Actor, Director, and Producer Gary Lee Bayer, 72, died January 6, 2017 in his adoptive home of Jerusalem, Israel where he was buried on Mt. Zion after a 3-year battle with prostate cancer. A consummate storyteller and man of strong faith in God, Gary was born in Hollywood, CA, grew up in Mt. Vernon, IN, then to Los Angeles. He was a stage actor on Broadway and with D.C.'s Arena Stage company, then moved back to Hollywood to act in film and TV. Gary appeared in HOME IMPROVEMENT, LIFE WITH BONNIE, CAGNEY AND LACEY, KNOTS LANDING, L.A. LAW, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN and other TV series and movies. He was a member of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. With friends in the entertainment industry he founded New Harmony Project serving writers and was on the Board of Directors for over 25 years.
In 2000 he was invited to direct dramatic musicals in Israel which served as a course change in his life. He returned yearly to teach acting to international students. In Jerusalem Gary met his future wife Cindy (Lipscomb), marrying her on Mt. Zion in 2005.
Their shared passion created The Writers' Gathering, bringing established writers of film, TV, stage plays, and novels, to The Land of the Bible for inspiration and creativity.
Gary called out the best in people. Along with Cindy they shared their table with many at their Jerusalem Old City apartment and at their home above the Sea of Galilee. Besides acting and directing, his gift of creativity was evident as a builder, carpenter, gardener, host, and most often as a storyteller.
Survivors include his wife Cindy Lipscomb Bayer of Jerusalem, Israel; mother Lula and brother Steve Bayer (Nancy) of Kokomo, IN; sons Reilly Bayer (Jen) of Lynnfield, MA and Peter Bayer of Los Angeles; his daughter Holly Bol (Brian) of Keller, TX; five grandchildren. Gary is also survived by Cindy's family who loved him: parents Jack and Cathryn Lipscomb and brother Larry (Tracy) of Springfield; her daughters and their families of Richmond, VA Lauren and Jason Tew along with Lanna and Timothy Britt.
Tax-deductible memorial donations may be sent to Writers' Gathering/A.C.T.
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Published in News-Leader on Mar. 29, 2017.