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Andrew McCarthy (1962)

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Andrew Thomas McCarthy is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the 1980s films St. Elmo's Fire, Mannequin, Weekend at Bernie's, Pretty in Pink, and Less Than Zero, and more recently for his role in the television shows Lipstick Jungle, White Collar and Royal Pains.

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McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood during the 1980s. His boyish good looks continually had him placed as the sincere and kind leading man. His breakout role was in the 1983 theatrical film Class. He also played the lead role in "The Beniker Gang," a Disney film about escaped orphans trying to become a family together, based on the novel "Dear Lola," a children's novel about an 18 year old boy who takes over the writing of an Advice Columnist when she dies." 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, a habit he dropped in 1995. He starred in the 1987 box office hits, Mannequin and Less Than Zero, a theatrical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' popular novel. 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 starred with Donald Sutherland and Kevin Dillon in Heaven Help Us playing Michael Dunn. In 1985, McCarthy made his Broadway debut in The Boys of Winter. He quickly returned to Hollywood in 1988 to star in several films, such as Fresh Horses and Kansas.

He had another hit in the 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernie's. In 1991, he played the lead role in the motion picture, Year of the Gun, a thriller which received mixed reviews from critics. In 1992, he starred in the romantic comedy film Only You. In 1993, he reprised the lead role of Larry Wilson in the sequel to the box office hit Weekend at Bernie's, Weekend at Bernie's II, the sequel was successful in the box office. He also had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club. In 1994, he starred in the motion pictures Getting In by director Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith , Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and Dead Funny. In 1996, he starred in the motion picture I'm Losing You, a theatrical adaptation of the novel I'm Losing You. He also starred in the period piece, Mulholland Falls. In 1997, he starred in the motion picture Stag. He also starred in the 1999 theatrical film A Twist of Faith as a police detective.

He returned to Broadway theatre to star in Side Man, McCarthy's version of the play won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1999. In 2003, McCarthy was set to guest star in two episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. 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 (with Chris Noth, not D'Onofrio) that originally aired in November 2007.
In 2004, he played Dr. Hook in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. Since 2005, he has appeared with some regularity in episodes of the television series E-Ring. In 2008, he starred in the NBC television series Lipstick Jungle as a billionaire, but was eventually cancelled, and had a minor role in The Spiderwick Chronicles. He is ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars of all time list. Mccarthy recently directed several episodes of the hit CW television series, Gossip Girl, including Touch of Eva of the fourth season. In 2010 and 2011, he also appeared in the hit USA show White Collar, he was praised by several critics for his performance in the episodes.

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McCarthy was born in Westfield, New Jersey. His mother worked for a newspaper and his father was involved in investments and stocks. McCarthy moved to Bernardsville, New Jersey, as a teenager and attended the Pingry School.

In 1999, McCarthy married his college sweetheart Carol Schneider, 20 years after they first dated. He later stated his reasons for tracking her down: "I ran into someone who said they had seen Carol 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." In 2002, Schneider gave birth to a son. In 2005, the couple divorced. On August 28, 2011 he married Dolores Rice. They have a daughter.

In 2004, he announced that he had once had a serious alcohol problem, which began at age 12. In 1992, he entered a detoxification program and has been sober since.

In 2010, McCarthy was escorted out of an underground church in Lalibela, Ethiopia, for entering the site without documentation. He had been in the church on assignment for AFAR Magazine.

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