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Macaulay Culkin (b. 1980)

Then:
Most box-office bankable child star since Shirley Temple.

Now:
"Drama queen"; published author.

FYI:

  • Reportedly fled Israel as the Israel-Hezbollah war ignited; called a "drama queen" by traveling companion Mila Kunis. (2006)
  • Penned the 2006 tome, Junior, "part memoir, part rant, part comedic tour de force," per his publisher. Publishers Weekly called it "self-indulgently infantile," and, yet, "weirdly compelling."
  • Pleaded guilty June 8, 2005, to misdemeanor drug charges stemming from a 2004 arrest in Oklahoma City. Sentenced to a suspended jail term, and fined $1,000.
  • Friend of Michael Jackson. Godfather to the singer's son, Prince, per IMDb.com.
  • Took the stand for the defense in Jackson's 2005 child-molestation trial. Testified that the pop star never touched him -- that is, in a wrong, or inappriate way.
  • Estranged from father/ex-manager Kit.
  • His star-making film, 1990's Home Alone, released when he was 10, is the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever, with $285.8 million at the U.S. box office.
  • In mid-1990s, commanded as much as $8 million per movie.
  • Retired from acting in 1996, at age 16, during a family dispute over his millions. Revived career in early 21st century.
  • Ex-husband of Rachel Miner. The two wed in 1998, when both were 17. They split in 2000.
  • Brother of Kieran Culkin, and lots of other Culkins, too.

    Sightings (submitted by you, the fans):

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    "About a year ago I went to Don Hill's in NYC to visit a friend that was working there. It was '80s dance night. My friend pointed out to me that both Macaulay [Culkin] and his brother Kieran [Culkin] were there. Kieran was at the bar ordering a drink while wearing leather, fingerless lace-up gloves. Macauley was surrounded by three or four much older, shady-looking guys. He was dancing very poorly to the '80s music. I swear he was wearing a blue HyperColor T-shirt. At one point, he and two of his shady friends stood whispering by the door to the basement, then they disappeared. ... When he came back up, I decided I really wanted to talk to him, so I casually asked him for a cigarette. 'Sure,' he said, as he handed me a Parliament. 'Do you need a light?' he asked. I said yes and thanked him as he lit my cigarette. 'No problem, BABE,' was what he said. The worst part was that Macaulay was totally trying to be smooth and 'adult-like' but he looked exactly the same as he did in Home Alone, except he was holding a cigarette." (Posted: December 2003)
  • Everybody's a Critic
    "I was working at the Gap this winter in NYC at 67th and 68th and Broadway (a very rich area in Manhattan) when Macaulay Culkin walked into our store with his wife [Rachel Miner]. ... They were both there, buying something from the Gap kids section. We were all staring at them. He looked pretty tired, and she looked nice. He was dressed nicely but his hair was a mess." (Posted: Circa 1998-2000)

    Links:

  • Culkin Online
  • Christopher Culkin Official Site (Culkin's father/ex-manager)
  • IMDb.com credits


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