Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

actor

Background:

One of Hollywood most famous child actors, Macaulay Culkin surprisingly shot to
superstardom with his starring role of resourceful child Kevin McCallister in
the blockbuster hit Home Alone (1990), in which he netted a Young Artist Award,
a Chicago Film Critics Association Award, an American Comedy Award, as well as a
Golden Globe nomination, and its triumphant installment Home Alone 2 (1992). The
highest-paid child performer of all time, Culkin won a MTV Movie Award for his
fine turn in the controversial My Girl (1991). Despite the commercial failures,
Culkin received strong reviews for his roles in The Good Son (1993, earned a MTV
Movie nomination), Party Monster (2003) and Saved (2004). He will be seen as a
housemate in the upcoming British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother.”

Off screen, Culkin, who earned $100,000 for Home Alone (1990) and $4,500,000 for
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), was once ranked No. 2 on VH1’s “100
Greatest Kid Stars” list. Culkin, who admits he tried lots of drugs before he
realized he didn’t want to destroy his career and risk losing his life, was
arrested in 2004 on drug charges. He pleaded guilty to ownership of marijuana as
well as medication without a prescription. The same year, he was required to
testify in the child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson, who had
befriended Culkin in his youth.

“Michael and I had an understanding about my father. He knew what that was all
about. He’d lived it. It’s not like I can just bump into people on the street
and say, ‘Oh! You too?’ It doesn’t happen that often. Michael's still a kid. I’m
still a kid. We're both going to be about 8 years old forever in some place
because we never had a chance to be 8 when we actually were. That's kind of the
beautiful and the cursed part of our lives.” Macaulay Culkin on his friendship
with Michael Jackson

As for his love life, Culkin married celebrity beauty Rachel Miner in 1998, but
they later divorced in 2000. He was once also linked to actress Mila Kunis.


Mac

Childhood and Family:

Macaulay Carson Culkin was born in New York, New York, on August 26, 1980. He is
one of seven children to never-married parents Christopher ’Kit’ Culkin (former
child and stage actor and once Macaulay’s manager) and mother Patricia Brentrup.
His parents separated in 1995, which resulted in a custody battle that was
eventually was won by his mother. As a child, he lived in a small apartment,
which he shared with his six siblings: bothers Shane (born 1976), Kieran (1982),
Christian (born in 1987), Rory (born in 1989) (all actors), and sisters Dakota
(born in 1979) and Quinn (actress, born in 1984). He had a Catholic upbringing
and was sent to Catholic schools until his parents left the religion.

Macaulay Culkin, who is known by his close friends and family as Mac, was
educated at the St Joseph’s School of Yorkville in New York, the George
Ballanchine School of American Ballet and the NYC Children’s Professional
School. He began acting at age 4, and by age 8, he had added film to his
endeavors. He married actress Rachel Miner (born on July 29, 1980) in
Connecticut on June 21, 1998, when the two were 18 years old. The relationship,
however, only lasted for a couple of years and they divorced on August 5, 2000.



The Good Son

Career:

Macaulay Culkin had his first stage debut at age 4 with a role in “Bach Babies
“at the New York Symphony Space. This was soon followed by a series of
Off-Broadway appearances, including one in the New York City Ballet’s “The
Nutcracker.”
Following a four-year stage career and bit parts in TV programs The Midnight
Hour (1985) and “The Equalizer” (1988, had an episodic role as Paul Gephardt),
8-year-old Culkin kicked off his film career by making small, but memorable,
appearances in the drama Rocket Gibraltar (1988, starred Burt Lancaster) and the
Jeff Bridges and Alice Krige vehicle See You in the Morning (1989). The roles
won him good reviews and Culkin was included in the rare group of kids who
earned notice from The New Yorker and The New York Times. Also appearing on
several TV commercials, the bright Culkin went on to amaze the public with his
effective supporting turn as Miles Russell in John Hughes’ comedy Uncle Buck
(1989), where he contributed to the film’s funniest scene with his deadpan
interrogation of the star John Candy, and as Gabe, the son of Tim Robbins, in
Jacob’s Ladder (1990).

Culkin’s career gained real momentum when he was cast in the leading role for
1990’s comedy Home Alone. Nabbing the role of Kevin McCallister, a creative kid
who is unintentionally stranded when his family goes on a European vacation,
Culkin gave such an impressive performance that the movie was a huge success,
grossing more than $285 million in the U.S. It also became one of the highest
grossing movies of all time. Culkin won a Young Artist for Best Young Actor
Starring in a Motion Picture, a Chicago Film Critics Association for Most
Promising Actor and an American Comedy for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture
(Leading Role) as well as earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance
by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. With such a huge
accomplishment, he was launched as one of the greatest child movie stars of the
time. He returned to the role of Kevin for the successful sequel Home Alone 2:
Lost in New York, in 1992.

Culkin also provided his voice for the Nicholas McClary character in the
animated series “Wish Kid” (1991), had a cameo role in another Hughes production
titled Only the Lonely (1991), appeared in the controversial Michael Jackson
video “Black or White” (1991) for director John Landis, and hosted an episode
of” Saturday Night Live” (1991). He also teamed up with Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan
Aykroyd and Anna Chlumsky in the Howard Zieff-directed My Girl (1991), as Thomas
J. Sennett. Marketed as a Culkin vehicle, the comedy/romance generated some
controversy over the death of Culkin’s character in the film. Amidst the debate,
Culkin took home a MTV Movie for Best Kiss, an award he shared with costar Anna
Chlumsky. Still in 1991, he emerged on an off-Broadway production of Keith
Reddin’s “Sam I Am,” which consisted of two one-act plays: “Mister Softee” and
“The Big Squirrel.”

In 1993, Culkin displayed his versatility by undertaking the villainous role of
Henry Evans in the thriller The Good Son, opposite Elijah Wood. The role brought
him a MTV nomination for Best Villain, but the film itself failed to ignite both
audiences and critics alike. It was followed by other flops, including the badly
received comedy Getting Even With Dad (1994, with Ted Danson) and the comic
book-inspired Richie Rich (1994). Following the box-office disasters and a harsh
quarrel with his father over control of his finances, Culkin decided to leave
acting in 1995 and withdraw from the public eye.

After his separation from wife Rachel Miner, the 20-year-old Culkin made a
promising comeback when he assumed a lead role, opposite Irene Jacob, in a
London stage production of “Madame Melville” (2000), for which he received
positive feedback. He reprised the role for the 2001 New York production, this
time costarring with Joely Richardson. Culkin, however, did not return to film
until 2003 when director Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato cast him as the NYC
club kid Michael Alig in the inspired-by-true events tale Party Monster. The
film was not a massive hit, but Culkin received positive reviews for his fine
acting. The same year, he delivered another praised performance as Karen
Walker’s attorney Jason Towne in one episode of the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace.”


Culkin was then seen as Roland, a wheelchair-bound pupil in a conventional
Christian high school, in the moderately successful Saved (2004), alongside Jena
Malone, Mandy Moore and Eva Amurri. He then appeared in Jerusalemski sindrom
(2004) and guest starred in “E! Hollywood Hold’em” that same year. In 2005, the
actor had a three-episodic role in the animated series “Robot Chicken,” where he
was the voice of Prince Adam. He is scheduled to play a housemate in the
forthcoming British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother.”


Awards:

MTV Movie: Best Kiss, My Girl, shared with Anna Chlumsky, 1992
American Comedy: Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role), Home
Alone, 1991
Chicago Film Critics Association: Most Promising Actor, Home Alone, 1991
Young Artist: Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture, Home Alone,
1991
Math is one of my favorite subjects.More Macaulay Culkin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again.More Macaulay Culkin quotes [11/04/2006 12:11:00]
I did a radio interview for a station in Connecticut or something, and it was the worst interview ever. It was all yes and no answers.More Macaulay Culkin quotes [11/04/2006 12:11:00]
I hope I'm remembered as the king of the world, the noble man who united all the nations of the earth. But that probably won't happen.More Macaulay Culkin quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I went to high school, which was a good thing because I hadn't interacted with many people my age, and I didn't really have friends. I had a million acquaintances and no friends.More Macaulay Culkin quotes [11/04/2006 12:11:00]

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