Will Ferrell, known for his comedic roles, gained popularity for his portrayal of Buddy in the 2003 film “Elf.” Since then, Ferrell has continued to grace the big screen, starring in various comedies such as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Step Brothers,” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” He has also ventured into television, with appearances in shows like “The Office.” Ferrell is married to Viveca Paulin, and they have three sons.
Academy Award nominee James Caan played the role of Buddy’s father, Walter, in “Elf.” Following the film, Caan starred in the television series “Las Vegas” and appeared in films like “Get Smart” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Sadly, Caan passed away in June 2022 at the age of 82.
Comedian and screen actor Bob Newhart portrayed Papa Elf in “Elf.” Throughout his career, Newhart received numerous award nominations and wins, including a Grammy Award for his comedy albums. His notable television appearances include “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” Newhart was married to Virginia Lillian Quinn for 60 years until her passing in April 2023.
Legendary actor Ed Asner played Santa Claus in “Elf.” He had an impressive career, earning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and wins. Asner appeared in various films and television shows, including the popular series “Lou Grant.” Asner passed away in August 2021 at the age of 91.
Mary Steenburgen, an Academy Award-winning actress, portrayed Emily in “Elf.” She went on to star in films like “Step Brothers” and “The Help.” Steenburgen also had notable television roles in shows like “30 Rock” and “Grace and Frankie.” She is married to actor Ted Danson.
Zooey Deschanel played Jovie in “Elf” and continued to have a successful acting career. She starred in films like “(500) Days of Summer” and had a leading role in the television series “New Girl.” Deschanel is also a talented singer and forms one half of the musical duo She & Him.
Daniel Tay played Michael in “Elf” and had a brief acting career. He appeared in a few other films before leaving the industry to pursue a degree in economics at Yale University.
Faizon Love portrayed the manager of Gimbels in “Elf.” He continued to act in various films such as “Couples Retreat” and “Zookeeper.” Love has also appeared in television shows and recently starred in “Step Up: High Water.”
Peter Dinklage, known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” played Miles Finch in “Elf.” He has since appeared in films like “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Dinklage is married to Erica Schmidt, and they have two children.
Despite the diverse paths they have taken, the cast of “Elf” continues to leave a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.