Ready to feel old? Home Alone hit theaters 30 years ago today on November 16, 1990. If you were to tell me back then which of its cast members would end up becoming some of my favorite actors and actresses in the year 2020, I would not have believed you.
Here’s what the major players have been up to lately:
Macaulay Culkin (Kevin McAllister): Macauley skyrocketed to fame after playing the young boy who had to defend his house from bumbling burglars when his family left him behind during Christmas break. He went on to have a heartbreaking turn in My Girl, and then came back to the Home Alone franchise for the sequel. He took a break from acting for several years and turned to music and, most recently, podcasting. Next up, he’ll be joining the cast of American Horror Story for the anthology’s tenth season. But he still holds a place in his heart for the role that made him famous — as evidenced by this Google Assistant commercial where he reenacted classic Home Alone scenes, and this hilarious (but at the same time horrifying) picture he posted last month of him in a Home Alone face mask.
Joe Pesci (Harry Lime): Pesci is no stranger to playing criminals, but Home Alone was of course one of the most lighthearted movies he’s ever been in. The same year it came out, Pesci actually won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as mobster Tommy DeVito in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. And then just last year he was nominated once again in the same category for the role he came out of retirement to play: crime boss Russell Bufalino in The Irishman, also directed by Scorsese.
Daniel Stern (Marv Merchants): Like his partner-in-crime Pesci, Stern returned for Home Alone 2 to reprise his role. Stern was in another popular franchise around the same time as well: City Slickers, with Billy Crystal. Most recently he’s appeared in the streaming comedy Shrill and the Canadian sci-fi movie James Vs. His Future Self, and currently has plans to produce, direct and star in Everything’s Peachy, a relationship drama based on his Off-Broadway play Barbra’s Wedding.
Devin Ratray (Buzz McAllister): Who can forget Kevin’s mean older brother, Buzz? Thankfully Ratray isn’t a baddie in real life. You’ve probably seen him over the years on Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods or Chicago Med — or more recently on the Netflix series Russian Doll or alongside Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers.
Kieran Culkin (Fuller McAllister): Macauley’s real-life little brother played his younger brother not only in the first and second Home Alone movies, but also in 1999’s She’s All That. In the present day, Kieran is finally enjoying his big moment in the pop-culture sun for his role as the smart-aleck Roman Roy on HBO’s hit series Succession, for which he earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at both the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. I’m a huge Succession fan so I couldn’t be happier for Kieran!
Catherine O’Hara (Kate McAllister): And finally we come to my absolute favorite person from the original Home Alone cast. Before portraying the matriarch of the McAllister clan in the first film and its sequel, O’Hara was best known for her role as Delia Deetz in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Her storied career took off in the 1970s as a member of Canada’s hilarious Second City Television sketch comedy troupe. She also was a constant in Christopher Guest’s series of mockumentaries including Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and For Your Consideration. Those are the films that made me a huge fan of hers, but little did I know that she would go on to top herself as Moira Rose, the eccentric wife and mother in the TV series Schitt’s Creek, which had its series finale earlier this year. No one watching this year’s Emmys telecast at home was cheering louder than I was when O’Hara won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series!
Congrats to all of the Home Alone cast for this momentous milestone, and for being in a movie that is still so beloved three decades after it premiered!