Edmund Gwenn-Born on 9/26/1877

Birthday today of great character actor Edmund Gwenn who usually plays a kindly British gentleman having connections to benevolent divine forces—his roles include the nice old man who is a  small scale counterfeiter in Mister 880 (1950)  and of course the Oscar winning Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) to young Natalie Wood. But leave it up to Alfred Hitchcock to cast Edmund in a dark way as the hit man in (on TCM 10/6/16) Foreign Correspondent (1940) who tries to throw Joel McCrea off Westminster Cathedral Tower.

 

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