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The Controversial Life Of Child Star Macaulay Culkin

After an incredible start to his career as a child actor, Macaulay Culkin’s life has been one hell of a rollercoaster.


From family and love life problems to years out of the spotlight, the now 37-year-old’s life in Hollywood hasn’t been easy, despite a huge net worth and worldwide fame.


In this article, we take a look at what has contributed to Macaulay Culkin’s topsy-turvy life after he burst onto our screens as Kevin in Home Alone.


Eight Year Old Star

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Before Home Alone, Culkin’s first ‘major’ film was alongside comedy legend John Candy in the 1989 hit ‘Uncle Buck’. Despite being just eight-years-old, Culkin was paid $40,000 for his role.

First On Screen Kiss

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In 1991, Macaulay starred in My Girl alongside Anna Chlumsky. This saw the youngster have his first kiss which took 15 takes! It was all worth it though as he received the MTV Movie award for Best Kiss that year.

Poor Upbringing

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Macaulay’s parent Kit Culkin and Patricia Brentrup lived modest lives before their son’s stardom. His father was a Catholic Sacristan and his mother was a telephone operator. With Macaulay one of seven children, the family struggled for money during the early stages of his childhood.

Richie Rich

After success in Uncle Buck, Macaulay’s life changed forever in Christmas 1990 when he starred in Home Alone, a film that made $476 million worldwide! The sequel released two years later made an incredible $359 million. The success of these films made Macaulay a very sought after actor, he was paid $8 million for his next role, which was the 1994 film Richie Rich, he was only 14!

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