Macaulay Culkin Turns 30: A Look Back

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Macaulay Culkin turns 30! The Home Alone actor celebrated his birthday on Thursday. So what’s 30-year-old Macaulay Culkin doing these days and has his troubled past been left behind? Is the actor looking toward marriage and children? Perhaps, and it’s certain when those things to happen, the public will definitely know. For now, lets take a brief look at his life.

In 1990, 9-year-old sweet faced Culkin starred in Home Alone and became an instant household name. The film was the highest-grossing-live-action comedy in Hollywood history. According to Wikipedia, he was regarded as the “most successful child actor since Shirley Temple.”

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: (EDITORS NOTE: NO ONLINE, NO INTERNET, EMBARGOED FROM INTERNET AND TELEVISION USAGE UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE OSCARS TELECAST) Actor Macaulay Culkin poses in the press room at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

So what’s happened to him since Home Alone? Culkin starred in a string of films which never brought him the same fame that Home Alone did. His roles post Home Alone included Getting Even with Dad, Richie Rich and The Good  Son.

Culkin was also involved in the Michael Jackson child molestation charges and even had to take the stand. However, he insisted Jackson had never tried to do anything sexual with him, despite Culkin’s admittance that he shared the same bed with Jackson on numerous occasions.

Considering Michael Jackson was a close friend of Macaulay Culkin’s, the trial was probably as stressful for Culkin as it was for Jackson. To have the public scrutinizing everything he did with Jackson probably left a bit of bitterness in the actor.

In 1998, Culkin, then 18, married actress Rachel Miner who was also 18. Two years later they were separated and in 2002, Culkin divorced Miner. Although his marriage with Miner fell apart, Culkin was able to find love in another actress, Mila Kunis, and they have been together ever since.

Unfortunately, Macaulay Culkin also had a brush with the law. In 2004, he was arrested for possession of Marijuana and two controlled substances, Xanax and Clonazepam. He even went to jail but was released shortly after.

It’s safe to say despite Macaulay Culkin’s early fame and his subsequent adolescent issues, he’s grown into a decent man. Unlike other child actors who have fallen apart along the way, Macaulay Culkin has been able to keep it together and continue moving forward. Good for him and it’s great to see Mac all grown up!

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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