G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey


8/27/1945, Port Arthur, Texas, America

Birth Name

George W. Bailey



Also Known As

G W Bailey
  • The cast of season five of The Closer.
  • The cast of season five of The Closer.
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Bailey started acting in the 60s working at local theater companies. In the 1970s he appeared on hit shows like Starsky and Hutch and Charlie's Angels. In 1981 he was cast as pool-hall con artist Private Rizzo in CBS's M*A*S*H. In the later eighties he became famous as…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2006 and 2008, G.W. was nominated along with his Closer castmates for a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    • He went to high school (in Port Arthur, Texas) with Janis Joplin.

    • He is the Executive Director and Board Member of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides trips and activities for hundreds of young cancer patients annually.

    • Played Capt. Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy series

  • Quotes

    • (on being remembered as Captain Thaddeus Harris) G.W. Bailey: So much for ten years of education, years of training in Shakespeare... being remembered for a dog peeing in your eye!

  • G.W. Bailey

    G.W. Bailey perfectly captures the character of Lt. Provenza. He is funny and grumpy with a softer sensitive and caring side. He makes me laugh and cry. I am at a point in my life when I needed to find some reason to get up everyday. Major Crimes and G.W. Bailey have given me a reason to get up, well at least on Mondays to watch the show. Hopefully the show stays on for a long time!moreless
  • G. W. Bailey is funny, funny, funny, and yet can play a serious role as a genuinely caring person when necessary. I like his gruff personality; that combined with his comic side make for a great complete package!moreless

    G. W. Bailey certainly plays a role that could not be performed better by anyone on earth. He provides the perfect humor, ineptness, gruffness, and yet, he shows some truly compassionate moments when helping Kyra Sedgwick deal with difficult cases. And, of course, he is a perfect foil to entertain Brenda's parents when they arrive on the scene- too funny! I love all the shows in the series except for those where Mary McDonnell is involved. I do not like those at all. She is just too caustic and sarcastic for my blood, and I see no reason whey a person like that needed to be introduced to this series; maybe she had a good agent, ha. ha. I will miss the Closer so much!!moreless