St. Elmo's Fire
“The media made up this sort of tribe. I don't think I've seen any of these people since we finished 'St. Elmo's Fire'.” Andrew McCarthy (about The Brat Pack)
One of the nine original members of the “Brat Pack,” Andrew McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood during the 1980s when he starred in such films as “St. Elmo’s Fire” (1985), “Pretty in Pink” (1986), and “Mannequin” (1987). The former teen idol, who debuted in “Class” (1983), also starred in "Fresh Horses" (1988), "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989), "Year of the Gun" (1991), "Weekend at Bernie's II" (1993), "The Joy Luck Club" (1993), "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (1994), "Mulholland Falls" (1996), "I'm Losing You" (1998), "New Waterford Girl" (1999), and "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008). He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Camp Hope" and "The Good Guy."
On the small screen, McCarthy starred in the TV movies "The Christmas Tree" (1996), "A Father for Brittany" (1998), "A Storm in Summer" (2000), "The Sight" (2000), and "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" (2000). He also guest starred in the TV series "Amazing Stories," "Tales from the Crypt," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order," "The Twilight Zone," "Monk," and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Additionally, he starred as Dr. Hook on the ABC thirteen episode miniseries "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital" (2004), played the recurring role of Aaron Gerrity on NBC’s military drama series "E-Ring" (2005), and now plays Joe Bennett, the powerful but cynical billionaire, on the NBC series "Lipstick Jungle" (2008-Present). As an accomplished theater actor, McCarthy has worked on and off Broadway.
More personally, this 5' 9" actor with classic, clean-cut good looks was married to his college sweetheart, Carol Schneider, from 1999 to 2005, and is now in a relationship with Dolores Rice. He has one son and one daughter.
"You always have to keep thinking, ‘Where am I going?’ Whereas acting, you're always thinking, ‘What am I doing?’ You don't want to know where you're going. You want to be right where you are." Andrew McCarthy
Childhood and Family:
Born in New York City, New York, on November 29, 1962, Andrew Thomas McCarthy grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, which is also the childhood home of actress Meryl Streep. He has three brothers, one of whom is Justin McCarthy who wrote and directed “Jump” (1999) in which McCarthy made a cameo appearance as a clown.
After graduating from Edison Intermediate School in Westfield, New Jersey, 15-year-old McCarthy moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey, and attended Bernards High School. He then went to a prep school called the Pingry School, in Martinsville, New Jersey, where he performed in plays and musicals and played basketball. At age 18, he went to New York University (NYU) as a theatre major, but dropped out in 1983 when he starred in that year's film “Class.” After the film, McCarthy sharpened his craft at the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York.
"I ran into someone who said they had seen Carol [Schneider] 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." Andrew McCarthy
On October 9, 1999, McCarthy married his college sweetheart, Carol Schneider, 20 years after they first dated. In 2002, they welcomed their first child, a son named Sam McCarthy, before divorcing in 2005. McCarthy subsequently started a relationship with Dolores Rice and has one daughter with her, Willow McCarthy, who was born in 2006.
During the filming of “St. Elmo's Fire” (1985), McCarthy took up smoking (his character smoked) and was unable to kick the habit until 1995. He also had a serious drinking problem that began at twelve years of age. He was either drunk or hung over during most of his scenes in “Pretty in Pink” (1986) and “Weekend at Bernie's” (1993), but sobered up in 1992. McCarthy is an avid and competent pool player.
“Nobody thinks that they're evil or bad. They think that they're doing the right thing.” Andrew McCarthy
Making his first stage appearance as the Artful Dodger in a high school production of the musical loosely based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens, “Oliver,” Andrew McCarthy subsequently worked at the Circle in the Square and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He made his off Broadway debut in Albert Innaurato's “Herself as Lust.”
While studying theatre at New York University (NYU), McCarthy landed the lead role of Jonathan, a naive country boy who has an affair with his roommate's mother, in his first film, “Class” (1983), opposite Jacqueline Bisset and Rob Lowe. Two years later, he made his Broadway debut in “The Boys of Winter” and was featured as Kevin Dolenz, a writer with a sullen streak, in Joel Schumacher's coming-of-age film, “St Elmo's Fire,” with an ensemble of actors later dubbed the “Brat Pack,” Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham. He also starred in Ken Kwapis' film "The Beniker Gang" and Michael Dinner's comedy "Heaven Help Us" (both in 1985).
The next year, McCarthy starred opposite Molly Ringwald in John Hughes' successful teen film “Pretty in Pink” (1986) and made his TV debut as a guest on the NBC anthology series “Amazing Stories” in an episode directed by Timothy Hutton. During the rest of the 1980s, McCarthy acted on stage in “Bodies, Rest and Motion” (1987) and scored a surprising box office hit with Michael Gottlieb's romantic comedy film “Mannequin” (1987), in which he starred as a struggling artist whose life changes after creating a mannequin (played by Kim Cattrall) that comes to life. The movie won him the Best Actor Award at the Fantafestival. He was also reunited with Molly Ringwald in David Anspaugh's little seen drama “Fresh Horses” (1988), which is based on the play of the same name by Larry Ketron, and teamed up with Jonathan Silverman in the dark comedy directed by Ted Kotcheff, “Weekend at Bernie's” (1989). He later reprised the part for the sequel “Weekend at Bernie's II” (1993) and was seen in a Revlon television commercial.
Entering the 1990s, McCarthy starred opposite Sharon Stone in John Frankenheimer's thriller “Year of the Gun” (1991) and appeared in a supporting role in Wayne Wang's film adaptation of the 1989 best selling novel by Amy Tan, “The Joy Luck Club” (1993). He went on to portray the shell-shocked first husband of Dorothy Parker (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) in Alan Rudolph's biographical drama “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle” (1994) and costarred as Jennifer Connelly's gay friend in Lee Tamahori's drama film “Mulholland Falls” (1996; also starring Nick Nolte, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and Melanie Griffith).
After acting opposite Julie Harris in the ABC movie “Christmas Tree” (1996), directed by Sally Field, McCarthy offered a strong performance as an adoptive father who fights to retain custody of his daughter in the CBS movie “A Father for Brittany” (1998). He then costarred in the satirical “I'm Losing You” (1999), Bruce Wagner's big screen version of his bestselling 1997 novel, and portrayed a teacher in the Canadian film “New Waterford Girl” (1999).
Returning to stage, McCarthy had a featured role in “The Death of Papa” (1999) and played Jamie Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning four-act drama “Long Day's Journey Into Night” (1999). He also portrayed the narrator in Warren Leight's award winning Broadway play “Side Man” (1999).
"I thought I understood the story very well because I've lived with it for so long. But movies change and take on a life of their own once they start to be made and you have to keep your eye on the real ball, not the ball that's in your head." Andrew McCarthy
The new millennium saw McCarthy costarring in the Showtime remake of “A Storm in Summer” with Peter Falk and Nastassja Kinski, and with a lead role in the British TV pilot “The Sight,” a mystery that aired in the United States. He also made a guest appearance in the season finale of NBC's drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and portrayed Robert 'Bobby' Kennedy in the CBS biographical drama “Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.”
During the following years, McCarthy costarred with Elizabeth Ashley in a stage production of Tennessee Williams' “The Glass Menagerie” (2001) at the Hartford Stage and played Dr. Hook, a gifted and handsome surgeon who lives in a hospital's basement, in “Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital” (2004), a thirteen-episode miniseries on ABC based on Lars von Trier's "The Kingdom" (aka Riget). McCarthy also produced, wrote, and directed the 18-minute short drama "News for the Church" (2004), which was based on writer Frank O'Connor's short story. It won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Sedona International Film Festival.
“It's embarrassing, isn't it? It took me 15 years to make an 18-minute movie.” Andrew McCarthy
He also played the recurring role of Aaron Gerrity on NBC’s military drama series "E-Ring" (2005) and was recently cast as Richard Grace, Helen Grace's (played by Mary-Louise Parker) ex-husband and the father of the Grace children (played by Freddie Highmore and Sarah Bolger), in Mark Waters' fantasy film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of children's books, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008).
McCarthy now plays Joe Bennett, the powerful but cynical billionaire who is engaged to Lindsay Price's Victory, on the NBC series based on the best selling novel by Candace Bushnell, “Lipstick Jungle” (2008-Present). He will soon complete "Camp Hope," a thriller written and directed by George VanBuskirk that costars Dana Delany, and "The Good Guy," a romantic comedy written and directed by Julio DePietro that also features Scott Porter, Alexis Bledel, and Bryan Greenberg.
Sedona International Film Festival: Audience Award - Best Short Film, "News for the Church," 2005
Fantafestival: Best Actor, "Mannequin," 1987