Raymond Bailey

Raymond Bailey

75 (passed away Apr. 15th, 1980)
May. 6th, 1904
Born in
San Francisco, California, USA
5' 10" (1.

Raymond Bailey's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Beverly Hillbillies TV Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis TV Show
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Man and the Challenge TV Show
The Man and the Challenge
Ford Star Jubilee TV Show
Ford Star Jubilee
Margie TV Show
My Sister Eileen TV Show
My Sister Eileen
Conflict TV Show

Main Movie Roles

1975 - The Strongest Man in the World
1974 - Herbie Rides Again
1962 - Five Weeks in a Balloon
1960 - From the Terrace
1959 - Al Capone
1958 - King Creole
1958 - Vertigo
1958 - Darby's Rangers
1958 - The Lineup
1957 - The Incredible Shrinking Man
1957 - Band of Angels
1956 - Time Table
1955 - Tarantula
1955 - Picnic
1954 - Sabrina
1941 - A Man Betrayed
1940 - Black Friday
1940 - I Love You Again
1939 - Each Dawn I Die
1939 - I Stole a Million
1939 - The Roaring Twenties
1939 - Made for Each Other

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Regent Burns
March Beckworth
Clyde Barnes
Walter Griggs
Ben Salway
John Carvell
[Complete List]


Raymond Bailey was a great example of "If at first you don't succeed..." After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. Instead Bailey went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He made a second stab at Hollywood, and again had no success. He then became a seaman, working on various freighters and travelling all over the world. Bailey also worked on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii, and tried his luck in the local theatre. Deciding to give Hollywood one more try in 1938, he got lucky getting several small parts in the movies which eventually evolved into bigger character roles. When television became big, Bailey was in demand for parts and it was there he got his most famous part on the hit sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), as (ironically) banker Milburn Drysdale, whose fists were tighter than Elly May's pants. After the show ended, he did a few movie roles.

  • His first job in Hollywood was as a laborer, but he was fired for sneaking into a mob scene during a movie shoot.
  • Before joining the cast of the _"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962)_ (qv), he could be seen without his toupee for many of his roles.
  • Worked as a deckhand on a freighter in China, Japan, Hawaii, the Philippines and the Mediterranean.

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