Stars Who Played Santa

Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street

In this 1947 Christmas classic, Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a kind old man who is institutionalized for telling people that he is Santa. Though most think he’s crazy, one young lawyer stands before him in court determined to prove that he is indeed the real Santa Claus. Gwenn won an Academy Award for this heartfelt holiday film, proving he makes a pretty great St. Nick.