Todd Karns, "Wonderful Life" Actor and Stage Director, Dead at 79

News   Todd Karns, "Wonderful Life" Actor and Stage Director, Dead at 79 The actor Todd Karns, perhaps best remembered for playing Harry Bailey, Jimmy Stewart's younger brother character in the film, "It's a Wonderful Life," died in Mexico Feb. 5, according to Variety.

The actor Todd Karns, perhaps best remembered for playing Harry Bailey, Jimmy Stewart's younger brother character in the film, "It's a Wonderful Life," died in Mexico Feb. 5, according to Variety. Mr. Karns, who was also a regional theatre director, was 79 and had cancer. In the classic Hollywood picture, Mr. Karns, playing a war hero, spoke the tear-jerking toast: "To my big brother, George, the richest man in town."

A veteran of TV and film in the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Karns settled with his wife, Katherine, in Ajijic, Mexico, in 1971. There, he opened the Lakeside Little Theatre, an English language troupe where Mr. Karns produced and directed for 30 years.

-- By Kenneth Jones