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29 Actors Who Have Played Santa Claus

Updated October 11, 2018 11.0k views29 items

Who are the most famous actors who have played Santa Claus? You’d be amazed at how many incredibly well-known actors have donned the red suit and belted out that jolly laugh, bringing generations of children joy. The actors listed here all played Santa Claus in major motion pictures or made-for-television films.

If someone asks you to name your favorite stars who played Santa Claus, who comes to mind? You might think of "that guy in the '90s version of Miracle on 34th Street." Well, "that guy" is Lord Richard Attenborough, and yes, he was Kris Kringle in the 1994 movie adaptation of this classic Christmastime film. But did you know that the Santa Claus in the original 1947 Miracle on 34th Street won an Academy Award for his performance? Edmund Gwenn took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar - and he's the only actor to win the coveted golden statue for playing Santa.

From the big screen to the small, famous actors have been playing Santa Claus for decades. Enjoy this look at the best of the best here!

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  • Jim Broadbent
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    Jim Broadbent played Santa Claus in 2014's Get Santa.

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  • Leslie Nielsen
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    Leslie Nielsen played Santa in the 1991 family film All I Want For Christmas.
     

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  • Edmund Gwenn
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    Edmund Gwenn won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Santa Claus in 1947's Miracle on 34th Street.

  • George Wendt
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    George Wendt played Santa Claus in the 2006 TV movie Santa Baby.

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