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.
G.W. Bailey Facts
|Birthday||August 27, 1945 (74)|
|Birthplace||Port Arthur, Texas, USA|
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