Ever seen the Christmas family comedy film called Home Alone? If you have, then you would definitely know Macaulay Culkin who portrayed the lead role of Kevin McCallister; a boisterous eight-year-old child with a penchant for creating harmful inventions in the series. This thespian began his acting career when he was a child and his role in Home Alone earned him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor. Beyond that, the actor has equally starred in a slew of films since in the inception of his career.
Following his brilliant performances, the actor is currently regarded as one of the most successful child actors. He also made the VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Kid-Stars as well as E!’s list of the 50 Greatest Child Stars. In addition to being an actor, Macaulay is also a musician. He is the co-founder of the New York-based rock band The Pizza Underground. That’s not all; he is also the CEO of a satirical pop culture website and podcast called Bunny Ears.
While his popularity has continued to increase, fans have been curious to know how much the movie star made from his appearance in Home Alone. All that and more you’d find out as you go through the following paragraphs.
Who is Macaulay Culkin?
He is a prolific American actor and musician born on the 26th day 1980. Macaulay Culkin is a native of New York City in the United States of America, he is the son of Christopher Cornelius Culkin and Patricia Brentrup. He was raised in the Catholic faith along with his six other siblings namely Shane, Dakota, Quinn, Christian, Rory, and Kieran. His dad was a former actor while nothing much is known about his mother’s occupation.
For his education, Macaulay went to St. Joseph’s School, a Catholic school in Yorkville where he spent five years before proceeding to Professional Children’s School. While he was there, he received acting training and also appeared in several theatre productions of the school.
As aforementioned, the movie star began his career as a child actor; he made his first film appearance at the age of four and his first role was in the theatre production of Bach Babies which took place at the New York Philharmonic. After that, he appeared in a TV movie, The Midnight Hour where he played a Halloween kid in 1985. His next movie role came in 1988 when he made his first big-screen appearance with a role in Rocket Gibraltar followed by a guest appearance in an episode of The Equalizer in the same year. He went on to appear in other movies such as Uncle Buck (1989), and Jacob’s Ladder (1990).
Macaulay Culkin got his breakthrough following his role as Kevin MacCallister in the 1990 American Christmas comedy film, Home Alone. He also appeared in its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in 1992. Since then, the actor has appeared in a plethora of movies and TV shows. Notable among them are The Pagemaster (1994), Party Monster (2003), Saved! (2004), Sex and Breakfast (2007), The Wrong Ferarri (2011), Adam Green’s Aladdin (2015), and Changeland (2019), etc.
His career on TV can’t be overlooked. The actor appeared in a good number of TV series including Wish Kid (1991), Frasier (1994), Will & Grace (2003), Kings (2009), Robot Chicken (2005-2010), etc. He has also appeared in online films such as Best of the Worst, Compare the Market, and Half in the Bag, among others. For his wonderful performances, Macaulay Culkin has got over 15 award nominations out of which he won five.
How Much Did He Make From “Home Alone”?
Before he starred in Home Alone, Macaulay was earning about $40 thousand per movie. For his role in the first installment of the Home Alone franchise, which became the highest-grossing movie in 1990; he was paid $100,000 that year. After the movie became very successful and following its popularity, Macaulay made a whopping $4.5 million for appearing in its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
How Rich is Macaulay Culkin Today?
The Home Alone star has undoubtedly made a name for himself, all thanks to his exceptional acting skills. For a career that has been running for over 3 decades, the actor has been able to amass a sizeable net worth of $15 million. While it is known that a greater part of his wealth comes from his movies, it is noteworthy that Macaulay has equally made a substantial amount of money from his musical career.