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Shocking truths about Home Alone Macaulay Culkin sister Quinn and their family

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Quinn Culkin is an American actress born on 8 November 1984 in New York, and she is known mainly as the sister of famed “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin. Quinn is one of the seven children born to parents Kit Culkin and Patricia Brentrup. Not only is she the “Home Alone” actor’s sister, but she has also appeared in films like “The Good Son” (1993), “Home Alone” (1990) and “Wish Kid” (1991).

Being born to a family where her siblings and dad are actively in the entertainment industry might have influenced Quinn to pursue an acting career. Like her brothers, Macaulay, Rory, and Kieran, she has featured in a few projects. She gained fame in 1993, when she played Macaulay Culkin’s sister, Connie, in the movie “The Good Son”. Quinn also voiced Katie McClary’s character in the animated television series “Wish Kid”.

Interestingly, however, she hasn’t appeared in any projects since featuring in “The Good Son”. Her absence from the film scene likely means that she never became a full-time actor as her career only lasted a few years during childhood. What’s more, it will seem Quinn didn’t only step away from acting, but she also removed herself from media buzz altogether.

There are diverse stories in showbiz; stories of fame, success, potential and untapped potentials and many more. Quinn Culkin’s is a story of a budding actress who chose to step away from showbiz and thread a different path. Please keep reading to learn about her, her family, and more. For starters, here are some interesting facts about Quinn.

10 interesting facts about Quinn Culkin

  1. The actress’ full name is Quinn Kay Culkin, and her first name was inspired by her father’s good friend Anthony Quinn while her middle name came from her maternal grandmother.
  2. She is the fifth of the seven children born to Kit Culkin and Patricia Brentrup. 
  3. Quinn’s aunt is the famous actress Bonnie Bedelia, who is well known for appearing in high ranking films such as “Diehard” and “Die Hard 2” alongside Bruce Willis.
  4. Quinn Culkin made her film debut with the critically acclaimed film “The Good Son”, playing the role of a sister to her real-life brother, Macaulay Culkin.
  5. “The Good Son” wasn’t her only appearance alongside her brother as she also had a cameo in his famous film “Home Alone” as a girl at the airport.
  6. Quinn’s brother, Macaulay Caulkin, scandalously removed his parents from the ownership of his money due to the financial toll their separation took on his earned wealth.
  7. She was reportedly last seen on-screen in 2007, while her last appearance in a film was in 1993.
  8. The Culkins family featured in the official Biography Channel documentary titled “The Culkins”, and she appeared as herself.
  9. Before her short venture in the film industry, Quinn Culkin started her career as a child model.
  10. Not so dissimilar from her story, Quinn’s brother, Macaulay, also stopped acting when he was 14, and he only came out of retirement nine years later to star in the 2003 drama “Party Monster”.

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Culkin Family

Christopher ‘Kit’ Culkin and Patricia Brentrup were together for 21 years, from 1974 until 1995, but they never got married. During their time together, they welcomed seven children. Here are the names of the Culkin children:

  1. Shane (1976)
  2. Dakota (1979)
  3. Macaulay (1980)
  4. Kieran (1982) 
  5. Quinn (1984)
  6. Christian (1987)
  7. Rory (1989)
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The Culkins

Quinn got her name out of respect to her father’s great friend, actor Anthony Quinn. She and her siblings were steered towards showbiz by their dad at a young age, making sure they all had a taste of fame and spotlight. Let’s meet the family.

Christopher ‘Kit’ Culkin – Father

Born Christopher Cornelius Culkin on 6 December 1944, Kit is a former stage actor who extensively worked in theatre production. Back in 1964, Kit appeared in a stage production of “Hamlet”. Before his involvement in show business, Quinn’s father was a sacristan at a local Catholic church. He is best known as the father of actors Macaulay Culkin, Rory Culkin and Kieran Culkin, and the brother of actress Bonnie Bedelia. Kit had a child that is not a Culkin, her name is Jennifer Adamson, and she is his oldest child. He had with his ex-partner, Adeena VanWagoner.

Christopher 'Kit' Culkin

Kit Culkin was a domineering father and a tough manager. He was toughest on Macaulay, but all the kids had to deal with him. The media take on him is that he lived his dreams through his kids, having failed to achieve them himself. Kit would often disappear, only to return weeks later. Eventually, as they got older, all the kids cut off contact with their father, and he finally disappeared for good and became a recluse. He has been dating Jeanette Krylowski for around 20-years now.

Patricia Brentrup – Mother

Born 21 November 1954 in North Dakota, Patricia is one of eleven children between Hubert Brentrup and Mildred Narum. Her parents had seven boys, Ronald, Richard, Neil, Barry, Paul, Greg, Jerome Bentrup, and four girls, Janice, Renee, Cindy, and Patricia. She is the mother of the famous child star Macaulay Culkin. Patricia graduated high school from a local high school in New England, Hettinger Country.

She was in a 21-year relationship with ex-lover Kit Culkin with whom she had seven children, including Quinn. The former telephone operator divorced her abusive long-time husband, Kit, in 1994. Macaulay refers to it as one of the best things that ever happened to him as it allowed him to retire from the movie industry.

Patricia Brentrup – Mother

After their separation in March 1995, Patricia and Kit decided to start a full-blown battle for the children’s custody. Many sources reported that the duo didn’t fight for custody because they loved their kids but because they wanted the money their star kid was making. Previously, when they were still together, the pair split the 15% commission on their son, Macaulay’s, earnings.

Patricia is currently happily married to Mart D. Cox. She is the stepmother to Kara Cox, who Mart had with his previous partner. Mart works as a remodelling specialist based in Billings. He offers services including accessibility construction, design, retrofitting, installation, and molding installation.

Rory Culkin – Brother

Born 21 July 1989, Rory Culkin is Quinn Culkin’s younger brother and the youngest of the Culkin kids. Like his siblings, Rory also acted as a child, making his first appearance alongside Macaulay and Quinn in the 1993 film “The Good Son”. He also appeared in the 2000 film “You Can Count On Me” and then, alongside his older brother, Kieran, in “Igby Goes Down”. In 2002, Rory got his first significant starring role, appearing alongside Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, and Abigail Breslin in the film “Signs”.

Rory Culkin – Brother

Being the youngest, he was shielded from the family drama while his parents went through a bitter breakup and fought over Macaulay’s money. Rory was too young to understand Macaulay’s fame and the family’s downfall.

Shane Culkin – Brother

Born in 1976, Shane Culkin is the first of the seven Culkin children. Shane was named after his father’s favourite film, “Shane” (1953). Much like his siblings, Shane also went into acting at a young age. He was also the first child that Kit Culkin pushed into acting. Kit forced Shane to go to several auditions, hoping Shane could make a career out of it. Kit wanted to be famous so badly and saw Shane as his ticket.

However, Shane’s only listed credit is a 1989 appearance in the series “Great Performances”, in which he played Wally Webb in the episode “Our Town”. Shane never achieved any level of fame at all. He currently has nothing to do with the movie business.

Shane Culkin – Brother

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Kieran Culkin – Brother

Born 30 September 1982, Kieran is the fourth of the Culkin kids and Quinn’s older brother. Kiernan is an actor who appeared alongside his brother in the “Home Alone” films as Kevin McCallister’s younger cousin, Fuller. Kieran continued to act throughout his childhood, appearing in films like “Father of the Bride”, “She’s All That” and “The Cider House Rules” during the latter half of his teenage years.

Kieran took a break from acting in the mid-2000s. But by 2010, he retuened to the industry and starred as Wallace Wells in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” before getting the role of Roman Roy in the critically acclaimed HBO series “Succession”. In 2020, Kieran earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in “Succession”.

Kieran Culkin – Brother

Dakota Culkin – Sister

Born 15 June 1978, Dakota Culkin was Quinn’s sister and the second child in the Culkin family. She was between the eldest, Shane, and her famous brother, Macaulay. As noted, Kit first pushed Shane into acting and then Macaulay as well. However, Dakota somehow managed to avoid the same pressure. The attention seemed to all be on her little brother.

Dakota Culkin died in a tragic car accident in 2008 in Los Angeles. According to reports, a car struck her after she stepped off the curb while walking on the westside of Los Angeles at night. She worked as an art production assistant before her death and was rushed to the UCLA hospital, where she died the next day due to severe head injuries.

Dakota seemed to avoid the spotlight, and it didn’t appear that the youngster was pushed into acting like her siblings. Her story resurfaced in the media in early 2021 when her brother, Macaulay and his partner, Brenda Song, named their newborn after her.

Dakota Culkin – Sister

Jennifer Adamson – Half-sister

The Culkin kids were seven siblings, but they had a half-sister, Jennifer Adamson. Jennifer is Kit’s eldest child from a previous relationship with Adeena VanWagoner. Jennifer was never in the spotlight, nor did she pursue a career in Hollywood. In fact, she wasn’t so close to her half-siblings. However, she struggled throughout her early life like many of Kit’s kids. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 29, in May of 2000, due to an overdose.

Macaulay Culkin (How old was Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone?)

Born 26 August 1980 in New York, USA, Macaulay Carson Culkin is the 3rd and most famous Culkin child. Like other Culkin children, Macaulay got his name from someone or something special to his father. This time, it was Thomas Babington Macaulay, British historian and Whig politician, and Carson from Kit Carson of the Old West. He went to the Catholic St. Joseph’s School of Yorkville before enrolling at Professional Children’s School.

Macaulay started as a child actor at four, first appearing on stage before making a minor appearance in “The Midnight Hour” television movie. At the age of 10 in 1990, he got the role of his career as Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone”, as a boy who ends up home alone after his parents left him behind and went on a family vacation. He also starred in the sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (1992), and until the mid-90s, he enjoyed success with starring roles in such films as “Only the Lonely” (1991), “My Girl” (1991), “The Good Son” (1993), and “Richie Rich” (1994). He went on a hiatus after that and never really got back the momentum again.

Macaulay Culkin (How old was Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone?)

Macaulay is also an accomplished musician and was the frontman of the comedy rock band Pizza Underground, which split in 2016. He has battled drug addiction and legal issues, among other things. Macaulay Culkin, now 41 years old, completed a project called “Changeland” a few years ago. He welcomed a baby boy with his partner in April 2021.


Quinn Culkin has maintained a quiet life since she departed from showbiz, and her name only ever comes up when the family is mentioned. There is no information about her love life or such. Her private Facebook profile has been renamed Quinn Jonas, which might indicate that she is married now.

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