Just like plum cake and merry carols, Home Alone has become a Christmas staple ever since it was released in 1990. The classic movie became an instant phenomenon that shattered box office records at the time of its release and continued to be a beloved holiday watch over the years.
Starring Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern, the movie followed the adventures of a young Kevin McCallister who gets left behind after his family leaves for a Christmas vacation. Home alone, Kevin has to defend himself and the house against two bumbling burglars with cunning schemes and hilarious traps.
The movie has completed three decades now and has seen several sequels and reboots, but there’s no denying that the original remains supreme.
So as our annual Home Alone binge-watching night inches closer, we decided to take a look at the cast of the beloved classic and where are they now.
Home Alone Cast
Unfortunately two cast members, John Heard (who played Kevin’s dad) and John Candy (who played the family’s airport rescuer Gus Polinski) are no longer with us.
Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister
Macaulay Culkin was only 10 years old when he was catapulted into international fame with the lead role in the movie. He reprised his role as Kevin in the 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. Before the sequel, he was a part of the heartwrenching movie My Girl.
He went on to star as a child actor in movies like The Good Son, Richie Rich, and Saved!. Following a break from acting, Culkin made a comeback in 2021 with the tenth season of American Horror Story. He got engaged to The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody star Brenda Song in January 2022 and the two are parents to a boy. Culkin also hosts a pop culture-based podcast called Bunny Ears.
Catherine O’Hara as Kate McCallister
Catherine O’Hara reprised her role in the sequel as Kevin’s forgetful mom and continued to act in movies and TV shows post that. The actress saw a resurgence in popularity as Moira Rose on the wildly popular show Schitt’s Creek, where she played the role of a washed-up actress. The role earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2020.
Joe Pesci as Harry Lime
As one-half of the duo that terrorised Kevin, when he was left home alone for Christmas, Joe Pesci was funny and memorable. Along with the movie’s sequel, Pesci went on to star in several of Martin Scorcese’s crime-family dramas, like Goodfellas for which he earned an Oscar. He would go on to earn his third Oscar nomination with The Irishman in 2019.
Daniel Stern as Marv Murchins
The dumber of the two dumb burglars was played by actor Daniel Stern. Over the years, he has starred in movies and shows like Aidy Bryant’s series Shrill and James vs. His Future Self. He is also a sculptor who has created art pieces for public art projects across California.
Kieran Culkin as Fuller McCallister
Macaulay’s real-life brother played his onscreen sibling too. Kieran went on to play more roles as a child actor, including being the annoying brother in the iconic rom-com She’s All That. He earned himself a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2003 for his titular role in Iggy Goes Down. Kieran took a little break from acting till 2008 and, since 2018, has been playing Roman Roy on HBO’s hit series Succession. One of the best characters on the show, Kieran has earned nominations for Best Supporting Actor at both Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes.
Devin Ratray as Buzz McCallister
Kevin’s older and meaner brother Buzz was played by Devin Ratray, who went on to do several supporting roles in shows like Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, and Chicago Med. The actor was more recently seen in Natasha Lyonne’s Netflix series Russian Doll and with Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers. He also reprised his role as Buzz in the 2021 reboot of the series Home Sweet Home Alone.