Wonderful Life's Young George Dies

Bob Anderson, 75, played altruistic young soda jerk in famous role

By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 8, 2008 10:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bob Anderson, who played the young George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, has died of cancer. He was 75. Growing up in Hollywood with Tinseltown relatives, he first appeared onscreen as a baby, the AP reports. At 7, he acted with Shirley Temple and in 1945 appeared in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. But his most famous role was the outgoing, altruistic Georgie Bailey who grows up to be James Stewart in the popular classic.

Actor Bob Anderson, seen here in a 1995 photo taken in Palm Springs, Calif., died Friday. Anderson is best known for his role as George Bailey, the young boy in It's a Wonderful Life.
Actor Bob Anderson, seen here in a 1995 photo taken in Palm Springs, Calif., died Friday. Anderson is best known for his role as George Bailey, the young boy in "It's a Wonderful Life."   (AP Photo/Victoria Anderson)
Bob Anderson, right, seen here in 1946 in the role of  George Bailey with H.B. Warner in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life, died Friday.
Bob Anderson, right, seen here in 1946 in the role of George Bailey with H.B. Warner in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life," died Friday.   (AP Photo/Cumberland House)
Bob Anderson, seen here in a 1946 publicity still at the age of 12, and who played George Bailey as a young boy in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life, died Friday, June 6, 2008.
Bob Anderson, seen here in a 1946 publicity still at the age of 12, and who played George Bailey as a young boy in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life," died Friday, June 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Cumberland House)
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