- ‘Home Alone’ was released in 1990, and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’ dropped in 1992. Both are holiday classics.
- Child stars like Macaulay and Kiernan Culkin have gone on to a number of different projects to much success as adults.
- Many of the grownup stars have gone on to many more critically-acclaimed projects since the movies.
32 years ago, young Kevin McCallister had to defend his family’s home from the wet bandits! Three decades later and a 1992 sequel to boot, the Home Alone movies have become a staple of the holiday season. After the first movie’s success, the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost In New York became just as beloved as the first. Not only did the films cement its child and adult actors as major comedic players, they have all gone on to accomplish so much more.
With two holiday classics, the film has spawned four more sequels. Home Alone 3, released in 1997, didn’t include any of the original cast or characters. Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House (2002) returned to Kevin McAllister and Marv, but the characters were re-cast for the TV movie. Home Alone: The Holiday Heist premiered on ABC Family in 2012, and it also focused on a new family, with no original cast members. The most recent sequel Home Sweet Home Alone premiered on Disney+ in 2021. Like the more recent sequels, it features a new family and a fresh batch of characters.
Of course, these stars have also paid homage to their ’90s holiday movie roots. Over the years, families across the country gathered around to watch these ’90s classics and more of their favorite Christmas movies. With Christmas just around the corner, take a look at where the film’s stars like Macaulay Culkin and more are today!
Macaulay CulkinMacaulay Culkin, 42, was just 10 years old when Home Alone hit theaters on November 16, 1990. Two years later, he reprised the role of Kevin for the film’s sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. But the young actor was already a bonafide star! Macaulay grew up with a slew of major credits on his resume. In 1991, he starred in the emotional film My Girl alongside Anna Chlumsky. After the swell of success he received at such a young age, fame really began to take a toll on the young actor.
Macaulay struggled with addiction for some time, but has since been clean and sober. His career is also getting new life, with roles on shows like Doll Face and the tenth season of American Horror Story. Macaulay was in a relationship with actress Mila Kunis for nearly a decade before they split in 2010. He’s been in a committed relationship with actress Brenda Song since 2017. And on April 5, 2021, he and Brenda welcomed their first child together. The child — a baby boy — was named in honor of Macaulay’s late sister, Dakota, who passed away in 2018. Macaulay has seemingly taken to being a father very easily, as he’s been seen out and about with his son and Brenda on a few occasions. He occasionally shares glimpses into his life on his Instagram.
Joe PesciJoe Pesci, 79, was already a certified living legend by the time he took on the role of Harry in Home Alone, reprising the role in the 1992 sequel. The actor won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his turn in 1990’s Goodfellas, the same year Home Alone came out — talk about range! Since then, Joe has continued to play sly, commanding characters in films like Casino, My Cousin Vinny, The Good Shepherd, and more.
Most recently, Joe appeared alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the 2019 Oscar-nominated picture The Irishman. The film reunited the three screen legends as well as acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. For his work, Joe was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the 2020 Oscars.
Daniel SternDaniel Stern, 65, was Joe Pesci’s right-hand man in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Daniel played the dim-witted Marv, who worked with Joe’s Harry to rob homes and create havoc around the holidays. In between the two films, Daniel appeared in the film City Slickers alongside comedy great Billy Crystal.
After the success of the Home Alone movies, Daniel went on to appear in small roles in both film and TV. He appeared in Drew Barrymore‘s 2009 directorial debut Whip It, the 2014 series Manhattan, and played Bill Easton on the Hulu series Shrill with Aidy Bryant. He’s also worked behind the camera, with seven directing credits to his name!
Long before Home Alone, Daniel has been married to actress Laure Mattos since 1980. The pair have three children, including their oldest son Henry, who is a California State Senator. Daniel has promoted his son’s political campaigns on Instagram.
Catherine O’HaraMuch like her co-stars, Catherine O’Hara, 68, was a bonafide legend in the making when she played Kevin’s mom, Kate McCallister, in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. After flexing her comedy muscles, Catherine appeared in movies like Best In Show and collaborated with Tim Burton and director Henry Selick for The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Along with a number of small voiceover roles in films like Monster House and Over The Hedge, Catherine has also returned to her comedy roots. From 2015-2020, Catherine played Moira Rose on the beloved comedy series Schitt’s Creek. For her work in the show’s final season, Catherine earned the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series!
While his brother was the main focus of the original movies, Kieran Culkin, 40, made a few cameos as cousin Fuller McAllister in both Home Alone and Home Alone 2. He also had supporting roles in both Father of The Bride movies, but as he grew up, he got some larger roles, including Igby Goes Down in 2002.
As an adult, Kieran was cast in a wide range of projects including Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, but his most well-known project came in 2018 when he starred in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Succession as Roman Roy. His performance in the show earned him much acclaim and two Primetime Emmy nominations in 2020 and 2022. Outside of acting, he’s been married to Jazz Charton since 2013, and they have two children.
John HeardJohn Heard, who played Kevin’s dad Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2, was also incredibly well known at the time the two films came out, much like his co-stars. John appeared in films like Big alongside Tom Hanks and even earned an Emmy nomination for his work on The Sopranos. After the Home Alone movies, John continued to appear in critically acclaimed films and TV shows.
In 2000, he played Tony Smith in the Oscar-winning film Pollock, and in 2004 he flexed his comedy muscles once again in the film White Chicks. Prior to his death in July 2017, John worked with Oscar-winner Laura Dern in 2018’s The Tale and was featured in guest roles on shows like NCIS and more. He was mourned by so many in Hollywood after his shocking death at the age of 71.
Devin RatrayWho would Kevin McCallister be without his big brother Buzz? Actor Devin Ratray, 45, was given the task of being the worst big brother in the world in Home Alone and Home Alone 2. As Buzz, Devin mercilessly teased Macaulay’s Kevin, but he also may have prepared the youngster to defend his home at the penultimate moment! After the Home Alone movies, Devin continued to act in a number of films and TV shows.
In 2013, he appeared in the critically lauded and Oscar-nominated film Nebraska and in 2017 he starred alongside funny ladies like Ilana Glazer and Kate McKinnon in Rough Night. That same year, he starred as Nate Henry in the HBO series Mosaic and in 2019 played Stephen in the critically acclaimed film Hustlers.
Devin’s name also appeared in headlines in Dec. 2021, when it was reported that he and his girlfriend went through a nasty split. He was even accused of strangling his ex, according to a police report obtained by Page Six, but no charges were brought against the actor. Following the allegations, New York authorities announced that they were investigating rape allegations brought against the actor in August 2022, per CNN. The actor denied the rape allegations.
See more photos of the stars from Home Alone and Home Alone 2 in the gallery above!