G.W. Bailey Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Tv Shows

G.W. Bailey Biography

G.W. Bailey well known as George William Bailey is an American actor. However he has appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his “crusty” comedic characters including Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in MAS*H; Lieutenant/Captain Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy films, and also Captain Felix Maxwell in Mannequin.

How old is G.W. Bailey? – Age

Bailey is 79 years old as of 2023. He was born on 27 August 1944, in Port Arthur, Texas, United States, where he also grew up.

How tall is G.W. Bailey? – Height

He stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m) tall.

G.W. Bailey Mother, Father, Siblings – Family

Bailey was born in Port Arthur, Texas. However, his father and his mother’s identity has been kept confidential at the moment.

G.W. Bailey’s Education

He went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur along with Janis Joplin and Jimmy Johnson. In addition, he started college at Lamar University in nearby Beaumont and also transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Is G.W. Bailey Married?Wife

G.W. Bailey got married to Eleanor Jane Goosby since 1966 to 1999 and blessed with two children.

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G.W. Bailey’s Career

Bailey later left college and also spent the mid-1960s serving at local theater companies prior to moving to California in the mid-1970s. In addition, he broke into television with a small recurring role as a crime scene police officer on the known short-lived detective show Harry O. Moreover, he landed one-shot episodic roles on television programs of the day including Starsky and Hutch and also Charlie’s Angels.

Likewise, his film debut was in A Force of One in 1979, an early Chuck Norris film. However, by the late 1970s, he got his breakout role as the conniving, cigar-chomping goldbricker Sgt. Luther Rizzo in MAS*H. Besides, he appeared as Tom Berenger’s sidekick in Rustler’s Rhapsody in 1985.

Additionally, he returned to college in 1993, and graduated from Southwest Texas State University, currently Texas State, in San Marcos, Texas in May 1993, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre. For the 1999–2000 school year, he became the Artist-in-Residence.

Bailey worked as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation from 2001 to 2019, which provides trips and activities for hundreds of young cancer patients annually. Additionally, he first volunteered with the organization after his goddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia.


  • Charlie’s Angels
  • How The West Was Won
  • CHiPs
  • Starsky & Hutch
  • Soap
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • A Force of One
  • Lou Grant
  • Happy Days
  • The French Atlantic Affair
  • Angie
  • Benson
  • Palmerstown, U.S.A.
  • Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story
  • Flo
  • Murder in Texas
  • Bitter Harvest
  • Fog

G.W. Bailey’s Net Worth

Bailey has an estimated net worth of $5 million.


You can find and follow Bailey on Instagram using the account name: @gwbailey

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