George William Bailey was born on 27th August 1944, in Port Arthur, Texas USA, and is a stage, television, and film actor, but best known for such roles as Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in “M*A*S*H” (1979-1983) and Lieutenant/Captain Harris in the Police Academy movies (1984-1994). Bailey’s career started in 1974.
Have you ever wondered how rich G.W. Bailey is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Bailey’s net worth is as high as $2 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career, in films, and on television and the stage – all have improved his wealth.
G.W. Bailey Net Worth $2 Million
G.W. Bailey grew up in Texas and went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, alongside singer Janis Joplin and future star American Football coach Jimmy Johnson. Later, Bailey studied at Lamar University and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, before dropped out and spending the mid-1960s in local theatres.
Bailey then moved to California with hopes of landing a role on television which he did in 1974 in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series “Harry O”, appearing in four episodes until 1975. In the same year Bailey played in his first TV movie called “The Runaway Barge”, while from 1976 to 1978, he had parts in the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Starsky and Hutch”. From 1979 to 1983, Bailey played Sergeant Luther Rizzo in 14 episodes of a Golden Globe Award-winning series “M*A*S*H”, significantly improving his exposure to audiences as well as his net worth.
In the early ‘80s, Bailey had roles in such movies as the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Murder in Texas” (1981) starring Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott and Farrah Fawcett, in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated “Bitter Harvest” (1981), and in “The Capture of Grizzly Adams” (1982). From 1982 to 1983, he played in 22 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series “St. Elsewhere”, while from 1983 to 1984, Bailey appeared in 13 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated “Goodnight, Beantown”. In the mid-‘80s, Bailey worked alongside Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall in “Police Academy” (1984) and with Tom Berenger in “Rustlers’ Rhapsody” (1985). He continued with “Warning Sign” (1985), “Short Circuit” (1986), and the Oscar-nominated “Mannequin” (1987) starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall. In 1987, Bailey played in “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol”, while a year later, he worked in “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach”. Bailey ended the ‘80s with parts in the Golden Globe Award-winning series “War and Remembrance” (1988) and in “Police Academy 6: City Under Siege” (1989). His constant activity ensured the rise of his net worth.
In 2000, Bailey appeared in “Brothers, Dogs, and God”, while from 2005 to 2012, he played Louie Provenza in 109 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning series “The Closer” starring Kyra Sedgwick. Since 2012, Bailey has played Provenza in “The Closer” spin-off series called “Major Crimes”. With his constant work, one may wonder why his net worth isn’t somewhat higher!
Regarding his personal life, G.W. Bailey was married to Eleanor June Goosby from 1966 to 1999 and has two children with her, but is believed to now be single. Since 2001, he serves as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free programs and event for children suffering from cancer.
There is disagreement amongst fans as to whether or not G.W. Bailey appears in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). It is rumored that G.W. filmed a small uncredited cameo as the man shown from behind while being photographed during the wedding reception, but this has never been verified officially in any published interview to date.
Longtime friends with fellow Texan (and occasional co-star over the years) Barry Corbin, whom Bailey credits with talking him out of studying law and into pursuing acting while the two were both students at Texas Tech University.
After the departure of Gary Burghoff and his character Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from M*A*S*H (1972), the producers planned to have Bailey's character Luther Rizzo take over as company clerk. However, Alan Alda was able to convince the producers to have Klinger (Jamie Farr) take the role instead.
Along with Janis Joplin, one of Bailey's other high school classmates was future head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson.
Has a plaque on the West Texas Hall of Fame which adorns the base at the feet of a statue of rock-n-roll legend Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas. The plaques commemorate all musicians and actors from Texas.
Attended Thomas Jefferson High School (in Port Arthur, Texas) with Janis Joplin.
For the 1999-2000 school year, he is the Artist-in-Residence for Southwest Texas State University.
Unless you're a big movie star, regular television work is going to bring you more exposure than anything. Everybody has a television; not everybody goes to the movies.
I'm from Port Arthur, Texas! Little guy! Little character guy from one of the saddest oil-refinery towns in America. And here I was driving over to Beverly Hills, to 20th Century Fox, to be on 'M*A*S*H!'
Do I enjoy features? Yeah, I really do. Would I like to do some more features before I head to the barn? Yeah, probably. But I also love television. I love doing television because it's fast, and that I like a lot.
I don't belong to any country clubs. I don't have this big circle of friends. Where I make my friends is where I work.
(On his role in The Closer (2005)) This is best job I've ever had. I think a lot of it has to do with this time in my life, you know. I've gotten older. I've squandered all the other money I've made. So it's nice at this point in my life to have a part like this, that's so well-written. And I love the cast. It's a joyful place to work, it really is. We have our moments, 'cause we're like a family. But overall, it's a great gig to have. And I love the character. I mean, there are other things I've done that I've really liked, but I think a lot of it has to do-it always has to do-with the character. It always has to do with the writing. You want to make a lot of money, but if the writing is bad, it doesn't matter, you know?
(On being remembered as Captain Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy movies) So much for ten years of education, years of training in Shakespeare... being remembered for a dog peeing in your eye!