|Date of Birth
||21 July 1989
|Place of Birth
||New York, USA
Younger brother of former child star Macaulay Culkin, Rory Culkin has been exposed to acting from a very young age, portraying the younger versions of his brothers' characters. He appeared in a photo as a brother to his real-life brother Macaulay in Joseph Ruben's thriller film The Good Son (1993; also starring Elijah Wood) and again played younger Macaulay in Donald Petrie's live-action film based on the Harvey Comics comic book character, Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994).
In 2000, Rory landed his first substantial role as Rudy Prescott, the eight-year-old son of a somewhat overprotective single mother (played by Laura Linney) in writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's applauded directorial debut, You Can Count on Me. The next year, TV viewers saw him starring as Jackson Mayhew, a 10-year-old who befriends an elderly man (played by Hume Cronyn) and begins to think that the old man is actually Santa Claus, in the TV movie Off Season (2001). He also guest starred in two episodes of Denis Leary's single-camera comedy "The Job" (ABC).
Afterward, Rory returned to the big screen to play the younger version of real-life brother Kieran Culkin's character in writer-director Burr Steers' romantic drama comedy Igby Goes Down (2002). That same year, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan cast him alongside Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix in his booming critical success sci-fi/thriller/drama film, Signs, in which he played Morgan Hess, son of a former Episcopal priest (played by Gibson) who lost his faith after the death of his wife. He was also spotted as a guest in an October 2002 episode of the anthology series "The Twilight Zone" and in a September 2003 episode of NBC police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
Rory subsequently played Eli, the youngest son but the most levelheaded of all family members in Fred Schepisi's comedy-drama movie starring several generations of the Kirk Douglas family, It Runs in the Family (2003). He then starred in a number of independent films, as Sam Merric, a shy, bullied teen who teams with his brother (played by Trevor Morgan) and friends planning the perfect payback for the bully, in writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' teen drama Mean Creek (2004) and as Charlie, the younger brother of Jamie Bell's character who becomes the original target of kidnapping in Arie Posin's dark comedy, The Chumscrubber (2005). He also co-starred with Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood and David Morse in writer-director David Jacobson's romantic drama set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, Down in the Valley, which made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2005.
That same year, Rory filmed Alexander Bulkley's thriller based on Robert Graysmith's books, Zodiac, in which he portrayed Johnny Parish, the 12-year-old son of a police detective (played by Justin Chambers) assigned to investigate serial killer. The film is scheduled for release in the United States on March 2, 2007. Afterward, he teamed up with Robin Williams in Patrick Stettner's psychological thriller inspired by Armistead Maupin's novel, The Night Listener (2006), playing Pete D. Logand, the mysterious young listener of Williams' radio show.
Rory just wrapped working on Gregory J. Lanesey's true story-based baseball drama Chasing 3000, alongside Trevor Morgan and Ray Liotta. He is currently filming writers-directors Derick Martini and Steven Martini's family drama comedy set on Long Island during rapidly changing times in 1981, Lymelife, along with Alec Baldwin, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon and brother Kieran Culkin.