A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, he was best known for All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men, released in 2007. His works spanned the Southern Gothic, Western, and Post-apocalyptic genres. He wrote more than 10 novels throughout his career.
He hosted a radio show in Alaska while stationed there during his service with the U.S. Air Force. He later attended the University of Tennessee and published two short stories in the student literary magazine.
His dark novel, The Road, won the Pulitzer Prize, and No Country for Old Men was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film. In 2013, he wrote the screenplay for the movie The Counselor.
He was born Charles McCarthy in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the son of an attorney and the third of six children. He was married to Lee Holleman from 1961 to 1962, Annie DeLisle from 1967 to 1981, and Jennifer Winkley from 1997 to 2006. He had two sons named Cullen and John.
Literary critic Harold Bloom called McCarthy one of the most important American novelists of the modern age.