906 It’s Been A Wonderful Life for Tommy Bailey! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today’s Guest: Jimmy Hawkins, actor, It’s a Wonderful Life

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of stutterers who claim they’re just practicing their Jimmy Stewart imitations … in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life: Pictured: James Stewart, Donna Reed (NBC Photo)

I have to admit I was a little surprised when I read up on actor Jimmy Hawkins’ life since he played Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart’s son, Tommy Bailey, in the holiday film classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.

For example, did you know he later worked with Reed again as Shelley Fabares’ boyfriend on eight seasons of TV’s “The Donna Reed Show”?

JIMMY HAWKINS podcast excerpt: “It’s a Wonderful Life was a nice set. You felt comfortable there. Frank Capra improvised quite a bit of that movie.”

Or that he played sidekick to the King, Elvis Presley, in both Girl Happy and Spinout?

He’s also written five books about It’s A Wonderful Life.

One of my first guests on Mr. Media when it was a syndicated weekly newspaper column in 1996 was actress Karolyn Grimes, who played Hawkins’ sister, Zuzu, in It’s A Wonderful Life. And I’m delighted to bookend the movie siblings here on our show.

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Karolyn Grimes Interview with Mr. Media (1996)

It's a Wonderful Life: The Fiftieth Anniversary Scrapbook by Jimmy Hawkins, Mr. Media Interviews

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Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman, Mr. Media Interviews

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About Mr. Media® Interviews-Bob Andelman

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).