I think we all have a soft spot for the Home Alone movies (with the exception of those weird third and fourth ones that put a permanent asterisk next to the franchise). The first two Home Alone movies – you know, the good ones – were packed with laughter, heart-warming moments, and surprisingly well-executed instances of slapstick. They also featured a cast heavy with children, most notably Macaulay Culkin, who played the adorable but apparently forgettable Kevin McCallister.
Because the cast of the original Home Alone movies featured so many young actors and actresses, the vast majority of the franchise’s stars are virtually unrecognizable today. This is obviously a bonus when it comes to walking down the street and not being mobbed by fans, but it makes it almost impossible for those once in demand child performers to find tangible Hollywood work as adults. But it’s not just the children of Home Alone who have been undone by the passing of time. Many of their adult co-stars also succumbed to wrinkles and thinning hair and a loss of earnings.
Yes, almost 30 years removed from their glory days, many of the Home Alone cast members have undergone drastic transformations in both body and situation.
Here’s what they look like now.
15. Joe Pesci
By the time he appeared as Harry Lime in the first two Home Alone movies, Joe Pesci was already one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The guy had appeared in films such as Raging Bull, Lethal Weapon 2, and, of course, Goodfellas. While playing one-half of The Wet Bandits in a family Christmas movie was indeed a drastic departure from Pesci’s usual roles, it exposed him to a new generation of viewers and broadened the offers which came his way.
Today, Pesci, now in his 70s, very much looks like a failed crook, although he’s really a failed singer (he has released a number of unsuccessful albums). Pesci is essentially retired from acting and has been for close to two decades, but he occasionally pops up in films when a role sufficiently piques his interest.
14. Angela Goethals
Angela Goethals is arguably the most accomplished of all those who played Kevin McCallister’s siblings. Prior to signing on to appear as Linnie in Home Alone, Goethals cemented herself as one to watch with her 1987 appearance in the Broadway production of Coastal Disturbances.
After her appearance in Home Alone, Goethals saw her star rise and went on to appear in numerous films and television shows as a child actor, with many of her performances earning her awards and nominations. Despite her hectic schedule at the turn of the millennium, Goethals found the time to pursue an education and in 1999 she graduated from Vanessa College with a B.A in French. As an adult, Goethals continues to act and keeps a nice balance between her on-screen roles and her roles in theatrical productions.
13. Michael C. Maronna
Michael C. Maronna appeared in the original Home Alone movies as Jeff McCallister, one of Kevin McCallister’s many older siblings. Maronna’s character was actually one of the more memorable minor characters of the franchise owing to his fiery red hair and almost bipolar relationship with his younger brother (he jumps back and forth between bully and protector with incredible speed).
In the decades which have elapsed since his Home Alone success, Maronna has appeared in a couple of films here and there but has worked primarily as an electrician on movie sets. Now about to enter his 40th year, Maronna’s hair is as red as ever, if slightly less thick, and his pale skin remains covered with the freckles that made him stand out during his time as a child actor.
12. Alex D. Linz
The third Home Alone movie wasn’t very well received by the public, nor was it particularly popular among film critics. While the film was undeniably poorly written, its failure is more commonly blamed on the fact the entire cast of the original two movies was replaced. Taking over from Macaulay Culkin as the adorable child lead was Alex D. Linz, who, despite his best efforts, just didn’t have the talent of his predecessor.
Despite the disheartening failure of Home Alone 3, Alex D. Linz continued to act for a decade, appearing in Tarzan, My Brother the Pig, and even an episode of ER. After retiring from regular acting in 2007, Linz began attending UC Berkeley, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society.
11. Hillary Wolf
Growing up in Chicago, Hillary Wolf Managed to carve out a nice career for herself as a child actor. Before she ever appeared in the Home Alone movies, she was in demand among film studios across America and had appeared in numerous films, including A Matter of Principle, Sunday Drive, and I’ll Take Manhattan. After appearing in the original Home Alone movie, Wolf’s interest in acting began to fade and she left the movie industry just two years later, finishing off her time as a child actor with the 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
After retiring from acting, Wolf began to focus on her career in judo and quickly won the World Junior Judo Championships. She would go on to represent the United States in judo in the 1996 Summer Olympics and then again in the 2000 instalment of the event.
10. Macaulay Culkin
When we think of the Home Alone franchise, there is one person who always comes to mind: Macaulay Culkin. Without Culkin in the lead role, it’s unlikely that the original Home Alone movie would have been as successful as it was. The same can be said of its initial sequel. When Culkin abandoned the role of Kevin McCallister, most assumed he was bound for wild success, but it didn’t quite work out that way.
After a series of failed movies, Culkin pretty much retired from acting in 1994. In 2003, he embarked on something of a comeback, although personal problems prevented him from achieving the success he had known as a child actor. Since then, he has been cast in a few roles, but nothing major, and prefers to spend his time playing music and hanging out with friends. Despite looking nothing like his 1990s self, he tries to limit his outings to the early morning hours so as not to risk being recognized.
9. Devin Ratray
Devin Ratray has arguably the single worst name of any actor ever. That being said, he had the perfect look to play the role of Buzz, Kevin McCallister’s menacing older brother. In the original Home Alone movie, Buzz is less of a bully and more of a full-on antagonist. However, his relationship with his younger brother seems to mellow out as the story progresses, which allows the teenage Devin Ratray to showcase his surprising range as an actor.
Although he doesn’t have the traditional look of a Hollywood actor, Ratray has managed to make his acting career last into adulthood and has appeared in countless movies in countless capacities. He recently enjoyed a role in Masterminds, a 2016 comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig, among other major Hollywood names.
8. Kristin Minter
Heather McCallister, portrayed by Kristin Minter, was sort of the bridge between the adults and the children in the original Home Alone movie. The oldest of Kevin’s cousins, she was often tasked with looking after the children while the older adults tended to more pressing matters and so was somewhat responsible for Kevin being left behind while the McCallister family traveled to Paris.
Home Alone was actually Minter’s first appearance in a major motion picture, but the exposure led to her being cast as Kathy Winslow in Cool as Ice, the horrific 1991 “comedy” starring Vanilla Ice for which all involved should have been charged with crimes against humanity. Unlike many of her Home Alone co-stars, Minter continues to act steadily to this day and has appeared in television shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Mentalist, and Ironside.
7. Kieran Culkin
Kieran Culkin, as you might have guessed, is the younger brother of Macaulay Culkin, the child around whom the original Home Alone movies were built. Kieran’s Home Alone character, Fuller, was one of the few children accompanying the McCallisters to Paris who was younger than Kevin. He stood out from the rest of the gang with his comical hairstyle and thick glasses, which gave him something of a George Burns look.
Although Kieran never managed to rival his older brother’s success as a child actor, he has actually become the more prolific of the two in adulthood. Among the many films that the younger Culkin has appeared in since his time as Fuller McCallister are Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Paper Man, and Igby Goes Down, for which he captured the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer.
6. Daniel Stern
Despite having a prolific career prior to the original Home Alone movie, Daniel Stern is best known to most movie fans as the Marv to Joe Pesci’s Harry. His portrayal of the more outwardly comical member of The Wet Bandits led to Stern being cast in a number of family-friendly comedies, including the semi-Home Alone spin-off Bushwhacked.
These days, Stern, who has a bit of an evil wizard look going, works primarily as a writer and has become a favorite of critics. Stern saw his greatest success as a writer with his off-Broadway play Barbra’s Wedding. The play was produced by The Dodgers and Manhattan Theater Club and ended up running for six months. He also worked as a writer on the WGN America period drama Manhattan.
5. Tim Curry
A lot of people don’t realize this, but Tim Curry actually had a small role in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Curry’s character, Mr. Hector, worked as the personal concierge at New York City’s Plaza Hotel and was justifiably suspicious of Kevin McCallister, who managed to score a room at the establishment without being accompanied by his parents or siblings.
Tim Curry is, of course, most famous for his involvement with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and has also carved out a nice career for himself as a voice and character actor. Since appearing in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Curry has enjoyed roles in Muppet Treasure Island, Charlie’s Angels, and Burke & Hare. Tragically, Curry suffered a stroke in 2012 and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.
4. Catherine O’Hara
Although she appeared in a number of movies and television shows throughout the 1980s, Catherine O’Hara is best known to modern movie buffs as the lady who played the McCallister family matriarch in the first two Home Alone movies.
After her time as Kate McCallister came to an end, O’Hara continued to add to her filmography and today boasts literally dozens of post-Home Alone on-screen roles. She has appeared in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Where the Wild Things Are, and Curb Your Enthusiasm and has even developed something of a cult following as a singer-songwriter. In 2015, Toronto native O’Hara saw her image placed on a Canada Post postage stamp. Two years later, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her work as a performer.
3. Brenda Fricker
By the time Irish actress Brenda Fricker appeared in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, she already had a decades-long acting career under her belt. From the mid-60s to the early 90s, Fricker appeared in now-beloved films and TV shows such as The Music Machine, The Field, and Brides of Christ. She even captured the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Brown in the 1989 classic My Left Foot. It is a pity, then, that so many young people recognize Fricker only as Home Alone’s Central Park Pigeon Woman.
After the filming of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Fricker resumed her serious acting career and has since appeared in well over a dozen movies. She received widespread critical acclaim for her 2011 appearance in Cloudburst, during which she became one-half of the first pair of Oscar winners to portray a same-sex relationship on screen.
2. Gerry Bamman
Although Gerry Bamman’s career in Hollywood has not been anything to write home about, the guy is an incredibly talented actor and successfully made moviegoers hate his generally affable guts when he appeared as Uncle Frank in the original Home Alone movie. Bamman’s screen time was minimal, but he managed to give us one of the most memorable moments of the entire franchise when he told Kevin to “look what’cha did, you little jerk!”
Bamman didn’t enjoy the same success as some of his co-stars following the first two Home Alone movies. He has, however, managed to keep himself busy with minor roles in movies and one-off appearances on television shows. Bamman has enjoyed stints on The Following, The Good Wife, and Made in Jersey.
1. Donald Trump
The second film in the Home Alone franchise sees young Kevin McCallister stranded in New York City and includes a scene which has been receiving a lot of media attention over the past year or two. “Excuse me, where’s the lobby?” a bewildered Kevin asks a stranger, just moments after arriving at the Plaza Hotel. “Down the hall and to the left”, replies Donald Trump.
After his cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Donald Trump continued to grow his real estate empire and put together The Apprentice, his very own reality TV show, which allowed him to be around cameras and producers once again. Oh, and in between meetings with investors and Hollywood executives, he found the time to, you know, become the president of the United States of America.
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