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Edmund Gwenn

Edmund Gwenn

Show Count: 18
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: 26 September 1877
Old Time Radio, Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Died: 6 September 1959, Woodland Hills, California, U.S
<ptext-align:>Edmund Gwenn (26 September 1877 – 6 September 1959) was an English theatre and film actor. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street

 

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<h2text-align:>Background  <ptext-align:>Born Edmund John Kellaway in Wandsworth, London and educated at St. Olave's School and later at King's College London, Gwenn began his acting career in the theatre in 1895. Playwright George Bernard Shaw was impressed with his acting, casting him in the first production of Man and Superman, and subsequently in five more of his plays. Gwenn's career was interrupted by his military service during World War I; however, after the war, he began appearing in films in London. (Cecil Kellaway was his cousin and Arthur Chesney was his brother.)

 

<h2text-align:>Career  <ptext-align:>Gwenn appeared in more than eighty films during his career, including the Greer Garson/Laurence Olivier version of Pride and Prejudice (1940),Cheers for Miss BishopOf Human Bondage, and The Keys of the Kingdom. George Cukor's Sylvia Scarlett (1935) marked his first appearance in a Hollywood film, as Katharine Hepburn's father; - his final British film, as a capitalist trying to take over a family brewery in Cheer Boys Cheer (1939) is credited with being the first authentic Ealing comedy. He settled in Hollywood in 1940 and became part of its British colony. For his Santa role inMiracle on 34th Street, which was ranked ninth by the American Film Institute on a list of America's 100 most inspiring films, Gwenn won anAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Upon receiving his Oscar, he said "Now I know there is a Santa Claus!" He is the only person to win an acting Academy Award for playing the role of Santa Claus. Gwenn later reprised the Kris Kringle role on three different adaptations of Miracle on 34th Street for radio, including a 1948 performance on Lux Radio Theater.

 

<ptext-align:>He received a second Oscar nomination for his role in Mister 880 (1950). Near the end of his career he played one of the main roles in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955). He has a small but hugely memorable role as a Cockney assassin in another American Hitchcock film,Foreign Correspondent (1940), the year he moved to Hollywood. He is one of many actors whose Hollywood careers were helped by Hitchcock.

 

<ptext-align:>In theatre, he starred in a 1942 production on Broadway of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, which also starred Judith Anderson and Ruth Gordon. It was produced by and starred Katherine Cornell. Time magazine proclaimed it "a dream production by anybody's reckoning — the most glittering cast the theatre has seen, commercially, in this generation."[1]

 

<ptext-align:>In 1954, Gwenn played Dr. Harold Medford in the classic science fiction film Them! with James Arness and James Whitmore.

 

<h2text-align:>Death  <ptext-align:>Edmund Gwenn died from pneumonia after suffering a stroke, in Woodland Hills, California, twenty days before his 82nd birthday. According to several sources, his last words, when a friend at his bedside remarked that "It is hard to die," were: "But it is harder to do comedy." However, a very similar deathbed saying was earlier attributed to a similarly named 19th century English actor, Edmund Kean, so the association of the words with Gwenn may be erroneous. Gwenn was cremated and his ashes are stored in the vault at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California. Edmund Gwenn has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street for his contribution to motion pictures.

 

Source: Wikipedia

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Creeps By NightCreeps By Night
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 15 February 1944 to 15 August 1944
Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Abby Lewis, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Everett Sloane, Jackson Beck, Ed Begley, Mary Patton, Juano Hernandez
Director: Dave Drummond
Producer: Robert Maxwell
Stars Over HollywoodStars Over Hollywood
Show Count: 72
Broadcast History: 31st May 1941 - 25th September 1954
Sponsor: Dari Rich Products, Armour and Company, Carnation Evaporated Milk
Cast: Hope Emerson, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Crawford, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Jane Wyman
Director: Paul Pierce, Les Mitchel
Producer: Paul Pierce, Les Mitchel
Host: Art Gilmore, Art Ballinger
This thirty minute Saturday morning program featured family oriented stories often with a strong moral that were either written especially for the program or were adapted from famous stories such as Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
Broadcast: 10th August 1943
Starring: Edmund Gwenn
Added: Aug 16 2005
Broadcast: March 16, 1949
Added: Mar 16 2008
Broadcast: 21st December 1950
Starring: Edmund Gwenn
Added: Dec 12 2004
Broadcast: 14th April 1949
Starring: Edmund Gwenn
Added: Apr 14 2006
Broadcast: February 22, 1943
Added: Feb 17 2014
Broadcast: October 27, 1949
Added: Dec 08 2014
Broadcast: April 7, 1954
Starring: Edmund Gwenn
Added: Mar 23 2008
Broadcast: 28th June 1945
Starring: Edmund Gwenn
Added: Oct 20 2008