Then + Now: The Cast of ‘Home Alone’
It’s been 25 years since the McCallister family went to Paris for Christmas, leaving little Kevin home alone to fend off the Wet Bandits, Old Man Marley and that terrifying basement furnace. Thanks to John Hughes’ trademark “kid’s perspective” viewpoint and a feel-good ending, ‘Home Alone’ has become a Christmas classic, with countless families gathering around the television to watch the movie year after year. We know you’re curious, so read on to find out what the McCallister clan (and other film favorites!) are up to now.
Macaulay Culkin (Kevin McCallister)
Then: Macaulay Culkin played Kevin McCallister, whose “forgetful” parents left him home alone over the holidays, where he single-handedly duped two bumbling thieves, helped his elderly neighbor reunite with his family and realized the true meaning of the holiday season. It was this role that shot Culkin into child star fame, and he soon scored starring parts in ‘My Girl,’ ‘The Pagemaster’ and ‘Richie Rich.’ He later reprised his role as Kevin in ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.’
Now: Culkin has continued to act, with parts on ‘Will & Grace,’ in ‘Saved!’ and voicing various characters (including a parody of his ‘Home Alone’ alter-ego) on ‘Robot Chicken.’ After marrying (and divorcing) while he was just a teen, Culkin later dated Mila Kunis for eight (!) years until their breakup in 2011. In addition to his acting career, Culkin has recently explored other pursuits, including art (even having a New York exhibit of his artwork) and playing in a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band called the Pizza Underground. He currently splits his time between Paris and New York and is dating ‘All My Children’ actress Jordan Lane Price.
Joe Pesci (Harry)
Then: In ‘Home Alone,’ Joe Pesci portrayed gold-toothed burglar Harry, who wanted nothing more than to torture Kevin like he tortured him, blow torch to the head and all. By the time Pesci starred in ‘Home Alone,’ he was already an Academy Award-winning actor, with starring roles in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Goodfellas,’ and was known for his gangster villain-type characters.
Now: In addition to reprising his role in ‘Home Alone 2′, Pesci went on to star in ‘My Cousin Vinny’ and the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series. He retired from acting in the late ’90s, but came out of retirement in 2006 to land a role in the Robert Deniro film ‘The Good Sheperd,’ and later in 2010’s ‘Love Ranch’ with Helen Mirren. In 2011, he played himself in a Snickers commercial.
Daniel Stern (Marv)
Then: Daniel Stern played Marv, the bumbling burglar who coined the name Wet Bandits and spent the last half of the film with the imprint of an iron on his face. Surprise: Stern was also the voice of older Kevin Arnold/the narrator in ‘The Wonder Years.’
Now: Stern has acted steadily since ‘Home Alone,’ once again playing Marv in the sequel, and voicing characters like Dilbert on the short-lived ‘Dilbert’ animated series. In 2012, he once again starred in a Christmas film when he played the role of the Old Man in ‘A Christmas Story 2,’ a direct-to-video sequel of Jean Shepherd’s classic Christmas movie.
Catherine O’Hara (Kate McCallister)
Then: Catherine O’Hara played Kevin’s mother, Kate McCallister, who accidentally leaves her 8-year-old son home alone at Christmas and does everything she can to get back to him. (Make up for it all you want, Mrs. McCallister, but you still seem like a pretty neglectful mom. Especially when the same thing kind of happens in ‘Home Alone 2’!) Apart from her role as the McCallister matriarch, O’Hara was well-known at the time for being a part of ‘SCTV,’ a sketch-comedy show, and as Lydia’s stepmom in ‘Beetlejuice.’
Now: O’Hara has since starred in a wealth of TV shows and films, including ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (as the voice of Sally), the Christopher Guest mockumentary films ‘Waiting for Guffman,’ ‘Best in Show,’ ‘A Mighty Wind’ and ‘For Your Consideration,’ and various other works. She is married to production designer/director Bo Welch, and has two sons (neither of which she has ever left home alone — at least, as far as we know.) O’Hara currently stars in the show ‘Schitt’s Creek.’
John Heard (Peter McCallister)
Then: While it is Kevin’s mom who usually gets the blame for leaving her son behind, his dad, Peter McCallister, was no innocent party either — and loses Kevin yet again in the sequel. At the time, John Heard was also known for his roles in ‘Cutter’s Way,’ ‘Big’ and ‘Beaches.’
Now: Despite a troubling personal life (Heard was arrested twice in the ’90s; once for third-degree assault against his ex-girlfriend, and he was later found guilty for trespassing at her home), Heard’s acting career was successful during this decade. He has worked steadily since — though his parts have gotten smaller — with recurring roles on ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘CSI: Miami’ and ‘Prison Break.’ Heard made waves (get it?) in the sci-fi “so-bad-it’s-good” TV movie, ‘Sharknado’ and appeared on Lifetime’s ‘The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.’
Devin Ratray (Buzz McCallister)
Then: Devin Ratray played Kevin’s older, bullying brother, Buzz, who kept a pet tarantula and had a girlfriend Kevin could only describe as “woof.” ‘Ratray went on to reprise his role as Buzz in ‘Home Alone 2′ and later had a bit part in another Hughes’ film, ‘Dennis the Menace.’
Now: Ratray has continued to act, with a small role in ‘The Prince and Me,’ and stints on ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘The Good Wife’ and in the horror film ‘R.I.P.D.’ But the greatest thing Ratray has done post-‘Home Alone’ is the 2007 documentary ‘Courting Condi,’ in which he travels all over the country in an attempt to court then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Hillary Wolf (Megan McCaliister)
Then: Hillary Wolf portrayed Kevin’s older sister, Megan, who was perhaps the only sibling who showed an ounce of worry for her younger brother while he was home alone. She later reprised her role as Megan in ‘Home Alone 2.’
Now: After landing the starring role in ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry… They Get Even,’ Wolf decided to seriously pursue her passion for judo, which she had been doing since she was a kid. As a double black belt, she went to the Summer Olympics in both 1996 and 2000 and is currently a judo sensai at Wolf Judo, her brother’s judo studio.
Michael C. Maronna (Jeff McCallister)
Then: Mike Maronna played the other McCallister brother, the redheaded Jeff, who famously tells Kevin, “You’re such a disease.” Maronna was also well-known in the ’90s for playing Big Pete on Nickelodeon’s ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete.’
Now: In the late ’90s, Maronna garnered even more recognition with his role as Stuart in Ameritrade commercials. Soon after, he had parts in ‘Slackers’ and ’40 Days and 40 Nights,’ but went on to focus on the production side of TV and film, and has served as an electrician on over 40 television shows and movies, including ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Men in Black 3′ and ‘Elementary.’
Angela Goethals (Linnie McCallister)
Then: In ‘Home Alone,’ Angela Goethals played Kevin’s other older sister, Linnie (how many siblings did this kid have?!). Goethals was also one of the only actors from the original film who did not return for the sequel.
Now: After ‘Home Alone,’ Goethals got her big break as the main character in the TV show, ‘Phenom,’ which lasted for a year. In 1996, she had a small role in ‘Jerry Maguire,’ but soon left to go to college. After graduating from Vassar in 1999, Goethals got back into the business, with roles in ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Without a Trace’ and a small part in the Adam Sandler comedy ‘Spanglish.’ In 2005, she had a recurring role as Maya Driscoll on ’24,’ and is set to appear in ‘B4TM,’ the sequel to horror-comedy ‘Behind the Mask’ which she also starred in.
Roberts Blossom (Old Man Marley)
Then: Roberts Blossom (how cool of a name is that?) played snow shovel-wielding Old Man Marley, whom Kevin discovers is more friendly than frightening. He also comes to Kevin’s rescue at the end, beating the Wet Bandits over the head with a shovel. While our generation knows Blossom best for his role in ‘Home Alone,’ he was actually a serious Broadway and off-Broadway actor, and also had notable supporting roles in ‘Slaughterhouse Five,’ ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ‘Christine’ and alongside Clint Eastwood in ‘Escape from Alcatraz.’
Now: Before retiring from acting in the late ’90s, Blossom also had parts in ‘Doc Hollywood’ with Michael J. Fox and the Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘The Quick and the Dead,’ amongst several roles on television. In addition to his acting, Blossom was also an accomplished poet, and he was the subject of a documentary film about his life, called ‘Full Blossom: The Life of Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom.’ He passed away in 2011, at the age of 87.
Ralph Foody (Johnny – ‘Angels WIth Filthy Souls’)
Then: Ever wondered who played gangster Johnny in the film-within-a-film ‘Angels With Filthy Souls’? Character actor Ralph Foody was responsible for delivering one of the movie’s most famous lines, “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.” (In addition to ‘Home Alone,’ Foody also had small roles in several films in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including the Police Dispatcher in ‘The Blues Brothers.’)
Now: Foody reprised his role as Johnny in ‘Angels With Filthier Souls’ in ‘Home Alone 2.’ It was his last role before he died in 1999 at the age of 71.
Gerry Bamman (Uncle Frank McCallister)
Then: Gerry Bamman played Kevin’s ornery Uncle Frank, who was probably most known for being a complete a-hole and yelling at Kevin, “Look what ya did, ya little jerk!” (There’s even a conspiracy theory that Uncle Frank set up the Wet Bandit burglary.)
Now: After reprising his role in ‘Home Alone 2,’ Bamman has continued to work in film, television and theater, and has had several starring roles both on and off-Broadway, most notably as the Duke of Venice ‘The Merchant of Venice.’
Kieran Culkin (Fuller McCallister)
Then: Kieran Culkin’s first-ever role was as Kevin’s Pepsi-drinking, bed-wetting cousin Fuller. As Macaulay’s real-life younger brother, Kieran went on to become a child star in his own right, with roles in movies like the ‘Father of the Bride’ films, ‘She’s All That,’ ‘The Mighty’ and ‘Igby Goes Down.’
Now: In the mid-2000s, Kieran took a break from films to focus on his theater career, but returned to the big screen with major roles in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,’ ‘Margaret’ and recently appeared on the ‘Fargo’ television series.
John Candy (Gus Polinski)
Then: Lovable comedian John Candy had a cameo appearance in ‘Home Alone,’ playing kind-hearted polka player Gus Polinski, who gives Mrs. McCallister a ride back to Chicago. Candy was a favorite of John Hughes, and had previously starred in 1987’s ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,’ and alongside Macaulay Culkin in 1989’s ‘Uncle Buck,’ another Hughes film.
Now: Post-‘Home Alone,’ Candy continued to act in major films, and had just finished filming the last scene of the western parody ‘Wagons East’ when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1994.