What Is Macaulay Culkin's Father Kit Culkin's Net Worth?

BY PALISTHA Updated on 15 March, 2021

Kit Culkin is mostly known as the father of famous child actor Macaulay Culkin. Image Source: Pinterest.

Christopher "Kit" Culkin is an American stage actor and former manager best known as the father of famous child actor Macaulay Culkin. He was a child actor himself, starring in various plays at an early age along with his siblings.

He gained some recognition as a stage actor, his role as a manager to his children also helped increase Kit Culkin's net worth. Movies like Home Alone and its sequel made millions, which helped Kit to increase his collective wealth from the management fee he got.

Kit Culkin Net Worth

Through his stint in as a stage actor and his role as a manager to his kids, Kit must have amassed a significant amount of wealth. So, we can say that Kit Culkin has a net worth decent enough to be mentioned.

Income From Acting

Just like Macaulay and his siblings, their father, Kit Culkin was also a child actor. He never gained fame like his son, but he was a part of many plays. Kit performed in the production of The Nutcracker along with his sister Bonnie Bedelia. He worked on Broadway for ten years in various productions. Some of the plays he was part of are Hamlet (1964), The Physicists, Becket, among others which ought to have bumped up Kit Culkin's net worth significantly.

Kit Culkin Actor.

Kit Culkin's passion and motivation to continue acting was gone after he lost his mother from cancer. Even though he stopped acting, he must have surely earned enough for himself. While his dreams of being a major Hollywood star were not fulfilled, he projected it to his children, who, by their merit, became stars. 

Acted As A Manager For His Kids

Kit had been working small-time jobs to provide for his growing family. When Macaulay started his career at the age of 4, Kit quit his job to manage his son's career. It was one of the best and also the worst decision, which resulted in many harsh conditions at home for his children. That decision is one of the key reasons for Macaulay Culkin's net worth of $16 million.

Kit Culkin Manager.

As a manager, Kit managed to secure many good movies for young Macaulay. Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2, The Good Son, My Girl, are some of the films he was in. While Macaulay was the star of these movies, Kit also managed to make his other child, Quinn Culkin and Kieran Culkin, be a small part of them. With how successful most of the films were, we can only imagine how heavily Kit Culkin's net worth was backed as a manager of one of the biggest child stars at the time.

Custody Battle With Former Partner Patricia Bretnup

While Kit Culkin and Patricia Bretnup were together for 21 years, they were not married. However, when they decided to separate in the late 1990s, the duo became part of a very messy custody battle. The battle was reported to be about millions earned from the Home Alone movie. Kit's other son, Kieran Culkinrevealed in an interview that it was not about the money and instead about the kids but more specifically about managing the kids.

Kit Culkin Custody Battle.

After the custody battle was over, Culkin still managed his children's career and also walked away with a standard 15 percent management fee shared with Patricia.


Before Macaulay's stardom, the Culkin family lived in a railroad apartment with no separating doors, except for the bathroom. Seven Culkin kids were raised in the apartment. However, it all changed after Macaulay's flourishing success.

Kit Culkin Lifestyle.

In recent years though, Kit has been seen living a secluded life away from his famous family. While his estranged family is still in part of the industry in one way or another, Kit himself seems to have said goodbye. After Macaulay decided to leave acting and emancipated his parents, Kit left the family to live a reclusive life. Kit lived in Oregan, with his partner Jeanette Krylowski, from 1995 till her death in 2017. Evidently, the down-to-earth father has generously passed down his innate skills to his highly skilled sons who are on their own paths on the road to success. As much as Kit Culkin's net worth has hiked up managing his children, he will probably be imprinted in people's mind as an amazing father who gave all he had to give, only to see his kids climb the peak. 

Some Facts About Kit Culkin

  • Christopher "Kit" Culkin was born in New York City on December 6, 1944.
  •  He is the son of Philip Harley Culkin, a PR man, and mother, Marian Ethel, a writer and has three siblings.
  • He has eight children; his oldest Jennifer Adamson was with Adeena VanWagoner, who died from a drug overdose.
  • He was never married to long-term partner Patricia Bretnup, mother of his other children, Shane, Dakota, Macaulay, Kieran, Quinn, Christian, and Rory Culkin.
  • He traveled around the US for ten years after his mother's death.

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Published on 06 March, 2020

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