Gary Busey Biography

Birthday: 1944-06-29
Place of Birth: Goose Creek, Texas USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: 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, to a Native American father and an Irish mother and was raised in Oklahoma. He graduated from Nathan Hale HS in Tulsa, OK 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 1978 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 L.A. 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Texas Wheelers Truckie Wheeler 1974 Comedy
Hider in the House Tom Sykes 1989 Thriller
The Firm Eddie Lomax 1993 Thriller
I'm With Busey Himself 2003 Comedy
Celebrity Fit Club 2005 Reality Tv
Celebrity Paranormal Project 2006 Reality Tv
Crooked John Rouse 2009 Comedy
Celebrity Wife Swap 2012
The Paranormal Project Himself 2013 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dirty Little Billy 1972
The Magnificent Seven Ride 1972
The Last American Hero Wayne Jackson 1973 Drama, Sport
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Curly 1974 0
The Execution of Private Slovik 1974 Drama
The Gumball Rally 1976
Straight Time 1978 0
Big Wednesday 1978
The Buddy Holly Story Buddy 1978 Drama, Music
Barbarosa Karl Westover 1982 0, 0
D.C. Cab 1983 0, Comedy
The Bear Paul W. Bryant 1984 Biography, Drama, Family
Silver Bullet Uncle Red 1985 Reality Tv, 0
Insignificance The Ballplayer 1985 Drama, Comedy
Let's Get Harry Jack Smilin' Jack Abernathy 1986
Eye of the Tiger Buck Mathews 1986 0
Lethal Weapon 1987 Action, Crime, Thriller
A Dangerous Life 1988
Hider in the House Tom Sykes 1989 Reality Tv, Game Show
Bulletproof Frank McBain 1989 Action, Drama, Romance
Act of Piracy Ted Andrews 1990 Action, Crime, Thriller
Predator 2 Peter Keyes 1990 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Clint Hornby 1991 Fantasy
Point Break Pappas 1991 Action, Crime, Thriller
Wild Texas Wind 1991 Drama, Music, Thriller
Canvas Ozzy Decker 1992 Crime
Under Siege Cmdr. Krill 1992 Action, Thriller
The Firm Eddie Lomax 1993 0
Rookie of the Year 1993 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
South Beach Lenny 1993 Thriller, Action, Crime
Drop Zone Ty Moncrief 1994 0
Chasers Sgt. Vince Banger 1994 Biography
Surviving the Game Doc Hawkins 1994 Action, Adventure, Crime
Breaking Point Dwight Meadows 1994 Thriller
Warriors Frank Vail 1995 Action, Drama
Man with a Gun Jack Rushton 1995 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Real Thing Foreman 1996 Crime
Carried Away Major Nathan Wheeler 1996 0
Black Sheep Drake Sabitch 1996 Comedy
Sticks & Stones Book's Dad 1996 Drama
Lethal Tender Mr. Turner 1997 Action, Thriller
Steel Sharks Cmdr. Bill McKay 1997 Action
Rough Riders Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler 1997 Action, Drama, History
The Rage Art Dacy 1997 Action, Thriller
Hot Boyz 1998
The Chain Frank Morrisey 1998 Action, Drama, Thriller
Rough Draft Nelson Keece 1998 Horror, Thriller
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Highway Patrolman 1998 Adventure, Drama
Soldier Church 1998 Action, Drama, Sci Fi
Suspicious Minds Vic Mulvey 1999 Thriller
Jacob Two Two Meets The Hooded Fang The Hooded Fang 1999 Family, Fantasy
A Crack in the Floor 2000
Tribulation Tom Canboro 2000 Drama, Thriller
Two Shades of Blue Jack Reynolds 2000 Thriller
No Tomorrow Noah 2000 Action, Crime, Drama
G-Men from Hell Lt. Langdon 2000 Action, Comedy, Adventure
Glory Glory Sheriff 2001 Action
Down 'n Dirty D. A. Mickey Casey 2001 Crime, Drama
Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice Richmond Claremont 2002 Comedy, Sport
Sam & Janet Bartender 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
On the Edge Felix 2002 Action
Welcome 2 Ibiza Cortez 2003 Action, Comedy, Romance
Quigley Archie Channinng 2003 Comedy, Family
The Shadowlands Supreme Regent Onticree 2003
Motocross Kids 2004
Ghost Rock Jack Pickett 2004 Fantasy, 0
Latin Dragon 2004 Action
The Hand Job Blind Master 2005 Comedy
The Gingerdead Man Millard Findlemeyer 2005 0, 0
Shade of Pale Billings 2005 Drama
Buckaroo: The Movie Dr. Brawn 2005 Family
El padrino Lars 2005 Action, Crime, Drama
Dr. Dolittle 3 2006 0, 0
Descansos The Keeper 2006 Drama, Thriller
Kurtlar vadisi - Irak Doctor 2006 Action, Adventure
Shut Up and Shoot! Bob Katz 2006 Comedy, Thriller
Crooked John Rouse 2006 Action
The Hard Easy Vinnie 2007 Action, Crime, Drama
Beyond the Ring Tony De Luca 2008 Action, Drama, Family
Homo Erectus 2008 Action, Comedy, Drama
Hallettsville Sheriff David Ketchum 2009 Horror
Down and Distance Bo Vonarb 2010 Family, Sport
Piranha 3DD Clayton 2012 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNse Mr. Morris 2013 Comedy, Drama, Musical
Lizzie Andrew Borden 2013 Game Show
Matt's Chance Bill 2013 Comedy, Drama
Bounty Killer Van Sterling 2013 Action
Mansion of Blood Zacharia 2013 Horror
Confessions of a Womanizer Gary 2014 Comedy
Chasing Ghosts Marcos Alfiri 2014 0, 0
Behaving Badly Chief Clark 2014 Comedy
Candiland Arnie / God 2016 Drama, Romance, Thriller