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G.W. Bailey

George W. Bailey is a veteran stage, television and film character actor. Athough he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his crusty comedic characters such as Captain Thaddeus Harris in Police Academy (1984) and Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in M*A*S*H (TV-Series 1972 - 1983).

Bailey went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur with Janis Joplin. 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 1970s, where he landed roles on television programs of the day such as Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels.

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

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 volunteered for over fifteen years since being introduced to the organization by his goddaughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

G.W. Bailey Facts

BirthdayAugust 27, 1945 (75)
BirthplacePort Arthur, Texas, USA

Selected Filmography

My Boy
Major Crimes: Season 4
Mannequin & Mannequin 2: On the Move
Police Academy 1-7: The Complete Collection
Short Circuit
The Big Picture
Major Crimes: Season 3
Police Academy
Major Crimes: Season 2
Time Bomb
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