Gary Busey

BirthDay:

29 Jun 1944

BirthPlace:

Goose Creek, Texas, USA

BirthName:

William Gary Busey

Bio:

A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1962 and for a while was a professional musician. A talented drummer, he played in several bands, including those of country-and-western legends Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.

Busey's first film appearance was as a biker in the low-budget Angels Hard as They Come (1971) and, over the next few years, he landed several film roles generally as a country hick/redneck or surly, rebellious types. His real breakthrough came in the dynamic film The Buddy Holly Story (1978), with Busey taking the lead role as Buddy Holly, in addition to playing guitar and singing all the vocals! His stellar performance scored him a Best Actor nomination and the attention of Hollywood taking overcasting agents. Next up, he joined fellow young actors William Katt and Jan-Michael Vincent as surfing buddies growing up together in the cult surf film Big Wednesday (1978), directed by John Milius. However, a string of appearances in somewhat mediocre films took him out of the spotlight for several years, until he played the brutal assassin Mr. Joshua trying to kill Los Angeles cops Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the runaway mega-hit Lethal Weapon (1987). Further strong roles followed, including alongside Danny Glover once again in Predator 2 (1990). He was back on the beaches, this time tracking bank robbers with FBI agent Keanu Reeves, in Point Break (1991) and nearly stole the show as a psychotic Navy officer in league with terrorists led by Tommy Lee Jones taking over the USS Missouri in the highly popular Under Siege (1992).

The entertaining Busey has continued to remain busy in front of the cameras and has certainly developed a minor cult following among many film fans. Plus, he's also the proud father of accomplished young actor Jake Busey, whose looks make him almost a dead ringer for his famous father.
Filmography

Actor ( 210 credits )

Candiland (2016) Arnie
DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNse (2016) Mr. Morris
Camp Manna (2016) Jack Cujo Parrish
Mamaboy (2016) Coach Dombrowski
Mansion of Blood (2015) Zacharia
Entourage (2015) Gary (rumored)
Bikini Model Academy (2015) Uncle Seymore (rumored)
Behaving Badly (2014) Chief Clark
Confessions of a Womanizer (2014) Gary
WWE Legends' House (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
From Dusk Till Dawn (2014)  The Prospector (1 episode, 2015)
Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong (2013) Millard Findlemeyer (archive footage)
Bounty Killer (2013) Van Sterling
Matt's Chance (2013) Bill
In Bed with Joan (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Lovitz or Leavitz with Jon Lovitz (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Ok! TV (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Lizzie (2012) Andrew Borden
Piranha 3DD (2012) Clayton
The Making of Piranha 3DD (2012) Himself
Celebrity Wife Swap (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Mr. Box Office (2012)  John Anderson / ... (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Bill Dayton (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Change of Heart (2012) Movie star
Guido (2011)
Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2011)  Himself (3 episodes, 2014)
Rove LA (2011)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2012)
Jenny (2011) Gary
Hollywood Don't Surf! (2010) Himself
The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo (2010) Himself (archive footage)
Down and Distance (2010) Bo Vonarb
Conan (2010)  Himself - Stalked by Blimp (1 episode, 2010)
Celebrity Close Calls (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Totally Tracked Down (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Freaky Saturday Night Fever (2010) Boyie
Hallettsville (2009) Sheriff David Ketchum
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Nite Tales: The Series (2009)  Army Man (1 episode, 2009)
The Jeffrey Henderson Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Beyond the Ring (2008) Tony De Luca
The Wendy Williams Show (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Cho Show (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest (2008)  Himself (23 episodes, 2008-2012)
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008)  Himself - Rehab Participant / ... (9 episodes, 2008)
Old Skool with Terry and Gita (2008)  Himself (2008) (unknown episodes)
Chasing the Dream (2007) Narrator
Homo Erectus (2007) Krutz
Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter (2007) Wizard
Lady Samurai (2007) Chief Downs
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
The Hard Easy (2006) Vinnie
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006) Himself
Crooked (2006) John Rouse
Shut Up and Shoot! (2006) Bob Katz
Valley of the Wolves: Iraq (2006) Doctor
Descansos (2006) The Keeper
Cloud 9 (2006) Himself
Celebrity Paranormal Project (2006)  Himself (9 episodes, 2006)
No Rules (2005) Leroy Little
Chasing Ghosts (2005) Marcos Alfiri
The Gingerdead Man (2005) Millard Findlemeyer
A Sight for Sore Eyes (2005) Earl Cooper
Buckaroo: The Movie (2005) Dr. Brawn
Shade of Pale (2005) Billings
Overachievers (2005) Blind Master
Souled Out (2005) Gabriel (The Angel)
American Dad! (2005)  Gary Busey (1 episode, 2014)
Attack of the Show! (2005) (1 episode, 2011)
Celebrity Fit Club (2005)  Himself (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
El padrino (2004) Lars
Latin Dragon (2004) Thorn
Double Dare (2004) Himself (uncredited)
Fallacy (2004)
Motocross Kids (2004) Viper
Entourage (2004)  Gary Busey (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
The Apprentice (2004)  Himself - Contestant / ... (24 episodes, 2011-2013)
Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004)  Coach Red Harris (1 episode, 2006)
Ghost Rock (2003) Jack Pickett
The Shadowlands (2003) Supreme Regent Onticree
Scorched (2003) Zeek
Quigley (2003) Archie Channinng
Welcome 2 Ibiza (2003) Cortez
Two and a Half Men (2003)  Gary Busey (1 episode, 2011)
MythBusters (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
I'm with Busey (2003)  Himself (13 episodes, 2003)
High Chaparall (2003)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2004)
The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Russians in the City of Angels (2003)  March (3 episodes, 2003)
The Brendan Leonard Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Geraldo at Large (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
World Poker Tour (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Hooded Angels (2002) Sheriff
On the Edge (2002) Felix
Sam & Janet (2002) Bartender
Down 'n Dirty (2001) D. A. Mickey Casey
A Crack in the Floor (2001) Tyler Trout
Scrubs (2001)  Gary Busey (1 episode, 2006)
Celebrity Big Brother (2001)  Himself (26 episodes, 2014)
The Test (2001)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode)
G-Men from Hell (2000) Lt. Langdon
Tribulation (2000) Tom Canboro
The Huntress (2000)  Tommy Van Slyke (1 episode, 2000)
The Wright Stuff (2000)  Himself - Actor (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2014)
Two Shades of Blue (1999) Jack Reynolds
No Tomorrow (1999) Noah
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999) The Hooded Fang
The Man Show (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Shasta McNasty (1999)  Jack (1 episode, 1999)
Walking After Midnight (1999) (unknown episodes)
Soldier (1998) Church
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Highway Patrolman
Rough Draft (1998) Nelson Keece
E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Suspicious Minds (1997) Vic Mulvey
The Rage (1997) Art Dacy
Lost Highway (1997) Bill Dayton
Steel Sharks (1997) Cmdr. Bill McKay
King of the Hill (1997)  Mad Dog (1 episode, 2001)
Behind the Music (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Rough Riders (1997)  Gen. Joseph Wheeler (2 episodes, 1997)
One Clean Move (1996) Connie
Lethal Tender (1996) Mr. Turner
The Chain (1996) Frank Morrisey
Black Sheep (1996) Drake Sabitch
Carried Away (1996) Major Nathan Wheeler
The Real Thing (1996) Foreman
Sticks & Stones (1996) Book's Dad
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
E! News Live (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2002)
Man with a Gun (1995) Jack Rushton
The Outer Limits (1995)  Ezra Burnham (1 episode, 2000)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)  Narrator (4 episodes, 1995)
Warriors (1994) Frank Vail
Drop Zone (1994) Ty Moncrief
Breaking Point (1994) Dwight Meadows
Chasers (1994) Sergeant Vince Banger
Surviving the Game (1994) Doc Hawkins
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (4 episodes, 1998-2001)
South Beach (1993) Lenny
Rookie of the Year (1993) Chet Steadman
The Firm (1993) Eddie Lomax
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)  Donovan Riggs (1 episode, 1999)
Fallen Angels (1993)  Buzz' Meeks (1 episode, 1993)
Politically Incorrect (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Under Siege (1992) Cmdr. Krill
Canvas (1992) Ozzy Decker
The Player (1992) Himself
Point Break (1991) Pappas
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991) Clint Hornby
One on One with John Tesh (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Predator 2 (1990) Peter Keyes
Law & Order (1990)  Tommy Vega (1 episode, 2001)
The Howard Stern Show (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Hider in the House (1989) Tom Sykes
The Simpsons (1989)  Gary Busey (1 episode, 2005)
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Act of Piracy (1988) Ted Andrews
Bulletproof (1988) Frank McBain
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Lethal Weapon (1987) Joshua
Eye of the Tiger (1986) Buck Matthews
Let's Get Harry (1986) Jack
Silver Bullet (1985) Uncle Red
Insignificance (1985) The Ballplayer
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Bear (1984) Paul W. Bryant
D.C. Cab (1983) Dell
Didn't You Hear... (1983) James
The Hitchhiker (1983)  Rev. Nolan Powers / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Salute! (1983)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
Barbarosa (1982) Karl Westover
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1992)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
Foolin' Around (1980) Wes
Carny (1980) Frankie
Big Wednesday (1978) Leroy Smith
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Buddy
Straight Time (1978) Willy Darin
A Star Is Born (1976) Bobbie Ritchie
The Gumball Rally (1976) Gibson - Camaro Team
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (1 episode, 1979)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Baretta (1975)  Puckett (1 episode, 1975)
You and Me (1974)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Curly (as Garey Busey)
The Texas Wheelers (1974)  Truckie Wheeler (8 episodes, 1974-1975)
The Last American Hero (1973) Wayne Jackson
Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) Zeb
Hex (1973) Giblets
Praise the Lord (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) Hank Allen
Dirty Little Billy (1972) Basil Crabtree
Kung Fu (1972)  Josh (1 episode, 1973)
Angels Hard as They Come (1971) Henry
Dan August (1970)  Hippie #2 (1 episode, 1971)
Wild in the Streets (1968) Concert Attendee (uncredited)
The High Chaparral (1967)  Rafe (1 episode, 1970)
The 700 Club (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Bonanza (1959)  Henry Johnson (1 episode, 1972)
Gunsmoke (1955)  Harve Daley (1 episode, 1975)
When the Storm God Rides (0) Brady (rumored)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Hallettsville (2009) producer

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