G. W. Bailey
|G. W. Bailey|
Bailey as "Captain Harris" in Police Academy
|Born||George William Bailey
August 27, 1944
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Jane Goosby (m. 1966; div. 1999)|
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 1979–1983); Lieutenant—and later, Captain Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy films (1984–1994), 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, and graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in May 1993, 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; wherein 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.
- CHiPs (1978, TV Series) - Drunk Driver
- Soap (1978, TV Series) - The Hobo
- A Force of One (1979) - Erwin
- M*A*S*H (1979-1983, TV Series) - Sergeant Luther Rizzo / The G.I.
- Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980, TV Series) - Holfeld
- Murder in Texas (1981, TV Series) - Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
- St. Elsewhere (1982-1983, TV Series) - Dr. Hugh Beale
- Simon & Simon (1984) - Police Chief Don Potter / Dr. Kyle Stepney - Surgery
- Police Academy (1984) - Lt. Thaddeus Harris
- Earthlings (1984, TV Series) - Bobo
- Runaway (1984) - Chief
- Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) - Wedding Guest (uncredited)
- Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) - Peter
- Warning Sign (1985) - Tom Schmidt
- Short Circuit (1986) - Skroeder
- Mannequin (1987) - Felix
- Burglar (1987) - Ray Kirschman
- Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) - Capt. Thaddeus Harris
- Hawaiian Dream (1987) - Captain Pierce
- Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988) - Capt. Thaddeus Harris
- War and Remembrance (1988, TV Series) - Cmdr. Jim Grigg
- Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) - Capt. Thaddeus Harris
- Q&A (1990) - Bartender (uncredited)
- Doublecross (1991) - Camp
- Write to Kill (1991) - Dean Sutton
- A Mother's Justice (1991, TV film) - Joe Comminger
- Dead Before Dawn (1993, TV Series) - Masterson
- Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994) - Capt. Thaddeus Harris
- The Jeff Foxworthy Show (1996-1997, Series) - Big Jim Foxworthy
- Solomon (1997) - Azarel
- Jesus (1999) - Livio
- Brothers. Dogs. And God. (2000) - Luther Graham
- St. Paul (2000) - K.C.
- Scorcher (2002) - General Timothy Moore
- Home on the Range (2004) - Rusty, the Dog (voice)
- Nip/Tuck (2005) - Wesley Kringle
- The Closer (2005-2012, TV series) - Louie Provenza
- Cake: A Wedding Story (2007) - Howard Canter
- Left Turn Yield (2007) - Man at Crosswalk with Dog
- Johnny's Gone (2011) - Chet
- The Newest Pledge (2012) - Mr. Hodgkinson
- Cupcake Wars Guest Judge (2012)
- I Am Death (2013) - The Killer
- Highly Functional (2017) - Dan
- Major Crimes (2012-present)