Rory Culkin
Birth Date:
July 21, 1989
Birth Place:
New York City, New York, USA
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You Can Count on Me


American actor Rory Culkin, the younger brother of actors Macaulay Culkin and Kieran Culkin, rose to fame as Laura Linney's son on the Academy Award nominated drama “You Can Count on Me” (2000), for which he received a 2001 Young Artist Award, an Independent Spirit nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society nomination. He went on to give fine performances on M. Night Shyamalan's hit “Signs” (2002, earned nominations at the Young Artist and the  Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards), “It Runs in the Family” (2003), Jacob Aaron Estes' “Mean Creek” (2004, netted a Young Artist nomination and shared the Independent Spirit Special Distinction Award), “The Zodiac” (2005), Patrick Stettner's “The Night Listener” (2006, received a Young Artist nomination), “Lymelife” (2008) and “Scream 4”  (2011).         

The Littlest Culkin

Childhood and Family:

Rory Hugh Culkin was born on July 21, 1989, in New York City, New York, to Chris Kit Culkin, a former stage actor with an extended career on Broadway, and Patricia Brentrup. The youngest of seven, he has four brothers: Shane Arliss Culkin (born 1976), Macaulay Culkin (born August 26, 1980), Kieran Kyle Culkin (born September 30, 1982) and Christian Patrick Culkin (born 1987), and two sisters: Dakota Culkin (born 1979), who died in 2008 at age 29 from massive head trauma after being struck by a car while crossing a Los Angeles street, and Quinn Culkin (born 1984). After his parents separated in 1995, Rory and the rest of his siblings became the subjects of bitter custody battles and went on to live with his mother after his father lost the parental rights in 1995. The senior Culkin would regain joint custody in late 1995.

Mean Creek


Rory Culkin got his start playing younger versions of his famous older brother Macaulay Culkin in “The Good Son” (1993) and “Ri¢hie Ri¢h” (1994). His breakout role came when he was cast as  Laura Linney's son, Rudy Prescott, on the drama film “You Can Count on Me” (2000), which was directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. The role earned the talented young actor a 2001 Young Artist for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor, an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Debut Performance and a Phoenix Film Critics Society nomination for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role.

In 2001, Rory played the leading role of Jackson Mayhew in the Showtime original movie “Off Season,” directed by Bruce Davison, and was nominated for a Young  Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special - Leading Young Actor for the performance. The same year, he also began a two episode stint as Davey McNeil on the Denis Leary short lived series “The Job.” In 2002, Rory played a younger version of his brother Kieran Culkin in the independent film “Igby Goes Down,” a comedy/drama written and directed by Burr Steers, and starred Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman, and Jared Harris.

Rory enjoyed another success when he was cast as one of Mel Gibson's kids, Morgan, on M. Night Shyamalan's science fiction/thriller movie, “Signs” (2002), from which he picked up a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor and a Phoenix Film Critics Society nomination for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male. Released on August 2, 2002, the film garnered mostly positive reviews from movie critics, and was a commercial success at the box office. 2002 also saw him make a guest appearance in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine.”  

In 2003, Rory played Eli Gromberg, the youngest son of Michael Douglas and Bernadette Peters, in the Fred Schepisi directed comedy/drama film “It Runs in the Family,” and guest starred as Joe Blaine in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In the following year, Rory played Sam, a young teen terrorized by a seemingly boorish bully, in the insightful teen drama “Mean Creek,” which was directed and written by Jacob Aaron Estes. The role brought him the Independent Spirit  Special Distinction Award, which he shared with co-stars Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck and Carly Schroeder, and a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor.        

2005 saw roles in such films as “The Chumscrubber,” a dark comedy directed by Arie Posin and written by Posin and Zac Stanford, the criminal psychological thrille “The Zodiac,” which was co-written and directed by Alexander Bulkley, and David Jacobson's indie drama, “Down in the Valley,”  in which he co-starred with  Edward Norton, David Morse and Evan Rachel Wood. In the following year, he played Pete Logand on the psychological horror film “The Night Listener,” an adaptation of the 2000 bestselling novel of the same name Armistead Maupin. He was nominated for a 2007 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor for the performance. In 2008, Rory resurfaced as Scott Bartlett in the indie film “Lymelife,” opposite
Alec Baldwin, Emma Roberts, Jill Hennessy, Kieran Culkin, Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon.

In 2010, Rory co-starred with Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly in the independent film “Chasing 3000,” which was directed and co-penned by Gregory J. Lanesey, and joined the ensemble cast of the drama/thriller movie “Twelve,” for director  Joel Schumacher. He went on to appear in the 2011 installment “Scream 4” and the film version of Andrea Portes' novel, “Hick” (2011), with Chloë Moretz, Juliette Lewis, Blake Lively and Alec Baldwin.

Recently, in 2012, Rory portrayed Clyde on the drama film “Electrick Children,” for filmmaker Rebecca Thomas.


Independent Spirit: Special Distinction Award, “Mean Creek,” 2005

Young Artist: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor, “You Can Count on Me,” 2001 Show Less
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