Gary Busey

 

Date Of Birth

June 29, 1944
 

Biography

Born William Gareth Jacob Busey on June 29, 1944 in Goose Creek, Texas, actor Gary Busey is a graduate of Nathan Hale High School. He was later educated at Pittsburg State University on a football scholarship, but he eventually sparked an interest in acting. This led him to transfer to Oklahoma State University where he dropped out of school before graduation. He soon found himself as the drummer of The Rubber Band and later in the band known as Carp. During that time, he also had small roles on film and television.

Gary Busey became known for his role in the remake of A Star is Born, which propelled him into a life of fame. He then starred as Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, earning him his first Oscar nomination. He continued his success on film, appearing on Barbarosa, Top Gun, Leathal Weapon and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He also appeared as himself on HBO's Entourage, in addition to voicing his animated version on The Simpsons. His other television work includes the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and on Celebrity Apprentice 4.
 

Place of Birth

Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas
 

Birth Name

William Gareth Jacob Busey
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

- His first wife is Judy Busey. Their son is actor Jake Busey. The couple divorced in 1990, so he remarried. In 1996, he wed Tiani Warden but their marriage ended in 2001. They have a daughter named Alectra 'Ellie' Busey.

- In 1988, he nearly died from a motorcycle accident.

- He was arrested after a fight with his wife, Tiani Warden in 1999. He was later released on bail.

- He is a member of Promise Keepers, a Christian-based mens' organization.

- He has a son named Luke Samson Busey with actress Steffanie Sampson.

- He used to be in a band called The Rubber Band and even moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in music, not acting.

- He and his son Jack Busey are both licensed pilots.

- He also played for a band named Carp.

 

Awards

1987: CableACE Awards - Actor in a Dramatic Series for: "The Hitchhiker"
1980: BAFTA Film Awards - Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role for: The Buddy Holly Story
1979: National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Actor for The Buddy Holly Story
1978: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award
 

Filmography

2011: Lizzie - Andrew Borden
2011: The Apprentice (TV series)
2010: Down and Distance - Bo Vonarb
2010: Freaky Saturday Night Fever (short) - Boyie
2009: Nite Tales: The Series (TV series) - Army Man
2009: Hallettsville - Sheriff David Ketchum
2008: Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (TV series)
2008: Beyond the Ring - Tony De Luca
2004-2007: Entourage (TV series) - Gary Busey
2007: Maneater (TV movie) - Grady Barnes
2007: Succubus: Hell Bent - Sentinel
2007: On the Edge - Felix
2007: Homo Erectus - Krutz
2007: Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter - Wizard
2007: Lady Samurai - Chief Downs
2006: The Hard Easy - Vinnie
2006: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) - Phil Cassidy (voice)
2006: Crooked - John Rouse
2006: Tom Goes to the Mayor (TV series) - Coach Red Harris
2006: Shut Up and Shoot! - Mr. Katz
2006: Dr. Dolittle 3 (video) - Butch (voice)
2006: Valley of the Wolves: Iraq - Doctor
2006: Scrubs (TV series) - Gary Busey
2006: Descansos - The Keeper
2005-2006: Celebrity Fit Club (TV series)
2005: The Gingerdead Man - Millard Findlemeyer
2005: Esenin (TV mini-series) - Zinger, Isedora Dunkan's ex-husband
2005: A Sight for Sore Eyes (short) - Earl Cooper
2005: Buckaroo: The Movie - Dr. Brawn
2005: Into the West (TV mini-series) - Johnny Fox
2005: The Baker's Dozen (video short) - Millard
2005: Shade of Pale - Billings
2005: Chasing Ghosts - Marcos Alfiri
2005: The Simpsons (TV series) - Gary Busey
2005: Souled Out - Gabriel (The Angel)
2005: No Rules - Leroy Little
2005: The Hand Job - Blind Master
2004: Border Blues (video) - LAPD medium Michael March
2004: Ghost Rock - Jack Pickett
2004: Latin Dragon - Thorn
2004: El padrino - Lars
2004: If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely (video) - Mesdeg
2004: Fallacy
2004: Motocross Kids - Viper
2003: Shadowlands - Supreme Regent Onticree
2003: Scorched - Zeek
2003: Frost: Portrait of a Vampire (video) - Micah
2003: The Girl Next Door (TV movie) - Sheriff Larson
2003: Welcome 2 Ibiza - Cortez
2003: Quigley - Archie Channinng
2003: Russians in the City of Angels (TV series) - March
2003: The Prize Fighter (video) - Whitey Ferguson
2002: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Video Game) - Phil Cassidy (voice)
2002: Sam & Janet - Bartender
2002: Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice (video) - Richmond Claremont
2002: Glory Glory - Sheriff
2001: King of the Hill (TV series) - Mad Dog
2001: Law & Order (TV series) - Tommy Vega
2001: Down 'n Dirty - D. A. Mickey Casey
2001: A Crack in the Floor - Tyler Trout
2000: G-Men from Hell - Lt. Langdon
2000: The Huntress (TV series) - Tommy Van Slyke
2000: The Outer Limits (TV series) - Ezra Burnham
2000: Hot Boyz (video) - Tully
2000: Steel Sharks - Cmdr. Bill McKay
2000: Tribulation - Tom Canboro
1999: Shasta McNasty (TV series) - Jack
1999: Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang - The Hooded Fang
1999: Two Shades of Blue - Jack Reynolds
1999: No Tomorrow - Noah
1999: Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series) - Donovan Riggs
1998: Detour (video) - Mo Ginsburg
1998: Soldier - Church
1998: Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (TV movie) - Otto Mazur
1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Highway Patrolman
1998: Rough Draft - Nelson Keece
1997: Rough Riders (TV movie) - Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler
1997: The Rage - Art Dacy
1997: Plato's Run (video) - Plato
1997: Hawaii Five-O (TV movie) - Jimmy Xavier Berk
1997: Lethal Tender - Mr. Turner
1997: Lost Highway - Bill Dayton
1997: Suspicious Minds - Vic Mulvey
1996: The Chain - Frank Morrisey
1996: Sticks & Stones - Book's Dad
1996: Black Sheep - Drake Sabitch
1996: Carried Away - Major Nathan Wheeler
1996: One Clean Move (short) - Connie
1996: The Real Thing - Foreman
1995: Man with a Gun - Jack Rushton
1995: Warriors - Frank Vail
1994: Drop Zone - Ty Moncrief
1994: Breaking Point - Dwight Meadows
1994: Chasers - Sergeant Vince Banger
1994: Surviving the Game - Doc Hawkins
1993: Fallen Angels (TV series) - Buzz' Meeks
1993: South Beach - Lenny
1993: Rookie of the Year - Chet 'Rocket' Steadman
1993: The Firm - Eddie Lomax
1992: Under Siege - Cmdr. Krill
1992: Chrome Soldiers (TV movie) - Jim 'Flash' Gordon
1992: Canvas - Ozzy Decker
1991: Wild Texas Wind (TV movie) - Justice Hayden Parker
1991: Point Break - Pappas
1991: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - Clint Hornby
1990: Predator 2 - Peter Keyes
1990: Act of Piracy - Ted Andrews
1989: Hider in the House - Tom Sykes
1989: The Neon Empire (TV movie) - Frank Weston
1988: A Dangerous Life (TV mini-series) - Tony O'Neil
1988: Bulletproof - Frank McBain
1987: Lethal Weapon - Mr. Joshua
1986: Eye of the Tiger - Buck Matthews
1986: Let's Get Harry - Jack
1985-1986: The Hitchhiker (TV series) - Rev. Nolan Powers/Reverend Nolan Powers
1986: Half a Lifetime (TV movie) - Bart
1985: Silver Bullet - Uncle Red
1985: Insignificance - The Ballplayer
1984: The Bear - Paul W. Bryant
1983: D.C. Cab - Dell
1983: Didn't You Hear... - James
1982: Barbarosa - Karl Westover
1980: Foolin' Around - Wes
1980: Carny - Frankie
1978: Big Wednesday - Leroy Smith
1978: The Buddy Holly Story - Buddy
1978: Straight Time - Willy Darin
1976: A Star Is Born - Bobbie Ritchie
1976: The Gumball Rally - Gibson (Camaro Team)
1975: Baretta (TV series) - Puckett
1974-1975: The Texas Wheelers (TV series) - Truckie Wheeler
1975: You and Me
1975: Gunsmoke (TV series) - Harve Daley
1974: The Law (TV movie) - William Bright
1974: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot - Curly
1974: The Execution of Private Slovik (TV movie) - Jimmy Feedek
1973: Blood Sport (TV movie) - David Lee Birdsong
1973: Hex - Giblets
1973: The Last American Hero - Wayne Jackson
1973: Kung Fu (TV series) - Josh
1973: Lolly-Madonna XXX - Zeb
1972: Dirty Little Billy - Basil Crabtree
1972: Bonanza (TV series) - Henry Johnson
1972: The Magnificent Seven Ride! - Hank Allan
1971: Angels Hard as They Come - Henry
1971: Dan August (TV series) - Hippie #2
1970: The High Chaparral (TV series) - Rafe
1968: Wild in the Streets - Extra at concert
 

Height

6' (1.83 m)
 

Quotes

"Men are failed women at birth."