He predicted that, if Edmund went into theatre, he would end up in the gutter, and then literally "showed him the door." In such illustrious company, Gwenn was hailed by critics as "magnificent" and "superlatively good".In 1935, RKO summoned him to Hollywood to portray Katharine Hepburn's father in Sylvia Scarlett (1935). Comedy is hard".

He was also a huge success in "The Wookey" in 1942, playing a Cockney tugboat captain. Having endured terrible arthritis for many years, he had suffered a stroke, and then contracted pneumonia, from which he died at age 81 on September 6, 1959. Edmund Gwenn (born Edmund John Kellaway, 26 September 1877 – 6 September 1959) was an English actor. He settled in Hollywood in 1940 and became part of its British colony. His performance was to earn him an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor (at age 71) and, because it is rerun every Christmas season, he would become for many their all-time favorite screen Santa. Please note that it is possible to see the full 1919 article by following the link in the bibliographic note and clicking on the box that shows an excerpt. His debut in a talking picture was in an adaptation of Shaw's How He Lied to Her Husband, made at Elstree in 1931. James L. Mason (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous), Other Works "Dog's Life" was at least the third time Gwenn made a film centered on a dog. In Thunder in the Valley (1947), he played one of his most unlikable characters, a father who beats his son, smashes his violin and shoots his dog.Then in 1947, he struck it rich. A notable early role was a recreation of his stage character Hornblower in the 1921 Anglo-Dutch silent-film of The Skin Game, which he reprised ten years later in Alfred Hitchcock's early sound version of The Skin Game.

The story and the wording vary somewhat from teller to teller. Edmund John Kellaway (September 26, 1877 – September 6, 1959) was an English movie, television, and stage actor who is known for his role as Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street. By this time he was 77 and suffering from advanced arthritis.

Edmund Gwenn was a theatre and film actor, and was the older brother of actor Arthur Chesney. |  He had a small role as a Cockney assassin in a Hitchcock film, Foreign Correspondent in 1940. Eventually Gwenn bought a house at 617 North Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills, which he was to share with his secretary and "confidential man", Ernest C. Bach, and later with former Olympic athlete Rodney Soher.The year 1950 brought a pair of interesting films.

He received a second Oscar nomination for his role in Mister 880 (1950). [1] During the war Gwenn's marriage broke up and was dissolved. Gwenn was married to Minnie Terry for one day in 1901.

Several scenes in the movie were filmed in the desert, where the temperature often reached 110 degrees. I simply stayed faithful to the memory of that happiness."[6]. His brother was the actor Arthur Chesney and his cousin, Cecil Kellaway. On film, he is best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe Award. Barrie. In Louisa (1950) he and Charles Coburn were romantic rivals for the hand of Spring Byington. That same year, however, he went to Australia and acted there for three years, not returning to London until 1904. He was released after four months to live with his daughter and her family. He would return to America in 1928 to replace his friend, Dennis Eadie, who had died while in rehearsal for "The House of Arrows", but for most of this time, he was in England doing more stage roles and two dozen British films.His first appearance on screen was in a British short, The Real Thing at Last (1916) in 1916, while he was still in the army. By this time, World War I had started and Gwenn, despite his poor eyesight, was inducted into the British Army. [1] His career was interrupted by his military service during the First World War, serving as an officer in the British Army. Son of John (1846-1912) and Catherine (née Oliver) Kellaway (1852-1931).

[8], Gwenn appeared in more than eighty films, including Pride and Prejudice (1940), Cheers for Miss Bishop, Of Human Bondage and The Keys of the Kingdom.
His father called the theatre "that sink of iniquity." One of George Bernard Shaw's favorite actors.

[1] He also appeared in plays by Granville-Barker and John Galsworthy, in Elizabeth Robins’s suffragette drama Votes for Women [5] and in works by other contemporaries. When Edmund broke the news to his father that he had chosen acting as a career, there followed "a scene without parallel in Victorian melodrama." When he first moved to Hollywood, he lived at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. That same year, he appeared as "Chebutykin" in Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters", with Katharine Cornell, Ruth Gordon and Judith Anderson. "The Student Prince" followed in 1954, as did the science-fiction classic Them! "Mr Edmund Gwenn – Versatile Character Actor". Surprisingly, he excelled at rugby and amateur boxing.

Years later his father would admit he had been wrong, but that didn't help the young man during an all-night crossing from Dublin to England during which he had time to reflect. Barrie's "What Every Woman Knows" and "The Twelve Pound Look", as well as Henrik Ibsen's "The Wild Duck" and Harley Granville-Barker's "The Voysey Inheritance". Gwenn was born in Wandsworth, London, England on September 26, 1877. "Gwenn had lost his hair early on, and had no more concern about it than he did about his portliness. There is a story that has been around for years that shortly before he died a visitor observed, "It must be hard [to die]", to which Gwenn replied, "Dying is easy.

In 1940, he was the delightful "Mr. Bennet" in Pride and Prejudice (1940), then made a 180-degree turn by playing a folksy assassin in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940). "I've been stocky all my adult life," he said, "but now I must accept the fact that I'm fat." To date (2019) only actor to win an Oscar for playing Santa Claus. After "Miracle on 34th Street," however, Gwenn was a star and constantly in demand, especially when the role called for a kindly eccentric.Gwenn remained a British subject all his life.

Gwenn accepted (by this time he was Edmund Gwenn) and the play was a success. Admittedly, Craig and Hasso must escape, and Gwenn's character is pretty evil, but knocking the wind out of the old man makes Craig seem like a bully and far less sympathetic.After "Dangerous Partners", Gwenn was in Bewitched (1945), She Went to the Races (1945), Of Human Bondage (1946), Undercurrent (1946), Life with Father (1947), Green Dolphin Street (1947) and Apartment for Peggy (1948). The email below was sent to QI, and it contains interesting information, so I am sharing it here. Official Sites. His father was a British civil servant, and he groomed Edmund to take a position of power in the Empire. What Gwenn regretted most was the loss of the memorabilia he had collected of the actor Henry Irving. What Gwenn regretted most was the loss of the memorabilia he had collected of the famous actor Henry Irving. [on being given his Academy Award for playing Kris Kringle in, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, James L. Mason (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous), View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Forty "All-Time Great" Golden Age of Hollywood Actors, Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Winners (Best to Worst), Deadpool's Favorite Movies That Sound Dirty But Aren't. He beat out some stiff competition: Charles Bickford (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Thomas Gomez (Ride the Pink Horse (1947)), Robert Ryan (Crossfire (1947)) and Richard Widmark (Kiss of Death (1947)). Older brother to Margaret (1879-1963), Nellie (1880-1966), Arthur (1882-1904), Herbert (1883-1972), Eva (1886-1945) and Elsie (1889-1975). In addition to that, Edmund had poor eyesight and perhaps most importantly, he was his mother's darling, and she kept having visions of shipwrecks and desert island strandings. [2], From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://simple.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Edmund_Gwenn&oldid=5268117, Cardiovascular disease deaths in Los Angeles, Internet Broadway Database person ID same as Wikidata, Find a Grave template with ID same as Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. Meanwhile, he developed a strong inclination to the stage, partly because of his admiration for the great English actor, Henry Irving. [4], When he returned to London Gwenn appeared not in low comedy, but in what The Times called "a notably intellectual and even sophisticated setting" at the Court Theatre under the management of J. E. Vedrenne and Harley Granville-Barker. James Craig and Signe Hasso, the hero and heroine, are being held by the villainous Gwenn in a room, when Gwenn comes in to interrogate them. Gwenn was born in Wandsworth, London to John and Catherine (Oliver) Kellaway.

In the midst of this, the 33-year-old, 6'2" Craig punches the 68-year-old, 5'5" Gwenn in the belly and then forces the doubled-over Gwenn to release them. For example, he played the amiable counterfeiter in "Laburnum Grove" in 1933 (later to become the film Laburnum Grove (1936) in which he would star) and then with the entire British company brought it to New York.
|  is noteworthy, too, in that it was a particularly physically painful part for Gwenn. As for TV, his most memorable role may have been as a snowman that comes to life in a Christmas night telecast on The Ford Television Theatre (1952) from a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Heart of Gold".Gwenn's final days were spent at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. Most sources list it as beginning and ending in 1901, perhaps only for a matter of days or even hours.

The costumer had outfitted him in a wool suit for some of the early scenes. From that point, Gwenn would remain a bachelor for the rest of his life. He looked a bit like a benign clergyman, perhaps of the Anglican faith, an image enhanced by his soft, almost soothing voice. He was also in Unmarried (1920) in 1920 and a silent version of "The Skin Game" (The Skin Game (1921)) as "Hornblower", a role he would reprise in 1931 for a talking version (The Skin Game (1931)) directed by Alfred Hitchcock. From then on, Gwenn was to work steadily until the end of his life.

Gwenn was born Edmund Kellaway in Wandsworth, London, on September 26, 1877.