'The Santa Clause,' twenty Christmases later
It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since we were first introduced to the holiday classic 'The Santa Clause.'
Well, break out the milk and cookies and hang up those stockings, because 22 Vision caught up with this young cast to find out what they're all up to ... twenty Christmases later.
Eric Lloyd (Charlie Calvin)
The role of Charlie was played by the adorable Eric Lloyd. This talented 7-year-old beat out hundreds of youngsters to land the coveted role of the son of Santa ... a role that Eric reprised in the film's two sequels. After 'The Santa Clause,' Eric continued to act, frequently appearing in numerous films and TV shows before taking a break to enroll in film school.
After graduating from Chapman University, the talented Eric has emerged back on the scene, working both in front of the camera and behind. In addition to rocking out in his band Radiomason, Eric is in the midst of launching LP Studios, a film & music production facility in Glendale, CA.
22 Vision Fun Fact – The day before filming began for the scenes at the North Pole, the rambunctious Eric was playing on some rocks and fell face first onto a bolder -- knocking out his 2 front teeth! Thanks to some makeup, clever camera angles and some impressive last minute molded fake teeth, his injuries were hidden. Although, if you look closely in some scenes, you're able to notice those manmade chompers.
Paige Tamada (Judy The Elf)
The role of Judy the Elf was played by the adorable little Paige Tamada. We all remember that infectious smile, quick wit and of course, her legendary hot cocoa. After 'The Santa Clause,' Paige went on to guest star on numerous TV shows like 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air,' 'Seinfeld' and even on Tim Allen's show 'Home Improvement.'
Nowadays, Paige is retired from the entertainment business, and after graduating from Cal Berkeley, this intelligent beauty went onto become a high-level business executive at a major retail corporation. Retail, huh? Looks like the role of Judy had quite the effect on her!
22 Vision Fun Fact – Another fun case of art imitating life ... remember the little girl at the park who sat on Santa's lap and asked for ballet slippers? That was little Tabitha Lupien who these days is a dance teacher and choreographer in Ontario Canada. So, we guess Santa really did bring her those ballet slippers after all.
David Krumholtz (Bernard The Elf)
The role of Bernard the Elf was played by the hilarious David Krumholtz. Prior to 'The Santa Clause,' David was already well known to audiences for his memorable roles in 'Addams Family Values' and 'Life With Mikey.'
Since 'The Santa Clause,' David hasn't stopped working. In addition to reprising his role in the sequels, the talented actor continues to rack up quite the impressive resume, most notably in hits like '10 Things I Hate About You,' 'Numb3rs,' and the 'Harold & Kumar' films. These days, David has been getting a lot of viral attention on his website, weatherfrom.com, for playing a 72-year-old Jewish grandmother named Gigi. The character, based on David's late grandmother, is so popular that there's already a TV show in development.
Tim Allen (Scott Calvin / Santa Claus)
This now brings us to jolly old Saint Nick! The role of Scott Calvin, aka Santa Claus, was played by the hilarious Tim Allen. Fans already knew him as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the extremely popular 90's sitcom 'Home Improvement.' In addition to that series, which ran for eight seasons, Tim starred in numerous films, including the 'Toy Story' franchise, where he provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear.
These days, you can watch Tim on the ABC sitcom 'Last Man Standing,' which is going strong into its 4th season. He is also gearing up to reprise the role of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story's 4th installment, due out in 2017. The number four may be Tim's lucky number. Should we expect 'The Santa Clause 4' anytime soon? And speaking of numbers ...
22 Vision Fun Fact – For one week in November 1994, Tim Allen was clearly on top of the world. Not only did he have the #1 movie at the box office ('The Santa Clause'), he also had the #1 rated television show ('Home Improvement'), and the #1 New York Times best-selling book ('Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man'). Tim was definitely a good boy that year!
There you have it -- twenty Christmases later and the kids from 'The Santa Clause' have left the North Pole and grown up into wonderful adults.
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