IT WOULD be hard to find someone who DIDN’T know the name Macaulay Culkin – who shot to fame as “the kid from Home Alone”.
We take a look at the life and career of the former child star…
Who is Macaulay Culkin and what is his background?
Macaulay, 38, was born August 26, 1980, and is an American actor, author and musician.
He started his career as a child actor, appearing in films Rocket Gibraltar (1988) and Uncle Buck (1989).
But Macaulay shot to international stardom when he played Kevin McCallister in the Christmas movie Home Alone (1990) – he reprised the role for Home Alone 2 (1992).
After the success of Home Alone, he went on to star in My Girl (1991), The Good Son (1993), The Pagemaster (1994) and Richie Rich (1994).
He was then absent from movies for nearly a decade, before returning to acting to star in the film Party Monster (2003) and Saved! (2004).
Macaulay famously divorced his parents in 1994.
On January 23, 2018, the actor told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast that his father was “physically and mentally” abusive and that his dad was “jealous” of what he had achieved at such a young age.
His brothers Rory and Kieran are also actors, with the latter starring alongside him in Home Alone.
Macaulay was also the lead singer of the band The Pizza Underground until the band split in 2016.
How much is Macaulay worth?
Macaulay amassed his fortune during his time as a child star.
After the success of the first Home Alone film, he earned a massive £3.2 million for the film’s sequel.
He was then paid £5.6 million for Getting Even With Dad and the same sum for Richie Rich.
He is now reportedly worth £15 million.
Has Macaulay been married before? Who is he dating right now?
In 1998, aged just 18, Macaulay married actress Rachel Miner, but the couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002.
Fresh from his divorce, he started dating the then-little-known actress Mila Kunis, but the couple split in 2006.
Since July 2017, Macaulay has been in a relationship with actress Brenda Song, who is a former Disney star.
How did Macaulay know Michael Jackson?
Macaulay was very good friends with the late Michael Jackson from the early 90s, right up until his death in 2009.
In 2019 Macaulay revealed that he and Michael became friends because they both knew what it was like to be a “child who was famous”.
He has always denied allegations he was sexually abused by the pop star and in a new interview on the Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum podcast, he explained how their friendship came to be.
He said: “A lot of things were happening, big and fast with me and I think he identified with that.”
The actor famously spoke up in defence of her dad Michael when he faced child molestation charges in 2003 – something which the late singer was acquitted of.
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Who is Macaulay’s goddaughter?
Because of Macaulay’s friendship with Michael Jackson, his daughter Paris is Mac’s goddaughter.
On January 23, 2018, the actor told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast that he’s “close with Paris”, and he’s very defensive of the 20-year-old.
He said: ‘”I’m going to warn you now, I am very protective of her so just look out.
“I am a very open book when it comes to things but like with her, she is beloved by me.”