Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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1984 - Present
February 20, 1967
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If you watched television during the 1990s, there’s a good chance that you were locked in on the show “Melrose Place”. It was a primetime soap opera that you couldn’t look away from, and the series lasted throughout basically the entire decade. Some of the show’s success can be credited to Andrew Shue, who was part of the series throughout a vast majority. It’s been over a decade since we’ve seen Shue in the acting business, but his impact was certainly felt thanks to that famous role.Advertisements:
If the last name sounds familiar, that’s because Shue is the brother of actress Elisabeth Shue who you might remember from “The Karate Kid”, “Leaving Las Vegas” or the “Back to the Future” series. Shue himself was born on February 20, 1967 in Wilmington, Delaware to parents that had been quite successful in the business world. While his sister was the natural actor of the family, Shue did have some acting chops but focused more on athletics.
During his younger years, Shue had played soccer and was quite good at the sport. He played while in high school and ended up having a professional career. After playing for a handful of teams in a limited amount of games, Shue became part of Major League Soccer when it debuted, playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, appearing in five games.
In 1984, Shue made his acting debut in the popular film “The Karate Kid”. He didn’t receive a credit for his work, but was part of the Cobra Kai group that served as the antagonists of the film. Over the next four years, Shue would continue to be an extra character in the films that he appeared in with “Vision Quest”, “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Cocktail”.
After a few years of not appearing in any productions, Shue had a breakout in 1992. He played a small part in the film “American Shaolin” and had a guest role in the series “The Wonder Years”. However, the biggest news for Shue’s career that year came when he was cast as Billy Campbell on the series “Melrose Place”.
The character proved to be one of the more popular ones on the series. As a main member of the cast, Shue played Billy for nearly 200 episodes of the 226 in total that were produced. During that seven year run for Shue starring on the show, he had also appeared in the TV film “Gulf City” and the big screen production of “The Rainmaker”.
After “Melrose Place” came to an end in the late 1990s, Shue had gotten away from acting for the most part. Since then, Shue acted in the film “Gracie” in 2007 that he also wrote and produced, and had a cameo in the 2009 film “Goal! III”. However, it’s been his business career that Shue has been more focused on.
During the mid 2000s, Shue jumped on the explosion of social media. Along with his business partner that he’s known since he was a kid, Shue started up the site CafeMom that allowed mothers to interact with one another. The site lasted for over a decade before shutting down in 2018, but has branched out into operating other websites since then.
Shue also founded the non-profit organization called Do Something that has been in operation for more than 25 years that helps to make a positive impact in young peoples’ lives. “Do Something was born out of the idea that life isn’t really worthwhile unless you’re involved,” Shue said. “There’s Do Something people and there’s do nothing people. We wanted to make sure young people knew the difference.”
Shue hopes that his organization has helped to have young people speak more openly about their personal feelings, as well. “When you start suppressing feelings at an early age, it hurts you down the road,” he said. “Full expression of anger and pain is very important.”
Shue is also a family man these days. During his time on “Melrose Place”, he had been married to Jennifer Hageney, but the two divorced in 2008 after 14 years of marriage and three sons together. For the past decade, Shue has been married to NBC News host Amy Robach. Talking about their marriage, Robach said that “we had the foundation of extreme passion and respect for one another and then yes, life gets hard, and five kids and ex-spouses and jobs that take us in different directions. It’s trying, but we work hard at it.”
When talking about his acting career, Shue joked that the best part was the salary. “Well, the money was good while it lasted,” he said. “The past part was clearly that it changed my view of what’s possible, as far as thinking how you can have an impact on a national level. When I started thinking about Do Something, it was not just, ‘Okay, go impact a town,’ You start to think bigger when you see how quickly a TV show can catch on in a whole country. That confidence, and thinking big, opened a lot of doors.”
As for a return to acting, it can’t be ruled out for Shue. “I’m sure I will,” he said. “I’m just kind of taking a break now and enjoying the freedom of making my own choices. When you’re on a television show for six years they run your schedule. I can imagine there will be projects I’ll want to do, but I would want to go back on my own terms, creating work I’m passionate about, possibly producing myself, putting it together in an entrepreneurial way that would give me freedom.”