Andrew McCarthy is a widely known American actor and director who rose to fame in the 1980’s. His passion for traveling led him to start penning down his experiences and thus began his career as a travel writer.
Andrew Thomas McCarthy was born in New Jersey in the town of Westfield on 29th November 1962. By the age of 1sixteen, he transferred to The Pingry School in Bernardsville which was a prep school; he learned music and took part in plays. For a year also he attended Bernard’s High School. He completed his studies at New York University, majoring in theatre. His proficiency in acting gained his the lead role in the movie Class that released in 1983.
Though not consistently he took part in Broadway shows, one of which was ‘Long Day’s Journey and many movies since then. McCarthy and Carol Schneider whom he dated in college got married in 1999. The couple was blessed with a baby boy Sam McCarthy in 2002.
The couple filed for divorce in 2005.Prior to this, he had made an announcement to declare that he was an alcohol addict, to overcome the addiction, earlier in 1992 he had joined a detoxification center and was sober for a long time until it started again. McCarthy married Dolores Rice in 2011.In 2006 Dolores gave birth to their daughter Willow.
The comedy ‘Class’ that released in 1983 in which McCarthy played the role of Jonathan Ogner was the first film in McCarthy’s successful acting career. 1895 proved to be a good year for him with three films set to be released they were ‘Heaven Help Us’, The Beniker Gang and St. Elmo’s Fire. With St.Elmo’s Fire McCarthy became one of the core members of the ’Brat Pack’, an 80’s young celebrities group.
In 1987, he was featured as Blane McDonough in the famous film ‘Pretty in Pink’. Weekend at Bernie’s the hit 1989 comedy saw him as Larry Wilson, he played the same role in its second part too. He has more than 40 films under his belt some of which are, Mannequin, Less Than Zero, A Twist of Faith, The Spiderwick Chronicles. In 1986, McCarthy entered the world of television in the role of Edwin for ‘Amazing Stories’.
He made a guest appearance in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Just like his career in the movies he has a long list of television roles too, including Monk, The Twilight Zone Crusader. Andrew McCarthy for the first time gained the title of a director when he directed two episodes of Lipstick Jungle. His other directorial ventures include the hit drama Gossip Girls, Alpha House, The Blacklist and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning television series Orange is the new Black. Apart from being an actor and director, McCarthy is a travel writer and one of the Editors of the acclaimed magazine National Geographic Traveller. He published a book in 2012, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down.