David Bailey was born on October 27, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey. Bailey enlisted in the Air Force at 16 and served for eight years in Japan as a drill sergeant. After separating from the military, he settled in Delaware for a brief time. There he met actor Robert Mitchum, who encouraged Mr. Bailey to go to New York and pursue an acting career. While auditioning for acting jobs, he paid the bills by working as an electrician and plumber. He had a lengthy career in theater and television as a playwright, director and actor, perhaps his best known role being Dr. Russ Matthews on the long-running daytime soap ‘Another World’ (1973–1978, 1979–1981, 1989, 1992).
Bailey appeared in over 30 films and TV appearances among which was one Euro-western “Up the MacGregors” (1967) replacing Robert Woods in the role of Gregor MacGregor to the sequel of “Guns for the MacGregors”. Later he became “The Mitchum Man,” the sexy spokesman for Mitchum deodorant, and sold Maxwell House coffee and Suave shampoo in TV commercials.
On November 25, 2004, Bailey drowned in the pool at his home in Los Angeles, California. He was 71 years old.
Today we remember David Bailey on what would have been his 80th birthday.