The Elf cast: Where are the movie stars now?


“Elf,” directed by Jon Favreau, has secured its place among Christmas classics, recounting the tale of Buddy the Elf, a human raised by Santa’s elves who embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. This heartwarming film, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, captured audiences’ hearts and remains one of the most beloved holiday movies.

Let’s catch up with the cast of “Elf” and see what they’ve been up to since spreading Christmas cheer:

Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf: Ferrell’s career skyrocketed after “Elf.” He starred in numerous successful comedy movies like “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” and “Step Brothers.” He co-founded the comedy website Funny or Die and appeared in various TV shows, including “The Office” and “30 Rock.” Ferrell also ventured into producing films like “Booksmart” and “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” and starred in the 2022 Christmas movie “Spirited.”

James Caan as Walter: Caan, known for roles in “The Godfather” and “Misery,” cherished his time on “Elf.” Post-“Elf,” he continued his work in film and TV, notably voicing characters in “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” He also appeared as himself in an episode of “The Simpsons.” Sadly, Caan passed away on July 6, 2022.

Zooey Deschanel as Jovie: Deschanel’s career flourished after “Elf.” She starred in films like “Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Happening,” and “(500) Days of Summer.” Her notable TV role was in “New Girl.” Despite not joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Wasp, Deschanel continued to feature in various TV series and movies.

Mary Steenburgen as Emily: Steenburgen, a seasoned actor before “Elf,” continued to work in Hollywood, starring in films like “Step Brothers” and collaborating with James Caan in “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” She also appeared in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” and the “Book Club” movies.

Ed Asner as Santa: Asner, with a prolific career spanning over fifty films, was beloved as Santa in “Elf.” He voiced Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s “Up” and appeared in TV shows like “Dead To Me” and “Cobra Kai,” along with lending his voice to animated series.

Bob Newhart as Papa Elf: Newhart starred in several comedy movies like “Horrible Bosses” and found success in TV series, notably “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon,” where he played Professor Proton.

Peter Dinklage as Miles Finch: Dinklage’s career ascended after “Elf.” He appeared in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and “30 Rock” before landing the role of Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” winning multiple awards for his outstanding performance. His film credits include “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Amy Sedaris as Deb: Sedaris, known for her role as Deb, expanded her career through various voice roles in movies like “Bojack Horseman,” “Chicken Little,” and several “Star Wars” series including “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett.”

The “Elf” cast members have ventured into diverse projects, solidifying their places in the entertainment industry and continuing to delight audiences worldwide.