Kieran Culkin

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Kieran Culkin
Kieran Culkin 2012.jpg
Culkin in This Is Our Youth at the Sydney Opera House, 2012.
Born Kieran Kyle Culkin
(1982-09-30) September 30, 1982 (age 33)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Parent(s) Kit Culkin and Patricia Brentrup
Relatives Macaulay Culkin (older brother)
Rory Culkin (younger brother)
Bonnie Bedelia (aunt)
Jazz Charton (spouse 2013-)

Kieran Kyle Culkin (born September 30, 1982) is an American actor. He began his career as a child actor, acting alongside his older brother Macaulay in the Home Alone franchise (1990-92) before going on to feature in films including the 1991 Father of the Bride remake and its 1995 sequel, The Mighty (1998), She's All That, The Cider House Rules (1999), The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Movie 43. His breakout role in Igby Goes Down (2002) received critical acclaim and he was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe Award, as well as winning a Critics' Choice Movie Award and Satellite Award. He has also acted on-stage, most notably in several productions of the Kenneth Lonergan play This is Our Youth. He recently portrayed Rye Gerhardt in the second season of Fargo on FX.

Early life[edit]

Culkin was born in New York City, the son of Patricia Brentrup and Kit Culkin, a former stage actor with a long career on Broadway.[1]

He has four brothers, Shane (born 1976), Macaulay (born 1980), Christian (born 1987), and Rory (born 1989), and sister Quinn (born 1984). His second sister Dakota (1979) died in 2008.[2]


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 and Father of the Bride and its sequel. He also played a role in She's All That as Laney's younger brother, Simon.

As a teenager, he alternated between lead roles in independent films and small parts in mainstream films. He played the title role in the film Igby Goes Down,[3] for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award; and previously appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie Music of the Heart. He also had two lead role in The Mighty as Kevin Dillon.

He played Buff in Eric Bogosian's updated version of SubUrbia at the Second Stage Theatre in New York; and in 2010, Culkin played Scott Pilgrim's 'cool gay roommate' Wallace Wells in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Personal life[edit]

Culkin married Jazz Charton, a foley artist, in 2013.[4][5]


Culkin at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Home Alone Fuller McCallister
1991 Only the Lonely Patrick Muldoon Jr.
1991 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
1999 Music of the Heart Lexi at 15
1999 The Cider House Rules Buster Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Barney O'Grady
2001 Go Fish Andy 'Fish' Troutner Lead role, TV Series
(5 episodes)
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Tim Sullivan
2002 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
2009 Three Stories About Joan
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Wallace Wells Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
2011 Margaret Paul
2013 Movie 43 Neil Segment "Veronica"
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (along with the entire cast)[6]
2015 Fargo Rye Gerhardt TV Series, second season, (2 episodes)
2016 Wiener-Dog Filming

Stage credits[edit]

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


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