Gary Busey Busey in 2008 Born William Gary Busey June 29, 1944 Goose Creek, Texas, United States Occupation Actor Years active 1968–present Spouse(s) Judy Helkenberg (m. 1968–1990) Tiani Warden (m. 1996–2001) Children Jake Busey William Gary Busey (/ˈbjuːsi/; born June 29, 1944) is an American actor. A prolific character actor, Busey has appeared in over 150 films, including Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Under Siege (1992), The Firm (1993), Carried Away (1996), Black Sheep (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Gingerdead Man (2005) and Piranha 3DD (2012).
Busey also made guest appearances on television shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, and Entourage. For portraying Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Busey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. In 2014, he lampooned his public image through a series of advertisements for Amazon Fire TV.
 Early life Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, the son of Sadie Virginia (née Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmer Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1962. While attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on a football scholarship, he became interested in acting. He then transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he quit school just one class short of graduation.
Career Early career Gary Busey (standing), Mark Hamill and Jack Elam from The Texas Wheelers, 1974 Busey began his show business career as a drummer in The Rubber Band. He appears on several Leon Russell recordings, credited as playing drums under the names "Teddy Jack Eddy" and "Sprunk", a character he created when he was a cast member of a local television comedy show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting on station KTUL (which starred fellow Tulsan Gailard Sartain as "Dr.
Mazeppa Pompazoidi"). For his skits on Uncanny Film Festival, Busey drew on his American Hero, belligerent, know-it-all character. When he told Gailard Sartain his character needed a name, Sartain replied, "Take three: Teddy, Jack and Eddy." He played in a band called Carp, which released one album on Epic Records in 1969. Busey continued to play several small roles in both film and television during the 1970s.
In 1975, as the character "Harvey Daley," he was the last person killed on the series Gunsmoke (in the third-to-last episode, No. 633 – "The Busters"). Rise to prominence Gary Busey at the premiere of A Star Is Born in 1976 In 1974, Busey made his major film debut with a supporting role in Michael Cimino's buddy action caper Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.
In 1976, he was hired by Barbra Streisand and her producer-boyfriend Jon Peters to play Bobby Ritchie, road manager to Kris Kristofferson's character in the remake film A Star is Born. On the DVD commentary of the film, Streisand says Busey was great and that she had seen him on a TV series and thought he had the right qualities to play the role. In 1978, he starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story with Sartain as The Big Bopper.
For his performance, Busey received the greatest critical acclaim of his career and the movie earned Busey an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actor award. In the same year he also starred in the small yet acclaimed drama Straight Time and the surfing movie Big Wednesday, which is now a minor cult classic. In the 1980s, Busey's roles included the critically acclaimed western Barbarosa, the comedies D.
C. Cab and Insignificance, and the Stephen King adaptation Silver Bullet. He played one of the primary antagonists opposite Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the action comedy Lethal Weapon. In the 1990s, he had prominent supporting roles in successful action films such as Predator 2, Point Break and Under Siege. He also appeared in Rookie of the Year, The Firm, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Busey sang the song "Stay All Night" on Saturday Night Live in March 1979 (season 4, episode 14), and on the Late Show with David Letterman in the 1990s. 2000s–present In 2003, Busey starred in a Comedy Central reality show, I'm with Busey. In 2005, he also voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons and appeared in the popular miniseries Into the West. Busey controversially appeared in the 2006 Turkish nationalist film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak, in Turkish), which was accused of fascism, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.
 In 2007, he appeared as himself in a prominent recurring role on HBO's Entourage, in which he parodied his eccentric image, ultimately appearing on three episodes of the show. In 2008, he joined the second season of the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Busey returned to reality television in Celebrity Apprentice 4, which premiered in March 2011, and appeared again in Celebrity Apprentice 6.
There, he briefly reprised his role as Buddy Holly by performing "Not Fade Away". In a series of 2010 YouTube advertisements for Vitamin Water, Busey appeared as Norman Tugwater, a lawyer who defends professional athletes' entitlements to a cut from Fantasy Football team owners. In 2014, he became a celebrity spokesperson for Amazon Fire TV. That August, he appeared in, and became the first American winner of the fourteenth series of the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother.
On September 1, 2015, it was announced that he will be competing on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya. Busey and Trebunskaya made it to Week 4 of competition but were then eliminated and finished in 10th place. Personal life Busey in September 2007. In 1971, Busey's wife Judy Helkenberg gave birth to their son, William Jacob "Jake" Busey.
Busey and Helkenberg divorced when Jake was 19 years old. Busey has a daughter named Alectra from a previous relationship. On December 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. In 1996, Busey publicly announced that he was a Christian, saying: "I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian.
For the first time I am now free to be myself." Busey cites a motorcycle accident, as well as a 1995 cocaine overdose, as events that strengthened his religious faith. In 1997, Busey underwent successful surgery to remove a cancerous, plum-sized tumor from his sinus cavity. The congenital growth was found after Busey began suffering nose bleeds. During the filming of the second season of Celebrity Rehab in 2008, Busey was referred to psychiatrist Dr.
Charles Sophy. Sophy suspected that Busey's brain injury has had a greater effect on him than realized. He described it as essentially weakening his mental "filters" and causing him to speak and act impulsively. Sophy recommended Busey take valproic acid (Depakote), with which Busey agreed. In February 2010, Busey's fiancée Steffanie Sampson gave birth to their son, Luke Sampson Busey. In 2011, Busey supported Donald Trump's 2012 presidential bid saying, "For the American people, vote for Donald Trump come election night.
" In 2015, he again expressed support for Trump's candidacy for president. Filmography Film 1968: Wild in the Streets 1971: Angels Hard as They Come (also known as Angel Warriors) 1972: The Magnificent Seven Ride! 1972: Dirty Little Billy 1973: Lolly-Madonna XXX (also known as The Lolly-Madonna War) 1973: Hex 1973: The Last American Hero (also known as Hard Driver) 1974: Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1975: You and Me 1976: A Star Is Born 1976: The Gumball Rally 1978: The Buddy Holly Story 1978: Straight Time 1978: Big Wednesday 1980: Carny 1980: Foolin' Around 1982: Barbarosa 1983: Didn't You Hear.
.. 1983: D.C. Cab 1984: The Bear 1985: Insignificance 1985: Silver Bullet 1986: Eye of the Tiger 1986: Let's Get Harry 1987: Lethal Weapon 1988: Bulletproof 1989: Hider in the House 1990: Act of Piracy 1990: Predator 2 1991: Point Break 1991: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1992: Canvas 1992: Under Siege 1993: The Firm 1993: Rookie of the Year 1993: South Beach 1994: Breaking Point 1994: Surviving the Game 1994: Drop Zone 1994: Warriors 1994: Chasers 1995: Man with a Gun 1996: Livers Ain't Cheap (also known as The Real Thing) 1996: One Clean Move 1996: Black Sheep 1996: Carried Away (also known as Acts of Love) 1996: Sticks & Stones 1996: The Chain 1997: Steel Sharks 1997: Suspicious Minds 1997: The Rage 1997: Lost Highway 1997: Lethal Tender 1997: Plato's Run 1998: Rough Draft 1998: Soldier 1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998: Detour (also known as Too Hard to Die) 1999: Two Shades of Blue 1999: Hot Boyz (also known as Gang Law) 1999: The Girl Next Door 1999: No Tomorrow 1999: Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang 2000: A Crack in the Floor 2000: Tribulation 2000: Glory Glory (also known as Hooded Angels) 2000: G-Men from Hell 2001: A Crack in the Floor 2001: Down 'n Dirty 2002: Sam and Janet 2002: On the Edge 2002: Welcome 2 Ibiza 2002: Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice 2003: Frost: Portrait of a Vampire 2003: The Prize Fighter 2003: Quigley (also known as Daddy Dog Day) 2003: Scorched 2003: The Shadowlands 2003: Ghost Rock 2004: Shade of Pale 2004: Motocross Kids 2004: Fallacy 2004: Lexie 2004: El Padrino 2004: Border Blues 2004: Latin Dragon 2005: The Hand Job 2005: Souled Out 2005: No Rules 2005: Chasing Ghosts 2005: A Sight for Sore Eyes (Short) 2005: The Baker's Dozen 2005: Buckaroo: The Movie 2005: The Gingerdead Man 2006: The Hard Easy 2006: Descansos 2006: Valley of the Wolves: Iraq 2006: Dr.
Dolittle 3 (voice) 2006: Shut Up and Shoot! 2006: Soft Target 2006: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (Documentary) 2007: Lady Samurai 2007: Homo Erectus (also known as National Lampoon's The Stoned Age and Dawn of Sex) 2007: Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter 2007: Succubus: Hell-Bent 2008: Beyond the Ring 2009: Hallettsville 2009: Down and Distance 2010: Freaky Saturday Night Fever 2011: Guido 2011: Jenny 2012: Change of Heart 2012: Piranha 3DD 2012: Lizzie 2013: Matt's Chance 2013: Bounty Killer 2014: Confessions of a Womanizer 2014: Behaving Badly 2015: Entourage Television 1970: The High Chaparral; episode: "The Badge" 1971: Dan August; episode: "The Manufactured Man" 1972: Bonanza; episode: "The Hidden Enemy" 1973: Kung Fu; episode: "The Ancient Warrior" 1974: The Execution of Private Slovik (movie) 1974–1975: The Texas Wheelers (all 8 episodes) 1975: Gunsmoke; episode: "The Busters" 1975: Baretta; episode: "On the Road" 1979: Saturday Night Live (March 10) (as himself / host) 1985: The Hitchhiker; episode: "W.
G.O.D." 1993: Fallen Angels; episode: "Since I Don't Have You" 1997: Hawaii Five-O (unaired pilot) 1988: A Dangerous Life (miniseries) 1989: The Neon Empire (movie) 1991: Wild Texas Wind (TV movie) 1992: Chrome Soldiers (TV movie) 1997: Hawaii Five-O (movie) 1997: Rough Riders (miniseries) 1998: Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (movie) 1998: The Girl Next Door (movie) 1999: Walker, Texas Ranger; episode: "Special Witness" 1999: Shasta McNasty; episode: "The Thanksgiving Show" 2000: The Outer Limits; episode: "Revival" 2000: The Huntress; episode: "What Ralph Left Behind" 2001: Law & Order; episode: "Formerly Famous" 2001: King of the Hill; episode: "Soldier of Misfortune" (voice) 2002: The Man Show; episode: "The Juggbournes" (as himself) 2003: Russians in the City of Angels (3 episodes) 2003: I'm with Busey (all 13 episodes) (as himself) 2004: Penn & Teller: Bulls***!; episode: "12 Stepping" (as himself) 2004–2005, 2007: Entourage; episodes: 1.
6, 2.1, 4.8 (as himself) 2005: Yesenin (miniseries) 2005: The Simpsons; episode: "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister" (as himself) (voice) 2005: Into the West (miniseries) 2005: Celebrity Fit Club (USA) (season 2) (as himself / team member) 2006: Tom Goes to the Mayor; episode: "Wrestling") (voice of Coach Harris) 2006: Scrubs; episode: "My Missed Perception" (as Gary Busey lookalike) 2006: Celebrity Paranormal Project (all 9 episodes) (as himself) 2007: Maneater (movie) 2008: The Cho Show; episode: "Off the Grid") (as himself) 2008: Celebrity Rehab with Dr.
Drew (season 2) (as himself/participant) 2009: Nite Tales: The Series; episode: "Trapped" 2009: The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy (as himself) 2011: Celebrity Apprentice 4 (as himself/contestant) 2011: Two and a Half Men; episode: "Frodo's Headshots" (as himself) 2012: truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... (as himself) 2012: Rove LA (4 episodes) (as himself) 2012: Celebrity Wife Swap (1 episode) (as himself) 2012–2013: Mr.
Box Office (4 episodes) 2013: Celebrity Apprentice 6 (contestant) 2014: American Dad!; episode: "She Swill Survive" (as himself) (voice) 2014: Celebrity Big Brother 14 (contestant and winner) 2015: Dancing with the Stars (contestant) 2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Video games 2002: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (voice) 2006: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (voice) 2008: Saints Row 2 (voice) 2016: Hitman (voice and likeness) (uncredited) Awards and nominations Year Association Category Work Result 1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor The Buddy Holly Story 3rd place New Generation Award Won New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor 2nd place 1979 Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture Actor – Musical/Comedy Nominated National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Won 1980 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Nominated 1987 CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic Series The Hitchhiker Won 1994 Fallen Angels Nominated References ^ "William Gary Busey : Texas Birth Index".
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Showing all 53 items Overview (4) Mini Bio (1) 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. - IMDb Mini Biography By: [email protected] Spouse (2) Trade Mark (3) Often plays weird or psychotic characters with bizarre background Gravelly voice with Texas accent His large teeth and large smile Trivia (26) (January 25, 1999) Arrested and released on bail after a fight with his wife, Tiani Warden.
Had a plum-sized tumor removed from his sinus cavity. [May 1997] He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care". Nearly died of head injuries in a motorcycle accident in December 1988. Has starred with Russell Wong in the unreleased 1997 pilot episode of Hawaii Five-O (1968). This pilot episode was filmed in Hawaii, but was not released due to a decision from CBS-TV executives.
(October 4, 1999) Made a rare public appearance at the "Ray & Sharon Courts Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show" at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood. He sold personally autographed pictures from his own collection and charged $15.00 to take a picture with him. Attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas in the early 1960s. (June 9, 1998) Filed for divorce from Tiani Warden; later withdrawn.
Transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he quit school one class short of graduation. Had a successful local band, The Rubber Band, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Moved to Hollywood to pursue his music career. Has appeared on Tulsa television as the character Teddy Jack Eddy, along with the host Gailard Sartain, in "Mazeppa's Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting". Both he and his actor-son Jake Busey are licensed pilots, having been trained at a flight school next-door to the Santa Monica airport.
Has black belts in all of the following martial arts: budo-jujitsu, capoeira, hapkido, "Jailhouse Rock" and kendo. Has three children: actor-son Jake Busey (born William Gary Jacob Busey, Jr.), with Judy Busey, daughter Alectra "Ellie" Busey (born 1994) with Tracy Hutchinson, son Luke Samson Busey with Steffanie Busey (born February 23, 2010; weighing in at 6 pounds and 7 ounces). Luke's middle name, Sampson, is also his mother's maiden name.
Has played Peter Keyes in Predator 2 (1990) and then, at one point, he was attached to do a cameo as John Yutani, the other half of the infamous Weyland-Yutani Company from the Alien films in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), but the character was written out of the script. Grandfather of Autumn Rosalia Busey (Jake's daughter), born summer 2012...which makes her only two years younger than her uncle, Luke Samson Busey.
In 2014, he won season 14 of Celebrity Big Brother (2001) in the United Kingdom. He is the first ever American to win the reality show. Lampooned on Family Guy. Was considered for the role of Jay Pritchett on Modern Family (2009). Appears in The Tractors music video Shortenin' Bread as the crazy cook. Born twenty-three days after Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream fame. Personal Quotes (17) Great things like this only happen for the first time once.
It's good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality enemies are friends in reverse. Never dip lower than you can dip. You know what "FEAR" stands for? It stands for "False Evidence Appearing Real". It's the darkroom where Satan develops his negatives. You know what "FAILING" stands for? It stands for "Finding An Important Lesson, Inviting Needed Growth".
You know what "SOBER" stands for? It stands for "Son Of a B****, Everything's Real"! You know what "DOUBT" stands for? It stands for "Debate On Understanding Bewildersome Thoughts". You know what "ROMANCE" stands for? It stands for "Relying On Magnificent And Necessary Compatible Energy". [To a huge fan who asked him to sign Buddy Holly's name to a color photo]: There IS no OTHER Buddy Holly... I like Buddy fine, but *I'm* Gary Busey.
Drinking your own blood is the paradigm of recycling. Men are failed women at birth. If you take shortcuts, you get cut short. The more time you take to come clean, the less time it takes dirt to come for you. (on Jeff Bridges) He's an artist, an actor who wants to tell stories with pictures. [A Post on Twitter] Running backwards naked through a cornfield at midnight will show you where you've been.
[on being cast in the title role for The Buddy Holly Story (1978)] They finally realized I have the same-sized teeth. [on his Harley Davidson accident] It knocked a big hole in my skull, which filled with bone from my jaw.