Edmund Gwenn

Edmund Gwenn

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Edmund Gwenn
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actor
Born Edmund Kellaway on Sept. 26, 1877 in London, United Kingdom
Died Sept. 6, 1959 of pneumonia and complications from a stroke in Woodland Hills, CA

There are very few character actors from the 1930s, '40s or '50s who rose to the stardom like Edmund Gwenn.

Born in London, his father, a career man, expected his son to follow his footsteps and disowned him at 17 when he pursued his acting career. They reconciled years later when Gwenn neared the peak of his career.

Gwenn began his career in theater in 1895. Playwright George Bernard Shaw was impressed with his acting, and cast 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, but after the war ended, he started appearing in films in London.

He appeared in more than 80 films, including "Pride and Prejudice," "Cheers for Miss Bishop" and "The Keys of the Kingdom."

He is best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in "Miracle on 34th Street," for which he won an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Upon receiving his Oscar, he said, "Now I know there is a Santa Claus!"

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1947 Best Supporting Actor Miracle on 34th Street Win
    1950 Best Supporting Actor Mister 880 Nomination

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