#19 – Acting with Elvis Was “A Wonderful Life” for Jimmy Hawkins (Part 1)

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Jimmy Hawkins

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This episode opens with Bob and Suzanne’s recent (exhausting) trip to Disneyland where they survived on Starbucks, touches upon memories of Mickey Rooney, and then moves into the first of many in-depth candid celebrity interviews to come…as you join them for a free-wheeling chat with their good friend, actor-producer Jimmy Hawkins.

Jimmy & Elvis

Jimmy & Elvis

Nobody else in Hollywood comes close to Jimmy’s history of nearly 200 acting roles working alongside stars like Shelly Fabares, Elvis Presley , Rick Nelson, Fred McMurray, Brandon DeWilde, Sally Field, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn.


A great book by Jimmy Hawkins

It’s an informal conversation over lunch (you’ll hear lots of eating and drinking!) as Jimmy recalls intimate details of a long career that began when he played “Tommy Bailey” in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life opposite James Stewart and Donna Reed.


Jimmy as “Tagg Oakley”

The free-wheeling chat then follows his rise to child stardom through the early days of television on The Charlie Ruggles Show and Annie Oakley.

Ricky, Harriet, Jimmy, & Ozzie

Ricky, Harriet, Jimmy, & Ozzie

Jimmy Hawkins’ life as a Hollywood actor known as “America’s favorite boyfriend and sidekick” took him on a long string of hit TV shows that included Leave It to Beaver, Ichabod & Me, Petticoat Junction, Gidget, The Donna Reed Show, My Three Sons, and The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.

In describing his unique career path, Jimmy shares inside stories of casting calls at MGM and Paramount Studios, and describes the chain of events that eventually led him to co-starring alongside Elvis Presley in some of the rock star’s best movies, including Spinout and Girl HappyElvisGirlHappy

Jimmy was known as a “go-to” actor capable of bringing unique energy and comedy timing to his characters, and proves it by putting Bob and Suzanne in stitches with his story about why he turned down Woody Allen’s offer of a role in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask.

The episode closes with Jimmy revealing his “inside secret” to dating Hollywood actresses…a technique he shared with Rick Nelson and other actor pals throughout his long career.

This is one conversation you won’t forget, so stay tuned for Part 2…

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