Gary Busey

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 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.

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Birth Name

William Gary Busey

Birth Place

Baytown, Texas, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

6/29/1944
Known For
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Point Break

Pappas

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Silver Bullet

Uncle Red

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Rookie of the Year

Chet 'Rocket' Steadman

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A Star Is Born

Bobbie Ritchie

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Surviving the Game

Doc Hawkins

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Insignificance

The Ballplayer

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Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

Richmond Claremont

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Big Wednesday

Leroy

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Kurtlar vadisi - Irak

Doctor

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The Gingerdead Man

Millard Findlemeyer

Starring In
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Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time- Vol. 1 Midnight Madness

Self

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Bunker of Blood: Chapter 8: Butcher's Bake Off: Hell's Kitchen

Millard Findlemeyer

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Sharknado 6: The Last One

Wilford Wexler (as Gary Busy)

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Camp Manna

Jack Cujo Parrish

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Candiland

Arnie / God

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Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Wilford

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Entourage

Gary Busey

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Bikini Model Academy

Uncle Seymour

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Mansion of Blood

Zacharia

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Behaving Badly

Chief Howard D. Lansing

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Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong

Millard Findlemeyer (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Bounty Killer

Van Sterling

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Piranha 3DD

Clayton

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Guido

Steve Kaufman

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Nite Tales

Army Man

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Beyond the Ring

Tony De Luca

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National Lampoon's Stoned Age

Krutz

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Hallettsville

Sheriff David Ketchum

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Maneater

Grady Barnes

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Dr. Dolittle 3

Butch (voice)

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Cloud 9

Himself

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Kurtlar vadisi - Irak

Doctor

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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film

Himself

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Succubus: Hell-Bent

Sentinel

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The Gingerdead Man

Millard Findlemeyer

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Chasing Ghosts

Marcos Alfiri

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The Hard Easy

Vinnie

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Double Dare

Himself (uncredited)

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Shut Up and Shoot!

Mr. Katz

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Crooked

John Rouse

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Moto X Kids

Viper

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El Padrino

Lars

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Latin Dragon

Thorn

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Lexie

Mesdeg

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Border Blues

LAPD medium Michael March

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American Dictators: Documenting the Staged Election of 2004

Himself - Interviewee

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Ghost Rock

Jack Pickett

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Lizzie

Andrew Borden

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Quigley

Archie Channinng

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Glory Glory

Sheriff

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Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

Richmond Claremont

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On the Edge

Felix

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Encontro Inesperado

Bartender

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G-Men From Hell

Lt. Langdon

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Frost: Portrait of a Vampire

Micah

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Tribulation

Tom Canboro

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A Crack In The Floor

Tyler Trout

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Gang Law

Tully

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No Tomorrow

Noah

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The Stars of Star Wars - Interviews from the Cast

Himself

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Soldier

Church

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Highway Patrolman

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Steel Sharks

Cmdr. Bill McKay

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Universal Soldier 2 Brothers In Arms

Otto Mazur

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The Girl Next Door

Sheriff Larson

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Two Shades of Blue

Jack Reynolds

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Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang

The Hooded Fang

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Universal Soldier 3 Unfinished Business

Otto Mazur (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Detour

Mo Ginsburg

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Lost Highway

Bill Dayton

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The Rage

Art Dacy

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Diary of a Serial Killer

Nelson Keece

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Rough Riders

Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler

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Plato's Run

Plato Smith

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Black Sheep

Drake Sabitch

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Carried Away

Major Wheeler

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The Chain

Frank Morrisey

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Lethal Tender

Mr. Turner

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The History of Rock 'n' Roll

Narrator

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Drop Zone

Ty Moncrief

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Chasers

Sergeant Vince Banger

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Surviving the Game

Doc Hawkins

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Warriors

Frank

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Rookie of the Year

Chet 'Rocket' Steadman

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The Firm

Eddie Lomax

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South Beach

Lenny

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Under Siege

Cmdr. Krill

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The Player

Gary Busey

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Point Break

Pappas

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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Clint

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Wild Texas Wind

Justice Hayden Parker

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Predator 2

Peter Keyes

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Hider In the House

Tom Sykes

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Act of Piracy

Ted Andrews

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Lethal Weapon

Joshua

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Bulletproof

Frank McBain

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Eye of the Tiger

Buck Matthews

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Let's Get Harry

Jack

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Silver Bullet

Uncle Red

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Insignificance

The Ballplayer

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D.C. Cab

Dell

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Barbarosa

Karl Westover

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Foolin' Around

Wes

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Carny

Frankie

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Big Wednesday

Leroy

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The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy Holly

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A Star Is Born

Bobbie Ritchie

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The Gumball Rally

Gibson - Camaro Team

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Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Himself (also archive footage) (uncredited)

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Curly (as Garey Busey)

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The Execution of Private Slovik

Jimmy Feedek

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Straight Time

Willy Darin

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The Last American Hero

Wayne Jackson

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The Shrieking

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Lolly-Madonna XXX

Zeb

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The Magnificent Seven Ride!

Hank Allen

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Angels Hard as They Come

Henry

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Wild in the Streets

Concert Attendee (uncredited)

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