Ranking the Scrooges: Who Played the Iconic Charles Dickens Character Best?

‘Tis the season to watch multiple adaptations of the iconic 1843 Charles Dickens novella that gave us Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and the character that defined greed to good, Ebenezer Scrooge. While there are other characters associated with Christmas that never go out of style (Frosty, Rudolph, Ralphie), the longevity of literature’s most famous miser is a testament not just to talent of one of the English language’s greatest writers, but also the many great actors who have taken on the challenge of playing this iconic role. And since Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and your local video store (if you still have one!) offer countless different versions of A Christmas Carol to choose from, we’ve helpfully narrowed it down to the five best. 

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5. Kelsey Grammer

This one is the Scrooge version of a sympathy fuck, because Kelsey Grammer really wasn’t good as Scrooge, but it sure would be nice to see him get some more work. Hopefully this high ranking will convince NBC executives that Frasier still has the magic touch. Let’s file this one under “early-aughts camp classics.”