RIP: Actor who played young George Bailey

June 10th, 2008 by

Sad news. Bob Anderson, who played young George Bailey in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, has died at the age of 75:

“But he was best known for playing the young George Bailey in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946). As a despairing George Bailey contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve in fictional Bedford Falls, his life is told in flashback for the benefit of an angel assigned to watch over him.

In one flashback, young George spots a potentially fatal error made by a drunken druggist, played by H. B. Warner. (Later in the movie, George Bailey is shown what would have happened if he had not been there to catch the mistake.)”

It’s a Wonderful Life is a remarkable movie for a number of reasons, one of the most notable being the counterintuitive approach to the Protagonist character. George Bailey, played wonderfully by Jimmy Stewart, is a notably passive role with most life-events happening to him, not created by him, even to the point where at the end the entire town rallies to save him from financial ruin and prison.

In honor of Robert “Bobby” Anderson and my favorite all-time actor, Jimmy Stewart, here’s a nice piece with lots of clips from the movie edited to the U2 song “It’s A Beautiful Day.”


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