'Home Alone's' Kevin Turned 42 & He Looks Like A Dreamboat Today(5 photos)

People all across the globe recognize Macaulay Culkin as the endearing yet naughty Kevin McAllister from the '90s "Home Alone" films. Even though he grew up and kept acting, although in more specialized and unconventional parts, he has never truly shed his reputation as the "Home Alone" youngster.

The specifics of Macaulay's childhood have surfaced in the years since he first appeared on our screens. When the public learnt about his upbringing, the image of a content kid actor that we could have caught onscreen was destroyed. Macaulay was forced to work by his father and wasn't able to become independent or live his life on his own terms until he was a teenager and his parents were getting divorced.

He has since lived a much peaceful life away from the spotlight. We don't blame him, either. But thankfully, he's rediscovered his love for performing. He has acted in several films, television series, and commercials over the past 20 years. He even returned to the part that first made him famous.

In an attempt to capitalize on the public's nostalgia for his performing days as a youngster, Macaulay, who will turn 40 in August 2020, made a joke that made his followers feel very old. Given that many of us grew up seeing him in movies, it struck a chord with the general audience. Let's look at Macaulay's life and his current activities.

Christopher Cornelius "Kit" Culkin, a former Broadway performer and the brother of Bonnie Bedelia, and Patricia Brentrup welcomed Macaulay Culkin into the world on August 26, 1980. Macaulay, one of seven kids, had a simple upbringing. In 2018, Kieran Culkin, his younger brother, told Vanity Fair that the family resided in a cramped train flat that was "barely suitable for a couple."

There were no dividing doors except than the door to the bathroom, which didn't have a lock, according to Kieran. They spent years raising seven children in the flat. They simply kept bringing infants home to this little area.

To make sure that one of them was always at home to watch over the children, their parents would work shifts and spend evenings curled up on the couch. Despite never being married, they behaved as though they had. Kit, who also adores the performing industry, was once a rising sensation on Broadway in the 1960s. He started working as a church sacristan after becoming a parent so the Culkin children could enroll in the parish school at staff rates. Patricia, on the other hand, was employed by a call center.

The Culkin family's longtime agent and manager, Emily Gerson Saines, claims that Patricia (also known as Patty) took her position as the matriarch very seriously.

According to Saines, "[She] maintained strong family values, like the family dining together, the Christmas tree, and Thanksgiving." All of these things are significant to Patty, and she taught them in her children.

Patricia and Kit were keen to break their family into the entertainment industry. Kieran said that the two will take advantage of any chance to introduce their children to performing. "The Light Opera of Manhattan was a small theater run by friends of my parents, and whenever a production required a child, they would ask, "What age and what gender? We've got seven of them here right now," he said.

It should not be surprising that Macaulay started acting at the young age of four. Before landing more renowned roles, such as playing the "Bach Babies" at the New York Philharmonic, the "Home Alone" actor began his career with little roles in off-Broadway shows. Even though Macaulay was already securing roles in New York, his family was still having difficulty making ends meet. Even getting the young man to his rehearsals was difficult, according to Billy Hopkins, the casting director who gave Macaulay his very first job.

"They were so poor I had to use my own money to make sure that he got to and from rehearsal," Hopkins said to New York magazine in 2001. "Macaulay would scurry beneath the theater seats to search for loose coins that had dropped from patrons' pockets. The Beverly Hillbillies were similar to them.

The 1980s saw Macaulay swiftly establish himself as a popular young actor thanks to his theater performances. He had already been cast in his first major motion picture role by 1988 as Cy Blue Black in the blockbuster movie "Rocket Gibraltar." The next year, Macaulay would get leading parts in the critically acclaimed movies "See You in the Morning" and "Uncle Buck."

Then, at the age of little over 10, the young genius received his big break as Kevin McCallister in the hugely successful comedy "Home Alone." The film soon established itself as a huge success. Guinness World Records recognized "Home Alone" as the highest-grossing live-action comedy of all time when it brought in $476.7 million globally. at addition, it rose to third place at the global box office, only behind "Star Wars" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." But unlike previous movies, "Home Alone" was a triumph thanks to Macaulay's funny Kevin McCallister interpretation rather than the ground-breaking CGI effects.

The actor claims that his celebrity appeared out of nowhere. The youngsters in his area started talking about him, and suddenly, cameras followed him everywhere he went.

There were "one of those paranoias like, 'There are people in the bushes!'" But there are people there in the bushes for genuine. According to Macaulay, it was that sort of thing.

He was still a young boy, and the extra attention made him feel awkward.

He acknowledged, "Hats don't really help." They claim that covering your forehead will obscure 80% of your identity, yet this strategy is ineffective. I was wearing a ski mask when I was nine years old and was identified. It may be the lips. I had no ability to hide from the world.

Macaulay started spending the most of his time watching TV at his family's apartment while he wasn't working since he was unable to escape the media mania. The two spent much of their time traveling when his father left his position as Macaulay's manager at the church.

The little kid was one of Hollywood's highest-paid child performers by 1993 after receiving a stunning $4.5 million for his part in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York." He had also been cast in a number of high-profile movies, such as "The Good Son," "The Nutcracker," and "Getting Even With Dad." Nevertheless, Macaulay was getting weary of his life in Hollywood; after all, he had been in 15 movies in just seven years. However, his father, a power-hungry man, didn't really care about that. He stated to New York magazine that

I just recall the precise moment when I started to feel a little more exhausted, which was during "The Good Son," Macaulay said. "That year, I had already accomplished one or two things when I simply told Kit, 'Listen, I'm really getting tired and I'm not at school as much as I'd like to be; I really need some time off.'" He said, "Yeah, sure," and before I knew it, I was on the next set, performing the next task, and it suddenly occurred to me: Okay. Practically nothing I can do will stop this.

As Macaulay's notoriety increased, so did his disgust with his Hollywood way of life. But in 1994, he managed to escape; his parents had separated, so the young actor took the opportunity to give acting up and pursue a regular adolescent life. He went to a private school in Manhattan and declined several performing opportunities. According to Macaulay, "I was just hoping to vanish off the face of the earth," he told Time in 2001.

When Kit and Patricia divorced, Macaulay said he didn't know how much money he had truly made over the course of his career.

According to the man, "My father would hide newspapers from me so I wouldn't read the stuff about him or find out how much I was making," he told New York magazine. I can see why they did it; they didn't want me telling my pals, "I just made $8 million!"

But the custody dispute between his parents made that knowledge crucial. He learned in 1996 that his net worth was about $50 million. Even though he had so much money, the family was unable to access it because of the continuing legal dispute.

Basically, Macaulay claimed, "My mother couldn't pay the rent because she was spending all of her money on lawyers while I had millions and millions of dollars in the bank."

He knew he had to take matters into his own hands because the situation had gotten so bad. We were on the verge of being kicked out of our apartment. Since I couldn't access the money without my father's name being removed, I decided to remove both of their names instead of creating a fuss.

Macaulay's difficult connection with his father came to an end at that point. On the final day of the trial, Kit fled instead of showing up, and Macaulay hasn't seen or talked to him since. He was able to live his life whatever he wished from that point forward.

In his interview with New York magazine, Macaulay offered his opinion on the sensitive question of parents profiting significantly from their children's creative output. He declared:

Whether parents should make money from their kids in this way is something that is rather debatable in my mind. Future generations of kid performers will have to decide if parents ought to foster such dynamic.

The following several years were rather typical for Macaulay while he attended high school, or as normal as a very well-known child celebrity could have been. He had a sizable number of "pseudo-punk" acquaintances, according to Macaulay, who spoke to New York magazine. During this period, he rebelled against social expectations in order to live out his youth. He smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, and dyed his hair outrageous colors before the legal drinking age, but he argues that the media exaggerated everything and that he "never did anything more than any upper-class Upper West Side kid you know would."

Then, in 1998, Macaulay married Rachel Miner, whom he had first met when they were just 14 years old, when he was almost 18 years old. Sadly, the pair would only be together for a brief two years until cheating suspicions surfaced and they split up. Macaulay stated that he will "always love her" in the same interview with New York magazine.

Early in the new millennium, Macaulay made a comeback in theater, performing in "Madame Melville" on London's West End. The actor made a cameo as Karen Walker's silly divorce lawyer on "Will & Grace" in 2003.

Since then, he has concentrated on choosing projects that he is enthusiastic about and has only accepted a small number of acting roles. He founded The Pizza Underground, a rock band, in 2013, and Bunny Ears, a lifestyle parody website, in 2018. In a Christmas advertisement for Google Assistant that same year, Macaulay pleased fans by portraying his "Home Alone" character Kevin once more.

Today, Macaulay utilizes his wealth to pursue his own goals instead of trying to regain his former fame as an actor. In 2018, he stated to Ellen DeGeneres:

"I felt like I got all of this kid's wealth who worked really, very hard. I was rather senseless. I'm able to approach everything as a pastime because to it. Today, I don't prepare my meal. Therefore, I am free to work on any project I desire, whether it be writing, painting, creating a new website, or anything else.

Whatever the case, Macaulay will always be remembered as the young man who created Kevin McAllister, so it could be a sobering surprise to learn that he will turn 40 in August 2020! Macaulay sent a really thoughtful and subtly funny statement on Twitter to celebrate his milestone birthday, making fun of both himself and everyone else. He stated:

Wanna feel old, guys?

I'm 40.

Thank you very much.

Simple but powerful. He even added to his own tweet in response:

"I make them feel ancient, and that is my gift to the world. I'm an adult now; that's what I do.

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