Macaulay Culkin is most remembered for playing Kevin McAllister, the adorable but mischievous little kid from the “Home Alone” movies from the 1990s.
Even though he grew up and continued to perform as an actor, although in more niche and alternative roles, his reputation as the “Home Alone” boy has never really faded.
Culkin starred in the first “Home Alone” film, which was released in 1990, when he was only ten years old.
The Christmas comedy film was a great hit, collecting $476.7 million dollars worldwide, making it the highest-grossing live-action comedy of all time until it was surpassed by “The Hangover” in 2011.
The actor’s deep ties to the franchise are something he’ll never be able to shake, and he’s even played up to it on several occasions. In 2018, he appeared in a Google commercial in which he returned to the house from “Home Alone” as an adult.
A montage similar to the film played out in it, in which he has the house to himself and reenacts many of Kevin’s childhood activities.
Shaving, bouncing on the bed, watching the same detective movie he watched in “Home Alone,” ordering pizza, and other activities were incorporated, as well as modern conveniences like digital payments and digital assistants.
Given the franchise’s enduring appeal, it’s no wonder that Culkin acquired a sizable fortune from the films, despite the fact that he was only a child at the time of filming.
Years later, he discussed his earnings, revealing that they were so vast that he would never need to work again in his life.
Culkin, a child star in Hollywood, was known for his cute appearance and appeared in 15 films in just seven years.
He appeared in other popular films of the time, including “My Girl,” “Richie Rich,” and the dark drama “The Good Son,” in addition to the “Home Alone” trilogy.
By 1993, the youngster had established himself as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid child actors. His dissatisfaction with his Hollywood lifestyle and the greater attention he received developed as his reputation grew. His relationship with his parents was also strained as a result of it.
Culkin used their breakup in 1994 as an opportunity to stop acting and seek a regular adolescent life. He went to a Manhattan private school and turned down several acting roles.
In 2001, he told Time, “I was just hoping to disappear off the face of the earth.”
During his parents’ custody dispute, however, it was revealed how much money Culkin had made throughout his career.
In 1996, it was discovered that the kid celebrity was worth roughly $50 million, despite the fact that he had no idea how much he’d made because his father handled the financial side of things.
He recalled how his mother couldn’t pay the rent because she spent all of her money on lawyer’s bills, while he had millions in the bank that he couldn’t touch because his money was attached to his parents’ names.
Years later, he told New York Magazine:”We were about to get evicted from our apartment. The only way I could get access to that money was to take my father’s name off it, but I didn’t want to make it messy, so I figured I’d take both their names off.”
Culkin’s tumultuous relationship with his father came to an end with that. On the last day of the trial, his father failed to appear, and the actor hasn’t seen or spoken to him since.
Culkin later returned to show business after spending his adolescence out of the spotlight — though he was constantly plagued by tabloid reports during this time.
He moved on to explore other passion projects, like forming a rock band, and returned to acting in the early 2000s, but he’s kept a low profile since then, preferring independent films to major commercial ones.
According to IMDb, he explained why he made this option for his career and how the money he earned as a child allowed him to be picky with assignments.
He stated,”Most of the offers I get from Hollywood are for teen comedies. My manager thinks I’m crazy for turning down all that money, but I’m very picky.”
“I’d made enough money by the time I was 12 to never have to work again, so it’s not about a big check with me. It’s about finding unique, one-of-a-kind films that I would want to see myself.”
Despite the numerous stories regarding Culkin’s supposed addiction, it appears that the actor has evolved into a humble adult and contented family guy.
Since 2017, the actor has been dating Brenda Song, a fellow child actress, and the couple announced their pregnancy earlier this year.
Dakota, their first child, was born on April 5 in Los Angeles, named after Culkin’s late sister, who died in a car accident at the age of 29.