Kieran Culkin

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Kieran Culkin
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Culkin in 2012
Born
Kieran Kyle Culkin

(1982-09-30) September 30, 1982 (age 40)
New York City, U.S.
Education
OccupationActor
Years active1990–present
Spouse
Jazz Charton
(m. 2013)
Children2
Parent
Relatives

Kieran Kyle Culkin (born September 30, 1982) is an American actor. The brother of actors Macaulay and Rory, he began his career as a child actor in the films Home Alone (1990), Father of the Bride (1991), The Mighty (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). He achieved a career breakthrough after starring in the film Igby Goes Down (2002), for which he was nominated for his first Golden Globe Award, as well as winning a Critics' Choice Movie Award and a Satellite Award. He later appeared in the films Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Margaret (2011), Wiener-Dog (2016), and No Sudden Move (2021).

Since 2018, Culkin has starred as Roman Roy in the HBO television series Succession, for which he won a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2022, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2020 and 2022, and three Golden Globe Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2022.

Early life[edit]

Kieran Kyle Culkin was born on September 30, 1982, in New York City to Christopher Cornelius "Kit" Culkin, a former Broadway stage actor, and Patricia Brentrup, a native of North Dakota who met Kit in 1974 while working as a road traffic controller in Sundance, Wyoming.[1][2] The couple relocated to Kit's native New York City, and gave birth to a total of seven children: Culkin's siblings include Shane (b. 1976), Dakota (1979–2008),[3] Macaulay (b. 1980), Quinn (b. 1984), Christian (b. 1987), and Rory (b. 1989).[1] He also had a paternal half-sister, Jennifer (born 1970), who died in 2000.[4] Culkin's paternal aunt is actress Bonnie Bedelia.[5]

He spent his early life in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan, where he resided with his parents and siblings.[1] In his early childhood, the family struggled financially; his mother worked as a telephone operator, while his father served as a sacristan at a local Catholic church.[1] In September 1995, Culkin's parents separated, and he has been estranged from his father ever since.[6]

Career[edit]

Culkin's first film role was a small part alongside his brother Macaulay in Home Alone, as cousin Fuller McCallister. He continued acting as a child and teenager, mainly working in comedies, including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Father of the Bride, and its sequel, Father of the Bride Part II.

As a teenager, he alternated between lead roles in independent films and small parts in mainstream films. He appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie Music of the Heart, played the title role in the film Igby Goes Down,[7] for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and played the lead role in The Mighty as Kevin Dillon.

He is one of the ensemble main cast members in the HBO series Succession. In 2018, 2020, and 2021, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Roman Roy on the show.

Personal life[edit]

Culkin married Jazz Charton on June 8, 2013.[8] They have two children: a daughter named Kinsey Sioux, born September 13, 2019[9] and a son named Wilder Wolf, born August 17, 2021.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Home Alone Fuller McCallister
1991 Only the Lonely Patrick Muldoon Jr.
Father of the Bride Matty Banks Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Motion Picture
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Fuller McCallister
1993 Nowhere to Run Mike "Mookie" Anderson
1994 My Summer Story Ralph "Ralphie" Parker
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Matty Banks
1996 Amanda Biddle Farnsworth
1998 The Mighty Kevin Dillon Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
1999 She's All That Simon Boggs
Music of the Heart Alexi Tzavaras
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Barney O'Grady
The Cider House Rules Buster Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Tim Sullivan
Igby Goes Down Jason "Igby" Slocumb, Jr. Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2008 Lymelife Jimmy Bartlett
2009 Paper Man Christopher
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Wallace Wells Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
2011 Margaret Paul Hirsch
2013 Movie 43 Neil Segment: "Veronica"
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (along with the entire cast)[11]
2015 Quitters Mr. Becker
2016 Wiener-Dog Brandon McCarthy
2017 Infinity Baby Ben
2020 Father of the Bride, Part 3(ish) Matty Banks Short film
2021 No Sudden Move Charley

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Saturday Night Live Froggy Episode: "Macaulay Culkin/Tin Machine"
1996 Frasier Jimmy (voice) Episode: "The Impossible Dream"
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Barney O'Grady 2 episodes
2001 Go Fish Andy "Fish" Troutner Main role
2015 Fargo Rye Gerhardt 2 episodes
Long Live the Royals Peter (voice) 4 episodes
2018–present Succession Roman Roy Main role
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2019, 2020, 2022)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2020, 2022)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Won[12] Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2022)
2020 Robot Chicken Joe Jonas/Nostradamus's Intern (voice) Episode: "Petless M in: Cars Are Couches On The Road"
2021 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Kieran Culkin/Ed Sheeran"
2022 Gaming Wall Street Himself (narrator) Documentary miniseries
Solar Opposites Glen (voice) 2 episodes (season 3)

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Moment When Wilson Playwrights Horizons, New York
2003 This Is Our Youth Warren Straub Garrick Theatre, London
2004 After Ashley Justin Hammond Vineyard Theatre, New York
Obie Award for Performance
2007 subUrbia Buff Second Stage Theatre, New York
2009 The Starry Messenger Student Acorn Theatre, New York
2012 This Is Our Youth Dennis Ziegler Sydney Opera House, Sydney
2014 This Is Our Youth Dennis Ziegler Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
2014 This Is Our Youth Dennis Ziegler Cort Theatre, New York

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Purgavie, Dermot (November 9, 1996). "The Father from Hell?". The Daily Telegraph. pp. 23–24, 26 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (October 6, 2021). "Martinis and Red Meat With Kieran Culkin: The 'Succession' Star on Childhood, Co-Stars and Fame". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 23, 2022.
  3. ^ Chernikoff, Leah (December 11, 2008). "Macaulay Culkin's sister, Dakota Culkin, dies after being struck by a car". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on February 23, 2022.
  4. ^ Gawley, Paige (October 14, 2021). "Kieran Culkin Is 'Game' to Have His Brother Macaulay and Other Siblings on 'Succession' (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on February 23, 2022.
  5. ^ Bandler, Michael J. (October 25, 1992). "Character Study Despite Her Laurels, Bonnie Bedelia Wonders When Stardom Will Arrive". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Kashner, Sam. "How Kieran Culkin Survived Childhood and Made Peace with the Family Profession". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (September 13, 2002). "Movie Review: Igby Goes Down, On the Outs With Almost Everything". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  8. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (August 17, 2018). "48 Minutes With Kieran Culkin". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  9. ^ "Kieran Culkin & Wife Jazz Charton Welcome Baby Girl Kinsey Sioux: 'We've Never Felt More Complete'". People. September 18, 2019.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Succession Star Kieran Culkin and Wife Jazz Charton Welcome Baby No. 2". People. September 17, 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-07.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ ""Grown Ups 2" leads Razzies worst film list". CBS News. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Critics Choice Awards 2022: 'The Power of the Dog,' 'Ted Lasso,' 'Succession' Win Big (Full Winners List)". Variety. 13 March 2022. Retrieved 13 March 2022.

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