by Eowyn Langholf

Each week we highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week. These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week, we are featuring Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol, and part of our England Project.   We thought it would be fun to put the Connection Finder to work and see how Mr. Dickens is related to some of the actors who have played the infamous role of Ebenezer Scrooge in various productions of A Christmas Carol.

So read on and know them better, man!

Christopher Plummer

The most recent Scrooge, Christopher Plummer, who portrays the cold-hearted miser in the newly released film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, is 24 degrees from the author, our shortest connection path.   This particular connection goes through Lt. Col. John Butler, a United Empire Loyalist. He raised Butler’s Rangers, a  British provincial military unit of the American Revolutionary War.

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, otherwise known as Sir Patrick Stewart, portrayed surly money-lender Ebenezer in the 1999 version of A Christmas Carol and is a fan favorite.   The two are a mere 38 steps apart.

George Scott

Actor George Scott portrayed Scrooge in the 1984 version of the novel, a movie that some call the definitive version.   Scott is also known for his portrayal of General George S. Patton in Patton.  The two are 28 steps apart and connect through John Howland Jr, the son of another John Howland Sr, who was a signer of the Mayflower Compact.

Michael Caine

Sir Michael Caine, my favorite Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed him in my favorite Christmas movie, A Muppet Christmas Carol.  (Seriously, he pulled off being a total grouch whilst surrounded by adorable muppets!)  The farthest connection we are looking at, Sir Michael and Mr. Dickens are 40 steps apart.

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer was cast to play Ebenezer in 2004’s A Christmas Carol:The Musical.  The singing Scrooge is 28 steps from our beloved author.  It’s worth noting that Kelsey and Michael Caine both connect to Charles Dickens through Anne Thomas.

Bill Murray

Last, but certainly not least, Bill Murray, who should be quite familiar with ghosts, played Ebenezer in a 1988 modernized adaptation of the book,  Scrooged.  Bill and Charles are 35 degrees apart. Fun side note: Bill Murray was awarded the nation’s highest award for comedy, the Mark Twain Prize, in October 2016.  Mark Twain and Charles Dickens are only 19 degrees apart!

Happy Holidays, WikiTreers!

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