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.


Welsh-born character star, often in unsympathetic roles in his British films of the thirties. After some American films, he went permanently to Hollywood in 1940 with retirement vaguely in mind, but they would not hear of it, keeping him exuding testy benevolence as shepherds, scientists, and scoundrels, winning a Best Supporting Oscar for his Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street (1947), for another 15 years. Further Oscar-nominated for Mister 880.

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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

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Edmund Gwenn Quotes:

Dr. Harold Medford: Get the antennae! Get the antennae!

Sam Marlowe: Let's get Harry and pop him in.
Capt. Wiles: With hasty reverence.

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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Fought in the British army during World War I.

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.

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

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