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Also Known As: Andrew T Mccarthy Died:
Born: November 29, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Always a good guy stand-out amidst the bad boys of the infamous 1980s cinematic "Brat Pack," Andrew McCarthy's down-to-earth appeal helped the handsome actor earn millions of teen fans during his eighties heyday. Hitting the ball out of the park time and again with roles in iconic Generation X films like "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), "Pretty in Pink" (1986) and "Mannequin" (1987), McCarthy often played the well-off yet unassuming romantic lead with a good heart, who always should get the girl in the end. Unbeknownst to many of his young fans, however, McCarthy was also an accomplished theater actor, who appeared in productions of Tennessee Williams', Eugene O'Neill's, and Horton Foote's works both on and off-Broadway. After taking a turn toward the dark side in Bret Easton Ellis' feature adaptation of his edgy novel "Less Than Zero" (1987) and defying logic with a role in the misfire "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989), the actor watched his star - as well as those of most of his fellow Brat Packers - fall as their fans grew up and moved on to the next big thing. Keeping a low profile throughout the 1990s, McCarthy consistently worked, but remained under the radar for the most part, until regaining a more...

Always a good guy stand-out amidst the bad boys of the infamous 1980s cinematic "Brat Pack," Andrew McCarthy's down-to-earth appeal helped the handsome actor earn millions of teen fans during his eighties heyday. Hitting the ball out of the park time and again with roles in iconic Generation X films like "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), "Pretty in Pink" (1986) and "Mannequin" (1987), McCarthy often played the well-off yet unassuming romantic lead with a good heart, who always should get the girl in the end. Unbeknownst to many of his young fans, however, McCarthy was also an accomplished theater actor, who appeared in productions of Tennessee Williams', Eugene O'Neill's, and Horton Foote's works both on and off-Broadway. After taking a turn toward the dark side in Bret Easton Ellis' feature adaptation of his edgy novel "Less Than Zero" (1987) and defying logic with a role in the misfire "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989), the actor watched his star - as well as those of most of his fellow Brat Packers - fall as their fans grew up and moved on to the next big thing. Keeping a low profile throughout the 1990s, McCarthy consistently worked, but remained under the radar for the most part, until regaining a more mature but no less potent sex symbol status as billionaire Joe Bennett in the popular but short-lived Brooke Shields' drama, "Lipstick Jungle" (NBC, 2008-09). Like his peers Patrick Dempsey and Robert Downey, Jr., McCarthy reemerged as a mature leading man for a new generation of fans.

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 Snatched (2011)
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 Camp Hope (2011)
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 Good Guy, The (2009)
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 2 B Perfectly Honest (2004) Josh/Jack
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 Anything But Love (2003) Elliot Shepard
9.
 Secret Life of Zoey, The (2002) Mike
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 Storm in Summer, A (2000) Stanley Banner
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Raised in Westfield, NJ
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Landed first stage appearance as the Artful Dodger in a high school production of "Oliver!"
1983:
Made film debut in "Class" opposite Jacqueline Bisset and Rob Lowe
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Made off-Broadway debut in Albert Innaurato's "Herself as Lust"
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Worked off-Broadway at Circle in the Square and Ensemble Studio Theatre
1985:
Featured in "St Elmo's Fire" among an ensemble of actors later dubbed the 'Brat Pack'
1985:
Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"
1986:
Made TV debut as guest star on NBC anthology series "Amazing Stories"; episode directed by Timothy Hutton
1986:
Starred opposite Molly Ringwald in John Hughes' successful "Pretty in Pink"
1987:
Scored surprising box office hit with Michael Gottlieb's "Mannequin"
1987:
Starred in feature adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel "Less Than Zero"
1987:
Acted on stage in "Bodies, Rest and Motion"
1988:
Again starred opposite Molly Ringwald in the little-seen "Fresh Horses"
1989:
Teamed with Jonathan Silverman for the comedy "Weekend at Bernie's"
1991:
Played expatriate journalist in John Frankenheimer's "Year of the Gun"
1993:
With Silverman, reprised part in sequel "Weekend at Bernie's II"
1993:
Appeared in supporting role in Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club"
1994:
Portrayed shell-shocked first husband of Dorothy Parker in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1996:
Co-starred in "Mulholland Falls"
1996:
Made American TV-movie debut opposite Julie Harris in "The Christmas Tree" (ABC), directed by Sally Field
1998:
Offered a strong performance as an adoptive father who fights to retain custody of his daughter in "A Father for Brittany" (CBS)
1999:
Co-starred as the washed up actor son of a dying man in the satirical "I'm Losing You"
1999:
Played Jamie Tyrone in a Hartford Stage production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
1999:
Cast in featured role in "The Death of Papa" at the Hartford Stage
1999:
Portrayed a teacher who assists a young girl escape from her stifling home town in "New Waterford Girl"
1999:
Returned to the NYC stage, playing the narrator Clifford in award-winning Broadway play "Side Man"
2000:
Co-starred in the Showtime remake of "A Storm in Summer"
2000:
Made guest appearance on season finale of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2000:
Played lead in British TV pilot "The Sight"; aired on FX in the U.S.
2000:
Portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in CBS drama "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis"
2001:
Co-starred with Elizabeth Ashley in a stage production of "The Glass Menagerie" at Hartford Stage
2004:
Played Dr. Hook, a gifted but distinctly pragmatic surgeon in Stephen King's "Kingdom Hospital"
2008:
Cast in a recurring role as billionaire Joe Bennett on NBC drama "Lipstick Jungle"
2009:
Guest starred on The CW teen drama "Gossip Girl"; also directed several episodes beginning in 2010
2010:
Cast opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in "Main Street"
2012:
Penned travel memoir <i>The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down</i>
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Circle in the Square Professional Theater School: New York , New York -
The Pingry School: Martinsville , New Jersey -

Notes

"Lying in bed at night, sometimes I have fantasies of fame, but in my heart of hearts, I don't know about fame. First I want to do the work. I don't think being a teeny-bopper star and appearing on magazine covers is my trip. What I really love is the work and the feeling of being alive. I like to see sparks fly. Later, I'll take whatever comes with the work.

"A lot of people never even get inside the door. I don't know if I'm inside, but at least the door is now open, and I can see inside." --Andrew McCarthy in 1983 just after the opening of "Class"

"I was just a guy doing a couple of films that were successful with young people. None of that had anything to do with who I am. It was nice that people like those movies, but I was completely unaware of it at the time. . . . I had no idea it was having such an impact on people. I was young, I wasn't aware that my actions were really having consequences. I was busy leading my own pretty self-centered life. I retreated. I wasn't out there cultivation. I was frightened by it all, instead of parlaying it into something. I came home to New York. There were a number of years when I lost my way, floating around. I was growing up. I didn't have as much interest, passion, or discipline about acting as I've had the last few years. . . . it had a stigmatizing effect on my career to some degree because anytime you're labeled it's limiting." --McCarthy quoted in The Resident, Volume 12, Number 7.

"I wouldn't say Hook is really a nice guy, but he's definitely an interesting one. The great thing about Stephen King is that he is such a wonderful writer of character and dialogue, which I didn't entirely realize beyond a certain point. Nothing that we do is ever solely in service of the plot; everyone is very true to what they would do."

"You know you're dealing with good dialogue when I can read it twice and I know it. His dialogue is so good that you can reveal the essence of the characters without anyone having to actually say, 'He's like this.'"---McCarthy talking about his role in "Kingdom Hospital" tv.zap2it.com March 2004

McCarthy reveled the details of his drinking problem during an interview with Deborah Roberts on "20/20" on March 29, 2004; McCarthy has been sober since 1992

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wife:
Carol Schneider. Actor. Met while attending NYU; married in October 1999.

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brother:
Justin McCarthy. Director, screenwriter. Younger; wrote and directed "Jump" (1999) in which McCarthy made a cameo appearance as a clown.

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