See the Cast of ‘Santa Claus: the Movie’ Then and Now
‘Santa Claus: the Movie’ is a sprawling retelling of the legend of Santa Claus, with a subplot that involved a renegade elf named Patch who hooks up with a unscrupulous toy manufacturer before re-discovering the meaning of Christmas.
Despite its big budget and the star power of Dudley Moore, who passed away in 2002, the 1985 film was a box office flop. Nevertheless, it makes its way around at Christmas time. See what the cast of ‘Santa Claus: The Movie’ is up to these days.
John Lithgow, B.Z.
Then: In âSanta Claus: the Movie,â Lithgow plays B.Z., a morally questionable toy manufacturer who want to take over Christmas. The Harvard-educatedÂ actor got his start in the theater but had been making a name for himself in the early ’80s with Oscar-nominated roles in âThe World According To Garpâ and âTerms of Endearment.â He didn’t get nominated for ‘Harry and the Hendersons,’ but that’s because the Academy Awards are a SHAM.
Now: Lithgow is probably most associated with his starring role as Dr. Dick Solomon on the sitcom âThird Rock From the Sun,â which ended in 2001. More recently he has been featured on âDexterâ and âHow I Met Your Motherâ and is in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy âThis is 40.â
David Huddleston, Santa Claus
Then: Huddleston got the plum role as Santa Claus in âSanta Claus: the Movie.â In 1974, he had played Olson Johnson in the legendary comedy âBlazing Saddles.â
Now: The veteran character actor is best known to modern audiences for playing the other Lebowski in âThe Big Lebowski.â Huddleston, 82, was last seen on a 2009 episode of âItâs Always Sunny in Philadelphia.â
Judy Cornwell, Anya Claus
Then: âIn Santa Claus: the Movie,â Cornwell played Mrs. Claus. Mostly a TV actress in her native England, Cornwellâs last movie role had been in 1970âs Wuthering Heights,â which starred future Bond Timothy Dalton. She is best known as Daisy from the â90s BBC show âKeeping Up Appearances.â
Now: The 72-year-old was featured in the 2008 season of the long running British soap opera âEastEnders.â She has published several novels and in 2005 she released her autobiography, âAdventures of a Jelly Baby.’
Jeffrey Kramer, Dr. Eric Towzer
Then: In âSanta Claus: the Movieâ Kramer played Dr. Eric Towzer, an executive at B.Z.âs toy company. He also played Hendricks in âJawsâ and âJaws 2.â
Now: Kramer hasnât done much acting since âSanta Claus: the Movie,â but he has had plenty of entertainment industry success, winning Emmys for producing both âThe Practiceâ and ‘Alley McBeal.â The 67-year-old is currently developing the novel âHere If You Need Meâ into a TV show for CBS.
Carrie Kei Heim, Cornelia
Then: Kei Heim played Cornelia, B.Z.âs 9-year-old step-niece, in âSanta Claus: the Movie.â She followed that up in 1986 by starring as âNikkiâ in âParent Trap 2,â which turned out to be her last role.
Now: Heim got a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She worked as a law clerk and then litigator until 2008, and these days the 39-year-old is a writer and novelist.
Anthony O’Donnell, Puffy
Then: In ‘Santa Claus: the Movie’ O’Donnell played Puffy, Patch’s elf rival. It was one of the first movie roles for the diminutive stage actor.
Now: O’Donnell has stayed very busy in the theater. He recently appeared on an episode of ‘Being Human.’
Christian Fitzpatrick, Joe
Then: Christian Fitzpatrick played street urchin Joe, who befriends Santa. It was his first film role. He followed that up with a part in ‘Vice Versa’ three years later, which was his last.
Now: According to his LinkedIn page, Fitzpatrick is looking for work as a voice actor, and his talents include accents and being a method actor. He studied at the Piven Theater Workshop and Second City ETC. He says, “I am interested in returning to a long over due Acting or Voice over career. I am a SAG and AFTRA member and feel as if paying these dues should eventually amount to something right?” Makes sense to us. Good luck!