According to IMDb, Santa Claus has starred in 607 movies, TV shows, and cartoons. Now...the question is...which actor gave the best performance in the role? Since there has been so many actors to play the role I am not gonna do a poll. So...I'll leave it up to you guys to discuss. I know most people will either choose Tim Allen for his Santa Claus trilogy OR Billy Bob Thorton in Bad Santa (although technically he wasn't playing Santa) but ever since a kid I have felt that David Huddleston (of Blazing Saddles fame) is the best Santa. When you watch him in 1985's Santa Claus: The Movie you feel like you're watching Santa instead of an actor trying or making fun of the character.