Macaulay Culkin Biography

Macaulay Culkin is an American actor who became widely known for his portrayal of Kevin in the ‘Home Alone’ series. Explore this biography to learn more about his childhood, works, achievements, life and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 26, 1980

Nationality: American

Famous: Child Prodigies Actors

Sun Sign: Virgo

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Males

Also Known As: Macaulay Carson Culkin

Born in: New York City, U.S.

Height: 1.70 m

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Rachel Miner (1998-2002) Mila Kunis

father: Christopher Cornelius

mother: Bonnie Bedelia

siblings: Christian Culkin, Dakota Culkin, Jennifer Adamson, Kieran Culkin, Quinn Culkin, Rory Culkin, Shane Culkin

City, States, Provinces & Districts: New Yorkers

Net worth: $15 million

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education: Catholic school (St. Joseph's School of Yorkville) School of American Ballet, Professional Children's School

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Performing in stage productions and acting since his infant years, Macaulay Culkin stood out as the intelligent, amiable child in ‘Rocket Gibraltar’, ‘Uncle Buck’ and the successful ‘Home Alone’ films. Although he enjoyed widespread acclaim and success as a boy, his career as an adult was not that fruitful. He puttered with a variety of lucrative, hollow projects, which effectively put him out of showbiz. Consequently, he never really recaptured the same success that he did as a child. This child prodigy earned the respect of pop-star Michael Jackson, who went on to become his close friend and confidante. After a brief period of idleness, he re-entered the world of entertainment once again with ‘Party Monster’ and ‘Saved’ but both failed to leave his footprints in the world of entertainment. There have, however, been a number of personal snares in his life, including his arrest for the possession of controlled substance and being at the epicenter of Jackson’s scandalous molestation trial. Career and scandals apart, he has been romantically linked with actresses Rachel Miner and superstar, Mila Kunis.

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Macaulay Culkin
Childhood & Early Life
  • Macaulay Culkin was the third of the seven children born to Christopher Cornelius ‘Kit’ Culkin and Bonnie Bedelia in Manhattan. He was raised a Roman Catholic and studied in a number of schools including Catholic school, Professional Children’s School and School of American Ballet.
  • Culkin started acting from the age of four and began appearing in a number of stage productions such as ‘Bach Babies’. He continued to appear in stage roles, commercials and films through the 1980s and realized that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
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Career
  • He soon began appearing in the action series, ‘The Equalizer’ and in the TV Movie, ‘Midnight Hour’. In 1989, he starred in ‘Uncle Buck’, his first major blockbuster film, which made him Hollywood’s beloved child.
  • His stardom rose by colossal proportions in 1990, when he starred in the wildly successful burlesque comedy, ‘Home Alone’. The following year, he melted the hearts of fans and critics with his lovable performance as the best friend of a troubled young girl in the tear-jerker, ‘My Girl’.
  • In 1992, he was cast in the sequel, ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which turned out to be a little less successful in comparison to the first installment of the ‘Home Alone’ series. He also starred in ‘The Good Son’ in 1993
  • Tasting success at a very young age meant his proud parents pushed him even harder and urged him to sign more films without even thinking about it twice. His father, in particular, who was also his manager, egged him on to sign the 1994 film adaptation of a classic, ‘Richie Rich’, in which his performance was rated as ‘forgettable’.
  • Towards the late 1990s, rumors began to surface that the Culkins began a greedy custody battle over Macaulay’s wealth and the battle eventually worked to the advantage of his mother.
  • After years of inactivity, he returned to acting, with the play ‘Madame Melville’, which was staged in London’s West End. In 2003, he made a guest-appearance on the NBC sitcom, ‘Will and Grace’ and starred in ‘Party Monster’, the story of the promoter of a club.
  • In 2004, he was seen in ‘Saved, which received average reviews at the box-office. He, nonetheless, earned rave critical reviews as an adult actor. With this success, he accepted voice-over projects and made appearances in offbeat films like Seth Green’s, ‘Robot Chicken’.
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  • In 2006, he published a semi-autobiographical novel, ‘Junior’ which featured details about his stardom and his overwrought relationship with his father.
  • In 2007, he appeared in ‘Sex and Breakfast’, a dark comedy about a couple who begin to engage themselves in group sex at the recommendation of their therapist. The film received unenthusiastic reviews at the box office.
  • In 2009, he appeared in the Aviva Insurance commercial and made a brief cameo in WWE Raw. More recently, he has appeared on YouTube showing how he turned his apartment in New York into a painting workshop.
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Major Works
  • Macaulay Culkin played the role of Kevin McCallister, a witty and boisterous eight-year old, in the blockbuster hit, ‘Home Alone’ and its sequel, ‘Home Alone 2’. The film went on to become the highest grossing comedy of all time and earned Culkin a spot in the lists of ‘100 Greatest Star-Kids’ and ’50 Greatest Child Stars’.
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Awards & Achievements
  • He won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture for ‘Home Alone’, in 1990.
  • He won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award as Emerging Actor for ‘Home Alone’, in 1990.
  • He won the Young Artist Award for Best Actor Starring in a Motion Picture in ‘Home Alone’, in 1990.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married actress Rachel Miner in 1998, but the couple divorced in 2002. The same year he began dating actress, Mila Kunis and split with her in 2011.
  • In 2004, he was arrested for the possession of marijuana and other controlled substances in Oklahoma City.
  • He was close to Michael Jackson and even appeared in Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ video. He was seen at Jackson’s burial in 2009.
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Trivia
  • This Hollywood actor, who shot to fame with the ‘Home Alone’ series, starred in the experimental movie, ‘The Wrong Ferrari’, which was shot entirely on the iPhone.
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1. Home Alone (1990)

  (Comedy, Family)

2. Jacob's Ladder (1990)

  (Drama, Horror, Mystery)


3. Uncle Buck (1989)

  (Comedy)

4. My Girl (1991)

  (Romance, Family, Comedy, Drama)



5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

  (Family, Adventure, Comedy)

6. The Good Son (1993)

  (Thriller, Horror, Drama)




7. Saved! (2004)

  (Comedy, Drama)

8. Rocket Gibraltar (1988)

  (Drama)





Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
1992 Best Kiss My Girl (1991)

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