Michael C. Maronna

Michael C. Maronna (born September 27, 1977) is an American actor who has appeared in several television programs and films. He is best known for his roles as "Big Pete" Wrigley on the TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and as Jeff McCallister in the movie Home Alone and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Mike Maronna
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Maronna in 2016
Michael C. Maronna

(1977-09-27) September 27, 1977 (age 42)
OccupationActor, electrician
Years active1989–2004

Early lifeEdit

Maronna was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a firefighter father and a guidance counselor mother.[1] He is of one half Italian, three-eighths Irish, and one-eighth Dutch descent. He went to Hunter College High School in New York City, before attending Purchase College of the State University of New York, where he studied documentary/nonfiction filmmaking.[1][2]


Maronna played older Pete Wrigley in the television show The Adventures of Pete & Pete on Nickelodeon (from 1989 to 1996), as well as the character of Jeff McCallister in the movie Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). In the first one he says the line "Kevin, you are such a disease", which became a popular moment from the movie.[3] He also portrayed a teenage killer in an episode of Law & Order. In the 2000s, Maronna appeared in the movies Slackers and 40 Days and 40 Nights.[4]

Maronna was in a widely seen series of 1999 ads for the web brokerage Ameritrade as Stuart, a slacker employee of a clueless boss whom he helps get on the internet with over-the-top zealousness.[5] Maronna reprised the role in a comedy reel with Bill Clinton, which was shown at Clinton's final appearance as the President of the United States at the 2000 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.[6]

Maronna's last acting credits were in 2004, and since then he has worked as an electrician on films and television in New York.[7] His credits include roles in Sex and The City and Be Kind Rewind.[4] He also appeared in the music videos for Whose Authority and All My Friends, by the bands Nada Surf and The XYZ Affair, respectively.

Since 2013, Maronna co-hosts the podcast The Adventures of Danny and Mike on with his Adventures of Pete and Pete co-star Danny Tamberelli.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Home Alone Jeff McCallister
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
1998 Le New Yorker ami de Kareen
2002 Slackers Jeff Davis
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights Bagel Guy
2003 What Alice Found Alice's Boyfriend
2004 Men Without Jobs E-Man
2019 High School Confidental Cole Grandstaff


  1. ^ a b "Richard Pandiscio's One To Watch - Ameritrade commercial". BNET Business Network. Archived from the original on March 30, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "Interview with Danny & Mike from the Adventures of Pete & Pete". Voxelectro.com. November 5, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Herbert, Geoff (September 25, 2018). "'The Adventures of Pete & Pete' TV stars visit Syracuse restaurant". Syracuse.com. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Michael C. Maronna Filmography". IMDb. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Buckman, Rebecca (December 7, 1999). "In Ameritrade Ads, Stuart Lights The Candle of Dot-Com Success". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Final Days (2000)". IMDb. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  7. ^ Zippilli, Gina (June 17, 2017). "ATX Exclusive Interview with The Adventures of Pete & Pete's Danny Tamberelli and Michael C. Maronna". Talk Nerdy With Us. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  8. ^ Czajkowski, Elise (September 18, 2013). "The Podcasting Adventures of Pete & Pete aka Danny & Mike". Vultre. Retrieved April 25, 2020.

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