Santa Claus The Movie is a tale of corporate greed versus innocent goodwill, industrialization versus craft-work and modernisation versus tradition. It’s not often you get all that in a Christmas film, a message the movie somewhat muddles by having blatant product placement for Coca-cola and McDonalds.
The film follows the story of how a man became Santa and then how a big bad businessman exploits an elf into making a potentially fatal lollipop that makes people fly (yes, that old story again).
What of that cast though? Find out where they all are after the jump!
David Huddleston – Santa Claus
Huddelston was primarily an TV actor and appeared in shows like The Waltons but he is also known for his parts in Blazing Saddles and playing Lebowski in The Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Lebowki. Here’s his most famous scene from that film.
He is now 82.
Judy Cornwell – Mrs Claus
Judy is best known to audiences in Britain and Ireland as Daisy, the sister from Keeping Up Appearances. More recently she played Heather’s mean mum Queenie Trott in Eastenders.
She has written a good few books including one about growing up in Australia called ‘The Adventures of a Jelly Baby’. Judy is married and has one child, she is now 72.
Burgess Meredith – that really old elf with a long beard.
This guy is full of surprises, he’s the very same man who played The Penguin in the 1960’s Batman series!
He also played Rocky‘s trainer Mickey in four of the films –
He also played Jack Lemmon’s dad in Grumpy Old Men (though he was only 17 years older than him).
Burgess (known to friends as Buzz) read a Christmas carol on The Chieftan’s album “The Bells of Dublin”
He once thought he felt a dolphin calling to him while he was in bed. Burgess ran down to the beach and found a dolphin trapped in a net and freed it, afterwards he said they must have developed a telepathic connection.
Was a father of two (with fourth wife Kaja Sundsten), his son Jonathon is a musician and his daughter Tala is a painter. He died in 1997.
John Lithgow – B.Z – the baddie
You might know him best for starring opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 3rd Rock from the Sun but has balanced dramatic and comedic roles through his career.
Was Oscar nominated was Tears of Endearment. Played the baddie in Footloose, Cliffhanger, Shrek (voiced Lord Farquaat) and Dexter (the ‘Trinity killer’). He also played a dad in Harry and the Hendersons and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Is 6 foot 4 tall and is also a musician, poet and author. Is now 67 and has three children.
Dudley Moore - Patch
Was part of a brilliant comedy partnership with Peter Cook. Here’s their classic sketch ‘One leg too few’.
Later had Hollywood success in the late 70’s and 80’s with films like Foul Play, 10 (with Bo Derek) and in the playboy part of Arthur (later remade starring Russell Brand).
Was known as a ladies man, was married four times and had two sons. Dudley got on well with the first three but forbade the last wife Nicole Rothschild from coming to his funeral.
He was deeply affected by the death of his old friend Peter Cook in 1995, and for weeks would phone Cook’s home just to hear his voice on the answering machine.
He died in 2002.
Carrie Kei Hein - Cornelia
Since then – Later appeared in The Parent Trap 2 (1986). Carrie worked as an attorney in New York but is now a novelist. She’s married with a daughter and will be 39 on December 7th.
Christian Fitzpatrick - Joe.
Since then - not much to go on I’m afraid, all I could find that this photo which suggests he’s alive and well, bearded and in black and white.
Carrie doesn’t seem to know much either she says
“We lost touch almost immediately after filming. There were no other children in the movie; and, with the exception of our stand-ins, we really had no other kids to play with … for 4 whole months of filming. I think that, by the end of it, we were kind of tired of each other’s company. I’d love to find out what he’s up to now, though….. and I hope he’s happy.”
As do we.
The cast of Santa Claus the movie, we salute you!
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