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Bah, humbug!

— Scrooge's catchphrase

Ebenezer Scrooge (born February 7, 1786) is the main character in Charles Dickens' tale, A Christmas Carol. He is a very cold-hearted, selfish elderly man, who has no love for Christmas, children, family, or anything that even resembles happiness. The story of his transformation by the three Ghosts of Christmas (Past, Present, and Yet to Come) has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday.

Scrooge's partial inspiration is Ralph Nickleby, an antagonist in an earlier Dickens novel, Nicholas Nickleby.

Portrayals

Picture Production Year Actor Notes
Image ChristmasCarol1901.jpg The Death of Poor Joe 1901 Tom Green, Laura Bayley
Image Scrooge1901.jpg Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost 1901 unknown
Scrooge2.jpg A Christmas Carol 1908 Thomas Ricketts
Scrooge3.jpg A Christmas Carol 1910 Marc McDermott This short silent film was produced by Thomas Edison in 1910.
Scrooge Hicks.jpg A Christmas Carol 1913 Sir Seymour Hicks
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1914 Charles Rock
No Screenshot.png The Right to be Happy 1916 Rupert Julian
No Screenshot.png Scrooge 1922 H. V. Esmond
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1923 Russell Thorndike
1923-xmas-happy-scrooge.jpg Old Scrooge 1926 unknown
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1928 Bransby Williams
1935-xmas-happy-scrooge.jpg Scrooge 1935 Sir Seymour Hicks
1938-xmas-humbug-scrooge.jpg A Christmas Carol 1938 Reginald Owen The feature was originally intended to star Lionel Barrymore, who played the role of Scrooge annually on radio, but Barrymore was forced to drop out of the film because of his arthritis.
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1943 William Podmore
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1947 John Carradine
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1948 Dennis King
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1949 Taylor Holmes
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1950 Bransby Williams
Scrooge sim.jpg Scrooge 1951 Alastair Sim Alastair Sim's performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1950 production "Scrooge" is generally regarded as the definitive portrayal of the role. The film expands on the original story by adding Scrooge's rise as a prominent businessman who was corrupted by a greedy new mentor that had lured him away from the benevolent Mr. Fezziwig. Sim reprised the role two decades later, lending his voice to Richard Williams' 1971 animated version of the tale.
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1951 Ralph Richardson
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1952 Malcolm Keen
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1953 Noel Leslie
Scrooge march.jpg A Christmas Carol 1954 Fredric March
Scrooge rathbone 2.jpg The Stingiest Man in Town 1956 Basil Rathbone Rathborne would go on to play Scrooge again in the 1959 episode of Tales from Dickens.
No Screenshot.png The Trail to Christmas 1957 John McIntire
Scrooge rathbone.jpg Tales from Dickens: "A Christmas Carol" 1959 Basil Rathborne Rathborn reprises the role of Scrooge in this production, having previously played him in the 1956 production of The Stingiest Man in Town.
Front-magooscrooge1.jpg Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962 Quincy Magoo
(voiced by Jim Backus)
Mr. Magoo takes on an acting role where he plays Scrooge in a Broadway theater play. There are a few references to Scrooge's (more accurately Magoo's) myopic vision within the stage production presented in the special. In the opening sequence, Mr. Magoo is shown arriving at the theater, and at the end is shown taking a bow with the other actors.
No Screenshot.png Mr. Scrooge 1964 Cyril Ritchard
No Screenshot.png Carry on Christmas 1969 Sid James
NVE00012.png Famous Classic Tales: A Christmas Carol 1969 Ron Haddrick
Finney01.jpg Scrooge 1970 Albert Finney Albert Finney's portrayal of Scrooge in this musical adaptation won him the a Golden Globe for The Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy in 1971.
Scrooge sims 2.jpg A Christmas Carol 1971 Voiced by
Alistair Sim
Alistar Sim, famously known for playing Scrooge in the 1950 production "Scrooge", reprises the role - this time voicing the character of Ebenezer for an animated adaptation.
1977.jpg A Christmas Carol 1977 Michael Hordern
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1978 Warren Graves
Scrooge matthau.jpg The Stingiest Man in Town 1978 Voiced by
Walter Matthau
Richlittlescrooge.jpg Rich Little's Christmas Carol 1978 Rich Little
(as W. C. Fields)
SamAsScrooge.jpg Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol 1979 Yosemite Sam
(voiced by Mel Blanc)
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1981 William Paterson
1982-toon-happy-scrooge.jpg A Christmas Carol 1982 Richard Hilger
No Screenshot.png The Gospel According to Scrooge 1983 Robert Buchanan
Scrooge McDuck.jpg Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 Scrooge McDuck
(voiced by Alan Young)
Being named after the Ebenezer Scrooge character, it was fitting for Scrooge McDuck to portray the character. Alan Young, who voiced Scrooge, also created the 1977 record album on which the film was based upon.
Elam.jpg Scrooge's Rock 'N' Roll Christmas 1984 Jack Elam
Scrooge scott.jpg A Christmas Carol 1984 George C. Scott Scott was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal in this version of A Christmas Carol. This Scrooge notably wears dress-slacks, a dress-shirt, a vest and a smoking jacket on his journey through time rather than the traditional nightgown, slippers and cap. Sources have stated that Scott openly reeled at the thought of portraying Scrooge under such conditions, especially in mid-winter England.
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 1984 Michel Bouquet
1985.jpg Christmas Carol II the Sequel 1985 James Whitmore
EbenezerScrooge.jpg The Real Ghostbusters: "Xmas Marks the Spot" 1986 Peter Renaday
Scrooge caine.jpg The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 Michael Caine The British character actor is very believable as Scrooge in Brian Henson's directorial debut.
Fredflintstone.jpg A Flintstones' Christmas Carol 1993 Fred Flintstone
(voiced by Henry Corden)
Fred gets the role of Ebonezer Scrooge in Bedrock Community Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. He becomes so obsessed with the part that he begins living it, and through playing Scrooge, he ends up learning a valuable lesson about his own selfishness.
1994.jpg A Christmas Carol 1994 unknown
Scrooge curry.jpg A Christmas Carol 1997 Tim Curry The consummate British actor, best known for his crossdressing role as Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as Mr. Hector in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and the voice of Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys plays it straight here.
1998.jpg Ebenezer 1998 Jack Palance Set in the wild west, Palance portrays Scrooge as the "most greedy, corrupt and mean-spirited crook in the old West".
Scrooge Stewart.jpg A Christmas Carol 1999 Patrick Stewart The British actor best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies also performed a one-man version of Dickens' play in the 1990s in London and New York.
Kemp.jpg A Christmas Carol 2000 Ross Kemp
(as Eddie Scrooge)
Eddie Scrooge, played by Ross Kemp, is an unscrupulous loan shark living on a poor estate, his business partner Jacob Marley is killed while out on business, though Eddie knows why he was killed he does no disclose this information to the police, or Marley's family. In this modern adaptation, Eddie is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas, past, present and future.
Scrooge callow.jpg Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001 Simon Callow In this adaptation, Scrooge is middle aged instead of elderly and reunites with his old flame Belle (who works as a nurse). He is also shown to have a soft spot for animals as he shows kindness towards a mouse that appears throughout the film with its companion Gabriel.
No Screenshot.png Scrooge and Marley 2001 Dean Jones
Scrooge Grammer.jpg A Christmas Carol: The Musical 2004 Kelsey Grammer
Scrooge-ThePolarExpress.jpg The Polar Express 2004 Voiced by
Tom Hanks
Scrooge makes a cameo appearance as a marionette. It is revealed that the puppeteer of this character is the hobo.
No Screenshot.png The Northern Ballet Theatre presents A Christmas Carol 2005 Jeremy Kerridge
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol: Scrooge's Ghostly Tale 2006 unknown
No Screenshot.png The Carol Project 2006 Bill Bourne
No Screenshot.png The Nutcracker: A Christmas Story 2007 Marc Wenke
Scrooge-carrey.jpg A Christmas Carol 2009 Voiced by
Jim Carrey
The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, uses the motion capture techniques previously featured on The Polar Express and Beowulf. Zemeckis wrote the screenplay with Jim Carrey in mind, and - like Tom Hanks in The Polar Express - Carrey plays multiple roles in the film, including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, along with the three ghosts who haunt him.
Man Who Invented Christmas Scrooge.JPG The Man Who Invented Christmas 2017 Christopher Plummer Academy-Award Winner Christopher Plummer portrays Scrooge as a vision from Charles Dickens' own imagination, whom only Dickens can see, hear, and talk to at various moments. At the near end, Dickens confronts Scrooge and overcomes his own inner darkness, nearly ending the story with Scrooge's death. But after he pleads for mercy and makes his vows, Dickens finally finishes his book in time for his deadline.
No Screenshot.png A Christmas Carol 2019 Guy Pearce

Female Scrooges

Picture Production Year Actress Notes
No Screenshot.png Scrooge: A Christmas Sarah 1990 Sarah Greene
(as Sarah Scrooge)
Ebbie Scrooge.jpg Ebbie 1995 Susan Lucci
(as Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge)
Best known as Erica Kane on All My children, Lucci portrays a department store manager.
Scrooge tyson.jpg Ms. Scrooge 1997 Cicely Tyson
(as Ebenita Scrooge)
A diva carol.jpg A Diva's Christmas Carol 2000 Vanessa Williams
(as Ebony Scrooge)
Eden Starling.jpg Barbie in a Christmas Carol 2008 Voiced by
Morwenna Banks
Melissa Lyons (singing)
(as Eden Starling)

Other characters in the Scrooge role

Picture Production Year Character Notes
No Screenshot.png Carol for Another Christmas 1964 Daniel Grudge
Yaketyyak.jpg A Special Sesame Street Christmas 1978 Oscar the Grouch
(played by Carroll Spinney)
No Screenshot.png Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol 1979 Cyrus Flint
Scrooge Winkler.jpg An American Christmas Carol 1982 Benedict Slade
(played by Henry Winkler)
Henry Winkler plays Benedict Slade, a depression-era American version of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the three Christmas ghosts to see the error of his ways.
Mister Spacely.jpg The Jetsons: "A Jetson Christmas Carol" 1985 Cosmo Spacely
(voiced by Mel Blanc)
John Grin's Christmas 1986 John Grin
Scrooge murrary.jpg Scrooged 1988 Francis "Frank" Xavier Cross
(played by Bill Murray)
Frank Cross is a selfish, cynical television programming executive whose concentration on his lucrative, fast climbing career cost him his true love, alienated him from his family and obliterated any chance of having a happy and fulfilling life. When he is given the task of heading up a live broadcast of A Christmas Carol, his life inexplicably begins to mirror the story he's producing.
Scrooge atkinson.jpg Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1988 Ebenezer Blackadder
(played by Rowan Atkinson)
In a reversal of roles, Victorian mustache shop owner Ebenezer Blackadder is the nicest man in England - until the Spirit of Christmas shows him what life in the past, present and future would be like if he was a little bit more mean-spirited.
No Screenshot.png Alvin and the Chipmunks: "Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll" 1989 Alvin Seville
(voiced by Ross Badgasarian, Jr.)
No Screenshot.png Camp Candy: "Christmas in July" 1989 Vanessa
(voiced by Willow Johnson)
Captain Hook as Scrooge.jpg Peter Pan and the Pirates: "Hook's Christmas" 1990 Captain Hook
(voiced by Tim Curry)
Ebiffneezer Tannen.jpg Back to the Future: "Dickens of a Christmas" 1991 Ebiffneezer Tannen
(voiced by Thomas Wilson)
One of many ancestors of Back to the Future antagonist Biff Tannen.
Thaddeus Plotz.jpg Animaniacs: "A Christmas Plotz" 1993 Thaddeus Plotz
(voiced by Frank Welker)
Caractacus Doom as Scrooge.jpg Avenger Penguins: "A Christmas Carol" 1994 Caractacus P. Doom
(voiced by Mike McShane)
No Screenshot.png Beavis and Butt-head: "Huh-Huh-Humbug" 1994 Beavis
(voiced by Mike Judge)
No Screenshot.png Littlest Pet Shop: "Who Scrooged McRude?" 1995 Angus McRude
(voiced by Ian James Corlett)
No Screenshot.png Xena: Warrior Princess: "A Solstice Carol" 1996 King Silvas
CruellaInXmasOutfit.jpg 101 Dalmatians: "A Christmas Cruella" 1997 Cruella De Vil
(voiced by April Winchell)
Carface as Scrooge.jpg An All Dogs Christmas Carol 1998 Carface Caruthers
Gem Stone as Scrooge.jpg Sabrina: The Animated Series: "Witchmas Carole" 1999 Gem Stone
(voiced by Chantal Strand)
No Screenshot.png Maxine's Christmas Carol 2000 Maxine
No Screenshot.png Adventures from the Book of Virtues: "A Christmas Carol" 2000 Annie Redfeather
(voiced by Adrienne Carter)
Eustace as Scrooge and Ed as Tiny Tim.png A Very Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Holiday Special 2000 Eustace Bagge
(voiced by Lionel Wilson)
Eustace (bottom) portrays Scrooge in a segment parodying the closing scene of A Christmas Carol.
No Screenshot.png Brer Rabbit's Christmas Carol 2002 Brer Fox
No Screenshot.png A Carol Christmas 2003 Carol Cartman
(played by Tori Spelling)
Tori Spelling plays a selfish talk show host.
No Screenshot.png The Star of Christmas 2002 & 2004 Mr. Nezzer Nezzer talks to Cavis and Mallard on their production "The Princess and the Plumber".
No Screenshot.png Chasing Christmas 2005 Jack Cameron
Claus-0045.jpg Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "A Lost Claus" 2005 Mr. Herriman
(voiced by Tom Kane)
Because he was only going to give one gift to each resident, Bloo decides to scare this seven-foot-tall imaginary rabbit out of his wits on Christmas Eve.
Scrooge oscar.jpg A Sesame Street Christmas Carol 2006 Oscar the Grouch
(played by Carroll Spinney)
Instantánea 1 (10-12-2016 17-24).png A Christmas Mikey 2006 Ozu
(voiced by Stephen Moverly)
Daffy in Bah Humduck.jpg Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas 2006 Daffy Duck
(voiced by Joe Alaskey)
Daffy is the owner of the Lucky Duck Mall, and he treats his employees very shabbily. After Daffy states he hates the holidays, Bugs Bunny warns him about the Ghosts of Christmas, which Daffy simply scoffs at. However the duck changes his tune after the Christmas spirits arrive and show him the error of his ways.
No Screenshot.png A Dennis the Menace Christmas 2007 George Wilson
(played by Robert Wagner)
ToddAsScrooge.jpg The Replacements: "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular V" 2008 Todd Daring
(voiced by Nancy Cartwright)
Todd plays Scrooge in a Christmas Carol skit for his adoptive father's holiday special.
Swiper Christmas.jpg Dora the Explorer: Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure 2009 Swiper the Fox
(voiced by Marc Weiner)
After getting on Santa's naughty list, Swiper must learn to be good.
P8391127 e v8 ab.jpg The Suite Life on Deck: "A London Carol" 2010 London Tipton
(portrayed by Brenda Song)
No Screenshot.png Aída: "La Noche de los Belenes Vivientes" 2010 Mauricio Colmenero
(portrayed by Mariano Peña)
Grouchy Smurf.png The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol 2011 Grouchy Smurf
(voiced by George Lopez)
No Screenshot.png El Barco: "La noche de reyes" 2012 Ernesto Gamboa
(portrayed by Juan Pablo Shuk)
Merry It Up CeCe 07.png Shake It Up: "Merry Merry It Up" 2012 CeCe Jones
(portrayed by Bella Thorne)
Instantánea 1 (20-12-2012 11-29).png The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange: "Orange Carol" 2012 Orange
(portrayed by Daneboe)
Adri.png La CQ: "Christmas in the CQ" 2012 Adri
Winter9.jpg The Thundermans: "Winter Thunderland" 2014 Max Thunderman
(portrayed by Jack Griffo)
Diesel'sGhostlyChristmas45.png Thomas & Friends: "Diesel's Ghostly Christmas" 2015 Diesel
(voiced by Kerry Shale)
Diesel refuses to be helpful to anyone at Christmastime, so Thomas, Emily, Salty, Cranky and Paxton decide to teach him a lesson by pretending to be four ghosts who teach him about what will happen if he does not begin helping others.
SnowfallFrost.png My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: "A Hearth's Warming Tail" 2016 Starlight Glimmer
(voiced by Kelly Sheridan)
Starlight Glimmer plays a Scrooge-like character named Snowfall Frost. Here she is a powerful magician who attempts to erase Hearth's Warming from existence with a magic spell, dismissing the idea that the holiday protects the land from evil Windigos as a childish story. The three spirits visit her not only to teach her the true meaning of the holiday, but also to prevent the eternal winter her spell would create.
Mcgee.jpg Camp Lakebottom: "Smells Like the Holidays" 2016 Mc. Gee After pulling a fart prank on Squirt that stinks up the whole Mess Hall, McGee blames it on Squirt, who then believes his gas is too dangerous to let out anymore and traps himself inside a bubble. McGee is then visited by 3 'gasey' ghosts, who show him what his stinky actions will lead to. So he confesses his responsibility for the incident.
Scrooge (Be Cool, Scoby-Doo).JPG Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: "Scroogey Doo" 2017 Voiced by
Neil Ross
After his visit from Marley, Scrooge meets Mystery Inc., gives them British exchange for their American tender, and allows them to try and solve his mystery. During each visitation, Scrooge tells the gang what ghosts came and what they showed him. After the 3rd ghost is caught, he arrives with the police. On the downside, with the mystery solved, Scrooge remains stingy, believing nothing bad will happen to him.
Scroogey Doo.jpg Velma Dinkley
(voiced by Kate Micucci)
'Victorian Velma' arrives in England with the gang for the New Science and Reason Symposium. After getting tangled in Scrooge's mystery, however, she too is visited by the 3 Christmas ghosts, who convince her that mystery-solving is a waist of her genius. However, Velma then realizes that she and Scrooge were victims of hypnosis, overcomes it, and realizes she can be who she wants and solve mysteries.
Screen Shot 2018-04-19 at 11.21.43 AM.png The Powerpuff Girls: "You're a Good Man, Mojo Jojo" 2017 Mojo Jojo
(voiced by Roger L. Jackson)
No Screenshot.png Vampirina: "A Gargoyle Carol" 2019 Gregoria
voiced by Wanda Skyes
No Screenshot.png New Looney Tunes: "The Legend of Burrito Monday" 2020 Elmer Fudd
voiced by Jeff Bergman
Flip.jpg The Loud House: "A Flipmas Carol" 2020 Flip
(voiced by John DiMaggio)

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