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Edmund Gwenn Overview:

Legendary actor, Edmund Gwenn, was born Edmund Kellaway on Sep 26, 1877 in Wandsworth, London. Gwenn died at the age of 81 on Sep 6, 1959 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Chapel Of The Pines Crematory (ashes in vaultage) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Edmund Gwenn was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for Miracle on 34th Street (as Kris Kringle) in 1947.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best Supporting ActorMiracle on 34th Street (1947)Kris KringleWon
1950Best Supporting ActorMister 880 (1950)Skipper MillerNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

All in the Family: Cecil Kellaway and

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

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


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Edmund Gwenn Quotes:

Mrs. Bennet: Look at them! Five of them without dowries. What's to become of them?
Mr. Bennet: Yes, what's to become of the wretched creatures? Perhaps we should have drowned some of them at birth.


Dr. Harold Medford: None of the ants previously seen by man were more than an inch in length - most considerably under that size. But even the most minute of them have an instinct and talent for industry, social organization, and savagery that makes man look feeble by comparison.


Doris: Would you please tell her that you're not really Santa Claus, that actually is no such person?
Kris Kringle: Well, I hate to disagree with you, but not only IS there such a person, but here I am to prove it.


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To date (2011) only actor to win an Oscar for playing Santa Claus.

Minnie Horace Beatrice Terry, to whom Gwenn was briefly married, was a member of the Terry acting dynasty, and a niece of Ellen Terry.

In a magazine interview in 1998, Joan Weldon revealed that during the shoot of Them! (1954), the temperature reached 110°F and both she and Gwenn were wearing wool clothing. It was even more insufferable for Gwenn, who struggled with advanced arthritis. Although unnoticeable to audiences, he was in pain and was helped off set by his valet, Ernest.

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