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
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)
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(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.