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G. W. Bailey

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Birth name George William Bailey
Nationality USA
Birth 27 august 1944 (78 years) at Port Arthur (USA)

George William "G.W." Bailey (born August 27, 1944) is an American stage, television and film actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic characters such as Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in M*A*S*H (TV-Series 1979-83); Lieutenant—and later, Captain Thaddeus Harris in Police Academy (1984–94), Captain Felix Maxwell in Mannequin (1987) and as Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza from TNT's television crime drama The Closer. He currently stars in the TNT series Major Crimes, a spinoff of The Closer, continuing in his role as Lt. Provenza.


Bailey was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur with Janis Joplin and Jimmy Johnson. He started college at Lamar University in nearby Beaumont and transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He left college and spent the mid-1960s working at local theater companies before moving to California in the mid-1970s, where he landed roles on television programs of the day such as Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels. His film debut was in A Force of One (1979), an early Chuck Norris film. He then got his breakout role as Rizzo in M*A*S*H. He also did a star making turn as Tom Berenger's sidekick in Rustler's Rhapsody (1985).

He returned to college in 1993, attending Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He graduated in May 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre. For the 1999–2000 school year, he was the Artist-in-Residence.

In the late 1990s he starred in three of TNT's acclaimed "The Bible Series" films, Solomon (1997), Jesus (1999), and Saint Paul aka Paul The Apostle (2000; where he played the pivotal role of Paul's missionary companion, Barnabas).

Since 2001, Bailey has served as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides trips and activities for hundreds of young cancer patients annually. He has been a volunteer for more than 15 years since being introduced to the organization by his goddaughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia.

Usually with

Hugh Wilson
Hugh Wilson
(3 films)
Neal Israel
Neal Israel
(6 films)
Pat Proft
Pat Proft
(5 films)
David Graf
David Graf
(6 films)
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Filmography of G. W. Bailey (27 films)

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The Newest Pledge, 1h25
Directed by Jason Michael Brescia
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Mindy Sterling, Jason Mewes, Andy Milonakis, Barry Pearl, G. W. Bailey
Roles Mr. Hodgkinson
Rating40% 2.029192.029192.029192.029192.02919
The morning after a night of binge drinking and patriotic partying, the Omega fraternity awaken to find a baby on their doorstep. After little deliberation, the fraternity members, led by their president Hodges, decide to raise the baby and name him Kegston. In a short period of time raising a baby runs the fraternities finances dry, leading Hodges to seek advice from former Omega president, and current professor at the university Professor Street (played by Jason Mewes).
Cake: A Wedding Story
Directed by Will Wallace
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors G. W. Bailey, David Denman, Thomas Calabro, William Zabka, Adam Green, Mary Ellen Trainor
Roles Howard Canter
Rating61% 3.0960053.0960053.0960053.0960053.096005
When two star-crossed lovers, set on eloping, are forced into having a big wedding, the bride develops a plan of her own. Unfortunately, the groom is not privy to the plan. Meanwhile, family and friends start to take sides at a reception for a wedding that never took place.
Home on the Range, 1h16
Directed by Will Finn
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Animation, Western
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about cows, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Cuba Gooding Jr., Randy Quaid, Jennifer Tilly, Steve Buscemi
Roles Rusty (voice)
Rating53% 2.674232.674232.674232.674232.67423
Maggie is the only cow left on the Dixon Ranch after Alameda Slim (a cattle rustler capable of stealing 500 in a single night) stole all the rest of Mr. Dixon's cattle. Dixon sells Maggie to Pearl, a kind and elderly woman who runs a small farm called Patch of Heaven. The local Sheriff arrives to tell Pearl that her bank is cracking down on debtors. Pearl has three days to pay the bank $750, or her farm will be sold to the highest bidder. Hearing this, Maggie convinces the other cows on the farm (Grace, a happy-go-lucky character, and Mrs. Caloway, who has had leadership gone to her head) to go to town to attempt winning prize money at a fair. While the cows are in town, a bounty hunter named Rico (who Buck, the Sheriff's horse, idolizes) drops a criminal off and collects the reward. Stating he needs a replacement horse to go after Alameda Slim while his own horse rests, he takes Buck. When Maggie find out that the reward for capturing Slim is of exactly $750, she convinces the other cows to try to capture him to save Patch of Heaven.
The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, 1h50
Directed by Roger Young
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Dean Cain, Sarah Joy Brown, Tracy Middendorf, David Denman, Dee Wallace, G. W. Bailey
Roles Det. Gates
Rating55% 2.7518652.7518652.7518652.7518652.751865
The film is told through the perspectives of Scott and Laci Peterson's friends, who trusted and supported Scott until they could not believe him anymore.
Scorcher (2002)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Political films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Marc Dacascos, John Rhys-Davies, Mark Rolston, Rutger Hauer, G. W. Bailey, Sam Lloyd
Roles General Moore
Rating37% 1.866371.866371.866371.866371.86637
Renegade soldier Col. Ryan Beckett (Mark Dacascos) is called in by the President of the United States (Rutger Hauer) to save the planet from imminent destruction after a Chinese nuclear testing accidentally loosens the subterranean plates and exposes the Earth's core, which threatens to bring "Hell on Earth" in just three days.
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow, 1h23
Directed by Alan Metter
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Actors George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Leslie Easterbrook, Claire Forlani, Ron Perlman
Roles Thaddeus Harris
Rating34% 1.711781.711781.711781.711781.71178
Russian mafia boss Konstantine Konali (Russian: Константин Конали, Ron Perlman) is laundering money under the guise of a legitimate business.
Bed of Lies, 1h30
Directed by William A. Graham
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about domestic violence
Actors Susan Dey, Chris Cooper, G. W. Bailey, Mary Kay Place, John Anderson, Tom Nolan
Roles Zeke Zbranek
Rating56% 2.8139252.8139252.8139252.8139252.813925
Based on the true story, Bed of Lies tells the story of Vicky Moore (Susan Dey), a low born Texas waitress, marries Marion Price Daniel, Jr., the son of Texas governor Price Daniel, thinking she is going to live happily ever after. She realizes that her husband is an alcoholic, drug addict, and abusive husband which eventually leads to her husband's shooting death. She is accused of murder and fights for custody of her children.
Q & A
Q & A (1990)
, 2h12
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La corruption policière
Actors Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Luis Guzmán, Patrick O'Neal, Charles Dutton
Roles Bartender (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.2445953.2445953.2445953.2445953.244595
Mike Brennan, a tough, crude, decorated NYPD detective, has a hidden dark side as well as a partnership with certain figures of organized crime. Brennan shoots and kills a small-time Puerto Rican criminal and then threatens witnesses to testify that he acted in self-defense. The Commissioner of Police Kevin Quinn assigns the case to Deputy Attorney Aloysius "Al" Francis Reilly, a young lawyer with a past as a police officer and son of a well-known cop who died in service. Reilly collects Brennan's deposition, who claims to have been acting on a tip from an informant and was forced to shoot in self-defense. Reilly's case leads him to a Puerto Rican crime boss called "Bobby Tex," whose wife Nancy Bosch was once the love of Reilly's life. She ended their relationship years ago after interpreting Al's reaction of surprise as racist when she introduced him to her father, a black man. Al tries to rekindle their past romance, but she rejects him because with Bobby, she feels loved, protected and accepted for what she is.
Fine Things, 2h25
Directed by Tom Moore, Tomm Moore
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors D. W. Moffett, Tracy Pollan, Dakin Matthews, Noley Thornton, Cloris Leachman, Judith Hoag
Roles Grossman
Rating61% 3.0961853.0961853.0961853.0961853.096185
Bernard "Bernie" Fine is a highly successful businessman who moves from New York City to San Francisco for his work at the west coast Wolff's department store. One day, he meets Liz O'Reilly, a single mother who was left by her husband Chandler Scott around the time of her daughter Jane's birth. After a lengthy time of dating, Bernie and Liz decide to marry. Although his mother Ruth, a proud Jew, is not enthusiastic about Liz's religious background, she eventually comes to accept Liz as her new daughter-in-law. Soon, Liz becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son, Alexander. Life is looking great for the couple.
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, 1h24
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, Bubba Smith, G. W. Bailey, Lance Kinsey
Roles Captain Thaddeus Harris
Rating43% 2.1587452.1587452.1587452.1587452.158745
The police must investigate a series of robberies along a strip of land in the city. The Mayor (Kenneth Mars) assigns Captain Harris (G.W. Bailey) and Lt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey) to the case, but while on stakeout the Wilson gang, composed of Ace (Gerrit Graham), Flash (Brian Seeman), and Ox (Darwyn Swalve), manages to slip through their fingers. The Mayor wants Harris and Proctor to work with Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) on apprehending the gang. Lassard assembles a seven-man team consisting of Hightower (Bubba Smith), Tackleberry (David Graf), Jones (Michael Winslow), Hooks (Marion Ramsey), Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook), Fackler (Bruce Mahler), and Lassard's nephew, Nick (Matt McCoy).
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, 1h30
Directed by Ricou Browning, Alan Myerson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Crime
Actors David Graf, Michael Winslow, Bubba Smith, Leslie Easterbrook, Matt McCoy, G. W. Bailey
Roles Captain Thaddeus Harris
Rating45% 2.256812.256812.256812.256812.25681
Captain Harris finally finds the goods he needs to push Commandant Eric Lassard out at the Police Academy: he is one year late for mandatory retirement. But before he retires, Lassard is chosen as "Police Officer of the Decade", and brings his favorite graduates—Sgts. Hightower, Jones, Tackleberry and Hooks, Lt. Callahan, and new graduate Officer Thomas "House" Conklin—to the National Police Chiefs Convention in Miami Beach to celebrate with him. While there, they meet his nephew, Sgt. Nick Lassard of the Miami Police Department. Lassard unwittingly takes a bag belonging to jewel thieves containing stolen diamonds.
Burglar (1987)
, 1h43
Directed by Hugh Wilson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Whoopi Goldberg, G. W. Bailey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Lesley Ann Warren, Vyto Ruginis, James Handy
Roles Ray Kirschman
Rating50% 2.5046852.5046852.5046852.5046852.504685
Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr, a former burglar, resumes her life of crime when a corrupt police officer named Ray Kirschman blackmails her.
Mannequin (1987)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films based on mythology, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, LGBT-related films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, LGBT-related film
Actors Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, Meshach Taylor
Roles Captain Felix Maxwell
Rating59% 2.9576752.9576752.9576752.9576752.957675
In Ancient Egypt, Ema "Emmy" Heshire (Kim Cattrall) hides in a pyramid from her mother, who wants her daughter to marry against Emmy's will. Emmy prays for the gods to get her out of the mess and to find her true love. The gods answer her prayer by making her disappear.