You may have wondered if Andrew McCarthy, the ’80s heartthrob and Brat Pack member, is related to Melissa McCarthy, the hilarious comedian and Oscar-nominated actress. They share the same last name and both have successful careers in the entertainment industry, but are they actually family? The answer is no, they are not related at all. Here is why.
Andrew McCarthy was born on November 29, 1962, in Westfield, New Jersey, to a travel agent mother and a stockbroker father. He has two brothers and a sister. He attended Pingry School and later New York University, but dropped out to pursue acting. He made his film debut in 1983’s Class, and rose to fame with roles in St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, Less than Zero, and Weekend at Bernie’s. He also appeared in several TV shows, such as Lipstick Jungle, The Family, and Good Girls. He is also a travel writer and a television director. He has been married twice and has three children.
Melissa McCarthy was born on August 26, 1970, in Plainfield, Illinois, to a farmer father and a nurse mother. She has one sister and two cousins who are also celebrities: Jenny McCarthy and Joanne McCarthy. She attended St. Francis Academy and later Southern Illinois University, but also dropped out to pursue comedy. She moved to Los Angeles and joined The Groundlings, an improv and sketch comedy troupe. She made her TV debut in 1997’s Jenny, and gained recognition with roles in Gilmore Girls, Samantha Who?, and Mike & Molly. She also starred in several hit movies, such as Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?. She is also a producer and a fashion designer. She has been married to actor and director Ben Falcone since 2005 and has two daughters.
No Family Connection
As you can see, Andrew McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy have very different origins and backgrounds. They do not share any common ancestors or relatives, as far as we know. They have never worked together or appeared in the same project. They have never mentioned each other in interviews or social media. They have never been seen together in public or at events. They are simply two talented and famous people who happen to have the same last name.
According to People, Melissa McCarthy does have another celebrity cousin: Jenny McCarthy, who is known for her controversial stint on Two and a Half Men. The two are actually first cousins, and Jenny helped Melissa land her first TV role as a guest star in her sitcom. They are also close friends and support each other’s careers.
So, the next time you watch a movie or a show with Andrew McCarthy or Melissa McCarthy, you can rest assured that they are not related. They are just two of the many McCarthys in Hollywood who have made their mark on the screen.