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The Best Actors Who Played Scrooge, Ranked

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Bah humbug! We're ranking the best Ebenezer Scrooge actors. Scrooge may be one of the most popular Christmas characters of all time, but he’s certainly not the cheeriest. As the main character in Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, the name Scrooge has become synonymous with being stingy.

During the course of the book, the cold and calculating businessman is visited by three ghosts (the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future) in order to help him change his mean-spirited and nasty ways. As one of the most celebrated stories of all time, it’s no surprise there have been dozens of actors to play Scrooge over the years. Which one is your favorite? Whether you prefer Micheal Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol or Jim Carrey as Scrooge in 2009's animated Christmas Carol, make your voice heard below.

Vote up the best Ebenezer Scrooge actors, and vote down the ones you didn’t like.

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  • A Christmas Carol (1938)

    John Reginald Owen (5 August 1887 – 5 November 1972) was an English actor known for his many roles in British and American film along with television programs....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1887-1972)
    • Birthplace: Wheathampstead, England
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  • The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

    Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) was a Canadian actor whose career spanned six decades, beginning with his film debut in Stage Struck (1958). Plummer received various accolades for his work, including an Academy Award, a Genie Award, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award; he was one of the few performers to receive the Triple Crown of Acting, and the only Canadian. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82 for Beginners (2010), becoming the oldest actor to win an acting award, and he received a nomination at the age of 88 for All the Money in the...  more
    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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  • Scrooge (1970)

    Albert Finney (9 May 1936 – 7 February 2019) was an English actor who worked in film, television and theatre. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked in the theatre before attaining prominence on screen in the early 1960s, debuting with The Entertainer (1960), directed by Tony Richardson, who had previously directed him in the theatre. He maintained a successful career in theatre, film and television. He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (also 1960), Tom Jones (1963), Two for the Road (1967), Scrooge (1970), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller's Crossing (1990), A Man of No Importance (1994), Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne...  more
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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  • Scrooged (1988)

    William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award, and later starred in comedy films—including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Scrooged (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989), What About Bob? (1991), and Groundhog Day (1993). He also co-directed Quick Change (1990). Murray garnered additional critical acclaim later in his career, starring in Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as an Oscar nomination for...  more
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
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