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Eric Cuthbert Christmas (19 March 1916 – 22 July 2000) was a British stage and screen actor, with over 40 films and numerous television roles to his credit. He is probably best known to American audiiences for his role as Mr. Carter, the principal of Angel Beach High School, in the 1982 comedy films Porky's, the 1983 sequel Porky's II: The Next Day, and the 1985 sequel Porky's Revenge!. He was also known for his sporadic role as Reverend Diddymoe in the NBC sitcom, Amen.
Eric Christmas on The Golden Palace, 1993
Eric Cuthbert Christmas
19 March 1916
|Died||22 July 2000 (aged 84)|
Camarillo, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Santa Barbara Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Donelda Marion Neufeld (1958-1982; divorced; 2 children)|
Marcia J. (Marcy) Mattox (?-2000; his death)
Life and careerEdit
Christmas was born in London, England, and later emigrated to Canada. His role as a priest in the 1971 film Harold and Maude includes a memorable monologue to an off-camera Harold, in which he discusses, with increasing nausea and disgust, how the thought of Harold's sexual affair with a much older woman "makes [him] want...to vomit." His also had film roles in Monte Walsh (1970), The Andromeda Strain (1971), Johnny Got His Gun (1971), The Last Tycoon (1976), An Enemy of the People (1978), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978), The Changeling (1980), Middle Age Crazy (1980), The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), and All of Me (1984). He also appeared in the episode, "When I'm 64", in the TV series "ALF as Bernie, one of the residents of a retirement home, Bugsy (1991), Almost Dead (1994), Air Bud (1997), and his final feature film Mouse Hunt (1997).
Christmas also made guest appearances on many television shows, including Columbo (as a sardonic Jeweler in "A Friend in Deed"), Adventures in Rainbow Country, Due South, ER, Night Court, Wiseguy (as Harry "The Hunch" Shanstra), Seinfeld (as Jeffery Harharwood in "The Gum"—Episode 120, first airing on 14 December 1995), Cheers, Home Improvement (as Sir Larry the Magician), Coach (as Brian Currie), The Golden Palace, The X-Files, Booker, Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, Roseanne, L.A. Law (as Buzz Carr), Major Dad, and Ally McBeal. From 1995-96 he played Father Francis on Days of Our Lives, a key role in the infamous possession of Marlena Evans. He went to San Diego to teach and to revive the La Jolla Playhouse, for which he directed The Man Who Came to Dinner in temporary space at La Jolla High School, with equity actor Larry Seaman in the lead role, and also starring Robert Zimmerman (BHP-San Francisco Faculty) as the reporter and James Pearson as Banjo (Harpo Marx role). Christmas also acted in and directed productions of San Diego, California's Old Globe Theatre's Shakespeare Festivals for many years.
He died on 22 July 2000, from natural causes at the age of 84. He was interred at the Santa Barbara Cemetery at Santa Barbara, California.
- Bonanza (1969, Episode: "Dead Wrong") .... Bobby Dan
- Monte Walsh (1970) .... Colonel Wilson
- The Andromeda Strain (1971) .... Senator from Vermont
- Johnny Got His Gun (1971) .... Corporal Timlon
- "The Men From Shiloh" (rebranded name of The Virginian 1971, TV series) .... Parker
- Harold and Maude (1971) .... Priest
- Columbo (1974, Episode: "A Friend in Deed") .... Bruno Wexler
- The Last Tycoon (1976) .... Norman
- Code Name: Diamond Head (1977) .... Father Murphy
- An Enemy of the People (1978) .... Morten Kiil
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) .... Senator Polk
- The Changeling (1980) .... Albert Harmon
- Middle Age Crazy (1980) .... Tommy
- Porky's (1981) .... Mr. Carter
- Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) .... Mr. Carter
- The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) .... Dr. James Longstreet
- All of Me (1984) .... Fred Hoskins
- Porky's Revenge! (1985) .... Mr. Carter
- Happy Hour (1986) .... Harry The Guard
- Home Is Where the Hart Is (1987) .... Martin Hart
- Whispers (1990) .... Joshua Rinehart
- Bugsy (1991) .... Ronald the Butler
- Ed and His Dead Mother (1993) .... Mr. Abner
- Naked Gun 33 1⁄3: The Final Insult (1994) .... Prison Chaplain (scenes deleted)
- Almost Dead (1994) .... Father Ambrose
- Seinfeld (1995, TV series) .... Geoffrey Haarwood
- Air Bud (1997) .... Judge Cranfield
- Mouse Hunt (1997) .... Ernie and Lars' Lawyer
- Eric Christmas Biography (1916-)
- La Jolla Light, 12 November 1981.