You probably know Macaulay Culkin best as Kevin McCallister from the 1990s Christmas classic “Home Alone” and its sequel. It’s hard to believe that the talented former child star is now 37 years old. Culkin hasn’t been in the spotlight as much in recent years, but has remained an object of the public’s fascination.
While you may know about his long romance with actress Mila Kunis or his controversial friendship with pop star Michael Jackson, there’s probably still a lot you don’t know about one of the most recognizable child actors of all time. Read on to learn seven facts you might not have known about Culkin.
1. He’s Paris Jackson’s Godfather
Culkin was such good friends with Michael Jackson that the pop star asked him to be godfather to his daughter, Paris. The two remain close today, and even got matching tattoos earlier this year.
— E! UK & IRELAND (@EOnlineUK) August 2, 2017
2. He Hosted “Saturday Night Live” At Age 11
Being asked to host “SNL” is a big honor for an entertainer, and most people don’t get the opportunity until they’ve put in many years of work in the industry. But Culkin became the second-youngest person ever to host “SNL” when he did so in 1991—when he was just 11 years old. In case you were wondering, the youngest person to ever host the show was 7-year-old Drew Barrymore in 1982.
— Ninobaby (@Cecilie_LG) April 15, 2014
3. He Was In A Band
In 2013, Culkin introduced his Velvet Underground tribute band, the Pizza Underground. In a nod to Kevin McCallister’s favorite food, the band’s songs were all pizza-themed. Apparently, a crowd in Nottingham, England, were not fans of the Pizza Underground, because the band was booed off the stage during a performance there in 2014.
4. At 16, He Became Legally Emancipated From His Parents
In 1996, Culkin won emancipation from his parents, as well as the rights to his $17 million fortune, after claiming in court that his father made him sleep on the couch and had mismanaged his earnings. After that, Culkin’s money was managed by an accountant until he turned 18.
5. He Was The Victim Of A Death Hoax
When rumors swirled that Culkin had died in 2014, he took to Twitter to re-enact a scene from “Weekend at Bernie’s,” letting his fans know that he was, indeed, alive.
— pizza underground (@cheesedayz) November 9, 2014
6. He’s Returning To The Big Screen
Culkin will have a role in Seth Green’s upcoming film “Changeland.” The pair has worked together several times, co-starring in 2003’s “Party Monster” and Culkin has done voice work on Green’s animated series “Robot Chicken.”
7. He’s At Peace With His Place In Pop Culture
In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, Culkin said he doesn’t have any regrets about his life or career, despite its ups and downs. “It’s allowed me to become the person I am, and I like me, so I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “Not having to do anything for my dinner, financially, lets me treat every gig like it’s the last. If it is, I’d think: ‘Culkin, you had a good run.’”