Jimmy Hawkins (Actor) as Tagg Oakley - Annie Oakley
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Updated: 2/11/10

Name: Jimmy Hawkins

Born: November 13, 1941, Los Angeles, California

Claim To Fame: Hawkins has had many memorable roles during his impressive career as an actor. Some of these include playing the son, Tommy Bailey, in It's A Wonderful Life, and portraying Annie's brother Tagg on The Annie Oakley TV series.

Family Life: Hawkins is married to actress and author Lara Parker, and they have a daughter, Caitlin Elizabeth Hawkins (born 1985). Hawkins is also stepfather to Lara's two sons from a previous marriage.

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Info: Hawkins has the distinction of working with some of Hollywood's biggest names of the 1940s, including Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Greer Garson, and Lana Turner. His legendary career in show business began at the age of four when he played Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart's son, Tommy Bailey, in the film classic It's A Wonderful Life.

From there, he spent eight seasons on The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966), worked as a regular on The Charlie Ruggles Show (1949-1952), portrayed Tagg Oakley on The Annie Oakley series (1953-1958), and appeared on four seasons of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.

Other credits include Petticoat Junction, Ichabod and Me, Leave It to Beaver, Dennis The Menace, Gidget, My Three Sons, Hitchcock Presents, Red Skelton, and Lux Video Theatre.

Hawkins later established himself as a movie producer, and worked on productions like Evel Knievel, The Satchel Paige Story and Disney's Love Leads The Way. He also created the Emmy Award winning television special The 50th Anniversary Motown Returns to the Apollo.

Trivia: Graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.

Was voted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1961.

Developed a lifelong admiration for actress Donna Reed.

Was close with It's A Wonderful Life star Jimmy Stewart.

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Where Are They Now: Hawkins has written five popular-selling books on It's A Wonderful Life, and recently produced the PBS Television special all-star radio version of the film.

He serves on the Board of Directors of The Jimmy Stewart Museum and has served on the Board of Directors of the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts.

These days, Hawkins concentrates mainly on his construction business. He designed and built his family home in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles.

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