Culkin starred as “David Thibodeau” in Waco, a six-part event series for Paramount Network. His performance was so captivating that Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “[With] Rory Culkin leading the way, Waco boasts an ensemble worth building a cult around.” Culkin most recently appeared as Joel Schumacher in Ryan Murphy’s limited series Halston for Netflix. Culkin previously recurred on Showtime’s City on a Hill, opposite Kevin Bacon, on Hulu’s Castle Rock, opposite André Holland and on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete opposite Giovanni Ribisi. Culkin starred in the Washington-based episode “13 Steps to Hell” opposite McKenna Grace in Quibi’s horror anthology series 50 States of Fright as well as the Quibi series, Emma, opposite AnnaSophia Robb.
On film, Culkin recently starred in Jonas Akerlund’s heavy metal thriller Lords of Chaos, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Other notable film credits include Gabriel (Gotham Independent Film Award nomination), You Can Count On Me opposite Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo (Independent Spirit Award nomination), Signs opposite Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, Bullet Head, Columbus, Song Of Sway Lake, Electrick Children opposite Julia Garner, Lymelife opposite Alec Baldwin, Down In The Valley, Scream 4 opposite Courtney Cox and Anna Paquin, The Chumscrubber opposite Glenn Close and Jamie Bell, It Runs In The Family opposite Michael Douglas, Mean Creek, The Zodiac, The Night Listener opposite Robin Williams and Hick opposite Eddie Redmayne and Chloë Grace Moretz. He stars in David Gutnik’s Materna, which premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and in Edoardo Vitaletti’s The Last Thing Mary Saw.