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The most believable Santa Claus in a Christmas film revealed: From Richard Attenborough to Kurt Russell

We’ve seen Santa Claus onscreen in many a Christmas film over the years, from Elf to Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Claus and The Christmas Chronicles.

However, there’s one movie Santa that is the real cream of the crop and he’s now been revealed in a poll carried out across the world.

5,700 children all over the globe were quizzed on who they think is the most believable Santa, with 76% of kids voting for the late Richard Attenborough who played Santa in Miracle on 34th Street.

It’s a Christmas classic that sees little Susan Walker (played by Mara Wilson), who is skeptical when it comes to believing in Santa, befriend Kris Kringle (Attenborough) who her mother hires to impersonate Santa to meet the kids at Macy’s – only to find out that he could be the real deal.

Released in 1994, it’s a festive favourite among fans that pulls on your heart strings and Richard really is one of the best Santas we’ve ever seen, with his half-moon specs, white beard and all round Christmas cheer.

He was closely followed, however, by Ed Asner who plays Santa in Elf, with 64% of children convinced he is the best as the big man from the North Pole.

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Ed Asner’s Santa in Elf was a close second (Picture: Rex)
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Tim Allen as Santa in The Santa Clause polled in third place (Picture: Rex)
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Kurt Russell as Santa came fourth (Picture: Rex)

In the study, carried out by UK marketplace, Tim Allen as Santa in The Santa Clause came in third place with 58%, while Kurt Russell landed 51% of the votes for most believable Santa in The Christmas Chronicles.

It’s yet another triumph for Richard, as in 2018 he was named the UK’s favourite Santa and Miracle on 34th Street being named the UK’s favourite Christmas film in a survey carried out by streaming platform NOW TV.

Richard’s version of the film was a remake of the 1947 original and also stars Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, William James Remar and Jane Leeves.

The festive film made a whopping $46.2million (£34.4m) worldwide at the box office and, of course, features all the Christmas songs, including Jingle Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.

Richard, who is the brother of David Attenborough, was also known for starring in movies such as The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. He died in 2014 aged 90.


Credit: Original article published here.

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