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      G.W. Bailey

      G.W. Bailey

      Highest Rated: 61% Short Circuit (1986)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      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."

      Highest rated movies

      Short Circuit
      Police Academy
      Runaway
      Burglar
      Mannequin
      Warning Sign
      Rustlers' Rhapsody
      Police Academy: Mission to Moscow

      Photos

      G.W. Bailey GW Bailey at arrivals for Catalina Film Festival - FRI, Avalon Theatre, Santa Catalina Island, CA September 29, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant Major Crimes, G.W. Bailey, 'Two Options', Season 3, Ep. #7, 07/21/2014, ©TNT Major Crimes, Doris Roberts (L), G.W. Bailey (R), 'There's No Place Like Home', Season 2, Ep. #9, 08/05/2013, ©TNT Major Crimes, Doris Roberts (L), G.W. Bailey (R), 'There's No Place Like Home', Season 2, Ep. #9, 08/05/2013, ©TNT MANNEQUIN, from left: G.W. Bailey, Andrew McCarthy, 1987, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp Major Crimes, from left: Kearran Giovanni, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P Keene, 'Year-End Blowout', Season 2, Ep. #17, 12/30/2013, ©TNT Major Crimes, G.W. Bailey, 'Pick Your Poison', Season 2, Ep. #12, 11/25/2013, ©TNT MANNEQUIN, from left: G.W. Bailey (lying down), Kim Cattrall, Andrew McCarthy, 1987, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE, from left: Lance Kinsey, G.W. Bailey, 1989, © Warner Brothers POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE, from left: Lance Kinsey, G.W. Bailey, Bubba Smith (rear), David Graf, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Bruce Mahler, Michael Winslow, Matt McCoy, 1989, © Warner Brothers Major Crimes, Laurie Holden (L), G.W. Bailey (C), Mary McDonnell (R), 'Zoo Story', Season 3, Ep. #10, 08/11/2014, ©TNT Major Crimes, Mary McDonnell (L), G.W. Bailey (R), 'False Pretenses', Season 2, Ep. #2, 06/17/2013, ©TNT Major Crimes, Mary McDonnell (L), G.W. Bailey (R), 'False Pretenses', Season 2, Ep. #2, 06/17/2013, ©TNT POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT: MIAMI BEACH, Bubba Smith, Leslie Easterbrook, George Gaynes, David Graf, Matt McCoy, Marion Ramsey, Michael Winslow, Janet Jones, Tab Thacker, Lance Kinsey, G.W. Bailey, 1988, (c) Warner Brothers Major Crimes, G.W. Bailey (L), Esai Morales (R), 'Jailbait', Season 2, Ep. #13, 12/02/2013, ©TNT Major Crimes, Raymond Cruz (L), Mary McDonnell (C), G.W. Bailey (R), 'Long Shot', Season 1, Ep. #10, 10/15/2012, ©TNT Major Crimes, from left: Raymond Cruz, Ransford Doherty, Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, 'Long Shot', Season 1, Ep. #10, 10/15/2012, ©TNT Major Crimes, Raymond Cruz (L), Mary McDonnell (C), G.W. Bailey (R), 'Long Shot', Season 1, Ep. #10, 10/15/2012, ©TNT Major Crimes, from left: Tony Denison, Raymond Cruz, Ransford Doherty, Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, 'Long Shot', Season 1, Ep. #10, 10/15/2012, ©TNT

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am Death The Killer (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 52% 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 37% The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Det. Gates (Character) - 2004
      52% 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 No Score Yet St. Paul Barnabas (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 58% Solomon Azarel (Character) - 1998
      0% 22% Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Capt. Harris (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 50% Dead Before Dawn Masterson (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Child of Mine Lamar Jenkins (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Lies Zeke Zbranek (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 80% An American Story Tom Cantrell (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story Brother (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Write to Kill Dean Sutton (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
      0% 28% Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Capt. Thaddeus Harris (Character) $10.6M 1989
      No Score Yet 80% The Gifted One Dr. Winslow (Character) - 1989
      0% 33% Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Captain Thaddeus Harris (Character) $17.8M 1988
      20% 55% Mannequin Felix (Character) $34.9M 1987
      0% 38% Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Captain Thaddeus Harris (Character) $28.1M 1987
      27% 38% Burglar Ray Kirschman (Character) $15.2M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Downpayment on Murder Kyle (Character) - 1987
      61% 67% Short Circuit Skroeder (Character) $39.0M 1986
      No Score Yet 60% A Winner Never Quits Tatum (Character) - 1986
      20% 42% Warning Sign Tom Schmidt (Character) - 1985
      17% 85% Rustlers' Rhapsody Peter (Character) - 1985
      56% 64% Police Academy Lt. Thaddeus Harris (Character) - 1984
      48% 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 83% Young Sheldon Judge Landry (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 78% Major Crimes Detective Lt. Louie Provenza (Character) 2012-2018
      83% 85% The Closer Det. Lt. Provenza (Character) 2005-2012
      74% 83% Nip/Tuck Wesley Kringle (Guest Star) 2005
      15% No Score Yet The Jeff Foxworthy Show Big Jim Foxworthy (Character) 1996-1997
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Lt. Alex Tibideaux (Guest Star) 1995
      60% No Score Yet Legend Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      91% 79% Dinosaurs Sarge (Guest Voice) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance Cmdr. Jim Grigg (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Police Chief Don Potter (Guest Star) 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodnight, Beantown Albert Addelson (Character) 1983-1984
      No Score Yet 87% 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) 1976 1978
      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