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Bob Bailey

Show Count: 584
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: June 13, 1913, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Died: August 13, 1983, Lancaster, California, USA

Bob Bailey (born Robert Bainter Bailey, June 13, 1913 in Toledo, Ohio – August 13, 1983) was an American actor who appeared mostly on radio.

In the early 1940s Bailey was regularly featured on network radio programs emanating from Chicago. He was signed by 20th Century-Fox and appeared in seven feature films; the first two (in which he was most prominent) starred Laurel and Hardy.

Starting in 1946, Bailey starred as freelance detective George Valentine in the radio drama Let George Do It. but he is best remembered as the title character in the long-running radio series Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. The program ran from 1949 until 1962 (it was the last major series on the air) and featured the exploits of "America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator"; Bailey starred as Johnny from 1955 through 1960 and wrote the script for the December 22, 1957 episode "The Carmen Kringle Matter" using the pen name "Robert Bainter".

When Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar relocated to New York in 1960, Bailey gave up the role. Having appeared in almost five hundred episodes, he had made the role his own. With the end of his involvement, the show would wind down over the following two years before being taken off the air in 1962, by which time Bailey had virtually given up acting. Near the end of the 1962 film Birdman of Alcatraz, he can be seen as one of the reporters gathered around Burt Lancaster and Edmond O'Brien; O'Brien had portrayed Johnny Dollar on the radio from 1950 to 1952.

Bailey struggled with alcoholism as his health declined, but did recover toward the end of his life. He died in California at age 70 on August 13, 1983.

Source: Wikipedia

Let George Do ItLet George Do It
Show Count: 196
Broadcast History: 18 October 1946 to 27 September 1954
Sponsor: Standard Oil
Cast: Eddie Firestone, Bob Bailey, Joseph Kearns, Wally Maher, Frances Robinson, Virginia Gregg, Lillian Buyeff, Olan Soulé
Director: Don Clark
Producer: Owen Vinson, Pauline Vinson
Broadcast: 1973
Added: Sep 22 2007
Broadcast: 8th August 1946
Added: Aug 08 2008
Broadcast: 8th September 1947
Added: Jul 02 2009
Broadcast: 31st December 1955
Added: May 24 2009
Broadcast: 21st September 1949
Added: Sep 21 2008
Broadcast: 10th September 1945
Added: Sep 11 2008
Broadcast: March 19, 1945
Added: Apr 04 2016