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Kieran Culkin



One of the Culkin clan of child actors, Kieran Culkin emerged from older brother Macauley Culkin's considerable shadow in the late 1990s. Born and raised in New York, Culkin made his movie debut playing his sibling's cousin in the blockbuster family comedy Home Alone (1990). Along with returning for the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Culkin bolstered his presence as a cute foil playing Steve Martin's young son in Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995). Despite his parents' well-publicized custody battle over their acting brood in the mid-1990s, Culkin continued to work steadily, finally graduating to starring status in The Mighty (1998). As a physically challenged boy who forms a deep bond with an illiterate classmate, Culkin displayed his dramatic abilities as well as comedic, proving that he could be more than just an adorable face. Culkin followed up his lead turn with prominent supporting roles as another little brother in the teen romantic comedy She's All That (1999), Meryl Streep's teenage son in Music of the Heart (1999), and one of the orphans in The Cider House Rules (1999).

After playing at the Sundance Film Festival, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys earned strong reviews for Culkin's performance as one of the imaginative, restless Catholic schoolboys grappling with adolescence and dour nun teacher Jodie Foster in the 1970s. A rare teen film with a brain, Altar Boys became an art house success. Delving into the rarified world of the genteel poor, and enhancing Culkin's status as an "alternative" teen lead, Igby Goes Down starred Culkin as the titular alienated son who must deal with harridan mother Susan Sarandon and superficial brother/romantic rival Ryan Phillippe while pondering whether he'll suffer the same fate as his schizophrenic father Bill Pullman.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
44% Quitters
  • Mr. Becker
2016
77% Wiener-Dog
  • Brandon
2016
4% Movie 43
  • Neil
2013
74% Margaret
  • Paul
2011
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Wallace Wells
2010
32% Paper Man
  • Christopher
2010
63% Lymelife
  • Jimmy Bartlett
2008
75% Igby Goes Down
  • Igby
2002
77% The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
  • Tim
2002
71% The Cider House Rules
  • Buster
1999
No Score Yet The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
  • Barney Devine
1999
63% Music of the Heart
  • Lexi
1999
38% She's All That
  • Simon
1999
75% The Mighty
  • Kevin Dillon
1998
48% Father of the Bride: Part II
  • Matty Banks
1995
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family
  • Eli Gromberg
1994
25% Nowhere to Run
  • Mookie
1993
24% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Fuller
1992
62% Only the Lonely
  • Patrick Jr
1991
71% Father of the Bride
  • Matty Banks
1991
55% Home Alone
  • Fuller
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
98% Fargo
2014-2015
  • Rye Gerhardt
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest

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