PLAYED BY: James Stewart
HIS SITUATION: Family man, bank president, and compulsive do-gooder George Bailey contemplates a terrible decision when his life teeters on the edge of ruin.
PARENTING TRAIT OR SKILL WE MOST ADMIRE: Generosity. George Bailey — would-be world traveler and builder of great things — makes all kinds of sacrifices to help friends and family and touches their lives in ways he’ll eventually discover.
BITTERLY COMMENTING ON HIS LARGE HOUSEHOLD AFTER RETURNING HOME WITH SOME DEVASTATING NEWS: “You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?”
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