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Cecil Kellaway Overview:

Character actor, Cecil Kellaway, was born Cecil Lauriston Kellaway on Aug 22, 1893 in Cape Town, South Africa. Kellaway died at the age of 79 on Feb 28, 1973 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

MINI BIO:

Cecil Kellaway appeared in over 145 film and television roles, many times as wise or mischievous characters. His films include Wuthering Heights (1939), The House of the Seven Gables (1940), The Letter (1940), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Kellaway was originally offered the role of Santa Claus in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, but turned it down. The role instead was given to his cousin, Edmund Gwenn, and the film has since become a Christmas classic.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Kellaway was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1948Best Supporting ActorThe Luck of the Irish (1948)HoraceNominated
1967Best Supporting ActorGuess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)Monsignor RyanNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

What a Character:

By The Lady Eve on Nov 18, 2014 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

is among a handful of older character actors active during Hollywood's heyday who brought to the screen a delectable combination of warmth, kindliness and good cheer that I call "old guy charm." Other members of this twinkly-eyed pack of golden boys include the likes of sweet and snug... Read full article


What a Character:

By The Lady Eve on Nov 18, 2014 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

is among a handful of older character actors active during Hollywood's heyday who brought to the screen a delectable combination of warmth, kindliness and good cheer that I call "old guy charm." Other members of this twinkly-eyed pack of golden boys include the likes of sweet and snug... Read full article


What a Character:

By The Lady Eve on Nov 18, 2014 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

is among a handful of older character actors active during Hollywood's heyday who brought to the screen a delectable combination of warmth, kindliness and good cheer that I call "old guy charm." Other members of this twinkly-eyed pack of golden boys include the likes of sweet and snug... Read full article


All in the Family: and Edmund Gwenn

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 22, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Cousins and Edmund Gwenn… Yes, Hollywood’s favorite Leprechaun, , was Santa Claus’ (Edmund Gwenn’s) cousin! Cecil and his elder cousin Edmund was born Cecil Lauriston Kellaway on August 22, 1890 (or 1893?) in Cape Town, South Africa. Edmu... Read full article


Mini Tribute Character Actor:

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 22, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born August 22, 1890, Character Actor ! Hollywood’s favorite Leprechaun, , just happened to be Santa Claus’ (Edmund Gwenn‘s) cousin! But on a more serious note: Kellaway played 140+ roles, many times as wise or mischievous characters. He was nominated ... Read full article


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Cecil Kellaway Quotes:

Earnshaw: Oh children, this is a little gentleman I met in Liverpool who has accepted my invitation to pay us a little visit.
Cathy, as a child: He, he's dirty!
Earnshaw: Oh no, don't make me ashamed of you Cathy.


Wallace Wooley: I'm afraid you've got a hangover.
Daniel: Don't tell me what I've got! I invented the hangover. It was in 1892... B.C.


Monsignor Monaghan: For Heavens sake, get them out of the church...!


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Brother of Alec Kellaway.

Father of Peter Kellaway, pioneer in the clinical use of the electroencephalogram (EEG) test to evaluate patients with possible neurological difficulties. When Jack Ruby stood trial for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Kellaway testified about the results of Ruby's EEG tests.

He and character actor Edmund Gwenn were cousins.

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