Macaulay Carson Culkin has been through it all, it seems. He was an incredibly successful child star thanks to films like Home Alone, My Girl, Uncle Buck, and Richie Rich. He is a musician, a writer, and a voice over artist. He is a godfather and a boyfriend. Throughout the years after his time in the spotlight in the early 90s, Macaulay took a significant amount of time off from acting. It was in those years in the early 2000s that Macaulay began exhibiting some rather strange behavior and questionable weight loss. His fans were concerned about his well-being for a while there. Most recently, Macaulay has been bouncing back in an impressive way, proving that there is always hope for child star who have gone a little off.
Macaulay’s life has been a whirlwind of the very best and very worst that happens with fame. His family was not always the stablest of families but money and fame tore them apart even more. Macaulay is no longer close with much of his family, other than his siblings. He has found friends that have become he pseudo family when he was old enough to step away from his parents. He always acted older than he was, marrying at 17 years of age and moving with his life at a rapid pace. He had a lot of ups and downs, some issue with substance abuse and paparazzi.
His career defining roles were in films like Uncle Buck, Home Alone, My Girl, and Richie Rich. These were also some of his earlier roles as he was still a very young child. His later roles in Saved!, The Wrong Ferrari, and Adam Green’s Aladdin, were less popular as they were independently filmed and funded. For Macaulay, art is more important than money.
He quit acting for over ten years
After his 1994 film Richie Rich, Macaulay auditioned for the role of Mark Sway in the film The Client. He didn’t get the part and decided that he was too burnt out to try harder for parts. Culkin wouldn’t be in another film for a decade. He returned to film in 2003 in the film Party Monster. None of his later films became anything to brag about but his purpose was artistic expression rather than fame and fortune.
Goddaughter Paris Jackson adores her godfather
Paris Jackson, the eldest daughter of the late Michael Jackson, has a very tight knit relationship with her godfather, Macaulay. The two are often seen getting dinner when they are both in the same town. Here we see Paris painting Macaulay’s toe nails of all things, captioning the photo, “”Model? nah I paint hipsters toenails for a living.” Since the passing of Michael Jackson, Paris and Macaulay have kept their relationship closer than ever.
He has been a part of internet death hoaxes
In July 2017, there was a Facebook page titled ‘RIP Macaulay Culkin’ that gained a lot of traction among readers. In the ‘about’ section of the page, it said: “At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (July 28, 2017), our beloved actor Macaulay Culkin passed away. Macaulay Culkin was born on August 26, 1980 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” This was obviously a hoax in order to gain followers and likes on the social media platform.
He was accused of abusing substances
Honestly, the way Macaulay was looking the last few years made the substance abuse allegations seem rational. He was gaunt, erratic and overall strange when seen in public. However, Culkin stated: “No, I was not pounding six grand of heroin every month or whatever,” Macaulay told The Guardian. “The thing that bugged me was tabloids wrapping it all in this weird guise of concern. No, you’re trying to shift papers.”
Back in 2004 he was arrested for possession
It seems that the substance abuse allegations were more than that as Macaulay was actually busted with the contraband in hand in Oklahoma City back in September 2004. He was arrested with 17 grams of marijuana, 16 grams of Alprazolam, and 32 milligrams of Clonazopam, both of which are controlled substances. Macaulay was jailed and bailed out for $4,000. He got into some more hot water later on in 2005 but has since been quiet in the substance circuits.
Right after his divorce he started dating Mila Kunis
The ink on Macaulay’s divorce wasn’t even dry when he started dating fellow actress Mila Kunis. Macaulay and Mila were together for eight years, from May 2002 to December 2010. The world learned of their break up when Mila’s publicist came out with a statement saying, “The spilt was amicable, and they remain close friends.” Whether that was true or not remains to be seen but they have never spoken ill of one another.
In 2012, he transformed his apartment into a painting den
This was approximately the same time he was seen around the city looking unhealthy and gaunt. Macaulay had a couple of years there where we weren’t sure if he was 100% all there. Turning his apartment into a painting workshop is not something that is normal for someone like Culkin who was deeply private about his off-screen life. He opened up his home to those who wanted to paint, allowing perfect strangers into his most personal space.
He has been in a band called The Pizza Underground since 2014
The Pizza Underground is a comedy rock band that Macaulay is the lead singer and kazoo player of. The band has been together since 2013 and is still rocking out to clubs all around New York City, with international and national tours every now and then. In 2014, while the band was on tour in England when they had a gig at Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham, they were booed off stage as the audience didn’t take to the band’s satirical ways.
His first film role was in Rocket Gibraltar
Back in 1988, Macaulay played the role of Cy Blue Black in the film Rocket Gibraltar. Sweet Macaulay was just eight years old when he made his film debut and he did so in such a fantastic way. A born actor, for certain, Macaulay delighted audiences with his acting chops. From the very beginning of his career, everyone knew that Culkin was going to become someone that the world was going to remember.
His brother Kieran is also an actor
There is something in the Culkin blood that makes for some good actors. Macaulay isn’t the only actor, his brother Kieran and even younger brother Rory are also well-known actors. Acting runs in their blood as their father is a former Broadway actor and their aunt is actress Bonnie Bedelia. Kieran is known for his roles in films like Movie 43, Father of the Bride, and television appearances in Fargo and Go Fish.
He landed his role of Kevin McAllister because of another film
Macaulay played the role of Miles Russell in the film Uncle Buck. The film was written and directed by John Hughes. It was John who was also the brains behind Home Alone and was so mesmerized by Macaulay’s acting chops in /uncle Buck that he just had to have him in Home Alone. Hughes was also the brilliance behind films such as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The role of Kevin was written for Macaulay
John Hughes was so enamored with Macaulay that he wrote the role of Kevin McCallister for him in Home Alone – it doesn’t get more special treatment than that! Macaulay obviously took the part, little did her know that it would be the film that would throw him into the limelight at lightning speed. Home Alone became a hit that spawned more hit sequels and catapulted Macaulay into superstardom.
His first kiss was on-screen
Culkin’s second film after Home Alone, in 1991, was the film My Girl. It was in that film that Macaulay experienced his very first kiss with fellow actress Anna Chlumsky. The sweet moment between two on-screen friends touched the hearts of all those who saw it, not to mention made us all cry our eyes out at the end. Macaulay played the role of sweet and vulnerable Thomas J. Sennett. His kiss with Anna ended up winning the two an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss!
He was one of the many children at Michael Jackson’s sleepovers
One of the many strange things about Macaulay’s life was the fact that he was one of the many children who frequented Michael Jackson’s home for sleepovers. Culkin would later testify that nothing inappropriate went on at Michael Jackson’s sleepovers and that he never witnessed Jackson doing anything inappropriate with the other children who were there with him. To this day, Culkin swears by Michael’s innocence on what he was accused of doing.
His parents fought over his money
Macaulay’s parents were never married but were parents to a large number of children. When his parents separated, his mother got custody of all of the children as well as power over Macaulay’s money. It was then that the money Macaulay was making was returning to good handling as his father was his manager and would squander the money. Macaulay and his father had a very difficult relationship over the years. They are no longer in contact.
He is the third child out of seven
Macaulay’s parents, Kit Culkin and Patricia Brentrup, were not married but were parents to seven children. Macaulay was the third out of seven children, his other siblings consisting of five boys and two girls. His siblings are: Shane, Dakota, Keiran, Quinn, Christian, and Rory. The entire family of nine lived in a very small apartment in the city when Macaulay was a young boy. Needless to say, when he made his big ticket acting gigs, he moved his family out of the apartment and into a much bigger home.
His father was his manager throughout his acting career
Which turned out to be a huge mistake on Macaulay’s part, which was not his fault as he was a young child when he started acting. His father seemed to live vicariously through his son as he was a former actor who loved it but didn’t make it happen for himself in the end. Kit was Macaulay’s manager for several years, especially throughout the years that Macaulay was at the height of his child stardom. It was after Richie Rich that he told his father to get lost.
Home Alone earned a Guinness World Record for highest-grossing comedy
On IMDB’s trivia section, you will find the little information section about the film being entered into the Guinness Book of world Records. “This film was entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘Highest Box Office Gross – Comedy,’ accumulating $533,000,000 internationally.” The film has yet to be defeated in its category. Home Alone is still being watched by new generations and seems like it will continue to be seen for more to come.
He was married when he was 17 years old
Macaulay did everything young. He reached stardom at a very young age and acted older than he was. He continued on that streak when he married fellow actress Rachel Miner. The two were married from 1998 to 2002 when they officially divorced. Rachel has been in productions such as Alice, Bully, The Black Dahlia, and Penny Dreadful. Her most recent known role was as Meg Masters on the show Supernatural from 2009 through 2013.
Macaulay is the godfather to two of Michael Jackson’s children
Macaulay may have been one of the children in Michael Jackson’s home when it was thought to have been a wrong place for him to be, but all parties involved have said time and again that their relationship was a friendly one. So friendly, in fact, that Michael made Macaulay the godfather to his two eldest children, Paris and Prince Michael. Macaulay is not all that much older than the kids but he was important enough to Jackson and knew that he would be a great godparent.
Macaulay studied ballet at the School of American Ballet
Prior to Macaulay’s acting debut, he attended the School of American Ballet where he studied ballet. The School of American Ballet “is an American classical ballet school and is the associate school of the New York City Ballet, a ballet company based at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The school trains students from the age of six, with professional vocational ballet training for students aged 11–18.”
Macaulay wrote a book, Junior, about his younger years of stardom
He wrote the book in 2006. It discusses his relationship with his father, one that has never been on good terms, as well as the trials and tribulations of being a child actor. One of the reviews of the book, by Kirkus reviews, wrote: “The book is essentially comprised of a couple hundred pages of semi-coherent diary entries coupled with a handful of scrawled drawings. The story, insofar as one exists, concerns a child star named Monkey-Monkey Boy and a guy, Junior, with no end of father issues.”
Culkin is currently working on his second book
This second book is about the people in his life, a non-fictional account of his friends. Considering Macaulay himself is such a colorful character, we are sure this book about his many friends who are just as colorful will be a true pleasure to read. We hope the book is going to be satirical in nature considering he is discussing those closest to him. The book is currently being written and has yet to have a publish date.
His net worth is surprisingly high
After everything that happened with his parents and how they basically swindled Macaulay out of millions of dollars that were rightfully his, his current net worth is high than we expected – $15 million. The $15 million in question comes from Macaulay’s revenue from his films when he was a child. He earned a lot more than $15 million but that is what was left after his parents decided to take some for themselves and use their child’s success for their own benefit.
Macaulay dated Jordan Lee Price
From 2013 to 2017, Macaulay was dating actress Jordan Lee Price. Jordan is known for her role as Celia Fitzgerald in the online remake of the famed television soap opera All My Children. Culkin met Price back in November 2013 and has been seen all over Paris and LA with her. Culkin has been living in Paris since 2013, flying in and out of the city for his musical appearances and other ventures. The mainstream media has yet to announce the official split between Macaulay and Jordan but rumor has it that he has already moved on with someone else.
He has been doing voice-over roles when you weren’t looking
From 2005 to 2010, Macaulay took part in the animated show Robot Chicken. During his years on the show, alongside friend Seth Green, who is also the co-creator, director, writer, executive producer of the show, he voiced the parts of Bastian Bux, Kevin McCallister (how could he not exploit Home Alone just one more time), Billy and Kid. This was a way for Culkin to get back into the entertainment industry without being in front of the camera per se.
Mila Kunis has this to say about Macaulay
Like we mentioned earlier, Mila and Macaulay were a couple for the better part of eight years. While everyone was scratching their heads at how this couple was even together, Mila had this to say about being with Culkin: “He was huge. You couldn’t walk down the street with him,” she explained. “He always had this weird attraction, like fans just screamed when they saw him! They didn’t know how to react. It wasn’t like a normal response to a celebrity. Fans responded in a very abnormal way to him.”
She said that she never even thought about marrying Macaulay. The reason for that had less to do with the question of loving him or not and more to do with the fact that she didn’t believe in marriage at the time. She was quoted as saying: “I know since before we started dating, since I was like, 16, I told my dad, ‘Just so you know, I don’t believe in marriage.'” Mila recalled on the Howard Stern show. “And my dad’s like, ‘What did I just create?’ And then at one point I was like, ‘I’ll get married when gay people are allowed to marry.’ I was like, ‘This is not for me!'”
His brother Kieran was in Home Alone too
We mentioned earlier that Kieran is also an actor and has been a part of many projects. What many people don’t know is that Kieran was actually alongside his brother Macaulay in Home Alone. Remember Kevin’s little cousin that got smushed by the chair during the pizza dinner? That’s Kieran! Lucky for him (and us) he grew out of his dorky look and into one good looking guy!
He was the first child star to ever earn $1 million for one film
Macaulay was paid hazard pay for his role in My Girl – $1 million. Macaulay was the first child star to ever earn such a sum for a single film, it was unprecedented at the time. He seemingly paved the way for other child stars to make the kind of money they make today, for better or worse. Sadly, Macaulay didn’t get to enjoy his money as much as he should have since his parents took control of it and didn’t give him as much as he had.
A video of him eating pizza went viral
It was in December 2013 that Macaulay’s video of eating pizza went viral. It was Macaulay’s plan to parody Andy Warhol eating a Whopper from Burger King in Jørgen Leth’s 66 Scenes from America documentary. People enjoyed Macaulay’s video much more than anticipated, reaching well over 3 million views. The video is on the Pizza underground YouTube page and has disabled the comment section due to many comments by those who think they are funny.
He was in Michael Jackson’s music video
We also said before that Macaulay was close with Michael Jackson. Other than being a guest at his home many times throughout his childhood, Macaulay was also a part of the Black and White music video, as you see here. Michael really adored Macaulay and loved his energy both on and off the screen. Macaulay also added another dimension to Michael’s artistic expression in his videos.
People Magazine named him one of the ‘100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time’
People Magazine has had many lists throughout the years. One of these lists was the 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time. Macaulay was on that list, as well he should be. Macaulay is a 90s film icon, reminding 90s kids everywhere of their childhood through the little boy with blonde hair and a huge smile. Even today, Macaulay’s fans are as devout as ever and continue to follow his projects and passions.
He got a matching tattoo with goddaughter Paris
Paris and Macaulay are two peas in a pod! The godfather and goddaughter got matching tattoos in June 2017 of a small spoon on their inner arm. Little known fact: Paris has over 50 tattoos! And she’s just 19 years old. Macaulay didn’t have tattoos beforehand and got his very own ink with his favorite person. Either way they are just the cutest of teams.
His brother, Rory, is also an actor
The youngest male Culkin, Rory, has also been bitten by the acting bug. Rory, who’s in his late 20s has been in films like Scream4, You Can Count on Me, Signs, and Columbus. His television credits include shows like Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Sneaky Pete, and Waco. Rory was also in the film Richie Rich alongside his older brother.
He played along with his death hoax
Like we mentioned earlier, Macaulay was a victim of many death hoaxes. His hard and fast lifestyle didn’t help the rumors since it wasn’t too far fetched that that child star had died (sorry, but it’s true!). However, Macaulay had a sense of humor about the whole thing and snapped this photo of himself playing dead for his many fans to see. He obviously went on to say that the death notice was a hoax but he got a good laugh out of it at least!
His aunt is actress Bonnie Bedelia
Macaulay comes from a very talented family. While his father never made something too big of himself, his aunt certainly did. Bonnie Bedelia is Kit Culkin’s sister and a very well known actress in her own right. Bonnie has been in films like Die Hard, Gloria, Sordid Lives, The Scent of Rain and Lighting, and television shows such as Parenthood, Big Love, and CSI.
Working with Macaulay taught filmmaker Chris Columbus a lesson
Chris Columbus was the filmmaker behind Home Alone, who has also gone on to be the cinematic brains behind Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire and two of the Harry Potter films. Prior to being a part of all of these children’s films, Chris learned the most valuable lesson of all about working with children from Culkin – when you work with kids, you’re also working with their families. About Macaulay and his family, Chris said, “We didn’t know that much about the family at the beginning; as we were shooting, we learned a little more. The stories are hair-raising. I was casting a kid who truly had a troubled family life.”
Macaulay and Joe Pesci got into an ‘altercation’ during Home Alone
Joe Pesci is a method actor. In order to make a young Macaulay truly scared of him, he didn’t talk to him on set and would stay away from him. During the scene where the two thieves hang Kevin on a hook on the door, Pesci’s character says, “I’m gonna bite all your fingers off, one at a time,” he really did bite Macaulay’s finger hard enough to break the skin!
Macaulay’s thoughts about his fame
“It’s been like that my whole adult life. You take on a prey-like attitude, always scanning the horizon. It’s strange on dates, as it looks like you’re not paying attention. But I’ve stopped trying to think of myself in the third person, because that’s just gonna drive me nuts. Macaulay Culkin is out there, and I’m Mac. You guys can play with the first one.”
Macaulay learned to read legal documents by 14 years of age
You can thank mom and dad Culkin for this one. Due to his legal battle with his parents over his money and independence, Macaulay didn’t just rely on his legal team but also learned to read legal documents on his own by the time he was 14. He made sure to understand the documents revolving his case and be as literate as possible in the legal terminology and jargon.
A fellow co-star on Home Alone was with Macaulay and Michael Jackson on set
Devin Ratray, who played the role of Buzz in the film Home Alone, was interviewed by an Australian online magazine about his time on the Home Alone set. When he was asked about the time that Michael Jackson came to visit Macaulay on set, he said, “He seemed like he wanted to talk to me and open up. He really did feel comfortable around Macaulay and I, more than anyone else. He felt guarded and uncomfortable around adults. I think that’s why he gravitated towards Macaulay because he felt like he could trust a child more than he could trust adults who had a secondary motive.”
Why Macaulay quit acting for a long time
It’s no secret that Kit Culkin used his son to make money and was the reason he worked so much when he was young. By the early 90s, when Macaulay was at the height of his young fame, he asked his father, who was also his manager, for time off to rest. Kit said, sure, but it never happened. That’s when Macaulay realized he was being exploited. About the time he asked his dad for time off, “He said, ‘Yeah, sure,’ and the next thing I knew I was on the next set doing the next thing, and it just kind of clicked in my brain: ‘Okay. There’s basically nothing I can do to make this stop.’”
Macaulay was in a commercial with animals and stuffed animals
Macaulay was in a commercial for Compare the Market. The Richest did a piece on the actor and wrote, “When asked about it in an interview, the modest Culkin makes it clear that he isn’t necessarily chest-puffing proud of the commercial and quickly tries to change the subject. Well, he can be embarrassed about it all he wants; it’s a meta masterpiece.”
Culkin is now rumored to be dating Brenda Song
Brenda Song is a former child star herself, who starred on the Disney Channel’s many shows and made-for-tv movies. They have been seen together going to dinner along with Macaulay’s friend and former co-star, Seth Green and his wife. There is no official comment by either one of the stars but it was said that the two looked adoringly at one another throughout dinner and that they are more than friends.
According to sources, Macaulay is still with Jordan
What explains why Macaulay and Brenda were seen together going to dinner is the fact that the two are set to play opposite each other in an upcoming film and that they were on their way to meet their director for dinner. The director in question is Macaulay’s close friend Seth Green, which also explains why he was in the car that took them to dinner. Got to love Hollywood romance rumors!
He now looks like a whole new person
After many years of suspected substance abuse, odd behavior, and depleting looks, Macaulay seems to have bounced back! In July 2017, Culkin was seen at a gas station on his way to dinner with friends and rumored new girlfriend, Brenda Song. While at the gas station, paparazzi caught the star buying a few provisions and looking healthier and more put together than ever before. His hair was shorter, he has gained much needed weight and had a pep in his step.
People’s reaction to Macaulay’s new look was bonkers
News outlets everywhere went bananas when they got the first glimpse of Macaulay’s new look. From Eonline to CNN, Macaulay’s more subdued, healthy and put together appearance has the world reacting in the most wonderful of ways. There were comments such as: “I think it’s always good to see someone become healthy again,” “Maybe he can do a Robert Downey Jr. and restart his career,” on the various articles about his new look.