Edmund Gwenn (1877–1959)

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There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the rank of stardom. Only a rare man or woman reached the level of renown and admiration, and had enough audience appeal, to be the first name in a cast's billing, a name that got marquee posting. Charles Coburn comes to mind, but there aren't many others. However, one ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Known For

Miracle on 34th Street Kris Kringle
The Trouble with Harry Capt. Albert Wiles
Pride and Prejudice Mr. Bennet
Them! Dr. Harold Medford


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 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Joe Saunders
- Father and Son (1957) ... Joe Saunders
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Jack Baldwin
- The Greer Case (1957) ... Jack Baldwin
 1956 The Rocket from Calabuch
Prof. Jorge Serra Hamilton
 1955 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 It's a Dog's Life
Jeremiah Nolan
 1955 The Trouble with Harry
Capt. Albert Wiles
 1955 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Pliny / Dr. Lorenz
- A Visit from Dr. Pliny (1955) ... Dr. Pliny
- The Strange Doctor Lorenz (1955) ... Dr. Lorenz
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
- Man Who Liked Little People (1955) ... Tweedy
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Walter Clinton Carter
- The Walter Carter Story (1955) ... Walter Clinton Carter
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
 1954 Them!
Dr. Harold Medford
 1954 The Student Prince
Professor Juttner
 1952-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Red / The Snowman
- Come On, Red (1954) ... Red
- Heart of Gold (1952) ... The Snowman
 1953 The Bigamist
Mr. Jordan
 1953 Mister Scoutmaster
Dr. Stone
 1952 Something for the Birds
'Admiral' Johnnie Adams
 1952 Bonzo Goes to College
Ted 'Pop' Drew
 1952 Les Miserables
Bishop Courbet
 1952 Sally and Saint Anne
Grandpa Pat Ryan
 1951 Peking Express
Father Joseph Murray
 1950 For Heaven's Sake
 1950 Mister 880
William 'Skipper' Miller
 1950 Pretty Baby
Cyrus Baxter
 1950 Louisa
Mr. Hammond
 1950 A Woman of Distinction
Mark 'J.M.' Middlecott
 1949 Challenge to Lassie
John Traill
 1948 Hills of Home
Dr. William MacLure
 1948 Apartment for Peggy
Prof. Henry Barnes
 1947 Green Dolphin Street
Octavius Patourel
 1947 Life with Father
Rev. Dr. Lloyd
 1947 Thunder in the Valley
Adam MacAdam
 1947 Miracle on 34th Street
Kris Kringle
 1946 Undercurrent
Prof. David 'Dink' Hamilton
 1946 Of Human Bondage
 1945 She Went to the Races
Dr. Homer Pecke
 1945 Bewitched
Dr. Bergson
 1945 Dangerous Partners
Albert Richard Kingby
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Father Hamish MacNabb
 1944 Between Two Worlds
 1943 Lassie Come Home
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Frederick P. Leggitt
 1943 Forever and a Day
 1942 A Yank at Eton
Headmaster Justin
 1942 The Greatest Gift (Short)
Bartolomé - the Juggler
 1941 Charley's Aunt
Stephen Spettigue
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
Lord Fitzleigh
 1941 Scotland Yard
Inspector Cork
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
President Corcoran
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
 1940 Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Bennet
 1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife
Dr. Lionel Sterling
 1940 Mad Men of Europe
Tom Brown
 1940 The Earl of Chicago
 1939 Cheer Boys Cheer
Edward Ironside
 1938 Penny Paradise
Joe Higgins
 1938 A Yank at Oxford
Dean of Cardinal
 1938 Thank You, Mr. Pepys (TV Movie)
Mr. Samuel Pepys
 1938 Theatre Parade (TV Series)
- Thank You Mr. Pepys (1938) ... Pepys
 1938 South Riding
Alfred Huggins
 1937 Parnell
 1936 Mad Holiday
 1936 All American Chump
Jeffrey Crane
 1936 Anthony Adverse
John Bonnyfeather
 1936 Laburnum Grove
Mr. Radfern
 1936 The Walking Dead
Dr. Evan Beaumont
 1935 Sylvia Scarlett
Henry Scarlett
 1935 The Bishop Misbehaves
 1934 Spring in the Air
 1934 Father and Son
John Bolton
 1934 The Admiral's Secret
Admiral FitzPorter
 1934 Java Head
Jeremy Ammidon
 1934 Warn London
Dr. Herman Krauss
 1934 Passing Shadows
David Lawrence
 1934 Strauss' Great Waltz
Johann Strauss, the Elder
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth
Mr Wakefield
 1933 Marooned
Tom Roberts
 1933 Early to Bed
 1933 Smithy
John Smith
 1933 Channel Crossing
 1933 I Was a Spy
 1933 For Love or Money
Edmund Gilbert
 1933 The Good Companions
Jess Oakroyd
 1932 Be Mine Tonight
Mayor Pategg
 1932 Love on Wheels
 1932 Condemned to Death
 1932 Money for Nothing
Sir Henry Blossom
 1932 Frail Women
The Bookmaker
 1931 Hindle Wakes
Chris Hawthorne
 1931 The Skin Game
Mr. Hornblower
 1931 How He Lied to Her Husband (Short)
Teddu Bompas
 1921 The Skin Game
 1920 Unmarried
Simm Vandeleur
 1916 The Real Thing at Last (Short)
Rupert K. Thunder / Macbeth
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "A Jealous Mistake", West End, London, England. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »


5' 5" (1.65 m)


Marguerite Terry  (divorced)


Kellaway, John | Kellaway, Catherine Augusta Clementina


Arthur Chesney (sibling)

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Personal Quote:

[on being given his Academy Award for playing Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)] Now I know there is a Santa Claus.


He was the only person to win an Academy Award for playing Santa Claus. See more »



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