Jack Bailey (actor)

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Jack Bailey
Queen for a Day.JPG
Bailey as host of Queen for a Day.
Born(1907-09-15)September 15, 1907
Hampton, Iowa, U.S.
DiedFebruary 1, 1980(1980-02-01) (aged 72)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActor/Game show host
Years active1944–1975
 
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For the British actor, see John Bailey (actor). For the American actor born John Anthony Bailey, see Jack Baker (actor).
Jack Bailey
Queen for a Day.JPG
Bailey as host of Queen for a Day.
Born(1907-09-15)September 15, 1907
Hampton, Iowa, U.S.
DiedFebruary 1, 1980(1980-02-01) (aged 72)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationActor/Game show host
Years active1944–1975

John Wesley "Jack" Bailey, Jr. (September 15, 1907 – February 1, 1980) was an American actor and daytime game show host. He was born in Hampton, Iowa, and died in Santa Monica, California.[1]

Career[edit]

A former vaudeville musician and World's Fair barker,[1] Bailey is best remembered as the host of Queen for a Day, a daytime game show which first aired on the Mutual Radio Network in 1945 and later moved to television, where it ran locally in the Los Angeles area from 1948 through 1955, on the NBC Television network from January 3, 1956 to September 2, 1960, and on the ABC network from September 5, 1960 to October 2, 1964. Each episode started with a different introduction (some of which were parodies of other popular shows of the time period), but inevitably the opening would resolve when Bailey pointed to the camera (and the audience) and loudly asked, "Would you like to be Queen for a Day?" as the live audience of mostly women, cheered.

Bailey also hosted the television game shows Place the Face (1953-February 1954) and Truth or Consequences from 1954 to 1956. His run as host on that show followed Ralph Edwards as host (1940-1957 on the radio and 1950-1954 on television). In time Bailey was succeeded by Bob Barker (1956–1975) Bob Hilton (1975–1978), and Larry Anderson (1987–1988). The television version of the show ran on CBS, NBC, and also in syndication.

His other work in television included appearances in episodes of The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mister Ed, Green Acres, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, and Ironside, plus narration for the Walt Disney organization. He had a small part in the Frank Capra film It's a Wonderful Life and he also toured the country in musical stage productions, such as Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, and The Music Man.

Bailey joined Alcoholics Anonymous around 1948 and was a public supporting member of the organization for more than 30 years.[2]

He was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one for his radio career, at 1708 Vine Street, and one for his work in television, at 6411 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.[1]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1944The ContenderSecond Fight Ring announcerUncredited
1946It's a Wonderful LifeOne of Vi's SuitorsUncredited
1948He Walked by NightWitness in Pajamas and RobeUncredited
1950Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. MaloneGame Show host
1951Queen for a Day|Jack Bailey
1955Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorNarratorTelevision Series
one episode
1965Mister EdPurserTelevision Series
one episode
1966Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreAlbert HouseTelevision Series
one episode
1966Green AcresAnnouncerTelevision Series
one episode
1967The MonroesCrickTelevision Series
one episode
1967I Dream of JeannieDr.DawsonTelevision Series
one episode
1967
1969
GunsmokeBen Leary
Judge Brooker
Television Series
two episodes
1969LancerEvansTelevision Series
one episode
1971The Days of the WolvesThe Mayor
1971The D.A.LindseyTelevision Series
one episode
1972Adam-12George NashTelevision Series
one episode
1973Emergency!HomerTelevision Series
one episode
1974How to Seduce a WomanMr.Tolkas
1974Dusty's TrailGen. CunninghamTelevision Series
one episode
1974Police StoryRileyTelevision Series
one episode
1974Apple's WayKilkennyTelevision Series
one episode
1975The Strongest Man in the WorldJack

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