At the age of 19, Andrew McCarthy made his screen debut in the feature film “Class,” paving the way for him to appear in more than 30 feature films, numerous television shows and more than two dozen live theater productions. One of the few actors working successfully and simultaneously in all mediums, McCarthy’s résumé is as extensive as it is versatile.
It was during the 1980s that McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood when he starred in such iconic films as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink,” as well as the cult favorites “Mannequin” and “Weekend at Bernies.” The 90s saw him work with such esteemed directors as Claude Chabrol and John Frankenheimer and in films as varied as “The Joy Luck Club,” “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle” and “Mulholland Falls” among others.
McCarthy co-starred in “Lipstick Jungle” as the billionaire Joe Bennett, alongside Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price. In addition to co-starring in the series, McCarthy also directed two episodes in Season two. McCarthy was also seen in Paramount’s fantasy adventure “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” and filmed “Camp Hope,” along with a pair of episodes for the hit series “Royal Pains” and “White Collar.” He has also starred in the Hallmark Channel Original Movies “Straight from the Heart” and “The National Tree.”
The last several years have seen McCarthy branch into directing and writing, with the award winning short film “News for the Church,” and in the theater, directing the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Neil Labute’s Things We Said Today. As a writer, he has also contributed articles to National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Travel+Leisure and Slate.com.
McCarthy made his New York Theater debut in 1985. He has starred on Broadway in The Boys of Winter, and the Tony Award winning play, Sideman, and appeared in the works of Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams and Horton Foote to name a few. His most recent New York appearance was in Neil Labute’s Fat Pig.