It’s been 25 years since Home Alone came out, and taught us all that temporary parental abandonment and attempted burglary can be hilarious.
When the film came out in 1990, it was a smash hit adored by critics and audiences. In fact, the film was so popular that it was the third highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, behind only Star Wars and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. So what happened to the cast?
Macaulay Culkin who played Kevin McAllister, was thrust into the limelight after the movie and stared in a few other 90’s classics, including the unforgettable Ri¢hie Ri¢h adaptation. These days the ex-child star plays kazoo and sings lead vocals for a Velvet Underground parody band called The Pizza Underground.
The Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern both went on to have successful careers both on TV and in movies. Pesci in particular had great success as a comedy actor but had his share of dramatic roles working with both Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro after Home Alone.
Kevin’s forgetful mother Kate McCallister, played by Catherine O’Hara, has won numerous awards for her comedy roles and co-starred in the cult classic A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Meanwhile John Heard, who played Kevin’s dad, Peter McCallister, has gone on to become a popular character actor and starred in the fun filled B-movie Sharknado.
As for those behind the scenes, the director Chris Columbus went on to direct the first two Harry Potter movies and has been praised for making the wizarding world seem like a real place.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.