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Edmund Gwenn (born Edmund John Kellaway; 26 September 1877 – 6 September 1959) was an English character actor.

While Gwenn's career lasted several decades and encompassed stage and screen on both sides of the Atlantic, he's probably best remembered today for his performance as Kris Kringle in the classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street, which earned him both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and for appearing in four films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (People who know him primarily for his Kris Kringle might be startled to find him playing an evil assassin in Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent.)

Gwenn was married to stage actress Minnie Terry from 1901 to 1914, and although they divorced the couple remained on amicable terms for the rest of his life. He never remarried, and had no children. In 1959 he died from pneumonia after suffering a stroke, three weeks before what would have been his 82nd birthday.

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