Home Alone

I think most everyone knows and has seen the first two Home Alone movies. The original and the one where the character Kevin gets lost in New York. The wonderful child actor who starred in these movies is Macaulay Culkin who was born on August 26, 1980, in New York City. He is looked upon as the most successful child actor of his generation. Culkin made his first debut in the movie “Rocket Gibraltar’ in 1988 starring Burt Lancaster. Then in 1989, he appeared in the comedy “Uncle Buck” with John Candy. However, Culkin finally rose to fame when he was chosen to play Kevin McCallister in the 1990 hit movie “Home Alone”. I believe that since both the original and the second movie are about Christmas time they have become part of the list of popular Christmas movies.

Afterward, Culkin went on to star in movies such as “My Girl” and “The Good Son” in which he portrayed an evil character. By the time 1994 came, Culkin was considered to be the highest-paid child actor. Culkin’s career and the careers of his brothers Kieran and Rory were managed by their father Kit who got the reputation of being a “stage parent from hell”. Culkin took a pause from acting after several unsuccessful movies “Getting Even with Dad”, “The Pagemaster” and “Richie Rich”. It was also at this time that his parents got involved in a much-publicized custody battle over their children. In 1998 at the age of 17, Culkin married actress Rachel Miner also 17. They got divorced in 2002.

Culkin returned to star in the movies in 2003 in the movie “Party Monster”. This was based on a true story and Culkin portrayed the drug-addicted New York City party promoter Michael Alig who was convicted of murdering fellow club-goer Angel Melendez in 1996. In 2004 he appeared in the teen comedy “Saved!” but unfortunately he has not gained the success he had in “Home Alone”. This sort of reminds me of what occurred when adorable child star Shirley Temple grew up. Can you imagine this actor is already 39 years old? How time does fly by.


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