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odd Karns, "Uncle Harry Bailey," Remembered

Todd Karns as Harry Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life

On February 5, 2000, Todd Karns passed away. Todd played my Uncle Harry Bailey in the film It's a Wonderful Life. For the last thirty years, Todd and his wife Kate lived in the beautiful mountains of Ajijic, Mexico. He was an artist and was instrumental in the founding of the Ajijic's Lakeside Little Theater. He was an actor, producer and director.

Todd, whose nickname was "Rocky" starred in 20 movies and TV programs, including two Andy Hardy films. His father was Roscoe Karns who played the comic bus rider Shapely in the Frank Capra classic It Happened One Night. The Bailey family will miss him greatly.

Todd Karns Filmography
Caine Mutiny, The (1954) (uncredited)
China Venture (1953)
Clipped Wings (1953)
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Mission Over Korea (1953)
Jet Job (1952)
Mutiny (1952) (as Todd Karnes)
Battle Zone (1952)
Flat Top (1952)
My Son John (1952) (uncredited)
"Rocky King, Inside Detective" (1950) TV Series
It's a Small World (1950)
Magnificent Yankee, The (1950)
"Jackson and Jill" (1949) TV Series
My Foolish Heart (1949)
Good Sam (1948)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Courtship of Andy Hardy, The (1942)
Eagle Squadron (1942)
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)

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