19 Wild Secrets Behind The Culkin Family

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From 1990 to 1994, Macaulay Culkin was the biggest child star in Hollywood. Home Alone turned a profit the first weekend of its release, and remains the highest grossing live-action comedy of all time. But Mack wasn’t the only talent in his family. Patriarch Christopher “Kit” Culkin had failed to make it as a professional actor and was determined to make up for it with one or more of his 7 children: Shane (born 1976), Dakota (born 1979), Macaulay (born 1980), Kieran (born 1982), Quinn (born 1984), Christian (born 1987), and Rory (born 1989). Kit started with Shane, but brought 4-year-old Macaulay along to auditions. Mack’s precociousness eclipsed his brother and by age 14, he was the highest paid child actor of all time.

Soon, Kit was booking jobs for his younger children as well. But money doesn’t buy a happy home life. Mack should have been laying the foundation for a lifelong acting career. Instead, he was watching his parents struggle. Kit’s partner, Patricia Brentrup, said the money was a curse. “We were happier living hand-to-mouth, and that’s what’s so hard. We don’t get to enjoy what the whole family worked for together.”

We’ll tell you all about what went wrong in 19 Secrets Behind The Culkin Family.

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