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Raymond Bailey

Posted: 27 Jul 2006 3:28PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: George, Bailey,
Raymond Bailey, Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies
May 06, 1904 - April 15, 1980




Born into a poor San Francisco, California family, on May 6, 1904. Raymond Bailey dropped out of school in the 10th grade to help make ends meet.

Although he had tried acting in junior high school, he aspired to be an executive or businessman until at age 19, when he worked in a bank for a time and decided it was not the life for him. He headed for Hollywood to try the motion picture business. He worked for a time as a labourer at a movie studio, in the Silent days, and was fired for attempting to join a mob scene being filmed. He tried a stage career in New York but with no great success he scrapped those plans and spent a few years as a mess boy.

In Hollywood from 1932 on, Bailey took any nickel-and-dime job that was remotely connected to show business, but when World War II began, he once more headed out to sea, this time with the Merchant Marine. Only after the war was Bailey able to make a living as a character actor on stage and in TV and films. He made his film debut in "Women in the Wind" (1939) uncredited as an Attendant. He played many roles in the movies and on TV, but he was probably best known for his role as Milburn Drysdale on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-71)

He was married to Gaby George until his death. He died of a heart attack on April 15, 1980 in Irvine, California. He was 75.

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