Home Alone stars now – drug-related arrest, tragedy and Michael Jackson bond

Christmas is rarely ever complete without a classic festive movie, and 1990's comedy, Home Alone happens to be the go-to flick amongst fans across the globe.

Offering viewers an array of laughs, cunning plot twists and emotional scenes, Home Alone centres around a young Kevin McCallister who is unfortunately left at home by himself when his family jets off on holiday.

While he is left to his own devices, Kevin- played by actor Macaulay Culkin- encounters trouble when two burglars attempt to rob his home on several occasions.

Fortunately, Kevin is very wise and manages to fight them off by setting an array of forward-thinking traps.

Home Alone was a box office success and grossed $476.7 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing live-action comedy until the release of The Hangover Part II in 2011.

Though there have been other versions since, Daily Star has taken a look back at where the original cast are now.

Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister

Child actor Macaulay Culkin took on the leading role of Kevin McCallister in the 1990's Christmas flick which helped transform the young actor into a Hollywood legend after the film's release.

Playing the clever 10-year-old, Macaulay certainly stole movie-goers hearts while entertaining them with his undeniable on-screen confidence and wit.

Following on from the success of Home Alone, Macaulay went on to star in the film's 1992 sequel.

The young child star also appeared in other 90s classics such as My Girl and Richie Rich, making him one of the highest in-demand actors at the time.

But away from the limelight, the child star had a few eyebrow-raising moments during the course of his career.

At the age of 15, Macaulay took his parents to court to block them from controlling his trust fund which was reportedly worth between $15- $20 million at the time.

After his parents underwent a messy divorce, the actor believed he had to also protect his millions from his mother and father who would most likely fight over the possession of his earnings.

But this wasn't the only personal problem the once child actor went on to face in his life.

As a youngster, Macaulay had a very close friendship with music legend Michael Jackson which lead some to have concerns regarding their close bond.

Many years later, their relationship lead to media controversy when Michael was faced with sexual abuse allegations that involved minors.

In the years leading up to Michael's trials, Macaulay always defended the grammy award winner and said nothing seedy went on throughout the course of their friendship.

Speaking about the late singer in 2019, Macaulay said: "[Michael] reached out to me because a lot of things were happening, big and fast with me and I think he identified with that.

"At the end of the day, it’s almost easy to say it was weird or whatever but it wasn’t because it made sense. At the end of the day, we were friends."

During the 90s, although he was riding high in Hollywood, Macaulay decided to retire from acting after he filmed Richie Rich at the age of 14, as he wanted to return to school and a normal life.

The actor did make appearances in small roles not long after that however during the naughties, Macaulay's life appeared to spiral out of control when he became addicted to recreational drug use.

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In 2004, he was briefly jailed for the possession of 17.3 grams of marijuana and two controlled substances.

Speaking about his drug-taking last year, he said: "I do love them. They're like old friends. But sometimes you outgrow your friends."

In more recent times, the star has certainly turned his life around. In October 2017, Macaulay began a relationship with his Changeland co-star Brenda Song.

On April 5, 2021, Brenda gave birth to the couple's son, who they named Dakota Song Culkin after Macaulay's late sister.

Joe Pesci as Harry Lime

American actor Joe Pesci was no stranger to playing criminal roles with his past performances, and he made sure he did just that in the 1990 Christmas classic, Home Alone.

Trying to break into the family home to steal their possessions, Joe's character, Harry Lime, offered viewers a barrel of laughs when he received his comeuppance.

After the first Home Alone, Joe went on to star in the sequel which was released two years later.

He then went on to star in films such as Casino, Gone Fishin' and Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998.

But by the following year, the star decided to give Hollywood a break and take retirement.

However, he made a brief return when he starred in Love Ranch in 2010.

Director and long-term friend Martin Scorsese managed to persuade the actor to return to the screen once again for 2019's The Irishman which aired on Netflix.

Daniel Stern as Marv Merchants

Star of the screen Daniel Stern joined the flick as Harry's criminal accomplice, Marv Merchants, who was also on the pursuit to rob the family home blind.

Just like his co-stars, Daniel rejoined the cast of the film for Home Alone 2. He also continued working as a voice actor and narrated the hit series The Wonder Years until its finale in 1993.

During his career, Daniel was originally offered the role of Dale Gribble in the cartoon series King of the Hill, but he was replaced by Johnny Hardwick when the agreement of his salary went too low.

The star has had steady work in film and television since the 90s and most recently guest-starred in Aidy Bryant's Hulu series, Shrill as well as the award-winning film James vs. His Future Self.

Catherine O' Hara as Kate McCallister

Candian-American actress Catherine O'Hara played Kevin's mother and offered audiences a heartwarming moment when she is finally reunited with her son.

After portraying the wholesome yet forgetful mother-of-five, Catherine continued to act in various films and a number of TV series, including Glenn Martin DDS and the animated series Skylanders Academy where she played the role of dark sorceress, Kaossandra.

The performer has also been delighting audiences with her hilarious portrayal as a washed-up soap opera star Moira Rose in Schitt's Creek, a role she played from 2015 to 2020.

Catherine's role in Schitt's Creek earned her an Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in 2020.

She's also continued to dabble in voice acting throughout her career and played Grandma Frump in the 2019 film, The Addams Family.

John Heard as Peter McCallister

John Heard played Kevin's father and offered audiences a realistic yet comedic portrayal of what happens when a parent unknowingly leaves their little one home alone.

Just like his co-stars John reprised his role in the sequel and continued to work steadily in television and film after that.

John is most remembered by fans for his roles in popular series The Sopranos and Elementary and also starring in films such as Gladiator, Beaches and The Guardian.

But although he had starred in several well-known films and television shows, John admitted in 2008 that he felt he could have done more with his career.

Speaking openly about his previous work, he said: "No sour grapes. I mean, I don't have any regrets. Except that I could have played some bigger parts."

In July 2017, John sadly passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, at the age of 71.

Devin Ratray as Buzz McCallister

Child actor Devin Ratray was best known to fans for his role as Kevin's cruel older brother, Buzz.

Though he played a small part in the film, the actor went on to have a steady career in the entertainment industry.

Having starred in a variety of TV shows over the years which include Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods and Chicago Med, Devin most recently appeared in Natasha Lyonne's hit Netflix series Russian Doll and alongside Jennifer Lopez.

He also appeared beside Jennifer once again in the hit movie Hustlers where he played the character Stephen.

In addition to this, the actor will also be appearing in the 2021 film Home Sweet Home Alone.

In 2015, the star admitted that he still gets stopped in the streets as they remember him for his role in Home Alone and other projects.

He said: "It happens a surprising amount of times. There are requests in the mail to sign pictures once or twice a month.

"People stop me on the street often, not necessarily for Home Alone, but other projects too like Blue Ruin, Nebraska or Lily.

Things like that keep happening, even for Supernatural. Just [recently] at a Halloween party, even in costume, somebody I've never met before said 'Aren’t you from that episode of Supernatural?'"

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