Douglas Seale (28 October 1913 – 13 June 1999) was an English actor, producer and director.

He provided the voice of Krebbs the koala in The Rescuers Down Under (1990) and, two years later, the Sultan in Aladdin (1992) (with Val Bettin replacing him in the later productions). He also appeared in several films including Milos Forman's Amadeus (1984) and Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) in which he played Santa Claus. He appeared in the 1986 Christmas film, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, as Vernon. Douglas had a small starring role as Santa in Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. In 1989, he appeared in the Family Ties episode "Get Me to the Living Room on Time".

He also played a character "Malcolm" in the 1995 game Phantasmagoria.


Seale's third wife (after two divorces) was American film, television and stage actress, Louise Troy. They were married until her death from breast cancer, aged 60, on 5 May 1994.[1][2]

He died in New York City on 13 June 1999, aged 85, He was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean, he was survived by his two sons and two grandchildren.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1949 Stop Press Girl Jeweller's Assistant Uncredited
1984 Amadeus Count Arco
1985 Heaven Help Us Brother Domenic
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Vernon TV Movie
1988 Ernest Saves Christmas Santa
1989 Ghostbusters II Plaza Hotel Man
A More Perfect Union Lord Carmarthen
1990 Mr. Destiny Boswell
The Rescuers Down Under Krebbs the Koala Voice
Almost an Angel Father
1992 Aladdin Sultan Voice
1993 For Love or Money Freddy
1995 Palookaville Old Man (final film role)


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