About the cast

Tim Allen (Santa Claus/Scott Calvin)

Tim Allen returns as Santa Claus, aka Scott Calvin, after winning the hearts of audiences in “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.”

Allen was last seen on screen in the Revolution Studios comedy “Zoom,” in which he starred as a former superhero who is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy. He recently wrapped production on the Touchstone Pictures comedy “Wild Hogs,” which revolves around a group of frustrated, middle-age suburban-biker-wannabes who hit the open road in search of adventure, only to encounter a group of real Hells Angels. Earlier this year, Allen starred in Disney’s “The Shaggy Dog,” an update of the family classic in which he plays a lawyer whose devotion to his career comes at the expense of his family.

Tim Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the eighties, providing the perfect lead-in to his highly successful ABC television series, “Home Improvement,” where he garnered a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination and was honoured with the People’s Choice Award for “Favourite Male Performer in a Television Series” for an unprecedented eight years in a row. While passionately ensconced in a hit sitcom, Tim still found time to expand his talents.

He made his film debut in 1994, playing the historic holiday icon in the Walt Disney blockbuster hit “The Santa Clause,” earning him another People’s Choice Award. He gave voice to the beloved, yet deluded, space ranger Buzz Light-year in the computer-animated smash hit “Toy Story” and starred in Disney’s “Jungle 2 Jungle,” with Martin Short, and Universal’s “For Richer or Poorer,” with Kirstie Alley.

While the Taylor family was still at the top of the prime-time charts, Tim revisited his comedy roots with a successful national concert tour that finished with a sell-out performance at Caesar’s Palace and found time to pen his first book about the male perspective, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, topping the New York Times Best-Seller List. This was followed by his second best seller, I’m Not Really Here, focusing on midlife, family and quantum physics.

In 1999, during the eighth, and final, season of “Home Improvement,” Tim was honoured with the TV Guide Award for Favourite Actor in a Comedy Series, and in a tearful farewell, Tim hung up his tool belt, shifting his film career into high gear with resounding success.

To the delight of moviegoers, Tim reprised his character Buzz Light-year in the Disney sequel “Toy Story 2,” which grossed over $250 million to become the sixteenth-highest film of all time. This was followed by the popular DreamWorks film “Galaxy Quest,” where Tim portrayed the washed-up actor Jason Nesmith and his sci-fi alter ego, Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, playing opposite Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. Representing the “average Joe,” Tim starred in the Twentieth Century Fox picture “Joe Somebody,” opposite Jim Belushi, and in 2001, he partnered with Rene Russo in the Barry Sonnenfeld ensemble comedy “Big Trouble.” In 2002, with an interesting departure from playing mythical icons and the average “everyman,” Tim took on the role of Critical Jim, a professional hit man in the Paramount Classics comedy “Who Is Cletis Tout?,” opposite Christian Slater, and in November 2002, Tim helped kick off the holiday season by successfully reprising his role as “the big man in red” in the long-awaited sequel “The Santa Clause 2.” In a brief return to television in April 2003, Tim’s old Tool Time pals, Debbe Dunning and Richard Karn, joined Tim on stage for the live ABC special “The User’s Guide to ‘Home Improvement.'” In 2004, Allen starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in Revolution Studios’ comedy “Christmas With the Cranks.” The film, directed by Joe Roth, was an adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel Skipping Christmas.

Elizabeth Mitchell (Mrs Claus/Carol)

Elizabeth Mitchell stole the heart of Santa and became Mrs Claus in “The Santa Claus 2.” Her breakthrough performance was in the HBO television movie “Gia,” in which she starred opposite Angelina Jolie. Many remember her from the 2000 dramatic thriller “Frequency,” starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, or for her comedic turn in Neil LaBute’s “Nurse Betty.”

Elizabeth was recently seen opposite Paul Walker and Chazz Palminteri in the Wayne Kramer (“The Cooler”) film entitled “Running Scared,” for New Line.

Some of her notable TV credits include “ER,” in which she had a recurring role as Dr Lagaspi, and as one of the leads in NBC’s “The Lyon’s Den,” opposite Rob Lowe. She also starred opposite Barry Pepper in the acclaimed ESPN movie entitled “The Dale Earnhardt Story.”

Elizabeth can now be seen as a series regular on “Lost.”

Raised in Dallas, Texas, Mitchell lives in Los Angeles.

Judge Reinhold (Neil Miller)

Judge Reinhold first won the hearts of America with his unforgettable performance in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” then went on to star in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise and has continued to charm audiences in more than 75 films, including “Ruthless People” and the “Santa Clause” movies. Judge has left his signature on TV as well, with acclaimed performances on “Arrested Development” and as the “close talker” on “Seinfeld,” the latter of which garnered him an Emmy nomination.

Wendy Crewson (Laura Miller)

Actress Wendy Crewson reprises her role as Scott Calvin’s ex-wife, Laura Miller, whom fans will remember from “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.”

Although Crewson is most recognizable from her role as the First Lady opposite Harrison Ford in “Air Force One,” she also drew attention for her performances in “The Last Brick-maker in America,” “Bicentennial Man,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Corrina, Corrina” and “The Doctor.”

Crewson’s extensive film credits include the independent “Suddenly Naked,” of which she was executive producer. She also starred opposite Sophia Loren in “Between Strangers” (directed by Loren’s son Edoardo Ponti) and in “Perfect Pie.” Other films include “A Home at the End of the World” and “The Clearing.”

Presently, Crewson can be seen in theatres in Renny Harlin’s “The Covenant” and an upcoming film release, Matt Bissonnette’s “Who Loves the Sun,” and in video stores in Frank Marshall’s “Eight Below.”

For television, Crewson joined the cast of Fox’s award-winning series “24,” in a recurring role. She starred in ABC’s thriller “The Beast” and the CBC telefilm “The Many Trials of One Jane Doe” for which she won a Gemini Award for the highly acclaimed movie “The Man Who Lost Himself” and has just been awarded the 2006 Best Actress FIPA Award for her brilliant portrayal of Louise Arbour. Currently, Crewson is nominated for a Gemini Award for the highly acclaimed BBC/CBS miniseries “Sex Traffic.” She also starred in Showtime’s “Jack,” playing a battered wife, and in the CBS Western “Twelve Mile Road,” co-starring Tom Selleck.

Crewson won Canada’s Best Actress Gemini Award for her role in “At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story,” about a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease who struggles to die with dignity. Crewson was nominated for another Best Actress Gemini for her role in the Lifetime telefilm “Criminal Instinct: The Joanna Kilbourne Mysteries” (which she also produced). She won an ACTRA Best Actress Award for her role on the series “Home Fires” and a Gemini for her guest-starring role on “Due South.”

 Crewson starred in an episode of HBO’s award-winning miniseries, directed by Sally Field, “From the Earth to the Moon.” Her other television credits include “An Unexpected Love,” “The Matthew Shepard Story,” “Hard Copy,” “The Lives of Girls and Women” and “Spenser for Hire.” She met her husband, actor Michael Murphy, when they starred together in HBO’s “Tanner ’88.”

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Crewson received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in Kingston and did post-graduate studies in London at the Webber Douglass Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Repertory Theatre.

In 2002, Crewson was honoured with the 2002 Gemini Humanitarian Award for her work with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Eric Lloyd (Charlie Calvin)

Eric Lloyd has grown up before audience’s eyes in the role of Charlie Calvin in both “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2.”

His feature-film credits include “Luminous Motion,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Dunston Checks In,” “Batman and Robin” and many more.

Before playing Charlie Calvin at the tender age of eight in “The Santa Clause,” Lloyd had been seen in such films as “Greedy” and “Heart and Souls.”

Lloyd starred as a series regular on the sitcom “Jesse.” He has worked in television movies and series with such veterans as Carol Burnett in “Seasons of the Heart” and Patty Duke in “A Christmas Memory.” He was also a lead in the CD-ROM “Goosebumps… Escape From Horrorland” for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks SKG.

Lloyd is currently attending Chapman University, where he majors in film production with his sights set on writing and directing.

Martin Short (Jack Frost)

Born in Ontario, Canada, Short began his career on Canada’s “SCTV Comedy Network,” where his work garnered an Emmy award. Short’s proven ability as a comedic chameleon and his host of hilarious impressions brought him to the attention of “Saturday Night Live.” After only one season, Short was instantly recognized for his standout performances and on-the-mark impressions of such characters as Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers Jr, legendary songwriter Irving Cohen and lawyer Nathan Thurm. With the tremendous exposure he gained on “Saturday Night Live,” he was on the Hollywood fast track and quickly crossed over into feature-film work.

Short made his big-screen debut in “Three Amigos,” where he worked alongside former “Saturday Night Live” colleagues Chevy Chase and Steve Martin. Over the years, he has continued to land plum comedic roles in theatrical releases such as “Inner Space,” “Three Fugitives,” “Clifford,” Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks,” “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “The Big Picture,” among others. Perhaps his most memorable role was that of the scene-stealing Franck the wedding planner in “Father of the Bride.” He later reprised the hilarious portrayal for “Father of the Bride II.”

Not limiting himself to acting, Short has also written, produced and starred in three highly acclaimed comedy specials for television. For these efforts, which included “Martin Short’s Concert for the North Americas” for Showtime, “I Martin Short, Goes Hollywood” for NBC, and “The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show” for NBC, he won two CableACE awards and an Emmy award, respectively. Short’s work in television also includes his co-starring, Emmy-nominated role in the NBC miniseries “Merlin,” one of the highest-rated programs in the network’s history. And following that, he co-starred in the critically acclaimed “Alice in Wonderland,” for NBC, as the Mad Hatter.

A veteran of the theatre in Canada and on Broadway, Short has received accolades for his varied work on the stage, earning a Tony Award nomination, a Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for the 1993 Broadway production of “The Goodbye Girl.” Most recently, Martin won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in the Neil Simon/Colemon Broadway production of “Little Me.” In addition, he also starred in Lawrence Kasdan’s “Four Dogs and a Bone” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

In the autumn of 1999, Short brought his comedic and musical talents, versatility and improvisational genius to the television genre when he hosted King World’s daily one-hour talk/variety entertainment program, “The Martin Short Show.” The show garnered seven Emmy nominations, two of which were for “Best Show” and “Best Host.”

In 2001, Marty created and starred in “Primetime Glick” for Comedy Central. Jiminy Glick was a fictitious character, a “Hollywood legend and celebrity interviewer” he derived from “The Martin Short Show.” In its third and final season, the show garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Performer in a Musical, Comedy or Variety Show.

In 2003, Martin starred in Mel Brooks’ critically acclaimed “The Producers” with Jason Alexander at The Pantages Theatre.

In May 2005, Short starred in “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood,” which he also wrote. Gold Circle Films produced.

In August 2006, Short opened on Broadway in his critically acclaimed musical-comedy “Fame Becomes Me,” which is presently running to packed houses.

Short’s incredible career has been recognized by the public and critics alike and by his Canadian homeland. In 1994, Short was awarded the “Order of Canada” (the Canadian equivalent to British Knighthood) for his contribution to Canadian culture and was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000.

Spencer Breslin (Curtis)

Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, 13-year-old Spencer Breslin is quickly emerging as one of Hollywood’s most promising and sought-after young talents.

Spencer first grabbed the attention of the entertainment industry at the age of three when he starred alongside Charles Barkley in a memorable McDonald’s commercial in which he recites all the ingredients in the Big Mac.

Spencer’s career continues to evolve with challenging and exciting new projects. He starred opposite Kate Hudson and his real-life sister, Abigail Breslin, in Garry Marshall’s “Raising Helen” and in the “The Cat in the Hat,” alongside Mike Myers. Other film credits include “Disney’s The Kid,” in which he starred alongside Bruce Willis, “Meet the Parents,” “Return to Never Land,” and the Disney feature “The Shaggy Dog,” in which he co-starred with Tim Allen. Most recently, he was seen in the Revolution Studios feature “Zoom,” once again starring alongside Tim Allen.

Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Spencer has starred in the television projects “Wonderfalls,” “Teamo Supremo,” “Moms on Strike,” “You Wish,” and “Storm of the Century” and has guest-starred on the prime-time television series “Law & Order.” He also starred opposite John Goodman in the CBS series “Centre of the Universe.”

Ann-Margret (Sylvia Newman)

Ann-Margret, a consummate entertainer, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe awards and received six Emmy nominations for her television work. She is a three-time winner of the “Female Star of the Year” award given by the United Motion Pictures Association, has been twice honoured as “Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year” by the Theatre Owners of America and was voted “Song and Dance Star of the Year” by the American Guild of Variety Artists. Ann-Margret was nominated last year for a Grammy for her CD, “God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions.”

Ann-Margret received an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress in a movie for TV, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film “Life of the Party,” based on the best-selling book. She guest-starred in a three-part episode of NBC’s award-winning series “Third Watch.” She co-starred in the Twentieth Century Fox film “Taxi” with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon.

She co-starred in the Oliver Stone movie “Any Given Sunday” with Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz. Her Showtime movie, “Happy Face Murders,” was the highest-rated original movie for 15 months.

As a young girl, Ann-Margret was discovered by the legendary George Burns, and since her film debut playing Bette Davis’ daughter in “A Pocketful of Miracles,” Ann-Margret has made over forty-seven films, including such hits as “Cincinnati Kid,” “State Fair,” “Tommy,” “Carnal Knowledge,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Stagecoach,” “Grumpy Old Men” and its sequel, “Grumpier Old Men.”

She also has co-starred with such luminaries as John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen and Walter Matthau.

Her two Academy Award nominations were earned for her powerful portrayal of Bobby Templeton in director Mike Nichols’ famous film “Carnal Knowledge” and for her incredible role as Nora Walker in the classic Ken Russell rock film, “Tommy.”

Her television career has been equally impressive with brilliant dramatic performances and Emmy nominations for “Who Will Love My Children,” “Queen,” “The Two Mrs Grenvilles” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Other television films in which she has earned critical acclaim for her roles include “Our Sons,” “Nobody’s Children,” “Following Her Heart,” “Scarlett” and “Seduced by Madness.”

Ann-Margret recorded the main title song for the DreamWorks Flintstones movie “Viva Rock Vegas” and has a new RCA compilation CD, “The Very Best of Ann-Margret” and has just released “Ann-Margret’s Christmas Carol Collection.”

She has also starred in many television specials, including “The Ann-Margret Show,” “From Hollywood With Love,” “Dames at Sea,” “When You’re Smiling,” “Ann-Margret Olsson,” “Rhinestone Cowgirl,” “Rockette: A Tribute to Radio City Music Hall” and “Cinderella at the Palace.”

Ann-Margret has performed at the White House, received presidential citations for entertaining the US armed forces overseas and was selected by the USO World Board of Governors as their 2003 honouree. She was also named the Swedish American of the Year and gave a royal command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden.

As further proof of her popularity, her autobiography, My Story, reached the New York Times Best-Seller List a week after publication.

Ann-Margret starred in the multi-million-dollar, coast-to-coast production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” as well as recorded the new cast album. She currently tours with her own production show “Here! Now!”

Ann-Margret’s most recent film was Universal Studios’ “The Break-Up,” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. She has also just finished a picture called “Memore,” with Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane for New Line Cinema that will be released later this year.

Ann-Margret is the national chairperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She lives with her husband, Roger Smith, in Beverly Hills, California.

Alan Arkin (Bud Newman)

Alan Arkin has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, screen and television. Born in New York, Alan launched his career with Chicago’s improvisational revue, “Second City.” This led to his first part on Broadway, the lead in Carl Reiner’s play “Enter Laughing,” for which he won a Tony Award. The following year, he appeared again on Broadway in Murray Schisgall’s hit “Luv.” In 1998, he directed, starred and co-wrote with Elaine May the hit production of “Power Plays” at the Promenade Theatre. Alan began directing for the stage with the much-acclaimed “Eh?,” starring Dustin Hoffman, at the Circle in the Square. He then won an Obie for directing Jules Feiffer’s “Little Murders,” followed by Feiffer’s “The White House Murder Case,” all three of which kept the Circle in the Square tied up for several years. These productions were followed by “The Sunshine Boys” on Broadway, “Rubbers and Yanks Three” at The American Place Theatre, “Joan of Lorraine” at the Hartman in Stamford, “The Sorrows of Stephen” at the Burt Reynolds Theatre, starring his son, Adam, and “Room Service” at the Roundabout in New York.

 Alan was recently seen in “Little Miss Sunshine,” with Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear, and “Firewall,” with Harrison Ford and will soon be featured in the animated “Bee Movie,” with Jerry Seinfeld. In 2004, Alan shot “Noel,” with Susan Sarandon and Steven Soderbergh’s “Eros.” Alan’s first feature, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” earned him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor as well as an Oscar nomination. He received a second Oscar nomination and the New York Critics’ Award for his performance in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” A second New York Critics’ Award followed for his role in “Hearts of the West.” His other films have included “Catch-22,” “Little Murders” (which he also directed), “Joshua: Then and Now,” “The In-Laws,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Havana,” “Glengarry Glenn Ross,” “Four Days in September,” “Mother Night,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “Gattaca,” “Steal Big, Steal Little,” “Jakob the Liar,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “America’s Sweethearts,” and “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” from which he won the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has written and directed two short films, “TGIF” and “People Soup.” The first opened the New York Film Festival, and the latter received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject.

Alan starred in the highly acclaimed A&E series “100 Centre Street,” written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television appearances include his Emmy-nominated performances in “Pentagon Papers” for the FX network and “Escape From Sobibor.” He guest-starred as the father of his real-life son, Adam Arkin, on “Chicago Hope,” which earned him yet another Emmy nomination, and he also appeared in Showtime’s “Varian’s War.” He was recently seen in HBO’s “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” with Antonio Banderas, for director Bruce Beresford.

Alan directed the television adaptation of the Broadway play “Twigs,” with Carol Burnett, and “The Visitor,” with Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz and Julie Haggerty, which won multiple international awards.

When not occupied as an actor or director, Arkin is likely to devote his time to music or writing. He has written six books, all published by HarperCollins, the latest, a children’s book entitled Cassie Loves Beethoven, published by Hyperion. An earlier work, The Lemming Condition, has sold steadily for twenty years and was honoured by The Book Sellers of America by being placed in the White House Library.

Liliana Mumy (Lucy Miller)

Liliana Mumy, the prolific, petite, red-haired 12-year-old, starred in “The Santa Clause 2” and also appeared as Jessica Baker in “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”

Liliana provided voice-over work in the animated features, “Lilo and Stitch 2,” “Stitch the Movie,” “Leroy and Stitch,” “Mulan 2,” “Barnyard,” Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “My Neighbours the Yamadas.”

Her numerous television roles include those in “Help Me Help You,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Scrubs,” “That ’70s Show,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “Strong Medicine” and a recurring role on “My Wife and Kids.”

Liliana also provides the voices of starring characters on the animated shows “Higglytown Heroes,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “Holly Hobbie,” “American Dragon” and “Catscratch.”

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