Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin sparks concern as he emerges looking dishevelled and emaciated

Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin sparks concern as he emerges looking dishevelled and emaciated

He was once the mischievous, cherubic star of the hugely successful Home Alone movies.

However, Macaulay Culkin, now 31, appeared dishevelled and emaciated as he greeted fans in New York on Wednesday.

With his straggly goatee beard and messy hair, he looked gaunt as he sipped from an energy drink.

Gaunt: Macaulay Culkin appeared dishevelled and emaciated as he greeted fans in New York on Wednesday

Gaunt: Macaulay Culkin appeared dishevelled and emaciated as he greeted fans in New York on Wednesday

And last night he pulled out of his monthly deejay gig Le Poisson Rouge in New York City's West Village.

Child star: Culkin was the cherubic star of the hugely successful Home Alone movies

Child star: Culkin was the cherubic star of the hugely successful Home Alone movies

But his spokesperson insists there is no need for concern, saying in a statement: 'Macaulay Culkin is in perfectly good health.'

His appearance was a far cry from the cute youngster who shot to international fame playing cheeky Kevin McCallister in the 1990 family favourite.

Culkin was once Hollywood’s biggest child star, commanding 4million a film by the time he starred in 1994’s Richie Rich.

But
the young actor soon hit troubled times and has weathered a number of
personal tragedies, including the death of his sister Dakota in a car
crash and of his half-sister Jennifer Adamson from a drug overdose.

His
career then came to a halt after he was embroiled in a messy financial
dispute between his parents Christopher Culkin and Patricia Brentup.

In
1998 a judge fired his father – who was his manager – and handed
control of his vast personal fortune to an accountant until he turned
18.

After a hiatus, he
returned to films in 2000.

Ex: Culkin dated Mila Kunis , pictured here in 2005, for eight years before they split in 2010

Ex: Culkin dated Mila Kunis , pictured here in 2005, for eight years before they split in 2010

However, none of his subsequent movies have
come near to matching the success of the Home Alone series.

Mug shot: Culkin was arrested in 2004 after police found him with half-ounce of marijuana and several Xanax tablets

Mug shot: Culkin was arrested in 2004 after police found him with half-ounce of marijuana and several Xanax tablets

In 2004 he was arrested after police stopped a car in which he was a
passenger and found more than a
half-ounce of marijuana and several tablets of Xanax, a prescription
medication used to treat depression and panic disorders.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of medication without a prescription and marijuana.

He was given one year deferred sentences on each of the charges and ordered to pay $540 in fees.

The actor married actress Rachel Miner in 1998 but they divorced in 2002.

He went on to date Black Swan star Mila Kunis for eight years before the pair separated in 2010.

He had a famously close relationship with Michael Jackson during his youth, and even testified for the late singer's defense in his child-molestation trial in 2005.

He took the stand and vehemently denied any inappropriate behavior or touching during the times he slept at Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

Culkin is rumored to be starring in the upcoming British military film Service Man, which is set for release next year.