When Santa comes to mind, you may envision him stationed in the North Pole or atop a sleigh, but good ol' Saint Nick also spends a lot of time in front of the camera. Actors ranging from '90s teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas to Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti have donned Santa's iconic red suit. Check out other actors that have dressed — and sometimes decided to go
shirtless — as the beloved holiday figure.
Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa
There's nothing jolly about Thornton's turn as a department store Santa Claus, who plots to rob his place of employment on Christmas Eve.
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Ed Asner, Elf
The traditional Santa has tons of little helpers, but Asner's Santa also has one very big one in the form of Buddy the elf (
Will Ferrell), a full grown man who doesn't realize he's human.
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Paul Giamatti, Fred Claus
All families deal with a little familial tension during the holidays, and the Claus clan is no exception in this film that stars Giamatti as a Santa who has to contend with a trouble-making older brother (
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, I'll Be Home For Christmas
Teen heartthrob JTT spends most of this movie dressed as Saint Nick after a group of bullies abandon him in the desert dressed as Santa.
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Patton Oswalt, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Traditionally, Santa likes it when kids leave him milk and cookies, but Oswalt's drug-dealing Santa would probably prefer another kind of treat, as he spends his onscreen cameo getting high with Kumar.
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Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street
Macy's management would probably end up on the naughty list for having Gwenn's Kris Kringle committed for believing that he's actually Santa Claus.
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Ryan Phillippe, 54
Santa may be known for having a belly like a bowl full of Jelly, but Phillippe defies tradition, rocking a six-pack in his
shirtless Santa suit instead.
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Tim Allen, The Santa Clause 2
Tim Allen plays a single Santa in this sequel, where he has to find a Mrs. Claus or risk losing his post as Father Christmas.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Jarhead
Though Marine Anthony Swofford (Gyllenhaal) is stationed in blisteringly hot Saudi Arabia, that doesn't stop him from donning a Santa hat to get into the Christmas spirit.
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Ben Affleck, Reindeer Games
When ex-con Rudy Duncan (
Ben Affleck) is blackmailed into participating in a heist, he ends up having to dress up as Santa on Christmas Eve in an attempt to rob a casino.
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