id Library of congress id NNDB id VIAF id
Andrew McCarthy
The details

Andrew Thomas McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor, travel writer and television director. He is most known for his roles in films such as St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, and Less Than Zero. As a director he is known for his work on the Emmy Award-winning series Orange is the New Black.

Early 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.


McCarthy began acting on films, making his breakout role for the 1983 comedy film Class. He involuntarily became a member of the '80s Hollywood group of young actors known as the "Brat Pack". They starred in a few films, 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 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. In 2010 and 2011, he 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 and Megan Boone. In 2016, he starred in the short-lived ABC drama The Family.

Travel writing

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 greatgrandfather John McCarthy had emigrated in the late 1800s.

Personal life

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

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 two-year old son.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Class Jonathan Ogner
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 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 Things I Never Told You Don 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 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
2004 2BPerfectlyHonest Josh
2004 News for the Church Director, writer; Short film
2005 Orphan King, TheThe Orphan King Charles King
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 National Lampoon's Snatched Frank Baum
Year Title Role Notes
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 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 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
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
3 episodes
2015-2017 The Blacklist Director 8 episodes
2016 The Family Hank Main role

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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