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Born: September 30, 1982 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Breaking away from the shadow cast by his older brother's career as the 1990s child star du jour, actor Kieran Culkin went on to establish himself as a major talent on film and stage in his own right. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Macaulay, Culkin started his acting career as a child in films such as "Home Alone" (1990) and "Father of the Bride" (1991), before going on to receive critical acclaim as a young actor for his sardonic, Holden Caulfield-esqe role in "Igby Goes Down" (2002), a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination and acclaim for his strong performance. Though "Igby" was considered the role that truly broke him away from comparisons to his brother, Culkin had in fact been his own actor with roles in films like "The Mighty" (1998), "Music of the Heart" (1999) and "The Cider House Rules" (1999). The young actor also shined on the stage in off-Broadway productions such as "After Ashley" (2005) and "SubUrbia" (2007), while also demonstrating his supporting actor skills in movies like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010). While he may have had his show business start as Macaulay's younger brother, Culkin's demonstrable success on stage and screen established him as a...

Breaking away from the shadow cast by his older brother's career as the 1990s child star du jour, actor Kieran Culkin went on to establish himself as a major talent on film and stage in his own right. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Macaulay, Culkin started his acting career as a child in films such as "Home Alone" (1990) and "Father of the Bride" (1991), before going on to receive critical acclaim as a young actor for his sardonic, Holden Caulfield-esqe role in "Igby Goes Down" (2002), a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination and acclaim for his strong performance. Though "Igby" was considered the role that truly broke him away from comparisons to his brother, Culkin had in fact been his own actor with roles in films like "The Mighty" (1998), "Music of the Heart" (1999) and "The Cider House Rules" (1999). The young actor also shined on the stage in off-Broadway productions such as "After Ashley" (2005) and "SubUrbia" (2007), while also demonstrating his supporting actor skills in movies like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010). While he may have had his show business start as Macaulay's younger brother, Culkin's demonstrable success on stage and screen established him as a talented young performer in his own right.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Movie 43 (2013)
2.
 Margaret (2011)
4.
 Paper Man (2009)
5.
 Lymelife (2008)
6.
 Igby Goes Down (2002) Igby Slocumb
7.
 Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The (2001) Tim Sullivan
8.
 She's All That (1999) Simon Boggs
9.
 Cider House Rules, The (1999) Buster
10.
 Music of the Heart (1999) Lexi--Teenage
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Milestones close milestones

1990:
Film acting debut as cousin Fuller in "Home Alone"
1991:
Played the son of Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in the remake of "Father of the Bride"
1992:
Reprised his role in the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
1995:
Again played Martin and Keaton's child in "Father of the Bride Part II"
1998:
Played a 13-year old stricken with Morquio Syndrome in the film, "The Mighty"
1999:
Joined the cast of the ensemble comedy, "She's All That"
1999:
Had a supporting role in Lasse Hallstrom's "The Cider House Rules" as the orphan Buster
2001:
Cast in the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Go Fish"
2002:
Played a leading role in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"
2002:
Starred in the title role as a runaway teen in "Igby Goes Down"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2003:
Featured in the West End production of "This Is Our Youth"
2007:
Played Buff in Eric Bogosian's updated version of "SubUrbia" at the Second Stage Theatre in New York
2008:
Starred in the independent feature, "Lymelife"; also co-starred brother Rory Culkin
2009:
Joined Matthew Broderick for Kenneth Lonergan's "The Starry Messenger" at off-Broadway's Theater Row
2010:
Co-starred opposite Michael Cera in the comic book adaptation "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"
2011:
Cast alongside Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, and Mark Ruffalo in "Margaret"
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Education

St. Joseph's School: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

"'My dad had to get a house [near the "Amanda" set] because he's ever so important', says Culkin sarcastically. 'I had to pay for it. It was a royal pain in the ass." --From Us, November 1998. [Note: "Amanda" refers to an as yet unreleased film that starred Culkin. At the time of filming his father was his manager.]

Culkin also told Us (November 1998) that he now considers his estranged father a "waste of space."

"I've seen how fame warps your life. The worst part is that you read lies about yourself." --Kieran Culkin to The Chicago Sun-Times, October 13, 1998.

"If you give people any credit at all, you know they won't believe the crap. Once you figure that out, you don't have to think about it anymore." --Culkin to Interview, November 1998.

On attending a "professional" school..."It's for professional kids, so if you wanted to ditch, you could just write "audition" on a note and leave. I didn't really like school all that much."-- Culkin Interview September 2002

"It wasn't like I got into acting at age six and knew what the hell I was doing. I was told what to do. Now I can make my own decisions and feel responsible for them. I have done some things I didn't love, but that doesn't matter as much as doing the things I want to do." - Culkin FilmComment September 2002

Family close complete family listing

father:
Kit Culkin. Former child actor, former manager. Born c. 1944; separated from Culkin's mother in 1995; lost custody of children in 1995; regained joint custody in June 1995; dropped suit for sole custody in 1997; never married to Patricia Brentrup.
mother:
Patricia Brentrup. Born c. 1954; mother of the seven Culkin children; separated from Kit Culkin in 1995;.
aunt:
Bonnie Bedelia. Actor.
brother:
Shane Culkin. Actor. Born c. 1976.
sister:
Dakota Culkin. Born c. 1979.
brother:
Macaulay Culkin. Actor. Born on August 26, 1980; at one-time the highest paid child actor; married actress Rachel Miner on June 21, 1998.
sister:
Quinn Culkin. Actor. Born on November 8, 1984.
brother:
Christian Culkin. Actor. Born c. 1986.
brother:
Rory Culkin. Actor. Born c. 1989.
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