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Overview (4)

Born in Goose Creek, Texas, USA
Birth NameWilliam Gary Busey
Nickname Barry Goosey
Height 6' (1.83 m)

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: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (2)

Tiani Warden (23 September 1996 - 31 August 2001) ( divorced)
Judy Busey (30 December 1968 - 20 July 1990) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays weird or psychotic characters with bizarre background
Gravelly voice with Texas accent
His large teeth and large smile

Trivia (27)

(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.
He was in a band called Carp (showed David Letterman an old LP of the band on Late Night with David Letterman (1982)).
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 Alien vs. Predator (2004), but the character was written out of the script.
Has appeared with Scott Glenn in four films: Angels Hard as They Come (1971), Hex (1973), My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991) and The Player (1992).
Has appeared with Ed Lauter in four films: Dirty Little Billy (1972), The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), The Last American Hero (1973) and Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973).
Along with Werner Klemperer, he is one of only two actors to appear in all three of the longest running prime time scripted series in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955), The Simpsons (1989) and Law & Order (1990).
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.
The March 10, 1982, issue of Variety announced the film "The Glory Road", directed by Marjoe Gortner starring Gary Busey, Dabney Coleman, and Mary Crosby, started filming February 1, 1982, filming suspended February 8, 1982. The film went bankrupt and was never completed.
He has published an autobiography: "Busey-isms". The book was released on September 7, 2018 (which would have been Buddy Holly's 82nd birthday).
His stage credits include a college production of "Our Town", in which he portrayed a constable.

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.

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