G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Highest Rated: 59% Short Circuit (1986)

Lowest Rated: 0% Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1944

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Known to fans the world over as Lieutenant Louie Provenza on the acclaimed series "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012) and its spin-off "Major Crimes" (TNT, 2012-), G. W. Bailey played wizened tough-guys for seemingly his entire career. Born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1944 and raised across the state in Lubbock, Bailey went prematurely gray during his 30s, lending him the ability to play roles considerably older than his actual age. He acted with the repertory cast of the Actor's Theatre of Louisville during the 1970s before making his screen debut in the TV movie "The Runaway Barge" (NBC, 1975) in 1975. Bailey soon began finding steady work on screen, making guest appearances on "Laverne & Shirley" (ABC, 1976-1983), "Soap" (CBS, 1977-1981), "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-1982), and "Happy Days" (ABC, 1974-1984) in 1979 alone. After taking on the recurring role of Sergeant Luther Rizzo on the hit series "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983), Bailey co-starred on the second season of the medical drama "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) as Dr. Hugh Beale from 1982 to 1983. In 1984, Bailey signed on to appear in a the slapstick comedy "Police Academy" (1984). The comedy would prove to be a huge hit, and Bailey would reprise his role as Lt. Harris for five out of the movie's six sequels. After playing Big Jim on the sitcom "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (ABC, 1995-97) from 1995 to 1997, Bailey spent a year as the artist-in-residence at his alma mater, Southwest Texas State University, from 1999 to 2000. In 2005, he was cast as Louie Provenza on "The Closer" and later on "Major Crimes."

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am Death The Killer (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 38% The Newest Pledge Mr. Hodgkinson (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny's Gone Chet (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cake: A Wedding Story Howard Canter (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 36% The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Det. Gates (Character) - 2004
53% 29% Home on the Range Rusty, the Dog (Voice) - 2004
No Score Yet 3% Scorcher General Timothy Moore (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Blue Lie K.C. (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 56% Solomon Azarel (Character) - 1998
0% 22% Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Capt. Harris (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Child of Mine Lamar Jenkins (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 43% Dead Before Dawn Masterson (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Lies Zeke Zbranek (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 78% An American Story Tom Cantrell (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Write to Kill Dean Sutton (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story Brother (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mother's Justice Joe Comminger (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doublecrossed Camp (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Lies Sgt. Halsey (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 46% Fine Things Grossman (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gifted One Dr. Winslow (Character) - 1989
0% 28% Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Capt. Thaddeus Harris (Character) $10.6M 1989
0% 33% Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Captain Thaddeus Harris (Character) $17.8M 1988
27% 39% Burglar Ray Kirschman (Character) $15.2M 1987
0% 38% Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Captain Thaddeus Harris (Character) $28.1M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Downpayment on Murder Kyle (Character) - 1987
21% 55% Mannequin Felix (Character) $34.9M 1987
No Score Yet 60% A Winner Never Quits Tatum (Character) - 1986
59% 67% Short Circuit Skroeder (Character) $39M 1986
20% 41% Warning Sign Tom Schmidt (Character) - 1985
17% 86% Rustlers' Rhapsody Peter (Character) - 1985
55% 64% Police Academy Lt. Thaddeus Harris (Character) - 1984
50% 32% Runaway Chief (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Capture of Grizzly Adams Tom Quigley (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Texas Richard "Racehorse" Haynes (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Runaway Barge Booker (Character) - 1975

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 84% Major Crimes Detective Lt. Louie Provenza (Character) 2012-2018
82% 81% The Closer Det. Lt. Provenza (Character) 2005-2012
75% 79% Nip/Tuck Wesley Kringle (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paul the Apostle Unknown (Character) 2000
15% No Score Yet The Jeff Foxworthy Show Big Jim Foxworthy (Character) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legend Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
96% 84% Dinosaurs Sarge (Guest Voice) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodnight, Beantown Albert Addelson (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Sergeant Luther Rizzo (Guest Star) 1979-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flo Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Jack Whitman (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975

QUOTES FROM G.W. Bailey CHARACTERS

Newton Crosby says: I cut off it's power. You can load it on the truck now.

Skroeder says: What the hell's the matter with you? You four-eyed idiot!

Newton Crosby says: (quietly) What an asshole.

Newton Crosby says: What an asshole.

Skroeder says: I heard that!

Peter says: Rex, you shot him in the head...how do you feel about that?

Rex O'Herlihan says: Missed his hand...