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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 August 1944Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Birth NameGeorge William Bailey
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

George William Bailey was born on August 27, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas. Although Bailey started college at Lamar University in Beaumont, he eventually transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He did not complete his studies. He worked at local theater companies during the mid 1960s until his move to California, sometime in the 1970s. Here he began his work on such television series as Starsky and Hutch (1975), Charlie's Angels (1976) and CHiPs (1977). He eventually got a movie debut role in the Chuck Norris movie A Force of One (1979) before landing the role of Luther Rizzo in M*A*S*H (1972). In 1993, he returned to Texas to study again, this time at Southwest Texas State University. In 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts, Theatre and, for the 1999-2000 school year, he was the Artist in Residence.

While in his 30s, Bailey went prematurely gray, leading to roles of characters much older than his actual age. Although he prefers dramatic acting, his most famous role will always be that of Captain Thaddeus Harris in Police Academy (1984). Since his goddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia, he has worked voluntarily for the Sunshine Kids Foundation, organizing trips for young cancer sufferers. In 2001, he was announced as the executive director of the foundation.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dredzfall

Spouse (1)

Eleanor June Goosby (2 April 1966 - 1999) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

For the 1999-2000 school year, he is the Artist-in-Residence for Southwest Texas State University.
Attended Thomas Jefferson High School (in Port Arthur, Texas) with Janis Joplin.
Is a member in repertory of the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in the 1970s with Michael Gross, Tom Atkins, Victor Jory and many others who went on to further fame.
Is the Executive Director and former Board Member of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides trips and activities for hundreds of young cancer patients annually.
Began his theatrical career as the artistic director of the Lubbock Theater Center.
Originally studied law at Texas Tech University, but ultimately decided to become an actor instead.
The Closer (2005) is the second series in which he, Tony Denison and Michael Paul Chan have been cast members. The first was Under Cover (1991), a series in the early 1990s about the CIA.
Has a plaque on the West Texas Hall of Fame which adorns the base at the feet of a statue of rock-n-roll legend Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas. The plaques commemorate all musicians and actors from Texas.
Along with Janis Joplin, one of Bailey's other high school classmates was future head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson.
After the departure of Gary Burghoff and his character Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from M*A*S*H (1972), the producers planned to have Bailey's character Luther Rizzo take over as company clerk. However, Alan Alda was able to convince the producers to have Klinger (Jamie Farr) take the role instead.
Longtime friends with fellow Texan (and occasional co-star over the years) Barry Corbin, whom Bailey credits with talking him out of studying law and into pursuing acting while the two were both students at Texas Tech University.
There is disagreement amongst fans as to whether or not G.W. Bailey appears in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). It is rumored that G.W. filmed a small uncredited cameo as the man shown from behind while being photographed during the wedding reception, but this has never been verified officially in any published interview to date.
Said he was glad to work with Harry Morgan.

Personal Quotes (6)

(On being remembered as Captain Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy movies) So much for ten years of education, years of training in Shakespeare... being remembered for a dog peeing in your eye!
(On his role in The Closer (2005)) This is best job I've ever had. I think a lot of it has to do with this time in my life, you know. I've gotten older. I've squandered all the other money I've made. So it's nice at this point in my life to have a part like this, that's so well-written. And I love the cast. It's a joyful place to work, it really is. We have our moments, 'cause we're like a family. But overall, it's a great gig to have. And I love the character. I mean, there are other things I've done that I've really liked, but I think a lot of it has to do-it always has to do-with the character. It always has to do with the writing. You want to make a lot of money, but if the writing is bad, it doesn't matter, you know?
I don't belong to any country clubs. I don't have this big circle of friends. Where I make my friends is where I work.
Do I enjoy features? Yeah, I really do. Would I like to do some more features before I head to the barn? Yeah, probably. But I also love television. I love doing television because it's fast, and that I like a lot.
I'm from Port Arthur, Texas! Little guy! Little character guy from one of the saddest oil-refinery towns in America. And here I was driving over to Beverly Hills, to 20th Century Fox, to be on 'M*A*S*H!'
Unless you're a big movie star, regular television work is going to bring you more exposure than anything. Everybody has a television; not everybody goes to the movies.

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