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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 26, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Saved! (2004) Roland
3.
 Party Monster (1998) Michael Alig
4.
 Richie Rich (1994) Richie Rich
5.
 Getting Even With Dad (1994) Timmy
6.
 Pagemaster, The (1994) Richard Tyler
7.
 Good Son, The (1993) Henry Evans
8.
 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Kevin Mccallister
9.
 Only The Lonely (1991) Billy
10.
 My Girl (1991) Thomas J Sennett
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Milestones close milestones

1984:
Began career at age 4 in stage production of "Bach Babies" at New York Symphony Space, New York (date approximate)
1987:
Performed off-Broadway with Ensemble Studio Theater at age 6 in "Afterschool Special"
:
Appeared with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center in "The Nutcracker"
1988:
Feature film debut, "Rocket Gibraltar"
1988:
TV series debut in an episode of "The Equalizer"
1988:
Performed in several TV commercials
1989:
Culkin's footage edited out of "Born on the Fourth of July"
1990:
First starring feature role, "Home Alone"
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")
1991:
Provided the voice of Nicholas McClary in the animated series, "'Wishkid' Starring Macaulay Culkin"
1991:
Hosted "Saturday Night Live" (November 23)
1991:
Featured in the controversial Michael Jackson video "Black or White", directed by John Landis
1994:
Made last feature film appearances to date: "Getting Even with Dad", "The Pagemaster" and "Richie Rich"
1996:
In August, announced he would not accept any acting roles until issues of parental custody were settled
2000:
Resumed acting career on the London stage, opposite Irene Jacob in "Madame Melville"; recreated role in NYC opposite Joely Richardson (2001)
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
2004:
Played a wheel chair-bound student in a Conservative Christian highschool in "Saved," opposite Jena Malone and Mandy Moore
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Education

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

Notes

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

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.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Rachel Miner. Actor. 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.
companion:
Mila Kunis. Actor. Reportedly dating July 2002, reportedly no longer together December 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Chris Culkin. Former child actor, son's former manager. 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.
mother:
Patricia Brentrup. Born c. 1954; gained custody and wrested control of Macaulay's career from Kit; separated from Kit Culkin 1995; never married to Culkin.
aunt:
Bonnie Bedelia. Actor.
brother:
Shane Culkin. Actor. Older; born c. 1976.
sister:
Dakota Culkin. Born c. 1979.
brother:
Kieran Culkin. Actor. Born on September 30, 1982; appeared in "Home Alone" and a major role in "Nowhere to Run" (1992) and "The Mighty" (1998).
sister:
Quinn Culkin. 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).
brother:
Christian Culkin. Actor. Born in 1987; has appeared in commercials.
brother:
Rory Culkin. Actor. Born in 1989; appeared in a photograph in "The Good Son" and has appeared in commercials.
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