Macaulay Culkin is an American actor known for starring in the blockbuster comedy film `Home Alone’. During the 90s, Macaulay was a household name. He’s still making the world laugh, thanks to his unique self-effacing humor. Culkin has also earned millions along the way. Culkin’s net worth is estimated to be $18 million. Let’s take a quick look at his career and how he made his fortune.
Macaulay was born in 1980 at the New York Philharmonic. He’s the third born in a family of seven and grew up in a small apartment in NY. Culkin was raised a Roman Catholic by his parents, Kit Culkin and Bonnie Belinda. During his childhood, he attended several schools such as Professional Children’s School, Catholic School, and School of American Ballet.
Success as a child actor
Macaulay started acting at the tender age of four. In 1985, he first appeared in a TV movie `The Midnight Tour’. Three years later, he featured in The Equalizer, an action television series. In 1989, he featured in a romantic comedy film – See You in the Morning. Culkin also starred alongside John Candy in Uncle Buck’s film. The following year, he featured in a film that would define his career `Home Alone’. This was the highest-grossing film that made his stardom hit meteoric proportions. His career went to another level after hosting Saturday Night Live for one year.
Still, in the early 90s, Culkin starred alongside Anna Chlumsky for My Girl film. In 1992, he reprised his role as Kevin in Home Alone 2: Lost in the New York. From there, Culkin became a star in more classics like The Pagemaster, kid’s favorite Richie Rich, and The Good Son.
After tasting success at a young age, his parents pushed him to sign up for more films. But most of his films didn’t do well as he hoped. He retired from child stardom at the age of 14. In those golden days, Culkin was regarded as the most successful child actor of the 1990’s. .
As previously mentioned, Macaulay has an estimated net worth of $18 million and it’s interesting to see how he got there. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he said he never realized how wealthy he was until he turned 18. Child actors aren’t privy to their money until they become adults. Since he no longer has an active role in Hollywood, Macaulay is happy to live a life with millions of dollars away from the public spotlight.
How much he made as an actor
Culkin only made $110,000 for his role in Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone film. However, in Home Alone 2: Lost in the New York, he got a hefty $4.5 million. In Richie Rich, Culkin earned around $8 million. In the Good Son film, he only made $1.5 million. Culkin is also reported to have made about $50,000 for his role in Uncle Buck. In 2018, the star reprised his role of Kevin McCallister for a Google commercial parodying Home Alone. However, it’s not clear how much he made for that advert.
From all his films he acted as a kid, Culkin is rumored to have made about $23.5 million which is equivalent to $40 million today (after inflation adjustment).