Edmund Gwenn - Rotten Tomatoes

Edmund Gwenn

Highest Rated:   100% Them! (1954)
Lowest Rated:   13% Anthony Adverse (1936)
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The son of a traveling British civil servant, Edmund Gwenn was ordered to leave his home at age 17 when he announced his intention to become an actor. Working throughout the British empire in a variety of theatrical troupes, Gwenn finally settled in London in 1902 when he was personally selected by playwright George Bernard Shaw for a role in Shaw's Man and Superman. Thanks to Shaw's sponsorship, Gwenn rapidly established himself as one of London's foremost character stars, his career interrupted only by military service during World War I. Gwenn's film career, officially launched in 1916, took a back seat to his theatrical work for most of his life; still, he was a favorite of both American and British audiences for his portrayals of blustery old men, both comic and villainous. At age 71, Gwenn was cast as Kris Kringle, a lovable old eccentric who imagined that he was Santa Claus, in the comedy classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947); his brilliant portrayal was honored with an Academy Award and transformed the veteran actor into an "overnight" movie star. Edmund Gwenn died shortly after making his final film, an oddball Mexican comedy titled The Rocket From Calabuch (1958); one of his surviving family members his cousin Cecil Kellaway, was a respected character actor in his own right.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Rocket from Calabuch
  • Prof. Jorge Serra Hamilton
1956
90% The Trouble with Harry
  • Capt. Albert Wiles
1955
No Score Yet It's a Dog's Life
  • Jeremiah Nolan
1955
100% Them!
  • Dr. Harold Medford
1954
60% The Student Prince
  • Prof. Juttner
1954
No Score Yet The Bigamist
  • Mr. Jordan
1953
No Score Yet Mr. Scoutmaster
  • Dr. Stone
1953
No Score Yet Something for the Birds
  • 'Admiral' Johnnie Adams
1952
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Bishop
1952
No Score Yet Mister 880
  • 'Skipper' Miller
1950
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction
  • Mark Middlecott
1950
No Score Yet Pretty Baby
  • Cyrus Baxter
1950
No Score Yet Challenge to Lassie
  • John Traill
1949
No Score Yet Apartment for Peggy
  • Prof. Henry Barnes
1948
No Score Yet Hills of Home
  • Dr. William MacLure
1948
No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street
  • Octavius Patourel
1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Kris Kringle
1947
91% Life With Father
  • Rev. Lloyd
1947
No Score Yet Undercurrent
  • Prof. Dink Hamilton
1946
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage
  • Athelny
1946
No Score Yet Bewitched
  • Dr. Bergsen
1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Rev. Hamish MacNabb
1944
No Score Yet Between Two Worlds
  • Scrubby
1944
94% Lassie Come Home
  • Rowlie
1943
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in the World
  • Frederick P. Leggitt
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Stubbs
1943
89% Random Harvest
  • Prime Minister
1942
No Score Yet A Yank At Eton
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt
  • Stephen Spettigue
1941
100% The Devil and Miss Jones
  • Hooper
1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop
  • President Corcoran
1941
94% Foreign Correspondent
  • Rowley
1940
100% Pride and Prejudice
  • Mr. Bennet
1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife
  • Dr. Lionel Sterling
1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago
  • Munsey, the Butler
1940
No Score Yet Cheer, Boys, Cheer
  • Edward Ironside
1939
No Score Yet South Riding
  • Alfred Huggins
1938
No Score Yet A Yank at Oxford
  • Dean of Cardinal College
1938
No Score Yet Penny Paradise
  • Joe Higgins
1938
No Score Yet Parnell
  • Campbell
1937
No Score Yet The Walking Dead
  • Dr. Evan Beaumont
1936
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Bonnyfeather
1936
88% Sylvia Scarlett
  • Henry Scarlett
1935
No Score Yet The Bishop Misbehaves
  • James, Bishop of Broadminster
1935
No Score Yet Java Head
  • Jeremy Ammidon
1935
No Score Yet I Was a Spy
  • Burgomaster
1934
40% Waltzes from Vienna
  • Johann Strauss, the Elder
1933
No Score Yet Early To Bed
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Good Companions
  • Jess Oakroyd
1933
No Score Yet If I Were Rich
  • Edmund Gilbert
1933
No Score Yet Friday the 13th
  • Norman Wakefield
1933
No Score Yet The Good Companions
  • Actor
1933
17% The Skin Game
  • Mr. Hornblower
1931
No Score Yet Hindle Wakes
  • Actor
1927

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