Macaulay Culkin

     
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Real Name: Macaulay Culkin
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A lovable, blond haired and blue-eyed child performer started his Hollywood career at the tender young age of five, making his first movie appearances in the drama "Rocket Gibraltar" in 1998. Macaulay Culkin then had an adorable role in the John Candy family comedy "Uncle Buck" (1989), about a bachelor (Candy) and all round slob Buck, who baby-sits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother Miles.

Young Macaulay then had a small role in the romantic drama "See You In The Morning" (1989) with Lukas Haas and Drew Barrymore, before taking a small role in the horror thriller "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), as the angelic son of a traumatized Vietnam war veteran (Tim Robbins) who finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him.

The young actor suddenly shot to celebrity super stardom with his starring role in the John Hughes "Home Alone" (1990) starring Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara and John Candy, about a young eight year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas and has to defend his home against idiotic burglars. His outstanding performance helped send the movie to a box-office gross of over $300 million, and his trademark look of alarm became a favorite American icon.

He then had a breakout role in the romantic comedy "My Girl" (1991) starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Anna Chlumsky, that stirred up some debate over his character's death at the end of the movie, from a bee sting. Psychologists worried if his young fans could take the upset of "losing" such an adored figure, and critics felt it necessary to warn parents by giving away the ending in their reviews. He followed up with a guest appearance in "Only the Lonely" (1991) before starting work on the expected "Home Alone" sequel. For his work, he earned $5 million for the hugely successful smash hit "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992).

When the actor turned twelve years old, he made a daring, but intelligent career move by taking the starring role of the adversary in "The Good Son" (1993) starring with Elijah Wood. In "The Good Son", he was the embodiment of pure evil behind his cheery and cute facade. His role earned the young actor $8 million and received moderate reviews and had decent box-office success. 

Mac (as he was called) next teamed with Ted Danson for the comedy "Getting Even With Dad" (1994), about an ex-con and widower who is planning a coin heist with two accomplices to help him buy his own bakery. However, he doesn't expect his son Timmy, who was living with Ray's sister, to show up at the house right in the middle of planning - and stay.

He then took the starring role in the comic book inspired "Richie Rich" (1994), playing the role of the richest kid in the world who has everything he wants except companionship. When a plot to kill the family is devised by Rich Industries' top executive, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of his new friends.

Mac spent the next several years entangled in a bitter dispute and law suite with his father over control of his money. Culkin was officially "emancipated" from his father and manager over his $30 million fortune. He decided to take a break from acting and all but vanished from the public's eye. 

The most noteworthy development in his life during his hiatus was the marriage to actress Rachel Miner in 1998 when they were both still only eighteen years old. Some critics felt this move was an act of desperation, and that the actor was using Miner as a "beard" amid rumors that he was gay because of his connections to pop singer Michael Jackson. The marriage did not last long, and after splitting from Rachel Miner  in 2000, he resumed his acting career.

He landed the starring role in the family animated comedy "The Pagemaster" (1994) as the voice of Richard Tyler, portraying a young boy who finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. He slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring the library and upon awakening, is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit.

After a hilarious television guest appearance playing a young, innocent-looking but sharp lawyer on "Will & Grace" in 2003, Culkin at last returned to feature films in the bizarre movie "Party Monster" (2003), where he portrayed a gay, flamboyant young party promoter in the 1980s who finds himself charged with murder. Set in the New York club scene, and the sex and drug culture of the late 1980's thru the 1990's, "Party Monster" is a tale which chronicles the rise and fall of club-kid promoter Michael Alig, a party organizer whose extravagant gay and care-free life was sent spiraling downward when he boasted on television that he had killed his friend, roommate, and drug dealer, Angel Melendez. 

Some critics felt this was a coming out movie for Macaulay, as rumors of his homosexuality were still swirling - and the fact that fellow "Party Monster" co-star Seth Green was in a real-life gay relationship during filming of the movie. But he endured the critics reviews, and suspicions, and showed he could handle both diverse, and controversial roles - and overcome critics with his talents. In hindsight, "Party Monster" went on to become a cult hit, and was nominated for three awards.

After "Party Monster", he gave a nice performance in a clever, and smart comedy role as the wheelchair bound brother of religion obsessed Mandy Moore in the parody of religious high schools in "Saved!" (2004) - and he showed a surprising amount of sex appeal in his scenes with bad girl Eva Amurri. 

Less helpful to his career comeback was the fact that in 2005 he had to face drug charges in court - and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of medication without a prescription and possession of marijuana, and was given a deferred sentence and fined $540. He then was required to testify for the defense in the child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson, who had befriended the young man in his youth; the young actor told a jury that he had never been molested by Michael Jackson after other witnesses testified that they had seen inappropriate sexual behavior between the two during the early 1990s.

Recovering from the trial and personal troubles, Mac appeared alongside friend and show creator Seth Green in five episodes of the cult television hit series "Robot Chicken", a stop motion animation with a demented twist. He wrapped his year starring in the romantic comedy "Sex And Breakfast" (2007), about a group of young couples who experiment with anonymous group sex as a way to revitalize their troubled relationships.

 

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