Bobby Anderson (actor and production associate)
Bobby Anderson (left) with young Mary and Violet in It's a Wonderful life (1946)
|Born||Robert James Anderson
March 6, 1933
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Died||June 6, 2008
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Other names||Bobbie Anderson
|Spouse(s)||Victoria Anderson (? - June 6, 2008)|
Robert James "Bobby" Anderson (March 6, 1933 – June 6, 2008; sometimes spelled Bobbie) was an American actor and television producer, most famous for his role as the young George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life.
Life and career
Bobby Anderson was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to a showbiz family. He was the son of Marie Augusta (Fleischer) and Gene Anderson (Eugene Randolph Anderson), an assistant director and production manager, and his brothers and cousins were editors and production managers in their own right. He was also the nephew, by marriage, of directors William Beaudine and James Flood (both of whom were married to Anderson's mother's sisters). Andersons film career as an actor was brief, he made his last film in 1956.
Anderson enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War, serving as a photographer on aircraft carriers. After his time in the Navy, he went on to work behind the scenes in assistant directing, then later production with Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, HBO, United Artists, Columbia, and 20th Century Fox on such films and TV shows as The Apartment, Hawaii, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, I Love Lucy, Code Red, Police Story, and Ripley's Believe It or Not!.
He died of cancer at age 75 at his home in Palm Springs, California. He is survived by his wife, Victoria; sons John, Bob Jr., and Joe; daughters Kathleen Inman, Deborah Gutierrez, and Heidi Anderson-Robinson; and 11 grandchildren.
- Maryland (1940), Lee Danfield, age 7
- Young People (1940), Jerry Dakin
- Youth Will Be Served (1940), Boy
- Willie and the Mouse (1941), Boy with Airplane
- The Officer and the Lady (1941), Jimmy
- Rover's Big Chance (1942)
- Election Daze (1943)
- Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943), Family Member
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Augie
- Colorado Pioneers (1945), Parish Boy
- Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946), Young Boy
- It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Young George Bailey
- The Bishop's Wife (1947), Defence Captain
- Ruthless (1948), Horace Vendig
- Silver River (1948), Boy
- Just Suppose (1948), Son
- Let's Cogitate (1948)
- Samson and Delilah (1949), Boy
- A Place in the Sun (1951), Eagle Scout
- Born to the Saddle (1953), Ricky Summers
- The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (1956), Terry Moore