George William Bailey is an American actor. Although he appeared in many dramatic roles, he may be best remembered for his "crusty" comedic characters such as Staff Sergeant Luther Rizzo in M*A*S*H (TV series 1979-1983); Lieutenant/Captain Thaddeus Harris in the Police Academy
films (1984-1994), and Captain Felix Maxwell in Mannequin (1987). He played the role of Detective Lieutenant Louie Provenza on TNT`s television crime drama The Closer, and its spinoff series Major Crimes, from 2005 to 2018.
His other notable works include Lou Grant (1979), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Simon & Simon (1984), Warning Sign (1985), Doublecrossed (1991), Solomon (1997), Cake: A Wedding Story (2007) and The Newest Pledge (2012).
Since 2001, Bailey has served as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, which provides trips and activities for hundreds of young cancer patients annually. He first volunteered with the organization after his goddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia.