G.W. Bailey stars in drama series Major Crimes as the resident old-timer, Lieutenant Provenza, a role he originated in the hit series The Closer. For his work on The Closer, he received five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Bailey boasts a career that spans four decades and has created a gallery of memorable and distinctive characters. A native Texan, Bailey began his training at Texas Tech University and began his professional career at the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville. Traveling to Los Angeles, Bailey appeared in a string of guest-starring roles on episodic series and continued his stage work. Among his series television credits are M*A*S*H, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and St. Elsewhere. Bailey also starred in several television movies, such as the award-winning Double Crossed and The Siege at Ruby Ridge.
Bailey's feature film career began with Police Academy and flourished with starring roles in such films as Mannequin, Short Circuit, Burglar and Rustler's Rhapsody, among others. Returning to academia in the mid-1990s, he graduated from Texas State University in 1994 and served as Artist in Residence for several years, working in Hollywood and on stage in New York.
Bailey appeared at the State Theatre as Richard Nixon in Larry L. King's The Dead President Club, which he also directed, and in A Man for All Seasons at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also starred as the lead detective in the cable movie A Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, guest starred in the series American Dreams and he recently finished production on the feature film One Heart.
Bailey's true passion lies with his work as executive director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, the foundation is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.