|Date of Birth
||29 November 1962
|Place of Birth
||New York City, New York, USA
Andrew McCarthy grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, until he was 15. He then moved to Bernardsville, and attended a prep school called the Pingry School, where he performed in plays and musicals and played basketball. At 18, he went to New York University as a theatre major and wound up as the lead in the 1983 film Class (1983). He also studied at the Circle in Square Theater School in New York. He has been in several on and off Broadway shows, such as 'Long Day's Journey', as well as over 40 movies. He continues to show his talented acting abilities in upcoming movies and shows.
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 Broadway 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 Theater 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 began starring in the NBC television series Lipstick Jungle and had a minor role in The Spiderwick Chronicles. He's ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.