George W. Bailey (born August 27, 1945 in Port Arthur, Texas) is a veteran stage, television and film character actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic characters such as Captain Thaddeus Harris in Police Academy (1984-1994) and Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in M*A*S*H (TV-Series 1972 - 1983). He currently stars on the TNT series The Closer. Bailey has a very distinctive appearance, and, having gone prematurely grey in his 30s, has appeared essentially the same age since the 1970's, and arguably portrayed an older man than himself in most of his 1980s roles.
Bailey went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur with Janis Joplin. He started college at Lamar University in nearby Beaumont and transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He left college and spent the mid-1960s working at local theater companies before moving to California in the 1970s, where he landed roles on television programs of the day such as ...
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Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach is the 1988 installment in the Police Academy series, launched in 1984. The film was given a PG rating for language and ribald humor.
Captain Thaddeus Harris, played by G.W. Bailey, followed closely by Procter, break into Commissioner Hurst's office, weaving through files until they pull up Commandant Lassard’s, Harris closely reads the file, looking for any minor detail so he can get the upper hand in his mission to take Lassard’s position within the academy. Harris soon finds out that Lassard should have retired at the end of the previous year, in accordance with the state’s mandatory retirement age. Harris makes sure this information is revealed, so Lassard retires and he becomes Commandant.
During the class of 1988 ceremony, it is revealed that Commandant Lassard is to receive a prestigious police award, as policeman of the decade at the National Police Chiefs Convention in Miami, Florida. Shortly after, it is also revealed that sadly,...
Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros. The film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait. Goldberg plays Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr, a former burglar who resumes when a police officer (G. W. Bailey) blackmails her. Things take a turn for the worse when the house Bernice burgles has a dead body in it, and she's the only suspect. The film was adapted from the 1978 novel The Burglar in The Closet by Lawrence Block; in Block's book, Bernie Rhodenbarr is a white man. It was also the first live-action production from the Canadian animation company, Nelvana.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol is the fourth comedy film in the Police Academy series. It was released in 1987. The film was given a PG rating for mild profanity.A group of Police Academy graduates are sent to train a group of newly recruited civilian officers. The original Police Academy cast reprise their roles in the film. Capt. Harris, not seen since the first installment, returns as the film's nemesis. In Police Academy 2 and 3, Capt. Mauser (played by Art Metrano) filled that role, but Metrano was severely injured in a fall after filming number 3, and asked to be replaced for the remainder of the series....
Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy film, starring Kim Cattrall, Andrew McCarthy, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. It was written and directed by Michael Gottlieb, and the original music score was composed by Sylvester Levay. It was followed by a sequel, Mannequin: On the Move, in 1991.McCarthy plays Jonathan Switcher, a struggling artist who goes from one dead-end job to another. This all changes when a mannequin (Cattrall) he created for a department store window comes magically to life. The mannequin was actually once Ema Hesire, a real-life princess from ancient Egypt. Her beauty and love inspires Switcher to become the best window dresser in town. Of course, there is intrigue involving a rival department store's attempt to drive the heroes out of business, and together the two star-crossed lovers must outwit the store's bumbling security guard, the rival store's scheming executives, and others intent on the store's demise.The story has a subplot: in...,
Short Circuit was a 1986 comedy sci-fi film starring Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg and directed by John Badham. Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, and G. W. Bailey co-star, with Tim Blaney providing the voice of robot "Number 5".The story revolves around an intelligent and sentient robot named "Number 5" that is worth $11,000,000 (actual total value - $11,002,076 and 17 cents - given in Short Circuit 2). The robot later takes the name "Johnny 5". The film was originally conceived as a dark sci-fi thriller, with Number 5 as a villain. After several script revisions it eventually became a family comedy film.A sequel, Short Circuit 2, was released in 1988.Taglines:Number 5 is one of five prototype robots proposed for use by the US military, although the scientist mainly responsible for creating them, Dr. Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg), is more interested in peaceful uses of their artificial intelligence, like playing musical instruments. A demonstration is underway on the grounds of...,
Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) is an American comedy-Western film. It is a parody of many Western conventions, most visibly of the singing cowboy films that were prominent in the 1930s and the 1940s. The film was written and directed by Hugh Wilson and stars Tom Berenger as a stereotypical good cowboy Rex O'Herlihan, who is drawn out of a black-and-white film and transferred into a more self-aware setting.
The conceit of the movie is explained in a voiceover intro by G. W. Bailey, who wonders what it would be like if one of the 1930s/1940s Rex O'Herlihan movies were to be made today. At that point, in a scene reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, the cinematogaphy shifts from black & white to color and the soundtrack changes from mono to Dolby Digital surround sound.
As a consequence of this paradigm shift, Rex O'Herlihan (Berenger), "the singing cowboy," is the only character aware of the plot outline: he explains that he "knows the future," as "these Western towns are all the same" and...,
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