Home Alone star Ken Hudson Campbell, who played a grumpy Santa in the 1990 film, has been inundated with donations from fellow actors and fans after being diagnosed with cancer.
His daughter Michaela Campbell, who started the fundraising page, said he “broke down in tears” after seeing people’s generosity.
“It was the first time he really got emotional about the whole situation. It was quite a shock for him to feel so loved,” she told People magazine.
The Office star Steve Carell donated $10,000 (£7,952) to the foundation, and Jeff Garlin, Tim Meadows and Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady also donated.
Campbell, who also had roles in Groundhog Day and Armageddon, was diagnosed with cancer on October 27.
He played a disgruntled grotto Santa in Home Alone who got a parking ticket and gave protagonist Kevin McCallister some Tic Tacs because he was out of candy.
A tumor had grown in the bottom of his mouth and was “intruding his teeth,” his daughter wrote on GoFundMe.
He underwent surgery on December 7 to remove the tumor and reconstruct his jaw using bone from his leg.
The fundraiser, which has surpassed its goal of $100,000, was set up to cover the cost of medical equipment, caregivers, transportation, dental implants and other expenses.
Campbell will have radiation therapy after the surgery and may need chemotherapy after a six-month recovery period.
“In January 2022, following the COVID-19 pandemic, Ken lost SAG-AFTRA [Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists] health insurance that he had used throughout his career,” Ms Campbell wrote on the fundraiser.
She said he has new insurance and his physiotherapy and speech therapy are covered, but “we expect huge out-of-pocket costs”.
She told People that the donors’ generosity “really means the world.”
“My family has struggled financially for a long time. So just having my dad’s friends together, it’s just very overwhelming and it really takes a lot of stress off my family’s shoulders.”