Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy


11/29/1962, New York, New York

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Member of the Brat Pack
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Andrew T. McCarthy was born on November 29th, 1962, one of four brothers. He grew up in Westfield, New Jersey. There, he attended Edison Intermediate School. At 16, he moved to Bernardsville, where he attended a prep school called the Pingry School. There, Andrew played basketball, as well…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald worked together on 1986's Pretty in Pink, and also again in 1988's Fresh Horses.

    • The Hartford Stage was very impressed with Andrew's portrayal of Edmond in 'Long Days Journey', and offered Andrew the lead role in 'The Death of Papa', after it was first declined by Matthew Broderick.

    • Andrew's Pretty in Pink costar Molly Ringwald was also on Broadway with Andrew, in the production of 'Love Letters'.

    • Andrew's Kansas costar Matt Dillon appeared with Andrew, on the Broadway production of 'Boys of Winter'.

    • Andrew McCarthy has been in over forty movies.

    • In the late 80s, Andrew was in a Revlon television commercial. The commercial featured other famous celebrities, including Melanie Griffith.

    • Andrew McCarthy's hometown of Westfield, NJ, is also childhood home to actress Meryl Streep.

    • Andrew nearly didn't make it to the audition for Class, due to the flu. Andrew's acting career might never have taken off, had he taken off a day due to his illness.

    • Andrew McCarthy had a serious drinking problem, but sobered up in the early '90s. During most of his scenes in Pretty in Pink and Weekend at Bernie's, Andrew was either drunk or hungover.

    • Andrew McCarthy is one of the nine original members of the 'brat pack'.

    • Andrew has worked with actor James Spader on three different films: 1986's Pretty in Pink, and the 1987 films Mannequin and Less Than Zero.

    • Andrew McCarthy is brother of writer/director Justin McCarthy.

    • Andrew has a son named Sam with wife Carol Schneider. Sam was born in 2002.

    • He is 5'8".

    • Andrew ended up marrying his college sweetheart in 1999, Carol Schneider, 20 years after they first dated.

    • Andrew is an avid and experienced pool player.

    • When the ending to Pretty in Pink (1986) was re-shot, all of the principal actors had to be called back. Andrew McCarthy had already lost a substantial amount of weight and shaved his head for a new role in a New York play called "The Boys of Winter." Although he wore an auburn wig, he's noticeably more gaunt in the reshot scenes.

    • Andrew took up smoking specifically for his role in St. Elmo's Fire. It took him nine years to quit.

    • Andrew appeared in John Parr's "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" music video.

  • Quotes

    • Andrew McCarthy: It's embarrassing, isn't it? It took me 15 years to make an 18-minute movie.

    • Andrew McCarthy: Nobody thinks that they're evil or bad, they think that they're doing the right thing.

    • Andrew McCarthy: The idea that we cause harm by doing what we perceive to be the right thing, that's another theme that interests me. Because most people don't intend to cause harm, they cause harm by doing the right thing - in their mind.

    • Andrew McCarthy (about The Brat Pack): 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.

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    Andrew McCarthy was at his peak in the 1980s in such movies as "Pretty in Pink" and "St. Elmo's Fire." But, after that, he hasn't had much of a career. That aside, the man pulled off his roles with such "coolness."
  • Whether courting Molly Ringwald in the 80s or being creepy as hell in "Law and Order SVU," Andrew McCarthy is incredibly versatile.

    I initially fell for Andrew McCarthy when he had the guts to ignore James Spader in "Pretty in Pink." I was a teenager then and always hoped I would find a guy in my life that had the strength of conviction that he had. I realize it was the character doing this, but he really made me think the character was just an extension of himself. Fast forward 15 years and imagine my shock and horror when he turns out to be a control freak and a sexual deviant on "Law and Order SVU!" Once again, I completely believed that the person was the character - there was no hint of that adorable conflicted sweetness any more. I think the hallmark of a great actor/actress is when they can make you completely forget that they were ever any other character (to be sure, sometimes this is impossible, given the nature of the character - Leonard Nimoy will always be Spock in my mind), or that there is no line between the actor/actress and the character. Andrew McCarthy completely did that for me.moreless