James F. Hawkins is an American former actor, producer and writer. He is best-known for his TV roles in shows like Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Leave It to Beaver, Petticoat Junction, and The Donna Reed Show; and as Tommy Bailey, son of George Bailey in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.

Personal life

Hawkins is the author of five books about the film It's a Wonderful Life, served on The Jimmy Stewart Museum Advisory Board, and for 20 years served on the board of directors of the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts.[1]

In celebration of the Frank Capra film, Hawkins and other cast members appear annually at the "It's A Wonderful Life Festival" in Seneca Falls, New York, the town thought to be the inspiration for the movie's setting of Bedford Falls.[2]

Filmography (selection)


  1. ^ Kelly, Ray. "'It's (Still) a Wonderful Life' for former child actor Jimmy Hawkins". The Republican. Springfield, Mass. Archived from the original on 2019-12-08. Retrieved 2023-10-21.
  2. ^ "2019 Festival Schedule of Appearances". It's A Wonderful Life Museum. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2020-09-04.