An actor from a beloved Christmas film has been diagnosed with cancer and is preparing to undergo a surgical procedure as part of his treatment plan.
In 1990, a then-unknown ten-year-old child actor named MacCauley Culkin forever changed Christmas-themed movies with several iconic scenes in a new film titled Home Alone. In the holiday flick, which also starred Catherine O’Hara, Kieran Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern, Kevin McCallister, played by MacCauley Culkin, is accidentally overlooked and left at home when his parents and siblings leave for the airport to board an airplane and jet off for the holidays.
It’s bad enough that Kevin’s distraught mother can’t get a flight back home to Chicago to see her son and to make sure he’s ok, but something more sinister is at work, as Kevin soon finds out.
Two bandits have been casing Kevin’s neighborhood, one of them posing as a police officer checking to make sure residents have their homes protected over the holidays, as the majority of them are traveling away for Christmas. Instead, the “Wet Bandits” plan to use that information to break into the homes and take anything they want. They’re sure the McAllisters’ home will be empty, but when they make their first attempt to break in, they discover the house is occupied.
What ensues is a series of hilarious holiday hijinks that has kept merry movie-watchers laughing for more than three decades.
No Laughing Matter
Though Home Alone is a holiday comedy film, recent news about an actor in the film is no laughing matter.
Actor Ken Hudson Campbell, 61, who played the role of Santa Claus in the 1990 film, was recently diagnosed with cancer and has been raising funds to cover the expenses of a related surgical procedure via a GoFundMe page. Per a statement from his daughter Michaela on the page, the actor had a tumor that had “elusively grown on the bottom of his mouth and began encroaching on his teeth.”
The actor was scheduled for a surgical intervention on Thursday, which was said to have lasted for ten hours. According to his daughter, his treatment plan will also include a six-month recovery period and the possibility of chemotherapy as well.
“Huge Out-of-Pocket Costs”
As of the time of this post, more than $92,000 of the Campbell family’s $100,000 goal has been raised in just over a week, thanks to the generosity of more than 1,100 fans and fellow actors alike. The largest donations so far have come from actor Steve Carell ($10,000) and producer and television writer Bill Prady ($5,000).