Gary Busey

Actor, Singer, Drummer
Though he received a great deal of acclaim early in his career for his performance as Buddy Holly in "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978), actor Gary Busey let his best work become overshadowed by increasingly bizarre ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1944 in Goose Creek, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (128)

Behaving Badly 2014 (Movie)

Chief Howard D. Lansing (Actor)

Border Blues 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Confessions of a Womanizer 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crooked 2014 (Movie)

Rouse (Actor)

Double Suspicion 2014 (Movie)

Dwight Meadows (Actor)

Frost: Portrait of a Vampire 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sam and Janet 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scorched (KTH Productions) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Souled Out 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thank You, Good Night 2014 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

The Gingerdead Man 2014 (Movie)

Millard (Actor)

Welcome 2 Ibiza 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bounty Killer 2013 (Movie)

Van Sterling (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Rehab with Dr. Drew 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2004 - 2007, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Walker, Texas Ranger 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Piranha 3DD 2012 (Movie)

Clayton (Actor)

Celebrity Fit Club 2004 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Don't Surf! 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

National Lampoon's Stoned Age 2008 (Movie)

Krutz (Actor)

Celebrity Paranormal Project 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maneater 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Valley of the Wolves: Iraq 2006 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Chasing Ghosts 2005 (Movie)

Marcos Alfiri (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 3 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Butch (Actor)

Moto X Kids 2004 (Movie)

Viper (Actor)

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

El Padrino 2003 (Movie)

Lars Vincent Truman (Actor)

I'm With Busey 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Road Trip: Los Angeles 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Huntress 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Slap Shot II: Breaking the Ice 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Crack in the Floor 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

G-Men From Hell 2000 (Movie)

Lieutenant Langdon (Actor)

Glory Glory 2000 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Best Actress 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Detour 1999 (Movie)

Mo (Actor)

Hot Boyz 1999 (Movie)

Tully (Actor)

Jacob Two Two Meets The Hooded Fang 1999 (Movie)

The Hooded Fang (Actor)

The Day the Music Died 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribulation 1999 (Movie)

Tom Camboro (Actor)

Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Arms 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Universal Soldier 3: Unfinished Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Before They Were Pros 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Diary of a Serial Killer 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Highway Patrolman (Actor)

Gary Busey: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

No Tomorrow 1998 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

Soldier 1998 (Movie)

Captain Church (Actor)

Steel Sharks 1998 (Movie)

Commander McKay (Actor)

Two Shades of Blue 1998 (Movie)

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Lethal Tender 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost Highway 1997 (Movie)

Bill Dayton (Actor)

Suspicious Minds 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chain 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Next Door 1997 (Movie)

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The Rage 1997 (Movie)

Gacy (Actor)

Black Sheep 1996 (Movie)

Drake Sabitch (Actor)

Carried Away 1996 (Movie)

Major Nathan Wheeler (Actor)

Sticks and Stones 1996 (Movie)

Book's Dad (Actor)

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

Sergeant Vince Banger (Actor)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

Ty Moncrief (Actor)

Livers Ain't Cheap 1994 (Movie)

Foreman (Actor)

South Beach 1994 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

Hawkins (Actor)

Warriors 1994 (Movie)

Vail (Actor)

Rookie of the Year 1993 (Movie)

Chet Steadman (Actor)

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

Eddie Lomax (Actor)

Howie 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

Commander Krill (Actor)

Canvas 1991 (Movie)

Ozzie Decker (Actor)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

Clint Hornby (Actor)

Point Break 1991 (Movie)

Angelo Pappas (Actor)

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Act of Piracy 1990 (Movie)

Ted Andrews (Actor)

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

Peter Keyes (Actor)

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Hider in the House 1989 (Movie)

Tom Sykes (Actor)

Bulletproof 1988 (Movie)

Frank McBain (Actor)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

Joshua (Actor)

Eye of the Tiger 1986 (Movie)

Buck Matthews (Actor)

Half a Lifetime 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Get Harry 1986 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Wgod 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Half a Lifetime 1985 (Movie)

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Insignificance 1985 (Movie)

Ballplayer (Actor)

Silver Bullet 1985 (Movie)

Uncle Red (Actor)

The Bear 1984 (Movie)

Paul "Bear" Bryant (Actor)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

Dell (Actor)

Barbarosa 1982 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Carny 1980 (Movie)

Frankie Chipman (Actor)

Foolin' Around 1980 (Movie)

Wes (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

Leroy Smith--The Masochist (Actor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Willy Darin (Actor)

The Buddy Holly Story 1978 (Movie)

Buddy Holly (Actor)

A Star Is Born 1976 (Movie)

Bobby Ritchie (Actor)

The Gumball Rally 1976 (Movie)

Gibson (Actor)

The Texas Wheelers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

You and Me 1975 (Movie)

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Blood Sport 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot 1974 (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

Dirty Little Billy 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last American Hero 1972 (Movie)

Wayne Jackson (Actor)

The Lolly-Madonna War 1972 (Movie)

Seb Gutshall (Actor)

Hex 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angels Hard As They Come 1970 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

A Dangerous Life (TV Show)

Actor

Best Actress (Movie)

(Actor)

Chrome Soldiers (TV Show)

Actor

Man With a Gun (TV Show)

Actor

Plato's Run (TV Show)

Actor

Rough Riders (TV Show)

Actor

The Law (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Empire (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Texas Wind (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

("Why Baby Why") (Song Performer)

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

The Buddy Holly Story 1978 (Movie)

("Rock Around With Ollie Vee" "That'll Be the Day" "Peggy Sue" "It's So Easy" "Maybe Baby" "True Love Ways" "Words of Love" "Rave On" "Oh Boy" "Every Day I Have the Blues" "Well All Right") (Song Performer)

Nashville 1975 (Movie)

("Since You've Gone") (Lyrics)

Biography

Though he received a great deal of acclaim early in his career for his performance as Buddy Holly in "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978), actor Gary Busey let his best work become overshadowed by increasingly bizarre personal behavior and speculation that a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1988 had rendered him with a degree of brain damage. Adding fuel to the fire was a long struggle with cocaine and alcohol abuse, and occasional descents into violent behavior, which led Busey to embody an unsettling persona both on and off the screen. With film roles like the psychotic henchman Mr. Joshua in "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and an aging detective in "Point Break" (1991), the actor worked steadily in a wide array of popular movies and usually stole every scene he was in. Following solid supporting turns in "Under Siege" (1992) and "The Firm" (1993), Busey seemed destined to have a long, lucrative career as a talented character actor. But his increasingly troubled public appearances, which were marked by rambling bouts of armchair spirituality and sudden shifts in demeanor, generally earned more attention. While consistently working as a B-movie villain throughout the following decades, Busey occasionally winked at his public perception, as he did with his recurring stint as a crazier version of himself on "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ). Though he seemed to confirm his troubled personal life with an appearance on "Celebrity Rehab" (VH1, 2008- ), Busey nonetheless remained one of the most - if not the most - unique performer working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Belinda Bauer Actor

Companion

Delmer Busey

Father

Jake Busey Actor

Son
Born June 15, 1971; mother, Judy Busey

Virginia Busey

Mother

Judy Busey Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 30, 1968 Divorced July 20, 1990

Alectra Busey

Daughter
Born 1994; mother, Tracy Hutchinson

Luke Busey

Son
Born Feb. 23, 2010; mother, Steffanie Sampson

Tracy Hutchinson Actor

Companion
Couple's son Alectra born 1994

Malika Kineson

Companion

Steffanie Sampson Actor

Companion
Couple's son Luke born February 2010

Tiani Warden Actor

Wife
Met 1989 Married Sept. 23, 1996 Initially filed for divorce 1998, but later reconciled Warden reportedly called police January 1999 after making a citizens' arrest against Busey for spousal abuse Divorced Aug. 31, 2001

EDUCATION

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg , Kansas
Attended on a football scholarship before a knee injury drove him towards the theater

Nathan Hale High School

Tulsa , Oklahoma 1962

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater , Oklahoma
Attended on a drama scholarship; left school just one class short of graduation

Milestones

2012

Appeared in the thriller "Piranha 3DD"

2011

Joined the cast of the fourth season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)

2008

Appeared on second season of the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew"

2005

Joined the cast of the VH1 weight loss reality series "Celebrity Fit Club 2"

2004

Landed a recurring role as "his crazy self" on HBO's "Entourage"

2003

Appeared as the center of Comedy Central’s "I’m with Busey" reality show

1999

Played the villainous Hooded Fang in the remake of "Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang"

1998

Appeared as the vicious mercenary leader Mazur in TMC's "Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Arms" and "Universal Soldier 3: Unfinished Business"

1998

Had a cameo as a highway patrolman in Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

1997

Played a psychotic ex-militia man in Sidney J. Furie's "The Rage"

1997

Portrayed General Joe Wheeler in the TNT miniseries "Rough Riders"

1996

Supported Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving in Bruno Baretto's "Carried Away"

1994

Essayed another crazed psycho in "Warriors"

1993

Gave a salty performance as an over-the-hill pitcher in "Rookie of the Year"

1993

Had a supporting role as a private investigator in the legal thriller "The Firm"

1992

Continued his villainous run as the evil thug plotting to steal nuclear weapons in Steven Seagal’s "Under Siege"

1992

Appeared as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1991

Teamed with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze for Kathryn Bigelow's "Point Break"

1990

Played character on the right side of the law for the fast-paced sequel "Predator 2"

1988

Played an American journalist caught up in the 1986 Philippine revolution in the HBO miniseries "A Dangerous Life"

1987

First role as a villain, playing the memorable Mr. Joshua in "Lethal Weapon"

1985

Cast as a baseball playing icon in Nicolas Roeg's "Insignificance"

1984

Portrayed Alabama State football coach Paul Bryant in "The Bear"

1983

Wrote and performed "Why Baby Why" for the film "D.C. Cab"; also played one the taxi drivers

1982

Played the protégé of a legendary outlaw (Willie Nelson) in the well-received "Barbarosa"

1978

Delivered breakout role playing the rock and roll legend in "The Buddy Holly Story"; earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1978

Starred in the critically-acclaimed surfing movie "Big Wednesday"

1976

First gained national attention as Kris Kristofferson's road manager in "A Star Is Born"

1975

Contributed the song "Since You've Gone Away" to Robert Altman's "Nashville"

1974

Debut as series regular, playing Truckie Wheeler on ABC's "The Texas Wheelers"

1974

Acted opposite Martin Sheen in the NBC movie "The Execution of Private Slovik"

1973

TV-movie debut, "Blood Sport" (ABC)

1973

Supported Jeff Bridges (as stock car racing legend Junior Johnson) in "The Last American Hero"

1970

Made big screen debut as a hippie in the low budget Roger Corman film "Angels Hard as They Come"

1969

Landed first small screen role on an episode of the NBC Western "The High Chaparral"

1968

Recorded a self titled album with Epic records

1966

Co-founded a bluesy rock band called Carp (formerly known as The Rubber Band)

Appeared on several Leon Russell recordings (credited under the name Teddy Jack Eddy)

Bonus Trivia

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On Dec. 4, 1988, Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet. His skull was fractured, and doctors feared he suffered permanent brain damage.

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On May 3, 1995, paramedics found Busey unconscious at his home after he had allegedly overdosed on cocaine; he reportedly entered a drug rehabilitation center in lieu of facing criminal charges.

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Busey underwent successful surgery to remove a rare malignant tumor near his sinus cavity in May 1997.

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In 1997, Busey was accused of striking an United Airlines flight attendant who claimed the incident occurred after she bumped him; woman did not file charges

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In 1998, Busey rededicated his life to Christianity and became a member of the Promise Keepers.

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Busey filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb. 7, 2012. The actor indicated that he had $50,000 or less in assets, while his liabilities were reportedly somewhere in the $500,000 to $1 million range. Busey's manager released a statement that likened the actor to "great American institutions" such as General Motors and American Airlines. He was discharged from his bankruptcy on Nov. 26, 2012.

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