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About the Museum
Hall of Fame
G.W. Bailey was born in Port Arthur, Texas. He attended DeQueen Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Thomas Jefferson High School before going on to Lamar University in Beaumont and Texas Tech University in Lubbock where he received his B.A. Bailey spent three years at the Lubbock Theatre Center as Artistic Director of the high school workshop program. His wife, June, suggested that he travel to Chicago to audition for TCG, an organization representing repertory companies across the nation. The audition won him an assignment to the well-known Actor's Theatre of Louisville where Bailey spent three seasons honing his craft in a wide range of productions including Next, MacBeth, The Pirates of Penzance, and That Championship Season. Later, the challenge of films and television brought Bailey to California, where he soon found himself actively involved as a director. In two seasons at the California Actor's Theatre, he directed The Price, The Odd Couple, A Life in the Theatre, The Sunshine Boys, and many others. He produced and directed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in Cincinnati and served as producer/director for a season at the County Dinner Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida. During three seasons at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego's National Shakespeare Festival, he appeared as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Ajax in Troilus and Cressida, Frederick in As You Like It, and Kent in King Lear. It was while appearing in the production of As You Like It that Bailey auditioned for what turned out to be a recurring role in the popular television series M*A*S*H. He has gone on to entertain millions worldwide in television and feature films, including a recurring role in the Police Academy movies.
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