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G.W. Bailey



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
54% Home on the Range
  • Rusty
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 Paul the Apostle
  • Actor
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
22% Mannequin
  • Watchman
1987
57% Short Circuit
  • Skroeder
1986
No Score Yet A Winner Never Quits
  • Tatum
1986
18% Rustlers' Rhapsody
  • Peter
1985
20% Warning Sign
  • Tom Schmidt
1985
44% Runaway
  • Chief
1984
41% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012
  • Lt. Provenza
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Det. Lt. Provenza Lt. Det. Provenza

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