Gary Busey Biography (1944-)

Born June 29, 1944, in Goose Creek (now Baytown), TX; son of Delmer Lloyd (aconstruction design manager) and Virginia (maiden name, Arnett) Busey; married Judy Lynn Helkenberg (a photographer), December 30, 1968 (divorced); married Tiani Warden (an actress), September 23, 1996 (some sources cite January, 1997; separated); children: (first marriage) William Jacob (an actor; known asJake Busey).

Actor, musician
Birth Details
June 29, 1944
Goose Creek, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Henry, Angels Hard As They Come (also known as Angels, Angels As Hard as They Come, and Angels, Hell on Harleys), New World, 1971
  • Basil Crabtree, Dirty Little Billy, Columbia, 1972
  • Hank Allan, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, United Artists, 1972
  • You and Me, 1972
  • Giblets, Hex (also known as The Shrieking), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Wayne Jackson, The Last American Hero (also known as Hard Driver), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Zeb Gutshall, Lolly-Madonna XXX (also known as The Lolly-Madonna War), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973
  • Curly, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, United Artists, 1974
  • Bobby Ritchie, A Star Is Born, Warner Bros., 1976
  • Gibson, The Gumball Rally, Warner Bros., 1976
  • Alex and the Gypsy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Buddy Holly and song performer, The Buddy Holly Story, Columbia, 1978
  • Leroy Smith, Big Wednesday (also known as Summer of Innocence), Warner Bros., 1978
  • Willy Darin, Straight Time, Warner Bros., 1978
  • The Set-Up, 1978
  • Frankie Chipman, Carny, United Artists, 1980
  • Wes, Foolin' Around, Columbia, 1980
  • Karl Westover, Barbarosa, Universal, 1982
  • Dell and performer of song "Why Baby Why," D.C. Cab (also known asStreet Fleet), Universal, 1983
  • Didn't You Hear?, 1983
  • Paul "Bear" Bryant, The Bear, Embassy, 1984
  • Ballplayer, Insignificance, Island Alive, 1985
  • Uncle Red, Stephen King's Silver Bullet (also known as Silver Bullet), Paramount, 1985
  • Buck Mathews, Eye of the Tiger, Scotti Bros., 1986
  • Mr. Joshua, Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros., 1987
  • "Smilin' Jack" Abernathy, Let's Get Harry (also known as The Rescue), TriStar, 1987
  • Frank "Bulletproof" McBain, Bulletproof, Virgin, 1988
  • Ted Andrews, Act of Piracy, 1988
  • Peter Keyes, Predator 2, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Angelo Pappas, Point Break, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Clint Hornby, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1991
  • Commander Krill, Under Siege (also known as Piege en haute mer), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Ozzie Decker, Canvas (also known as Canvas: The Fine Art of Crime), LIVE Home Video, 1992
  • Night Caller, 1992
  • Himself, The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Chet Steadman, Rookie of the Year, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Dwight Meadows, Breaking Point (also known as Double Suspicion), 1993
  • Eddie Lomax, The Firm, Paramount, 1993
  • Lenny, South Beach, Prism Entertainment, 1993
  • Doc Hawkins, Surviving the Game, New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Sergeant Vince Banger, Chasers, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Ty Moncrief, Drop Zone, Paramount, 1994
  • Frank Vail, Warriors, Republic Pictures, 1995
  • Book's dad, Sticks and Stones, Hallmark Home Entertainment, 1996
  • Commander McKay, Steel Sharks, Royal Oaks Entertainment, 1996
  • Connie, One Clean Move, 1996
  • Drake Sabitch, Black Sheep, Paramount, 1996
  • Frank Morrisey, The Chain, Warnervision Entertainment, 1996
  • Jack Rushton, Man with a Gun (also known as Gun for Hire and Hired for Killing), October Films, 1996
  • Major Nathan Wheeler, Carried Away (also known as Acts of Love), Fine Line Features, 1996
  • Art Dacy, The Rage, Miramax, 1997
  • Bill Dayton, Lost Highway, October Films, 1997
  • Foreman, Livers Ain't Cheap (also known as The Real Thing),Trimark Pictures, 1997
  • Mr. Turner, Lethal Tender, Republic Pictures, 1997
  • Nelson Keece, Rough Draft (also known as Diary of a Serial Killer), A-pix Entertainment, 1997
  • Plato Smith, Plato's Run, Nu Image, 1997
  • Vic Mulvey, Suspicious Minds, Trimark Pictures, 1997
  • Captain Church, Soldier, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Highway patrolman, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Universal, 1998
  • Mo Ginsburg, Detour (also known as Too Hard to Die), October Films, 1998
  • Noah, No Tomorrow, PM Entertainment Group, 1998
  • Himself, The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews with the Cast (documentary), 1999
  • The Hooded Fang, Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Odeon Films,1999
  • Tully, Hot Boyz, Artisan Entertainment, 1999
  • District attorney Mickey Casey, Down 'n Dirty, Blockbuster Video,2000
  • Jack Reynolds, Two Shades of Blue, Sterling Home Entertainment, 2000
  • Lieutenant Langdon, G-Men from Hell, A Plus Entertainment/Government Action, 2000
  • Tom Canboro, Tribulation, Anchor Film Distributors/Artist View Entertainment, 2000
  • Tyler Trout, A Crack in the Floor, Norris Johnson Productions, 2000
  • Glory Glory (also known as Hooded Angels), Peakviewing Transatlantic, 2000
  • Micah, A Killing Frost, Showcase Entertainment, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Truckie Wheeler, The Texas Wheelers, ABC, 1974-1975
  • Walking after Midnight, 1999
  • Also played Teddy Jack Eddy in the series Mazzeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film-Festival and Camp Meeting, broadcast on KOTV in Tulsa, OK, in theearly 1970s.
  • Miniseries
  • Tony O'Neill, A Dangerous Life (also known as The Four Day Revolution), HBO, 1988
  • Frank Weston, The Neon Empire, Showtime, 1989
  • General "Fighting Joe" Wheeler, Rough Riders, TNT, 1997
  • Movies
  • David Lee Birdsong, Blood Sport, ABC, 1973
  • Jimmy Feedek, The Execution of Private Slovik, NBC, 1974
  • William Bright, The Law, NBC, 1974
  • Justice Hayden Parker, Wild Texas Wind (also known as The Big T and Texas), NBC, 1991
  • Tom Sykes, Hider in the House, 1991
  • Jim "Flash" Gordon, Chrome Soldiers, 1992
  • Otto Mazur, Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms, Showtime, 1998
  • Otto Mazur (in archival footage), Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business, Showtime, 1998
  • Himself, Best Actress, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Sheriff Larson, The Girl Next Door, CBS, 1999
  • Specials
  • Himself, Our Voices Ourselves, 1982
  • Bart, "Half a Lifetime," HBO Showcase, HBO, 1986
  • Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson, ABC, 1987
  • Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless, Showtime, 1990
  • Voices That Care, Fox, 1991
  • Howie, CBS, 1992
  • Willie Nelson the Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration, CBS, 1993
  • Narrator, The History of Rock `n' Roll, Volume 1: Rock `n' Roll Explodes, 1995
  • Himself, The History of Rock `n' Roll, Volume 8: The '70s: Have a NiceDecade, 1995
  • Gary Busey: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Also appeared in The Jerry Lee Lewis Special.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host, The Second International Rock Awards, ABC, 1990
  • The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990
  • Episodic
  • Rafe, "The Badge," The High Chaparral, NBC, 1970
  • "The Manufactured Man," Dan August, ABC, 1971
  • "The Hidden Enemy" (two parts), Bonanza, NBC, 1972
  • "The Ancient Warrior," Kung Fu, ABC, 1973
  • Harve Daley, "The Busters," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1975
  • Puckett, "On the Road," Baretta, ABC, 1975
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1979
  • Reverend Nolan Powers, "W.G.O.D.," The Hitchhiker, HBO, 1985
  • Buzz Meeks, "Since I Don't Have You," Sydney Pollack's Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1993
  • Donovan Riggs, "Special Witness," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999
  • Jack, "The Thanksgiving Show," Shasta McNasty (also known as Shasta), UPN, 1999
  • Ezra Burnham, "Revival," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000
  • Tommy Van Slyke, "What Ralph Left Behind," The Huntress, USA Network, 2000
  • Also appeared in an episode of The Howard Stern Show.
  • Pilots
  • Appeared in the unreleased pilot Hawaii Five-O.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in an episode of The Howard Stern Show (simulcast of television show).
  • Albums
  • (With others) The Buddy Holly Story (soundtrack recording), Epic,1978
  • With the band Carp, recorded an album for CBS/Epic.
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in the music video "Voices That Care."
  • Songs for Films
  • "Since You've Gone Away," Nashville, Paramount, 1975
  • "Why Baby Why," D.C. Cab (also known as Street Fleet), Universal, 1983

Further Reference


    • New York Post, August 2, 1998
    • People Weekly, May 15, 1989, pp. 65-68

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