Crazy celeb fact of the day: Macaulay Culkin and Chris Pine are both 36 today

Caitlin E. O’Conner, Times Entertainment News Editor
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26 August 2016
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Caitlin E. O’Conner, Times Entertainment News Editor

Friday, August 26, 2016 10:00am

Today, Internet, I just had to share with you this mind-bending celebrity fact I discovered last week: Macaulay Culkin and Chris Pine both turn 36 today.


Happy 36th to both famous fellows born on Aug. 26, 1980.

Yes, it’s hard to believe the Home Alone kid of yesteryear and the hunky new Capt. James T. Kirk are the same age, but there you have it. Culkin was born in Manhattan while Pine was born across the country in L.A. Who knew.

It just goes to show how relative time can feel. Culkin acted in his first move in 1988 at the age of 8, rose to prominence in 1990’s Home Alone at the age of 10 and kind of fell off the map after 1994’s Richie Rich. He popped up again with drug troubles 10 years later in 2004, which just so happens to be the same year as Pine’s first movie, The Princess Diaries 2 (bet you had forgotten all about that!). Both turned 24 that year.

Just imagine if the roles were reversed and kid Chris Pine outfoxed burglars while 30-year-old Macaulay Culkin flew around the galaxy battling aliens and getting all the girls.

… yeah, I can’t really see it either. It’s safe to say from the recent photos above that 35 has been much kinder to Pine than it has to Culkin.

I discovered this fun fact while filling out a list of celebrity birthdays we run weekly in the Times from information provided by the Associated Press. Everyone knows the fun of seeing who shares your birthday (mine is coming up Monday, and I share Aug. 29 with Lea Michele, Liam Payne and the late Michael Jackson). But the weekly list is also always a point of intriguing knowledge around here, like “Did you know that Snoop Dogg and John Krasinski have the same birthday?!” or “Doris Day is 92; I wonder what she’s up to nowadays” or “Oh, man, I can’t believe Keanu Reeves is turning 52.”

Occasionally, you come across extra fun tidbits like celebrities born on the same day, same year. Last week, we learned the world was gifted both Madonna and Angela Bassett on Aug. 16, 1958. (That makes them 58, in case you were wondering.)

Cheers to birthday twins!

Macaulay Culkin gets musical Home Alone birthday message from co-star David Stern

By Alistair McGeorge
678 words
26 August 2016
© 2016 Trinity Mirror

The Wet Bandits never got on this well with young Kevin McCallister

It’s been 26 years since Home Alone hit the big screen, and it’s lovely to see that the stars are still as close as ever.

Macaulay Culkin – who became a child star as Kevin McCallister in the 1990 Christmas classic – celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday and his former co-star Daniel Stern has joined the well wishers with a special message.

Taking to his Facebook account, the actor – who played Wet Bandit Marv in the movie and turns 58 on Sunday – has performed a nice acoustic cover of The Beatles’ rocking hit Birthday.

Last Christmas, Home Alone fans were given a real reason to celebrate themselves, shortly after Macaulay reprised his role and gave everyone a haunting insight into how the character grew up after being left on his own two years in a row .

Not long after, Marv was back, and his response was equally as chilling as he called out for Harry to save him from “the kid”.

Sporting a beard and a haunted expression, the crook looked unnerved as he begged his former partner in crime to help him.

He ranted: “Come find me Harry, I’m scared. The kid is back – I saw it, I saw it on the internet. The kid is coming to get us! I saw him, he’s coming for all the home invaders and he’s gonna come and get us! He’s coming back, I saw it – he’s got blood, he was killing, stabbing or something!

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“Please, Harry come find me! He’s gonna get us – nobody believed us about the stupid kid! He hit me in the head with a brick, an iron… he electrocuted me for god’s sake! He turned me inside out, now he’s coming back to get us! Please Harry, I’m home alone and I’m scared! Please!”

Marv got spooked by a noise – has Kevin really come back to get his revenge?

The incredible video comes after Macaulay Culkin revealed how young Kevin really turned out in n episode of the new web series DRYVRS.

Created by Moldy Peaches guitarist Jack Dishel, the show chronicles one man’s experience with different taxi drivers.

Episode one begins with Jack jumping into a vehicle to find a grown-up version of Kevin waiting for directions.

After Kevin admits that he can’t drive, he jumps into the backseat where he’s bombarded with calls from his mum.

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Jack makes the mistake of saying it’s ‘ice cold’ how Kevin misses his mother’s calls and ends up hearing his painful life story.

Kevin begins: “You think that’s ice cold? How about this: It’s Christmas time, it’s f**king Christmas.

“And your whole family goes on vacation. And they forget their eight-year-old f**king son. All by yourself, in the house, for a week!”

Kevin adds: “I had to fend off my house from two psychopath home invaders.”

During the walk down memory lane, Kevin is puffing on a cigarette while fighting back the tears.

He continues: “They remembered my bas***d of a brother. But they forget me – the cutest f**king eight-year-old in the universe. By far.”

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The video ends with an attempted car-jacking – in which we find out that Kevin still has a few nifty tricks up his sleeve when it comes to fighting off the bad guys.

Home Alone was released in November 1990 and went on to bring in a huge $467million at the box office.

The same cast reprised their roles in 1992 with the release of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.