Who is Raymond Bailey?

Raymond Bailey was an actor and comedian. Known for his powerful acting performances on the Broadway stage, in films, and in television shows, Raymond Bailey rose to popularity for his portrayal of Milburn Drysdale in the CBS television series The Beverly Hillbillies. Raymond Bailey died on April 15, 1980, at the age of 75 due to a heart attack.

Raymond Bailey Biography
Raymond Bailey Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameRaymond Thomas Bailey
Also Known AsRaymond Bailey
BirthdayMay 6, 1904
Sun signTaurus
TraitsPositive- Punctual, Persistent, and Organised
Negative- Inflexible, Possessive, and Materialistic
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
NationalityAmerican
ReligionChristian 
EthnicityCaucasian
GenderMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Height5 feet and 10 inches
Eyes ColorBrown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Parents’ NameWilliam Bailey (Father)
Alice Bailey (Mother)
Marital statusMarried
Name of SpouseGaby Aida George
ChildrenNone
Profession Actor and Comedian
Net WorthUSD 600,000
DeathApril 15, 1980
Cause of DeathHeart Attack

Early Life, Parents, and Upbringing

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Raymond Bailey is the son of William and Alice Bailey. Bailey was keen on making it big as a movie star from a young age. 

In fact, he decided to move to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star when he was just a teenager. However, he was not able to land any major roles.

Young photo of Raymond Bailey
Young photo of Raymond Bailey

As a result, Raymond got involved in various temporary jobs to support himself as he pursued his acting career. During the day, Raymond worked as a laborer at a movie studio that produced silent pictures. 

Raymond got fired from his job after he sneaked into a mob scene when a movie was being filmed. After this, he worked as a stockbroker and a banker.

Eventually, Raymond Bailey relocated to New York, hoping to land roles in theatre. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in his endeavor, and he started working as a merchant seaman instead. 

On one occasion, Raymond sailed to Hawaii and worked on a pineapple plantation while he was docked there. Likewise, he also acted at the Hawaiian community theatre and worked as a singer on a local radio program.

Raymond Bailey Career

TV Career

In 1938, Raymond Bailey moved back to Hollywood to try his luck in acting yet again. This time he was able to land some minor roles in movies. 

Raymond began getting attention as an actor after being cast as the character of Mr. West in the action-adventure serial The Green Hornet. During World War II, Raymond Bailey served in the United States Merchant Marine and returned back to Hollywood after the end of the war.

Milburn Drysdale Photo
Raymond Bailey Photo

In the early 1950s, Raymond Bailey acted in several TV series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales of Tomorrow, Frontier, Crusader, My Friend Flicka, Gunsmoke, Tightrope, Coronado 9, and Johnny Ringo.

Moreover, he also made appearances in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Private Secretary, Playhouse 90, The Rifleman, Laramie, Bat Masterson, The Jack Benny Program, Yancy Derringer, Riverboat, Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip, Hennesey, and The Twilight Zone.

Similarly, Raymond acted in The Untouchables, Have Gun-Will Travel, The Tab Hunter Show, Pete and Gladys, The Donna Reed Show, Bachelor Father, Going My Way, The Tom Ewell Show, The Investigators, Science Fiction Theatre, Whirlybirds, Mister Ed, and Wagon Train.

In addition, the renowned character actor guest-starred on several TV shows, including Perry Mason, The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat, Harrigan and Son, and The Case of the Injured Innocent. From 1960 to 1961, Bailey was cast as a series regular on My Sister Eileen. Likewise, he played the role of Dean McGruder on The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis.

Raymond Bailey’s biggest TV role was in the CBS sitcom The Beverly Hilbillies, where he portrayed the role of Milburn Drysdale. He appeared in 247 episodes. 

Unfortunately, Bailey began displaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease during the sitcom’s final few episodes. Bailey eventually retired from acting in 1975. 

Broadway and Film Career

Raymond Bailey made his broadway debut in 1944 in Last Stop, where he played the role of Howard Haines. He played the role of an unknown man in the 1953 play The Bat. 

Likewise, Bailey also acted in plays such as Sing Till Tomorrow and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. In 1954, he played the role of a board member in Sabrina. The film starred Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. 

Bailey’s other film roles include Picnic, Vertigo, No Time for Sergeants, I Want to Live!, and The Lineup. In addition, he played the role of lawyer Brancato in the 1959 crime drama, Al Capone. 

In addition, he was cast as Major General Alexander “Archie” Vandegrift in The Gallant Hours. Bailey played the role of a plantation owner in Band of Angels in 1957. His final film appearances were in Herbie Rides Again and The Strongest Man in the World.

Raymond Bailey in his last days
Raymond Bailey, in his last days

Raymond Bailey Final Years and Death

After retiring from acting in 1975, Raymond Bailey became somewhat of a recluse. Bailey only kept in touch with his former The Beverly Hillbillies co-star Nancy Kulp in his final years. 

The actor divided his time between a condominium and his houseboat in Laguna Niguel, California. At the age of 75, Raymond Bailey died of a heart attack in Irvine, California. 

Bailey’s body was cremated. His ashes were scattered at sea. 

Relationships and Children

Raymond Bailey was married to Gaby Aida George. The couple did not have any children, biological or adopted. 

Raymond Bailey Net Worth and Lifestyle

At the time of his death, Raymond Bailey had a net worth of approximately USD 600,000. Having a net worth of USD 600K during the 1980s is quite impressive. 

Bailey accumulated such impressive net worth due to his career as an actor and comedian. In addition, his work on the Broadway stage, in films, and on television immensely helped in enhancing his net worth. 

Before being an actor, Bailey worked as a merchant seaman. As a result, Raymond Bailey lived a luxurious life that most could only dream of. 

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