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Gary Busey – MovieActors.com

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Busey in THE FIRM

About Gary Busey (1944 – )

Gary Busey was born on June 29, 1944 in Goose Creek, Texas.

The once-lanky Gary Busey worked as a drummer with Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson before turning to acting. Gary had a successful local band, The Rubber Band, in Stillwater, OK. Moved to Hollywood to pursue his music career. Gary Busey also has a band called Carp (Busey showed David Letterman an old LP of the band on Late Night with David Letterman).

Busey's movie career started with 1971's biker epic, ANGELS HARD AS THEY COME. Once a protagonist, Busey has more recently found his juiciest opportunities in sinister supporting roles in LETHAL WEAPON; (1987), PREDATOR 2; (1990), HIDER IN THE HOUSE; (1991), and UNDER SIEGE; (1992).

In 1978, Gary strapped on a guitar to play the title role (and actually perform his own songs) in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, for which he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Gary also found work in television doing episodes on such series as GUNSMOKEl, where he had the honor of being the last man killed on this TV show. Gary played a regular character, Truckie Wheeler, on the series, THE TEXAS WHEELERS; (1974-1975). On the series, ENTOURAGE, Gary had a reoccurring role as well;(2004-2007).

Busey starred with Russell Wong in the unreleased, 1997 pilot episode of HAWAII FIVE-O. This pilot episode was filmed in Hawaii, but was not released due to a decision from CBS-TV executives. Gary appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song VOICES THAT CARE.

Gary Busey had two close shaves with death. In December of 1988, Gary Busey nearly died of head injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. The consequence of this close call was that the brain injury that Gary suffered affected his "mental filters" which could cause him "to speak and act impulsively." Psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy helped Gary by prescribing Valproic acid, in 2008, after the second season of Celebrity Rehab.

In 1997, Gary Busey had a cancer scare. After experiencing many nosebleeds, a cancerous tumor the size of a golf ball was discovered in his nose. He underwent surgey and radiaion therapy, which killed the cancer.

Gary Busey became a Christian in 1996, and announced it. "I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time I am now free to be myself."

Gary has three children by three relationships. With his first wife, Judy, they had a son, Jake. With his second relationship with Tracy Hutchison, they had a daughter, Alectra 'Ellie' Busey, in 1994, and with his second wife, Steffanie Sampson, they had a son, Luke in 2010.

"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."

Gary Busey's notable movie credits include...

MANSION OF BLOOD (2015)
CONFESSIONS OF A WOMANIZER (2014)
MATT'S CHANCE (2013)
GUIDO (2011)
DOWN AND DISTANCE (2010)
HALLETSVILLE (2008)
BEYOND THE RING (2008)
SUCCUBUS: HELL BENT (2007)
BLIZHNIY BOY: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER (2007)
LADY SAMURAI (2007)
SOFT TARGET (2006)
SHUT UP AND SHOOT! (2006)
DR. DOLITTLE 3 (2006)
VALLEY OF THE WOLVES: IRAQ (2006)
DESCANSOS (2006)
THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005)
A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES (2005)
BUCKAROO (2005)
CHASING GHOSTS (2005)
QUIGLEY (2003)
SLAP SHOT 2: BREAKING THE ICE (2002)
DOWN N DIRTY (2000)
STICKS AND STONES (1996)
THE FIRM (1993)
UNDER SIEGE (1992)
THE PLAYER (1992)
POINT BREAK (1991)
MY HEROS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS (1991)
PREDATOR 2 (1990)
LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
CARNY (1980)
THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (1978)
BIG WEDNESDAY (1978)
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT (1974)
THE LAST AMERICAN HERO (1973)
HEX (1973)
ANGELS HARD AS THEY COME (1971)

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Busey in LETHAL WEAPON (1987).

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Gary Busey in PREDATOR 2.

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Gary Busey in FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998).

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Gary Busey in BIG WEDNESDAY (1978).