“Kentucky Fried Movie”‘s John-Anthony Bailey And His Crazy Career Choices!

By on April 18, 2015

Before he appeared in the X-rated adult movie New Wave Hookers, which we told you was “the Traci Lords film that changed X-rated movies forever,” actor John-Anthony Bailey had a wonderfully varied career that included a starring role as as C.C. McNamara on the 70s children’s TV show, Wonderbug, and a recurring role on Happy Days — as “Sticks”, the drummer in Richie Cunningham’s band — and he had other TV appearances and film roles, but our favorite appearance of his was this “Sex Record” skit in The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).

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It’s a memorable skit, and it gives us a chance to mention the movie and post this video, one of our favorites and always worth a chuckle.

If you’ve seen the movie before, you no doubt remember, as we do, how it ends (spoiler!) with Bailey’s girl (Sharon Kaough in her only acting role ever) being picked up and carried off by Big Jim Slade, who was played by Manuel “Manny” Perry, the winner of the tall class in the Mr. America in ’77 and ’78 — he later went on to work as a Hollywood stuntman, stunt coordinator and occasional actor, appearing movies like Armageddon, Con Air, The Fast And The Furious, and Collateral, to name a few, but he also appeared on the Fox TV show 24.

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Narrator: “Big Jim, former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, is outfitted with various whips, chains, and a sexual appetite that will knock your socks off! Big Jim has satisfied women throughout the world, and the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!”

Bailey with Carol Anne Seflinger, David Levy and “Schlepcar” in Wonderbug

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Back to Bailey: As mentioned here, he appeared on TV show like M*A*S*H (1972), and Good Times (1974), and had also appeared in the Sun Ra film Space Is The Place (made in 1972, but not released until 1974), but his later movie roles were in adult films.  His last “legit” credited film role was in Tag: The Assassination Game, in 1982, and he had an uncredited appearance in 1991’s The Guyver, appearing alongside Mark “Star Wars” Hamill.

He’d appeared in the 1984 Dark Brothers production Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout White Chicks the year before appearing New Wave Hookers, and even though he did have explicit sex scenes in some of his earlier adult films — often using the pseudonym Jack Baker — most of his roles were and in comedic non-sex roles, often to poke fun at racial stereotypes. He ended up being in more than 100 adult films — now, how many actors can claim to have been on both a children’s TV show, and also in the altogether on X-rated flicks?

Here’s some info about his early life, from his Wiki page:

John Anthony Bailey was born on June 4, 1947 in Ohio, U.S. Bailey lived in San Francisco, California during the early 1970s where he attended Merritt College in Oakland and performed in numerous stage and film productions. His performances included Richard Wesley’s The Black Terror, for John Cochran’s Black Repertory West, J. E. Franklin’s Black Girl with Adilah Barnes, work with the improvisational theatre group, The Pitschel Players, and appearances with other San Francisco Bay Area theater companies.

Bailey died of bladder cancer in 1994, at the age of 47.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.
  • sacagowea

    Excellent write up. Thank you for remembering him :) -A. Bailey

  • Smooth

    John Anthony Bailey also had a memorable role as Florida Evans’ troublesome nephew, Cleatus in the TV sit-com, “Good Times”. The performance showed his range as an actor. In the end, minorities were the victims of the lack of quality roles in Hollywood. https://youtu.be/-LY2yJ3yIRk

  • Cletus Safari

    May he rest in peace in Raspberry Heaven.