Actor Edmund Gwenn was a venerable character actor, who will forever be known for his portrayal of Kris Kringle was born Edmund Kellaway on September 26, 1877 in Wandsworth, London, England. His parents disapproved of his interest in the theater and disowned him when at seventeen; he chose an acting career rather than a civil service profession. They were reconciled many years later when Gwenn neared his acting peak. At the age of twenty in a chance meeting, he was introduced to famed playwright George Bernard Shaw. The famed play write offered the young actor a prominent role in his London production of Man and Superman. Gwenn’s performance was critically acclaimed, and this led to five other Shaw stage productions. At the outbreak of World War I, Gwenn enlisted in the British Army and eventually rose to the rank of captain. Following the war, he resumed his London stage acting career, eventually moving to New York City and the bright lights of Broadway. Gwenn was a success here as well, appearing in numerous stage productions. His prolific motion picture career began in 1931 with How He Lied to Her Husband and from here on out, Gwenn was devoted primarily to film. During a screen and television career that spanned two decades (1931- 1957), he appeared in over eighty feature motion pictures that included; Tell Me Tonight (1932), Marooned (1933), Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), All American Chump (1936), Pride and Prejudice (1938), Foreign Correspondent (1940), The Devil and Miss Jones (1941), Charley’s Aunt (1941), Lassie Come Home (1943), Of Human Bondage (1946), Hills of Home (1948), Bonzo Goes to College (1952), and Them (1954).
Who died on this date: