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All 8 Times Ed Asner Played Santa Claus In Christmas Movies & TV Episodes, Ranked

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Ed Asner's most well-known performance as Santa Claus is in the Christmas classic Elf, but in reality, the celebrated actor has played multiple iterations of Kris Kringle both before and after Elf came out in 2003. While not the only one to have played Santa Claus more than once, Asner played the character eight times – which is among the most times an actor has played Santa. Interestingly enough, he didn't play Santa Claus exclusively in films; he also portrayed Santa Claus in animated films, television shows, and Christmas specials.

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