F. Lee Bailey Biography


Birthday: June 10, 1933 (Gemini)

Born In: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

F. Lee Bailey was an American former criminal defense attorney, businessman, author, actor, and TV personality. He is best known for representing O.J. Simpson as one of the latter’s "dream team" lawyers in his 1995 murder trial. Bailey had served as a defense attorney in many notable cases, including those of Albert DeSalvo "The Boston Strangler,” Sam Sheppard (appeal), Carl A. Coppolino, George Edgerly, Ernest Medina, and Claude DuBoc. He had also been the attorney for the families of the Korean Airlines Flight 007 victims. He was licensed in Florida and in Massachusetts during most of his career but was disbarred in these two places in 2001 and 2003, respectively. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the Maine Board of Bar Examiners denied him a law license in 2014. Bailey hosted the TV shows Good Company and Lie Detector and co-authored books such as The Defense Never Rests and Cleared for the Approach: In Defense of Flying.

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Also Known As: Francis Lee Bailey Jr.

Died At Age: 87


Spouse/Ex-: Patricia Shiers​ (m. 1985), Florence Gott​ (m. 1960 - div. 1961)​, Froma Portney (div. 1972), Lynda Hart​ (m. 1972 - div. 1980)

mother: Grace Mitchell

children: Bendrix L. Bailey, Brian Bailey, Scott F. Bailey

Partner: Debbie Elliott

Born Country: United States

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Died on: June 3, 2021

place of death: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: Cardigan Mountain School, Harvard College, Boston University School of Law, Kimball Union Academy, Boston University, Harvard University

Childhood & Early Life

F. Lee Bailey was born Francis Lee Bailey Jr., on June 10, 1933, in Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S. His father was an advertising salesman, and his mother was a teacher and nursery school director. Bailey’s parents divorced when he was ten.

Bailey initially studied at the Cardigan Mountain School. He then joined the Kimball Union Academy and graduated in 1950. Following this, he enrolled at Harvard University. However, in 1952, he left the university to join the United States Marine Corps. Delegated as an officer, Bailey undertook flight training and obtained his Naval Aviator wings in 1954. After serving as a jet fighter pilot for a while, Bailey began working as a squadron legal officer.

Although Bailey returned to Harvard for a while, he joined the Boston University School of Law in 1957. There, he attained the highest grade point average in the history of the school. In 1960, Bailey graduated with an LL.B. degree, ranking first in his class.

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Other Endeavors

F. Lee Bailey hosted the short-lived TV series Good Company in 1967, and the show Lie Detector in 1983. His other TV pursuits include the series Matt Houston (an episode named The Monster on January 6, 1984), Unsolved Mysteries (an episode aired on May 11, 1994), and the animation series Spider-Man (as a voice actor in the episode The Sandman Is Coming, aired on October 10, 1981).

Meanwhile, in October 1972, the men’s adult magazine Gallery named him "the showcase publisher of Gallery.”

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