G.W. Bailey

Highest Rated: 58% Short Circuit (1986)
Birthday: Aug 27, 1944
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Though he would return to higher education nearly three decades later, Texas native G.W. Bailey left college and spent the mid-'60s working at local theater companies. Determined to establish an acting career for himself, a young Bailey moved to California in the 1970s and worked in a variety of settings. From appearances on television's Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels to stage productions of Shakespearian classics, Bailey, despite his lack of professional experience, proved a surprisingly versatile actor. He did not, however, attain significant mainstream recognition until 1981, when he was cast as pool-hall con artist Private Rizzo in CBS's long-running series M*A*S*H. The exposure led to five large supporting roles on a variety of feature-length television dramas, and ultimately, a very different type of performance all together: that of the imposing yet incompetent Lieutenant Harris in the lowbrow cop comedy Police Academy (1984). His Police Academy role was reprised as sequels were churned out in rapid succession, and he was cast as a similarly inept authority figure in 1987's Mannequin.Though the 1980s found Bailey immersed in fairly unmemorable film roles (mainly comedies and dark thrillers), he was able to forge a more than respectable resumé in the realm of television movies, including the popular Murder in Texas (NBC, 1981), On Our Way (CBS, 1985), Spy Games (ABC, 1991), and Dead Before Dawn (ABC, 1993). His television roles offered a G.W. Bailey quite unlike Lieutenant Harris, and he was able to develop a following and a steady reputation as a supporting actor. Eventually, he was able to add "college graduate" to his list of accomplishments, as his mid-'90s stint at Southwest Texas State University proved successful as well. In 2004, Bailey lent his vocal chords to Disney's animated musical Western Home on the Range.He was cast as Lt. Provenza on The Closer, a show that would be for a time the highest rated scripted program on basic cable, and he would stay on the show for its entire run.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet My Boy Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Newest Pledge Actor 2012
No Score Yet Perfect Husband - The Laci Peterson Story Actor 2004
53% Home on the Range Rusty $49.9M 2004
No Score Yet The Perfect Husband Det. Gates 2004
No Score Yet Scorcher Actor 2002
No Score Yet Jesus Livio 2000
No Score Yet The Thin Blue Lie K.C. 2000
No Score Yet Solomon Azarel 1997
No Score Yet Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy Coulter 1996
0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow Capt. Harris 1994
No Score Yet Dead Before Dawn Masterson 1993
No Score Yet An American Story Tom Cantrell 1992
No Score Yet Doublecrossed Camp 1991
No Score Yet Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story Brother 1991
No Score Yet Write to Kill Dean Sutton 1991
No Score Yet The Gifted One Doctor Winslow 1989
0% Police Academy 6 - City Under Siege Harris 1989
0% Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Harris 1988
0% Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol Capt. Harris 1987
27% Burglar Ray Kirschman 1987
19% Mannequin Watchman 1987
58% Short Circuit Skroeder 1986
No Score Yet A Winner Never Quits Tatum 1986
17% Rustlers' Rhapsody Peter 1985
11% Warning Sign Tom Schmidt 1985
44% Runaway Chief 1984
54% Police Academy Lt. Harris 1984
No Score Yet The Capture of Grizzly Adams Tom Quigley 1982
No Score Yet Bitter Harvest Jim Lazlo 1981
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Holfeld 1980
No Score Yet A Force of One Erwin 1979
No Score Yet The Runaway Barge Booker 1975


No Score Yet Major Crimes
Lt. Provenza
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
84% The Closer
Det. Lt. Provenza Lt. Det. Provenza
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Dreams
The Colonel Colonel
  • 2004
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Lt. Faraday Lt. Tibideaux
  • 1995
  • 1987
No Score Yet Newhart
  • 1985
No Score Yet Remington Steele
  • 1985
  • 1983
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Sgt. Luther Rizzo
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1976
  • 1972
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Dr. Hugh Beale
  • 1982
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
  • 1979
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
  • 1976
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
  • 1976
100% Under Cover
Mr. Waugh
No Score Yet War and Remembrance