How old was Macaulay Culkin when he starred in the first ‘Home Alone?’


The realization that the beloved Christmas classic “Home Alone” hit screens 33 years ago today might just be causing a collective “feeling old” moment for many around the world. Processing this information might require a moment or two to reconcile.

Adding to this stunning revelation, the fact that the film’s star, Macaulay Culkin, is now 43 years old and a parent of two with his fiancée Brenda Song, might feel even more surreal. Despite the jolting realization of aging, Culkin seems to have embraced it with humor, as evidenced by his witty tweet on his 40th birthday, playfully making others feel their age by announcing his milestone.

Fast-forwarding to the present, the remarkable anniversary of “Home Alone” has reignited curiosity among longtime fans, prompting various questions about the enduring holiday favorite. Unsurprisingly, the most pressing query revolves around Culkin’s age during the filming of the movie.


To address this curiosity, Culkin was indeed quite young when he starred in the first “Home Alone.” The actor, hailing from New York City, was a mere 10 years old when he portrayed the iconic character Kevin McCallister in the hit festive extravaganza. Interestingly, Kevin McCallister, the character Culkin played, was scripted to be 8 years old, meaning Culkin himself was two years older than the character he brought to life.

Subsequently, Culkin reprised his role as Kevin in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” when he was 12 years old. Despite his youth at the time, the impact of “Home Alone” on popular culture remains undeniable, with Culkin’s performance etched in the memories of audiences worldwide.