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Ebenezer Scrooge is the anti-heroic main protagonist of the novella, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Backstory

Ebenezer Scrooge was unloved by his father for unknown reasons, but loved dearly by his sister, Fan. She later comes to pick up her brother from boarding school, promising to never have him come back from that awful place.

Personality

At the beginning of the story, Scrooge is embittered, selfish and downright mean, even not allowing Bob Cratchit to use the coal to warm up the building during the winter. He is even cold towards his nephew, which is never explicitly stated why. The book and especially the 1951 adaptation implies it was because Ebenezer blamed Fred for his sister's death.

In the past, he was heartbroken from being abandoned by an unloving father, his sister dying when Fred was born, and Belle leaving him.

By the end of the novel, Mr. Scrooge becomes cheerful once again, and has been mentioned to have been a better man in his word .

Portrayals

Actor Year Project Title Other Notes
Marc McDermot 1910
Seymour Hicks 1913
1935
Rupert Julian 1916
Russell Thorndike 1923
Lionel Barrymore 1934-1937, on radio
1939-1953

John Barrymore

in 1936 on radio, for ailing brother Lionel
Orson Welles 1938 replacing Lionel Barrymore for one appearance only.

Reginald Owen

1938

Claude Rains

1940 On radio

John Carradine

1947

Malcolm Keen

1947

Taylor Holmes

1949

Alastair Sim

1951 ;
1971 Voice
Fredric March 1954
Basil Rathbone 1956
1958
Stan Freberg 1958. Green Chri$tma$
  • Jim Backus (as Quincy Magoo) in Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, 1962
  • Cyril Ritchard in 1964
  • Sterling Hayden as Daniel Grudge in Rod Serling's Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
  • Wilfrid Brambell in a 1966 radio musical version (adapted from his Broadway role)
  • Sid James in the Carry On Christmas Specials, 1969
  • Albert Finney in 1970
  • Marcel Marceau in 1973
  • Michael Hordern in 1977
  • Rich Little as W.C. Fields playing Scrooge in Rich Little's Christmas Carol, 1978
  • Walter Matthau (voice) in The Stingiest Man in Town, 1978
  • Henry Winkler as Benedict Slade in An American Christmas Carol, 1979
  • Hoyt Axton as Cyrus Flint in Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol, 1979
  • Mel Blanc (as Yosemite Sam) in Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol, 1979
  • Henk Van Ulzen in De Wonderbaarlijke Genezing Van (the Wonderfull Cure of) Ebenezer Scrooge 1979
  • Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge since 1980, more than 1,100 performances.
  • Alan Young (as Scrooge McDuck) in Mickey's Christmas Carol, 1983
  • Michael J. Fox(As Alex Keaton) in the "Family Ties" episode "A Keaton Christmas Carol," 1983.
  • George C. Scott in 1984.

Lane Davies (as Mason Capwell), "Santa Barbara," 1985.

  • Mel Blanc (this time as Cosmo Spacely) in the Jetsons episode "A Jetson Christmas Carol", 1985
  • Robert Guillaume as John Grin in John Grin's Christmas, 1986
  • Oliver Muirhead as "Constable Scrooge" in A Christmas Held Captive, 1986
  • Bill Murray as Frank Cross in Scrooged, 1988
    • Buddy Hackett (as himself) played Scrooge in the film-within-a-film.
  • Rowan Atkinson as Ebenezer Blackadder in Blackadder's Christmas Carol, 1988
  • Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992
  • Jeffrey Sanzel has appeared in more than 1,000 stage performances since 1992
  • James Earl Jones in Bah, Humbug, 1994
  • Walter Charles, Tony Randall, Terrence Mann, Hal Linden, Roddy McDowall, F. Murray Abraham, Frank Langella, Tony Roberts, Roger Daltrey, and Jim Dale in the stage version of Alan Menken's musical (1994-2003)
  • Henry Corden (as Fred Flintstone) in A Flintstones Christmas Carol, 1994
  • Susan Lucci as Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge in Ebbie, 1995
  • Beavis as Beavis Scrooge, 1995
  • Cicely Tyson as Ebenita Scrooge in Ms. Scrooge, 1997
  • Tim Curry (voice) in 1997
  • Jack Palance in Ebenezer, 1997
  • Ernest Borgnine (as Carface Carruthers) in An All Dogs Christmas Carol, 1998
  • Patrick Stewart in 1999
  • Vanessa Williams as Ebony Scrooge in A Diva's Christmas Carol, 2000
  • Ross Kemp as Eddie Scrooge in 2000
  • Dean Jones in Scrooge and Marley, 2001
  • Tori Spelling as "Scroogette" Carol Cartman in A Carol Christmas, 2003
 Anthony Geary(as Lucas Lorenzo "Luke" Spencer), "General Hospital," 2003.
  • Kelsey Grammer in 2004
  • Bill Bourne in The Carol Project, 2006
  • Joe Alaskey (as Daffy Duck) in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, 2006
  • Helen Fraser as Sylvia Hollamby in Bad Girls 2006 Christmas Special
  • Morwenna Banks as Eden Starling (Barbie) in Barbie in a Christmas Carol, 2008
  • Jim Carrey in 2009
    • Carrey also played the three spirits haunting Scrooge).
  • Catherine Tate as Nan in Nan's Christmas Carol, 2009
  • Matthew McConaughey as Connor 'Dutch' Mead in the movie Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, 2009
  • Christina Milian as Sloane Spencer in Christmas Cupid, December 2010
  • Eric Braeden as Victor Newman in "Victor's Christmas Carol" on The Young and the Restless, December 2010
  • Michael Gambon as Kazran Sardick in "A Christmas Carol" on Doctor Who, December 2010.
  • George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (2011)
  • Emmanuelle Vaugier as Carol Huffman in the 2012 TV movie It's Christmas, Carol!
  • Robert Powell in Neil Brand's 2014 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of A Christmas Carol
  • Ned Dennehy in the BBC drama Dickensian, 2015
  • Jason Graae in the musical Scrooge in Love!, 2016
  • Morwenna Banks as Eden Starling in Barbie in a Christmas Carol.
  • Christopher Plummer in The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Other Versions

  • In The Suite Life on Deck episode, "A London Carol," London Tipton takes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Kelly Sheridan as Starlight Glimmer (playing Snowfall Frost) in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "A Hearth's Warming Tail", 2016. In this version, as told by Twilight Sparkle, Snowfall once loved the holiday, but her professor had convinced her to study rather than waste her time on the holiday. Snowfall later plans to cast a spell to rid herself and everyone in Equestria of the holiday unaware that her actions will lead to the return of the Windigoes, which she blew off as a story.
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol
Book:A Christmas Carol
Characters
Ebenezer ScroogeSpirit of Christmas PastSpirit of Christmas PresentSpirit of Christmas Yet to ComeJacob MarleyBob CratchitTiny Tim CratchitEmily CratchitFredFred's wifeMartha CratchitBelinda CratchitPeter CratchitLucy CratchitMatthew CratchitBelleMr. FezziwigMrs. Fezziwig
Film Adaptations
Scrooge, or, Marley's GhostA Christmas Carol (1908)A Christmas Carol (1910)Scrooge (1913)Scrooge (1935)A Christmas Carol (1938)Scrooge (1951)It's Never Too LateA Christmas Carol (1960)Scrooge (1970)A Christmas Carol (1971)An American Christmas CarolMickey's Christmas CarolScroogedThe Muppet Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol (1997)A Diva's Christmas CarolChristmas Carol: The MovieA Carol ChristmasSpringtime with RooChasing ChristmasA Christmas Carol (2006)A Dennis the Menace ChristmasAn American CarolBarbie in a Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol (2009)The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
TV Adaptations
"The Christmas Carol" • A Christmas Carol (1954) Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol A Carol for Another Christmas Rich Little's Christmas Carol A Special Sesame Street Christmas The Stingiest Man in Town Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (1982) A Christmas Carol (1984) Blackadder's Christmas Carol A Flintstones Christmas Carol Ebbie Ebenezer An All Dogs Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol (1999) A Christmas Carol (2000) An Easter Carol A Christmas Carol (2004) Karroll's Christmas Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas Nan's Christmas Carol • "A Christmas Carol" (Doctor Who) It's Christmas, Carol! • "A Hearth's Warming Tail" (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) • "A London Carol" (The Suite Life on Deck)
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