Macaulay Culkin

Actor, Dancer
The late 20th century's answer to the juggernaut child star success of Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin ruled Hollywood as a preteen, but had difficulty sustaining a second act. Acting almost since infancy, Culkin stood ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1980 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Robot Chicken 2005 - 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Kings 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and Breakfast 2007 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

E! Hollywood Hold 'Em 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Saved! 2004 (Movie)

Roland (Actor)

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Party Monster 2003 (Movie)

Michael Alig (Actor)

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Making of a Child Star 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting Even With Dad 1994 (Movie)

Timmy (Actor)

Richie Rich 1994 (Movie)

Richie Rich (Actor)

The Pagemaster 1994 (Movie)

Richard Tyler (Actor)

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 1993 (Movie)

Nutcracker Prince (Actor)

The Good Son 1993 (Movie)

Henry Evans (Actor)

Bob Hope's Cross-Country Christmas 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

Kevin McCallister (Actor)

WishKid Starring Macaulay Culkin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

My Girl 1991 (Movie)

Thomas J Sennett (Actor)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

Kevin McCallister (Actor)

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

Gabe (Actor)

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

Miles Russell (Actor)

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

Cy Blue Black (Actor)

The Jim Gaffigan Show (Tv Show)

Himself

Biography

The late 20th century's answer to the juggernaut child star success of Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin ruled Hollywood as a preteen, but had difficulty sustaining a second act. Acting almost since infancy, Culkin stood out as a precocious, charming child in "Rocket Gibraltar" (1988) and "Uncle Buck" (1989), where he first captured writer-director John Hughes's imagination. Hughes wrote the massively influential and successful "Home Alone" (1990) for him, which crystallized Culkin as the star of the era. Its sequel (1992) as well as the bittersweet "My Girl" (1991) and dark, troubling "The Good Son" (1993) continued his golden track record, but Culkin's merciless stage father Kit pushed him into a string of lucrative but hollow projects like "The Pagemaster" (1994) and "Ri¢hie Ri¢h" (1994), effectively pushing the youngster out of the business. As his family imploded and adolescence loomed, Culkin bitterly retired. The public's fascination with the blond phenomenon never quite subsided, however, fueled in part by his close friendship with pop superstar Michael Jackson, and later, as he staged a semi-successful indie comeback with "Party Monster" (2003) and "Saved!" (2004). While the chances of him recapturing the level of power and success he once enjoyed as a child were slim, the adult Culkin seemed more interested in carving out a more modest career on his own terms.

Relationships

Bonnie Bedelia Actor

Uncle/Aunt

Patricia Brentrup

Mother
born c. 1954 gained custody and wrested control of Macaulay's career from Kit separated from Kit Culkin 1995 never married to Culkin

Chris Culkin

Father
born c. 1944 separated from Patricia Brentrup 1995 lost control of Macaulay's career in 1995 also lost custody of Culkin brood 1995 regained joint custody June 1995 dropped custody suit in 1997 never married to Brentrup

Kieran Culkin Actor

Sibling
Born September 30, 1982

Christian Culkin

Brother
born in 1987 has appeared in commercials

Rory Culkin Actor

Sibling
Born July 21, 1989

Shane Culkin

Brother
older born c. 1976

Dakota Culkin

Sister
born c. 1979 died December 10, 2008 after being struck by a car while crossing a Los Angeles street cause of death was massive head trauma

Quinn Culkin

Sister
born on November 8, 1984 acting debut at one in NYC stage production of "Bach Babies" provided a voice for Culkin's "Wishkid" cartoon series (1991-92) and made her feature debut in "The Good Son" (1993)

Mila Kunis Actor

Companion
Began dating July 2002 Split late 2010

Rachel Miner

Wife
born on July 19, 1980 announced engagement in March 1998 married on June 21, 1998 in Connecticut reportedly had rocky relationship announced separation in August 2000 divorced in 2001

EDUCATION

St Joseph's School of Yorkville, New York

studied at the George Ballanchine School of American Ballet

studied one year of pre-ballet at the 92nd YMHA on their Harkness Scholarship in dance

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Played a wheel chair-bound student in a Conservative Christian highschool in "Saved," opposite Jena Malone and Mandy Moore

2003

Returned to feature films to portray NYC club kid Michael Alig in "The Party Monster"

2003

Made a guest appearance on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," as Karen Walker's immature divorce lawyer

2000

Resumed acting career on the London stage, opposite Irene Jacob in "Madame Melville"; recreated role in NYC opposite Joely Richardson (2001)

1996

In August, announced he would not accept any acting roles until issues of parental custody were settled

1994

Made last feature film appearances to date: "Getting Even with Dad", "The Pagemaster" and "Richie Rich"

1991

Hosted "Saturday Night Live" (November 23)

1991

Featured in the controversial Michael Jackson video "Black or White", directed by John Landis

1991

Provided the voice of Nicholas McClary in the animated series, "'Wishkid' Starring Macaulay Culkin"

1991

Returned off-Broadway to the Ensemble Studio Theater to take part in a reading of Keith Reddin's "Sam I Am" (consisting of two one-act plays, "The Big Squirrel," in which Culkin had starred in 1987, and "Mister Softee")

1990

First starring feature role, "Home Alone"

1989

Culkin's footage edited out of "Born on the Fourth of July"

1988

Feature film debut, "Rocket Gibraltar"

1988

TV series debut in an episode of "The Equalizer"

1988

Performed in several TV commercials

1987

Performed off-Broadway with Ensemble Studio Theater at age 6 in "Afterschool Special"

1984

Began career at age 4 in stage production of "Bach Babies" at New York Symphony Space, New York (date approximate)

Appeared with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center in "The Nutcracker"

Bonus Trivia

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"As the star of 'Home Alone', the $18.2 million movie that has grossed more than $281 million, the third-largest gross in history ... Macaulay and Kit Culkin, his father and manager, have some of the most powerful leverage in Hollywood. And they're using it."---Bernard Weinraub in The New York Times November 4, 1991

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Culkin shared a Winnebago dressing room with Michael ('King of Pop') Jackson for the Presidential Gala in honor of President Clinton's inauguration.

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"I've done 14 films and never looked at one script. I was just a machine. My father would go over what I was doing next day, I'd go on the set, do it, come home, go over what we were going to do the next morning. I had really no sense of the actual film. After a while I did not care any more. I had been wanting to stop since I was about 11."---Culkin on why he decided to stop acting to Peter Lennon of Guardian Unlimited October 9, 2000

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"We had very similar experiences in childhood. We're both going to be 8 years old forever in some place because we never had a chance to be 8 when we actually were."---Culkin on his long-time friendship with Michael Jackson to New York Magazine April 30, 2001

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"I wouldn't trade any of my experiences for anything in the world. I'm very happy with who I am, and where I've ended up and I wouldn't change one thing. Because if you change one thing in the past, everything else is different."---Culkin to Barbara Walters on ABC News 20/20 September 5, 2004

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On September 18, 2004 Culkin was arrested in Oklahoma City on suspicion of possessing marijuana and a controlled substance. Culkin was released on $4,000 bail after police said they found 17.3 grams of marijuana and prescription drugs which he had no prescription for.

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