Biography

​George William Bailey was born on August 27, 1944, in Port Arthur, Texas. Bailey started college at Lamar University in Beaumont and eventually transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock; but he did not complete his studies. He worked at local theater companies during the mid 1960s until his move to California in the 1970s. Here he began work on television series such 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 MASH (1972-1983). In 1993, he returned to Texas to study again 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.

​George William Bailey was born on August 27, 1944, in Port Arthur, Texas. Bailey started college at Lamar University in Beaumont and eventually transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock; but he did not complete his studies. He worked at local theater companies during the mid 1960s until his move to California in the 1970s. Here he began work on television series such 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 MASH (1972-1983). In 1993, he returned to Texas to study again 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1944-08-27

Place of Birth Port Arthur, Texas, USA

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Also Known As

  • George William Bailey
  • G.W. Bailey

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 My Boy as Chet
2012 The Newest Pledge as Mr. Hodgkinson
2012 Major Crimes (105 episodes) as Lt. Louie Provenza
2007 Cake: A Wedding Story as Howard Canter
2005 The Closer (109 episodes) as Louie Provenza
2004 Home on the Range as Rusty (voice)
2004 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story as Det. Gates
2003 Nip/Tuck (1 episode)
2003 Scorcher as General Moore
2000 St. Paul as Barnabas
2000 The Thin Blue Lie as K.C.
1997 Seduction in a Small Town as Pat Carter
1996 The Siege at Ruby Ridge as Ralph Coulter
1994 Police Academy: Mission to Moscow as Thaddeus Harris
1993 No Child of Mine as Lamar Jenkins
1993 Dead Before Dawn as Masterson
1992 An American Story as Tom Cantrell
1991 A Mother's Justice as Joe Comminger
1991 Write to Kill as Dean Sutton
1991 Under Cover (14 episodes) as Director Waugh
1990 Fine Things as Grossman
1989 The Gifted One as Dr. Winslow
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege as Captain Thaddeus Harris
1988 War and Remembrance (2 episodes)
1988 Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach as Captain Thaddeus Harris
1987 Hawaiian Dream as Inspector Pierce
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as Captain Thaddeus Harris
1987 Burglar as Ray Kirschman
1987 Roomies (1 episode)
1987 Mannequin as Captain Felix Maxwell
1987 Downpayment on Murder as Kyle
1986 Short Circuit as Skroeder
1986 A Winner Never Quits as Tatum
1985 Warning Sign as Tom Schmidt
1985 Rustlers' Rhapsody as Peter
1984 Runaway as Chief
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1984 Police Academy as Lt. Thaddeus Harris
1983 Goodnight, Beantown (13 episodes) as Albert Addelson
1983 Goodbye, Farewell & Amen as Sergeant Luther Rizzo
1982 Remington Steele (1 episode)
1982 The Capture of Grizzly Adams as Tom Quigley
1981 Simon & Simon (2 episodes)
1981 Murder in Texas as Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story as Holfield
1980 Flo (1 episode)
1979 The French Atlantic Affair (3 episodes) as Jake (uncredited)
1979 Benson (1 episode)
1977 CHiPs (1 episode) as Drunk Driver
1977 Lucan (1 episode)
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 Laverne & Shirley (1 episode)
1976 How the West Was Won (1 episode)
1975 Starsky & Hutch (2 episodes)
1975 The Runaway Barge as Booker
1974 Harry O (3 episodes)
1974 Happy Days (1 episode)
1972 M*A*S*H (14 episodes) as Sgt. Rizzo
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)

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