Kieran Culkin’s Mother’s Poor Health Revealed After Emotional Emmy Win Speech

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Kieran Culkin’s mother is in poor health with the Succession star helping her attend her doctors appointments, his stepfather has revealed.

Culkin, 41, broke down in tears as he lauded mom Patricia Brentrup, 69, during his acceptance speech for Actor In A Drama series at Monday’s Emmys ceremony.

He said: ‘I’ve got to switch to the personal really fast. I have to thank my mom for giving me life, my childhood which was great, so thank you for that.’

His stepfather Mart Cox, told Page Six Tuesday from his Montana Home that Patricia was unable to attend her son Macaulay Culkin’s Hollywood Star of Fame ceremony last month due to ill-health, saying: ‘Patty was invited, and they wanted to fly her out, but she’s been having some hard times with her health.’

Patricia spent a ‘few months before the holidays’ at Kieran’s home in Brooklyn, New York where he lives with wife Jazz Charton, daughter Kinsey Sioux, four, and son Wilder Wolf, two.

Kieran Culkin's mother is in poor health with the Succession star helping her attend her doctors appointments - Culkin, 41, broke down in tears as he lauded mom Patricia Brentrup, 69, during his acceptance speech for Actor In A Drama series at Monday's Emmys ceremony

Kieran Culkin’s mother is in poor health with the Succession star helping her attend her doctors appointments – Culkin, 41, broke down in tears as he lauded mom Patricia Brentrup, 69, during his acceptance speech for Actor In A Drama series at Monday’s Emmys ceremony

Kieran is pictured with father Christopher Cornelius 'Kit' Culkin, a former child star himself, mother Patricia Brentrup and iconic child star brother Macaulay Culkin  in 1990

Kieran is pictured with father Christopher Cornelius ‘Kit’ Culkin, a former child star himself, mother Patricia Brentrup and iconic child star brother Macaulay Culkin  in 1990

Cox, who has been married to Brentrup for 12 years and is dad to two kids said: ‘Kieran was looking after her and she was going to doctors in the city. All the kids have been very helpful, oh for sure. Just from Patty, they have a lot of love in them — she is an incredible woman.

‘We certainly are proud of Kieran and we’re really happy life is just beginning for him. But we have nine kids and we love them all. None ever gets more love than the other. That’s how their mom raised them — although Kieran always thought he was the favorite!’

Cox also revealed he and Patricia have barely watched any episodes of Succession.

Backstage, Kieran said about his mom: ‘She’s just an absolutely wonderful woman who took on raising seven kids in a studio apartment, by herself.

‘There was a guy there — he didn’t do anything’ he added, referring to his estranged father Kit Culkin.

In his speech Culkin said: ‘I have to thank my manager, Emily Gerson Saines, who I’ve been with about 29 years – sorry Emily, you probably didn’t want me to say the number but I did. 

‘I just have to thank you for keeping my name in the conversation when nobody else was talking about me so as far as I’m concerned this is yours.

‘And of course, my beautiful wife Jazz. Thank you for sharing your life with me and for giving me two amazing kids. Kinsey Sioux and Wilder Wolf, I love you so much.

Cox also revealed he and Patricia have barely watched any episodes of Succession (Culkin seen as Roman Roy)

Cox also revealed he and Patricia have barely watched any episodes of Succession (Culkin seen as Roman Roy) 

Kieran fought back tears as he continued: 'I've got to switch to the personal really fast. I have to thank my mom for giving me life, my childhood which was great, so thank you for that

Kieran fought back tears as he continued: ‘I’ve got to switch to the personal really fast. I have to thank my mom for giving me life, my childhood which was great, so thank you for that

Backstage, Kieran said about his mom: 'She’s just an absolutely wonderful woman who took on raising seven kids in a studio apartment, by herself. 'There was a guy there — he didn’t do anything' he added, referring to his estranged father Kit Culkin (pictured 1990)

Backstage, Kieran said about his mom: ‘She’s just an absolutely wonderful woman who took on raising seven kids in a studio apartment, by herself. ‘There was a guy there — he didn’t do anything’ he added, referring to his estranged father Kit Culkin (pictured 1990)

His stepfather Mart Cox, told Page Six Tuesday from his Montana Home that Patricia was unable to attend her son Macaulay Culkin’s Hollywood Star of Fame ceremony last month due to ill-health (pictured with Catherine O'Hara)

His stepfather Mart Cox, told Page Six Tuesday from his Montana Home that Patricia was unable to attend her son Macaulay Culkin’s Hollywood Star of Fame ceremony last month due to ill-health (pictured with Catherine O’Hara)

He quipped: ‘And Jazz – I want more. You said maybe, if I win. I love you so much.’

Culkin beat out his Succession co-stars Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong in the category, along with Jeff Bridges – The Old Man, Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul and Pedro Pascal – The Last of Us.

It was a stellar night for Succession, with the drama also winning awards for Lead Actress for Sarah Snook, 36, before the series as a whole earned top honor Best Drama Series in its final season.

Earlier in the night, Matthew Macfadyen earned the first Emmy win for Succession at the event as he earned Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. 

Culkin first shot to fame as a child star courtesy of his older brother and Home Alone legend Macaulay Culkin, now 43 – playing the role of Kevin McCallister’s bedwetting cousin, Fuller in the 1990 movie.

Patricia spent a 'few months before the holidays' at Kieran’s home in Brooklyn, New York where he lives with wife Jazz Charton, daughter Kinsey Sioux, four, and son Wilder Wolf, two

Patricia spent a ‘few months before the holidays’ at Kieran’s home in Brooklyn, New York where he lives with wife Jazz Charton, daughter Kinsey Sioux, four, and son Wilder Wolf, two 

Emmys 2024 WINNERS: AT A GLANCE

 Drama Series: Succession

Actor in a Drama Series: Kieran Culkin – Succession

Actress in a Drama Series: Sarah Snook – Succession

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew MacFadyen – Succession

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus

Limited Series: Beef

Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Steven Yeun – Beef 

Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Ali Wong – Beef

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

 Comedy Series: The Bear

Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Allen White – The Bear

Actress in a Comedy Series: Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ebon Moss-Bachrach – The Bear 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Ayo Edebiri – The Bear

Reality Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race

Talk Series: The Daily Show With Trevor Noah 

 Scripted Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Succession nearly swept the board with wins for Matthew MacFadyen, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin (left to right)

Succession nearly swept the board with wins for Matthew MacFadyen, Sarah Snook, and Kieran Culkin (left to right)

 

 

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He would reprise this role in the 1992 sequel and play Matthew Banks in Steve Martin and Diane Keaton comedies Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995) – but seemed destined to forever be in Macaulay’s shadow.

He would once again play a supporting role in iconic teen comedy She’s All That in 1999 as Laney Boggs’ little brother Simon.

His breakout adult role would come as the lead in 2002 film Igby Goes Down – which scored him his first Golden Globe nomination.

He also appeared in the second season of the television adaptation of Fargo. 

However it was his role as the youngest Roy son in Succession that would win him critical and worldwide plaudits. 

Kieran and Macaulay – along with their five siblings , grew up in poverty, sharing one room in a tiny apartment.

His parents struggled to make ends meet – his dad Kit, a washed up Broadway actor, worked as a taxi driver and a sacristan for a Catholic church, while his mom quit her job to take care of their large brood before eventually landing a part-time gig as a telephone operator.

He posed with fellow Succession award winners Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen

He posed with fellow Succession award winners Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen

Culkin planted a kiss on his shocked wife during the event

Culkin planted a kiss on his shocked wife during the event

 Kieran later told Vanity Fair of their childhood home, ‘It was barely suitable for a couple [let alone a family-of-nine].

‘It was just a hallway, and there were no separating doors, except for the bathroom, which didn’t have a lock.

‘They raised seven kids in that apartment – for years. They just kept bringing babies home to this little space.’

Macaulay started acting when he was only four – after a neighbor suggested that his parents try to turn him into a star – and right away, thanks to his adorable looks and charismatic personality, his star power was undeniable.

Macaulay landed role after role, and by the time he was 10, he was cast as Kevin McCallister in the beloved Christmas classic Home Alone – which turned him into one of the most well-known kid stars on the globe.

And while Macaulay’s sudden stardom seemed like it would be a dream come true to most children, he later admitted that he struggled with his newfound fame and began to crumble under the immense pressure that came with it.

To make matters worse, he says his father, who also worked as his manager, began ‘physically and mentally abusing’ him, forcing him to stay up for hours to learn lines even when he was exhausted, and threatening physical violence if he ever messed up on set.

The cast looked delighted as they celebrated the show's success

The cast looked delighted as they celebrated the show’s success

Kieran and Sarah larked around in the winner's room

Kieran and Sarah larked around in the winner’s room

The star's first-ever acting role came about in his brother Macaulay's iconic movie Home Alone in 1990 - with the-then seven-year-old Kieran winning fans with his portrayal of bedwetting McCallister cousin, Fuller

The star’s first-ever acting role came about in his brother Macaulay’s iconic movie Home Alone in 1990 – with the-then seven-year-old Kieran winning fans with his portrayal of bedwetting McCallister cousin, Fuller

Kieran would step up his screen presence as Steve Martin and Diane Keaton's onscreen son Matthew Banks in 1991's Father of the Bride - which was a box office hit

Kieran would step up his screen presence as Steve Martin and Diane Keaton’s onscreen son Matthew Banks in 1991’s Father of the Bride – which was a box office hit

To the outside world, Macaulay seemed like a happy-go-lucky kid who was in for the ride of his life, but behind-the-scenes, he recalled feeling desperate for a break. 

His dad also kept his earnings a secret from him, while unbeknownst to Macaulay, taking a big chunk of the profits for himself.

The actor was finally able to take the much-needed break from acting that he longed for after his parents separated in 1994 and his mom got full custody of him. 

Soon after, he became embroiled in a fierce legal battle against his dad in order to get access to his massive fortune, which he ultimately won.

Macaulay and his dad have been estranged ever since. In 2016, while speaking to DailyMail.com, Kit said he ‘doesn’t consider Macaulay a son anymore.’

Kieran Culkin marked a career high on Sunday as he scooped his first Golden Globe award for his stellar turn as Roman Roy in Succession

Kieran Culkin marked a career high on Sunday as he scooped his first Golden Globe award for his stellar turn as Roman Roy in Succession

But the actor now credits his father with helping him to become a good dad himself.

He told New York Magazine, ‘I knew from a very early age that I better take notes on him. Notes on how not to be, notes on how I don’t want to be when I grow up.’

He also reflected on it to Esquire, explaining, ‘Look, I mean, it sucks. But: It coulda been worse, you know? I wasn’t working in a coal mine. I wasn’t a child soldier. My father was not sexually abusing me. 

‘Certain f**ked-up things happened, but f**ked-up things happen to kids all the time and they don’t come out the other end.

‘I’ve got something to show for it, man. I mean, look at me: I got money, I got fame, I got a beautiful girlfriend and a beautiful house and beautiful animals. 

‘It took me a long time to get to that place, and I had to have that conversation with myself and go, like, “Honestly, Mack? It’s not so bad.” I want for nothing and need for even less. I’m good, man.’

75th Primetime Emmy Awards: All the major winners

Drama Series

Andor

Better Call Saul

The Crown

House of the Dragon

The Last of Us

Succession – WINNER

The White Lotus

Yellowjackets

Succession earned the top honor Best Drama Series in its final season

Succession earned the top honor Best Drama Series in its final season

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Actor in a Drama Series

Jeff Bridges – The Old Man

Brian Cox – Succession

Kieran Culkin – Succession – WINNER

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Pedro Pascal – The Last of Us

Jeremy Strong – Succession

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Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus – WINNER

Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown

Meghann Fahy – The White Lotus

Sabrina Impacciatore – The White Lotus

Aubrey Plaza – The White Lotus

Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul

J Smith-Cameron – Succession

Simona Tabasco – The White Lotus

Jennifer Coolidge continued her successful run as she won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The White Lotus

Jennifer Coolidge continued her successful run as she won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The White Lotus

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Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Natasha Lyonne – Poker Face

Jenna Ortega – Wednesday

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Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Carrigan – Barry

Phil Dunster – Ted Lasso

Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso

James Marsden – Jury Duty

Ebon Moss-Bachrach – The Bear – WINNER

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary

Henry Winkler – Barry

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Limited Series

Beef – WINNER

Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Daisy Jones and the Six

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Taron Egerton – Black Bird

Kumail Nanjiani – Welcome the Chippendales

Evan Peters – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Michael Shannon – George & Tammy

Steven Yeun – Beef – WINNER

Steven Yeun triumphed in the Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie category for Beef

Steven Yeun triumphed in the Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie category for Beef

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Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Murray Bartlett – Welcome to Chippendales

Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird – WINNER

Richard Jenkins – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Joseph Lee – Beef

Ray Liotta – Black Bird

Young Mazino – Beef

Jesse Plemons – Love & Death

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Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – WINNER

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Late Night with Seth Meyers

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah earned Best Talk Series months after the titular host left the show

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah earned Best Talk Series months after the titular host left the show

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Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

F Murray Abraham – The White Lotus

Nicholas Braun – Succession

Michael Imperioli – The White Lotus

Theo James – The White Lotus

Matthew Macfadyen – Succession – WINNER

Alan Ruck – Succession

Will Sharpe, The White Lotus

Alexander Skarsgård, Succession

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Actress in a Drama Series

Sharon Horgan – Bad Sisters

Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Bella Ramsey – The Last of Us

Keri Russell – The Diplomat

Sarah Snook – Succession – WINNER

Sarah Snook was crowned Best Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Succession

Sarah Snook was crowned Best Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Succession

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Actor in a Comedy Series 

Bill Hader – Barry

Jason Segel – Shrinking

Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building

Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso

Jeremy Allen White – The Bear – WINNER

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Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary

Barry

The Bear – WINNER

Jury Duty

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Only Murders in the Building

Ted Lasso

Wednesday

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Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Bornstein – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Ayo Edebiri – The Bear – WINNER

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary

Juno Temple – Ted Lasso 

Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

Jessica Williams – Shrinking

Ayo Edebiri dazzled as she earned Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Bear

Ayo Edebiri dazzled as she earned Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Bear

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Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Lizzy Caplan – Fleishman Is in Trouble

Jessica Chastain – George & Tammy

Dominique Fishback – Swarm

Kathryn Hahn – Tiny Beautiful Things

Riley Keough, Daisy Jones and the Six

Ali Wong, Beef – WINNER

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Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Annaleigh Ashford – Welcome to Chippendales

Maria Bello – Beef

Claire Danes – Fleishman is in Trouble

Juliette Lewis – Welcome to Chippendales

Camila Morrone – Daisy Jones & the Six

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – WINNER

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer won Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for  Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer won Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for  Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

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Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race

RuPaul’s Drag Race – WINNER

Survivor

Top Chef

The Voice

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Outstanding variety special (live)

“Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium” – WINNER

“The Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Starring Rihanna”

“Chris Rock: Selective Outrage”

“The Oscars”

“75th Annual Tony Awards”

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Scripted variety series 

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER

Saturday Night Live

Scripted Variety Series was earned by Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Scripted Variety Series was earned by Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 

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