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Alvin Greenman
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    (1930- )
    Born in New York
    Dialogue coach and script supervisor
    Best known for his portrayal of Alfred the Macy's store janitor, in the original Christmas classic 'Miracle On 34th Street' (1947)
    Also acted in 'The Cobweb,' 'Hit the Deck,' 'The Last Time I Saw Paris,' 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms,' 'First Radar Man,' 'Down Among the Sheltering Palms,' 'One Minute to Zero,' 'Mr. Belvedere Goes to College,' and 'We're Not Married!'
    Served as script supervisor for 'Longest Yard,' 'Karate Kid,' 'Airplane II,' 'Uncommon Valor,' and 'The Frisco Kid'
    Made a brief return to films with a small cameo in the 1994 'Miracle on 34th Street' remake, as a hospital doorman (again, named Alfred)
    He was a favorite of Robert Aldrich's and was cast in a least five of his films, mostly in small roles.
    He was very genuine and came across as 'just an ordinary kid.'
    This made him very convincing as a good-natured, slightly awkward, kid from Brooklyn (moreso than if they had cast a typical 'Hollywood pretty boy' in the part).
    He may have been cast 'off the street' for his debut film (his scenes were the only ones filmed on-location in the New York/Macy's area, where Greenman incidentally resided).
    He is the only actor to appear in both major film versions of 'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947 and 1994).
    He gushed whenever asked about working with Edmund Gwenn, once recalling 'he always found time to talk with me and he knew it was my first picture and he was very encouraging about what I was doing [and] said you're going to get marvelous reviews for this movie. And he was right - he was just a dear, dear man.'
    He served as dialogue coach, teaching the largely Canadian cast of 'Sing' how to speak with Brooklyn accents.
    One of his last production jobs was working on the set of the TV series, 'Hearts Afire.' Fittingly, he made a guest appearance on the show's Christmas special, portraying Santa Claus.
    'Yeah, there's a lotta bad ism's floatin around this world but one of the worst is commercialism. Make-a-buck, make-a-buck! Even in Brooklyn it's the same -- don't care what Chistmas stands for; Just make-a-buck, make-a-buck!'

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