These days, there are dozens and dozens of one-time child actors who are now all grown up, producing records and making movies and probably trying to pretend like their embarrassing childhood roles didn’t exist. But there was one nineties child star that we consider to be the OG of them all, the lovable moppet who stole our hearts by making his family disappear.
That’s right: We’re talking about Macaulay Culkin, the adorable Home Alone star that went on to make sequels, headlines, and eventually arrive in the land of ex-child stars who still manage to look pretty cute.
Culkin has been up to a lot over the past couple of decades (and not all of it has been easy to deal with), and it’s time we revisit exactly what happened when the former child star disappeared off the face of the earth, only to reemerge like a phoenix from the child star ashes. You won’t believe how different he looks — but don’t worry, he’s still got the same expressive eyes he had when he was a kid.
Let’s face it, we all remember this.
The star of Home Alone, Culkin set the bar for child stars everywhere. He gave the performance his all, and his personality turned what could have been a corny kids movie into one that adults loved, too.
But many people don’t realize that Home Alone wasn’t even his first role.
His very first major movie part was in a comedy called Uncle Buck (another classic you probably love), where he played opposite of the late, brilliant John Candy.
But it was Home Alone that really skyrocketed him to stardom.
After that movie became a massive blockbuster, Culkin’s face was literally everywhere. People loved the fact that he was irreverent — and he got away with it, being a kid and all.
He’s also responsible for plenty of classic and quotable movie moments.
Even if you didn’t have aftershave, basically any soap or lotion that went on your face as a kid called for a reenactment of this scene.
He started getting cast in basically every movie in the nineties.
My Girl, The Pagemaster, Only The Lonely and Home Alone 2 — you name it, and Culkin was in it. Still, we’d say that Kevin McAllister was by far his most memorable role.