Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin


Macaulay Culkin (/ məˈkɔːli ‘kʌlkɪn / 1) is an American actor, born August 26, 1980 in New York.



Macaulay Culkin was born in August 1980 in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York2, to Patricia Bentrup and Christopher Cornelius “Kit” Culkin.

He is the third of seven children3 including Shane Culkin (born 1976), Dakota Ulissa Culkin (1979-2008), Kieran Culkin (born 1982), Quinn Culkin (born 1984), Christian Culkin (born in 1987) and Rory Culkin (born in 1989) 4. He also has a half-sister, Jennifer L. Adamson (1970-2000), born of a first union of his father, Kit Culkin with Adeena Zimmerman (Van Wagoner) 4,5. His brothers Kieran Culkin and Rory Culkin, as well as his sister Quinn Culkin, are also actors. He is the nephew of actress Bonnie Bedelia


In 1984, at the age of 4, Macaulay Culkin began his career, appearing in a production of Bach Babies8 by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued to appear in small roles, on television and in movies during the 1980s. During this time, he played a kidnapping victim in an episode of the action series Equalizer9. He also appeared in the movie Uncle Buck with John Candy.

In 1989, writer-producer [[| John Hughes (director)] John Hughes] suggested Chris Columbus hire him as Kevin in his upcoming movie Mum, I Missed the Plane (Home Alone, 1990 ) 10,11, alongside his younger brother Kieran Culkin who played his cousin12. Thanks to the worldwide success of this film, he became, from 1990 to 1994 in cinema | 1994, the highest paid child actor of all time (several million dollars per film) 13. He then goes on to several mainstream films (My Girl, Mum, I missed the plane again, Richie Rich, Give change, dad).

In 1992, he agreed to resume his role of Kevin McCallister in Maman, I still missed the plane (1992), which will experience the same immense success as the first part.

During this time, he built a relationship of friendship with Michael Jackson, while he was part of the clip Black or White in 199114. After the clip, they will remain close and will consider the “King of pop” as his best friend15 . He is also the godfather of the singer’s daughter, Paris Jackson16, of whom he is very close and very protective17.

He also appeared in the sequence called Kid on Saturday Morning and was welcomed to the set of Saturday Night Live in late 1991.

He also appeared in a film version of The Nutcracker, starring in the title role in 1993. This two-act ballet was directed by George Balanchine in 1954 in New York City.

In 1998 he appeared in a music video for the second time, this time it was the music video for the song Sunday by rock band Sonic Youth.

During the same period, his parents argue in court over the “goose that lays golden eggs” represented by their son. Subsequently, he would describe his father, Christopher “Kit” Culkin many times, as someone jealous, abusive and greedy for money who threatened to hit him if he didn’t do things the right way. seemed18. In 1994, no longer supporting the pressure, he put an end to his film career and stopped filming for ten years. He declared that he had not spoken to his father for 25 years despite the latter’s heart attack in 2014 and still refuses to speak to him6. His parents separated in 1995, after the filming of Richie Rich, and fought for custody of Macaulay, the latter choosing to live with his mother, but this battle prompted him to file a lawsuit against them in order to obtain his emancipation and control of his fortune, which at the time amounted to $ 17 million19. His father, a former actor who did not have the hoped-for success, denied his son and moved in with Jeanette Krylowki from 1996 in a modest home located in Oregon20. The other children also ceased contact with their father shortly after the separation and they have never seen their father since 199521.

In 2001, he also appeared at the Madame Melville Theater in London with Irène Jacob.

In 2003, he returned to comedy22, it seems out of “love for the job”, his success during his childhood having sheltered him from want.

In 2003, he made an appearance in the Will and Grace series, where he played Karen Walker’s novice lawyer23.

In 2006, he published a sentimental autobiography, Junior, in which he recounts his celebrity as a child, the difficult relations he maintains with his father24. He stars in Sex and Breakfast, a black comedy written and directed by Miles Brandman. This film was released in November 2007.

In 2009, he intervened very briefly against wrestler Chavo Guerrero in an episode of WWE Raw25.

At the end of 2015, he appeared in Jack Dishel’s web-series DRYVRS, where he reprized his role as Kevin McCallister.

In 2018, he appeared as a guest in a special Christmas episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd about video games on the Mom license, I Missed the Plane.

Also in 2018, he participated in several videos of the YouTube channel The Modern Rogue27.

In 2019, he won one of the lead roles in Seth Green’s film Changeland, starring Brenda Song, which was released on June 7 in the United States28.

On February 26, 2020, he joined the main cast of the tenth season American Horror Story.

Private life

Macaulay spoke in an interview that during his success in the early 1990s his father Kit was running his life, choosing his roles and pressuring him on a daily basis and said his father was “a bad person”. He added: “He was mentally and physically violent” 29. In 1995, Macaulay called the police after receiving a slap in the face from his father on the pretext that he refused to tidy up his room30.

On September 17, 2004, Culkin was arrested in Oklahoma City in possession of 17.3 g of marijuana and two controlled substances, namely 16 mg of Xanax and 32 mg of clonazepam. He was briefly jailed in Oklahoma City, but released on bail. He was then brought to justice for drug possession. His trial (October 15, 2004 to June 9, 2005) did not find him guilty, but he later admitted his guilt. His lawyers found a way to negotiate with the state of Oklahoma, and he was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence, a drug treatment internship, and $ 540 in restitution.

Her half-sister, Jennifer, died of an overdose on May 20, 2000 when she was 29 years old32. Her older sister, Dakota, died at the age of 29, on December 11, 2008, after being hit by a driver in Los Angeles.

In 2012, the actor stayed with Pete Doherty when he was in Paris34. A year later, he finally decided to settle in Paris35.

Macaulay Culkin has 56% German origins, 25% Norwegian origins and 13% Irish origins36.

He was married to Rachel Miner in 1998 when they were both 17, they separated two years later and their divorce was finalized in 200237. He was subsequently a couple with the actress Mila Kunis for 8 years from 2002 to 2010. The latter claimed to have found it difficult to be in a relationship with a child star who, in particular, could not take a step in the street without being stopped by screaming fans and asking for autographs38.

He has been in a relationship with actress Brenda Song since November 201739 and said in an interview with The Joe Rogan Experience on August 7, 2018 that Brenda is “the maid” and that he would not be against the envy of having “little Asian babies” with his beloved40.

On April 5, 2021, they welcome their first child, a boy named Dakota Song Culkin41.

In December 2018, Culkin announced that he intended to legally change his middle name Carson to “Macaulay Culkin”, after casting a vote on Twitter from a choice of four given names; it would therefore be called “Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin”. On August 9, 2019 several media indicate that he would have changed his middle name but Macaulay announces that his first name has still not been validated by a judge in an interview in these terms: “It is a surprisingly difficult process, but yes , it continues its way. I have to go to court to do it and convince the judge, “Culkin said.



  • 1988: Rocket Gibraltar by Daniel Petrie: Cy Blue Black
  • 1989: See you tomorrow, my love by Alan J. Pakula: Billy Livingstone
  • 1989: Uncle Buck by John Hughes (director): Miles Russell
  • 1990: Jacob’s Ladder by Adrian Lyne: Gabe Singer
  • 1990: Mom, I missed Chris Columbus’ plane: Kevin McCallister
  • 1991: Your Mother or Me by Chris Columbus: Billy Muldoon
  • 1991: My Girl by Howard Zieff: Thomas J. Sennett
  • 1992: Mom, I missed Chris Columbus’ plane again: Kevin McCallister
  • 1993: The Good Son of Joseph Ruben: Henry Evans
  • 1993: The Nutcracker by Emile Ardolino: The Nutcracker / the prince / the nephew of Drosselmeier
  • 1994: Make Change, Howard Deutch’s Dad: Timmy Gleason
  • 1994: Richard in the land of magic books by Joe Johnston and Pixote Hunt: Richard Tyler
  • 1994: Richie Rich by Donald Petrie: Richard “Richie” Rich Jr
  • 2003: Party Monster by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato: Michael Alig
  • 2004: Jerusalemski sindrom
  • 2004: Saved! by Brian Dannelly: Roland Stockard
  • 2006: Sex and Breakfast by Miles Brandman: James Fitz
  • 2013: Hokus pokus Alfons Åberg by Torill Kove: Viktor Åberg
  • 2016: Zoolander 2 by Ben Stiller: himself
  • 2016: Adam Green’s Aladdin d’Adam Green: Ralph
  • 2019: Changeland by Seth Green: Dr Ian Gray

TV shows

  • 2003: Will and Grace: J.T. (season 5, episode 22)
  • 2009: Kings: Andrew Cross
  • 2020: Dollface: Dan Hackett
  • 2021: American Horror Story: Double Feature

Web series

  • DRYVRS: Kevin McCallister
  • Cinemassacre’s Angry Video Game Nerd Episode 164: Pizza Boy / Kevin McCallister
  • Best of the Worst & Re: View RedLetterMedia (multiple episodes)


  • Black or White by Michael Jackson in 1991
  • All Alone On Christmas, by Darlene Love in 1992
  • Sunday by Sonic Youth in 1998


  • Wins the 1991 American Comedy Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Lead Role) for Mom I Missed the Plane.
  • Wins the 1990 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Most Promising Actor for Mom I Missed the Plane.
  • Wins the 1992 MTV Movie Awards for Best Shared Kiss with Anna Chlumsky for My Girl.
  • Wins the 1991 Young Artist Awards for Best Most Promising Young Actor for Mom I Missed the Plane.


  • Nominated for the 1991 Golden Globes for Best Male Performance for Mom, I Missed the Plane.
  • Nomination at the MTV Movie Awards 1992: Best On-Screen Duet with Anna Chlumsky for My Girl.
  • MTV Movie Awards 1994 nomination: best villain for Le Bon fils.
  • Nominated at the 1993 Kids’ Choice Awards for Best Male Performance for Mom, I missed the plane again.
  • Worst Actor Razzie Award nomination for 1995 for Make Change, Daddy.
  • Nomination at the 1995 Razzie Awards for Worst Actor for Richard in the Land of Magic Books.
  • Worst Actor Worst Actor nomination for Richie Rich at the 1995 Razzie Awards.

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