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40 Stars You Probably Forgot Were in Christmas Movies

There was more than one Culkin brother in Home Alone?!

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Christmas movies are a rare genre in that, even when they're corny and bad, they're still good. And people often watch their favorites *at least* once a year. That's probably why many Hollywood stars clamor to snag a role in anything holiday-related, including these A-list celebs you might have forgotten about.

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Columbia Pictures
John Krasinski in The Holiday

A year after breaking out as Jim on The Office, John Krasinski appeared in The Holiday as one of Amanda's (Cameron Diaz) overworked employees who can't believe she's taking a vacation.

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Steve Martin And Juliette Lewis In 'Mixed Nuts'
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Rita Wilson in Mixed Nuts

In this crazy chaotic comedy that focuses on Christmas Eve at Steve Martin's character's suicide prevention hotline, we'd be lost without Rita Wilson's antics as Catherine.

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20th Century Fox
Kieran Culkin in Home Alone

Although it's his older brother who stars in this holiday classic, Kieran Culkin appears in Home Alone as one of the many children in the house who are fighting over pizza and Pepsi.

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Miramax Films
Eugene Levy in Serendipity

They say when destiny has a sense of humor you get serendipity. The fate of two people hoping to connect was all in Eugene Levy's hands when he played a very important salesman in this Christmas love story.

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Peter Billingsley in Elf

Christmas movie worlds collided when fans realized that Peter Billingsley, a.k.a. Ralphie from A Christmas Story, played an elf at the North Pole in Elf.

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Billy Bob Thornton in Love Actually

You're not meant to like the smooth-talking, entitled President of the United States in Love Actually, but you can appreciate Billy Bob Thornton for choosing the iconic role.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way

Let us not forget that The Terminator...we mean, Arnold Schwarzenegger...was the star of a Christmas movie back in 1996. He played a businessman on a quest for a sold out toy on Christmas Eve. Yes, it's worth a watch.

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Christina Hendricks in Bad Santa 2

Christina Hendrix joined the holiday debauchery that was Bad Santa 2, playing the head of a charity organization. It was as raunchy as you would expect.

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Jessica Biel in I'll Be Home For Christmas

Jessica Biel was at the height of her 7th Heaven fame when she played Jonathan Taylor Thomas's love interest in I'll Be Home for Christmas. It is peak '90s and as amazing as it sounds.

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20th Century Fox
Kristin Chenoweth in Deck the Halls

The singer/actress took her pipes off Broadway to grace us as Danny Devito's wife, Tia Hall, in Deck the Halls. We say, the more Chenoweth, the better. (More on Kristin Davis later.)

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Sarah Jessica Parker in The Family Stone

What would the holidays be without a little familial strife? Sarah Jessica Parker joined an all-star cast in The Family Stone to make us feel better about our own dysfunctional family.

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Warner Bros.
Beverly D'Angelo in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Whether she's playing Barb on Entourage or Stella Rose in Netflix's Insatiable, D'Angelo will always be Ellen Griswold in our hearts.

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Dogstar Films
Paul Rudd in 200 Cigarettes

This dark comedy, which centers around a group of 20-somethings on New Year's Eve in New York City, is now a cult classic. Rudd steals the show as the heartbroken Kevin.

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Columbia Pictures
Ed Burns in The Holiday

He's not in the film for long (Cameron Diaz's character breaks up with him in the opening scene of the movie), but he's important, because it's Ed Burns' character that sets the entire plot of The Holiday in motion.

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Dan Aykroyd in Christmas With the Kranks

Dan Aykroyd plays an uptight neighbor competing against Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis throughout the holiday season in Christmas With the Kranks. Classic.

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Neil Patrick Harris in A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas

Why wouldn't Neil Patrick Harris perform a song and dance number while wearing a top hat and holding a giant candy cane in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas?

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Taylor Momsen in How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Before she roamed the Upper East Side on Gossip Girl, Taylor Momsen was the adorable Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Dan Stevens in The Man Who Invented Christmas

He may have left Downton Abbey, but Dan Stevens wasn't done with period dramas just yet. His role as Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas is memorable, mostly due to his drastic hair change for the role.

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Peter Gallagher in While You Were Sleeping

Okay, so he's in a coma for most of the movie, but Peter Gallagher was dreamy enough to cause Sandra Bullock to lie about an engagement, so we have to give him some credit.

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Steve Martin And Liev Schreiber In 'Mixed Nuts'
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Liev Schreiber in Mixed Nuts

Before he played the tough guy on Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber's first movie role was as Chris in Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts.

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Walt Disney Productions
Jonathan Taylor Thomas in I'll Be Home For Christmas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas was one of the biggest heartthrobs of the '90s, so his role as cool-guy Jake in I'll Be Home For Christmas had tweens everywhere swooning when it premiered.

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William Frawley And Bob Hope In 'The Lemon Drop Kid'
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William Frawley in Lemon Drop Kid

You're probably familiar with William Frawley as Fred on I Love Lucy, but before his days on TV, the actor starred opposite Bob Hope in the gangster Christmas movie, Lemon Drop Kid.

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Walt Disney Productions
Martin Short in The Santa Clause 3

Martin Short rolled into the North Pole as Jack Frost in The Santa Clause 3—and brought some mischief along with him.

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Miramax Films
John Corbett in Serendipity

Why is it that John Corbett's characters never win at love? In 2001, Corbett starred as Kate Beckinsale's character's boyfriend in Serendipity, but it didn't pan out well for him.

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Paramount Pictures
LL Cool J in The Last Holiday

The rapper turned actor took his crush on Queen Latifah's character in The Last Holiday to the next level when he trekked all the way to the Alps for hernow that's holiday love.

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Whitney Houston in The Preacher's Wife

Legendary singer Whitney Houston returned to the big screen after her 1992 debut in The Bodyguard with a Christmas film. Houston stole the show alongside Denzel Washington in the remake of the 1947 film, The Bishop's Wife.

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Anna Faris in Just Friends

We've all made the mistake of bringing the wrong person home for the holidays. Anna Faris is the epitome of this in Just Friends, in which she played Ryan Reynolds's character's crazy pop star girlfriend.

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20th Century Fox
Dylan McDermott in Miracle on 34th St (1994)

Dylan McDermott spread the Christmas cheer as he wooed Dorey Walker and her 6-year-old daughter Susan, and served as Kris Kringle's defense attorney.

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Bill Murray in Scrooged

Only Bill Murray could deliver a hilarious modern day version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and have it be completely ridiculous and brilliant at the same time.

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Tom Hanks in The Polar Express

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks was tapped to voice the conductor when Warner Brothers decided to bring the classic holiday book The Polar Express to life in 2004.

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