Which Santa Claus are you most closely connected to?

+27 votes

This week in the Connection Finder, we're featuring Santa Claus -- or at least some of his famous impersonators -- starting with Ed Asner, who played him in "Elf."

Featured alongside him are other men who have portrayed Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, or Father Christmas:

Which Santa you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 24.4 million of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

Special feature: Check out how you're connected to other Actors by using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the category page. Browse related categories like Disney Legends Recipients and Voice Actors.

Let us know how you're related below! If you want to share your connection on social media with cousins and friends, click the "get shareable image" below the results, e.g. Ed Asner and Tim Allen. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles themselves, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

Help us with next week's feature: Broadway. Help us choose and improve profiles for it.

WikiTree profile: Ed Asner
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (487k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten

It should be noted that Sir Richard Attenborough, stared in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street.  The original movie came out in 1947 and stared a young Natalie Wood as well, is was Edmund Gwenn who played the role.

They both played the role, in different productions of the movie.

37 Answers

+13 votes
Mikey Rooney 18 degrees
by Lorraine Nagle G2G6 Mach 3 (34.4k points)
Same, but 23 degrees.
18 Degrees for me too.
+11 votes
I am most closely connected to Kurt Russell at 24 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
+10 votes
21 degrees from David Huddleston and Kurt Russell.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (269k points)
Kurt Russell, 17 Degrees; 9th Cousin once removed.
that makes you Michael my 10th cousin once removed. hi cuz!  lol
We should contact Kurt and let him know we are stopping by to celebrate!
we'll have to grab all the rest connected and make a unknown relatives reunion out of it. lol
I am actually more interested in meeting Goldie.
+9 votes
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (507k points)
I have an extremely remote and perhaps, dubious, connection to https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Russell-8364 , 19th cousins, once removed.

and your my 22nd cousin.. hi cuz! wink

Hello, cousin!
+10 votes
My closest is David Huddleston at 16 degrees.
by Jennifer Bello G2G6 (8.0k points)
+10 votes
20 degrees from Mickey Rooney
20 degrees from Kurt Russell (9th cousins, 3x removed)
20 degrees from Tim Dick (17th cousins, 3x removed)
21 degrees from David Huddleston (15th cousins, 4x removed)
21 degrees from Hume Cronyn
22 degrees from Paul Frees
24 degrees from Richard Attenborough
26 degrees from Douglas Campbell
27 degrees from Ed Asner
30 degrees from Brian Blessed
32 degrees from Abraham Rutger van der Vlugt
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
edited by Mike Wells

and you are my 8th cousin once removed thru Claude Gaudet.. another.. Hi cuz!smiley

sup cuz!
+10 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
+9 votes

I am most closely connected to Richard AttenboroughHume CronynDavid Huddleston, and Mickey Rooney at 22 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (516k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+10 votes

Kurt Russell and I are 13th cousins twice removed

David Huddleston and I are 17th cousins twice removed

Tim Allen and I are 22nd cousins 5x removed

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 7 (74.0k points)
+10 votes
14 degrees from David Huddleston. 13th cousin twice removed. MRCA Margaret (Fleming) Stewart (abt 1528 - abt 1587).

15 degrees from Kurt Russell. 13th cousin twice removed. MRCA Margaret Elliot) Bridger (abt 1527 - abt 1580) if, perchance, the Isle of Wight Virginia Pitt is related to the Newberry County South Carolina Pitts. Uh, or not.

17 degrees from Hume Cronyn.

18 degrees from Paul Frees.

18 degrees from Mickey Rooney.

22 degrees from Ed Asner.

22 degrees from Tim Dick (Allen). 14th cousin thrice removed. MRCA Philip Mansel (abt 1420 - 1471).

23 degrees from Richard Attenborough.

26 degrees from Douglas Campbell.

31 degrees from Abraham Rutger van der Vlugt.

32 degrees from Brian Blessed.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 3 (35.7k points)
+10 votes
The closest connections are Hume Cronyn and Mickey Rooney, both at 18 degrees.

No cousins closer than 13th.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (23.7k points)
+10 votes
21 degrees Kurt Russel, 22nd cousin 1'x removed
by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
+9 votes
I'm closest related to Kurt Russell, assuming all is accurate, no NPEs etc: 10th cousin, 2x removed.
by Kae-Leah Williamson G2G6 Mach 1 (11.1k points)
+8 votes
Mickey Rooney 20 degrees
by Cheryl Grogan G2G6 (7.7k points)
+9 votes
by Gerald Baraboo G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+7 votes
Kurt Russell - 10 cousins twice removed


17 degrees from Kurt Russell

17 degrees from David Huddleston
by Robert Clark G2G6 Mach 8 (85.2k points)
edited by Robert Clark
+7 votes

Trying this out with a table since copy and paste with bullets is now creating large spaces between each bullet. It feels more organized, but now it's taking up space.


Related (blank if not)


Ed Asner
29 Degrees
Tim Allen
16th cousin 3x  removed
23 degrees
Richard Attenborough
25 Degrees
Brian Blessed
27 Degrees
Douglas Campbell
29 Degrees
Hume Cronyn
17 Degrees
Paul Frees
22 Degrees
David Huddleston
14th cousins 1x removed
20 degrees
Mickey Rooney
19 Degrees
Kurt Russel
11th cousins 2x removed
21 Degrees
Abraham Rutger van der Vlugt
34 Degrees
by Jennifer Fulk G2G6 (8.9k points)
edited by Jennifer Fulk

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