Macaulay Culkin Highlight: His adorable screaming in 1990's Home Alone catapulted him to the top of Hollywood. A few years later, he was earning $8 million a picture, more than Richard Gere. Low point: Battling with his parents over his estate — once estimated at more than $50 million — he became a surly teen. As the highest-paid 10-year-old in Hollywood history, he told reporters, "I don't even get an allowance." Gossip pages recounted stories of public drunkenness. Sued father. Scrawled graffiti in his New York apartment. Dyed hair blue. He told New York magazine last year that Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch is "the only place on earth where I feel absolutely, 100 percent comfortable." Recently: At 20, Culkin mounted a comeback in the theater and has been well received in the new play Madame Melville, in which he plays a 15-year-old American schoolboy in 1960s Paris who's seduced by his 30-year-old literature teacher.
Leif Garrett Highlight: At 15, helped launch the sidewalk surfing craze with the 1977 movie, Skateboard. Scored a top 10 hit with "I Was Made for Dancing." Low point: Garrett drove his Porsche off the highway, and the car plunged down an 80-foot hillside in 1979. A passenger in the car — once a close personal friend — was paralyzed in the accident and filed suit, claiming Garrett was intoxicated. The suit resulted in a multimillion-dollar judgment against him. In recent years, he has been arrested on drug charges, for allegedly possessing cocaine and heroin. Recently: In March, a Los Angeles judge dropped a warrant for his arrest, after he proved he completed a mandatory drug treatment program.
Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at ABCNEWS.com. The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.