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Gary Busey



Although American leading man Gary Busey has made distinguished appearances in many films, he has yet to attain the consistent popularity that would make him a major star. Born in Texas, Busey first few years were spent on an Oklahoma ranch where he learned to be a bull rider. He attended three different colleges before finally graduating in 1963, the year he became a professional drummer with the rock group The Rubber Band. Later, he billed himself as Teddy Jack Eddy and played percussion for Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. In 1970, Busey made his acting debut in an episode of the TV western High Chaparel. This led to his feature film debut as a biker in Angels Hard as They Come the following year. After that Busey went on to play supporting roles (typically cast as renegades, daredevils, or good ol' boys with dubious morals) until 1978 when he made a major splash playing the lanky lead in The Buddy Holly Story, for which he did all the guitar and vocal work. His impersonation of Holly was remarkable and won him considerable acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Busey then went on to play leads in many films of varying quality during the early to mid-1980s. In the late '80s he returned to supporting roles and co-leads. In 1988, Busey almost died in a motorcycle accident and his near death resulted in enactment of tougher helmet laws in California.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Confessions Of A Womanizer
  • Gary
2016
18% Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
  • Wilford Wexler
2016
No Score Yet Evil Bong High-5
  • The Gingerdead Man
2016
No Score Yet Bikini Model Academy
  • Uncle Seymour
2015
32% Entourage
  • Himself
2015
No Score Yet Mansion of Blood
  • Zacharia
2015
No Score Yet Bikini Model Academy
  • Actor
2015
0% Behaving Badly
  • Chief Howard D. Lansing
2014
No Score Yet Chasing The Dream
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Guido
  • Jerry O'Connell
2013
59% Bounty Killer
  • Van Sterling
2013
No Score Yet Matt's Chance
  • Actor
2013
14% Piranha 3DD
  • Clayton
2012
No Score Yet Lizzie
  • Actor
2012
73% Piranha 3-D
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Hallettsville
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Beyond the Ring
  • Tony De Luca
2008
No Score Yet Nite Tales
  • Army Man
2008
No Score Yet Slapshot 3 - The Junior League
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Maneater
  • Sheriff Grady Barnes
2007
17% Homo Erectus (National Lampoon's The Stoned Age)
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Nite Tales Trilogy
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Kurtlar vadisi - Irak (Valley of the Wolves: Iraq)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Soft Target
  • Rouse
2006
No Score Yet Shut Up and Shoot!
  • Actor
2006
82% Cloud 9
  • Himself
2006
No Score Yet Succubus: Hell Bent
  • Sentinel
2006
No Score Yet Quigley
  • Archie Channing
2005
60% The Gingerdead Man
  • Millard
2005
No Score Yet Buckaroo: The Movie
  • Dr. Brawn
2005
No Score Yet Chasing Ghosts
  • Marcos Alfiri
2005
No Score Yet Prize Fighter
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Crooked
  • Rouse
2005
No Score Yet Trabajo Fácil
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Moto X Kids
  • Viper
2004
No Score Yet Latin Dragon
  • Thorn
2004
No Score Yet Ghost Rock
  • Jack Pickett
2004
No Score Yet Border Blues
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Lexie
  • Mesdeg
2004
No Score Yet El Padrino
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Sam and Janet
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Motocross Kids
  • Viper
2004
No Score Yet Frost: Portrait of a Vampire
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Prize Fighter
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Hooded Angels
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Sam & Janet
  • Bartender
2002
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Actor
2002
0% Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice
  • Richmond Claremont
2001
No Score Yet A Crack in the Floor
  • Tyler Trout
2001
No Score Yet G-Men From Hell
  • Lt. Langdon
2001
No Score Yet Frost: Portrait of a Vampire
  • Micah
2001
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Felix
2000
No Score Yet Tribulation
  • Tom Canboro
2000
No Score Yet Down 'n Dirty
  • D. A. Mickey Casey
2000
No Score Yet Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang
  • The Hooded Fang
1999
No Score Yet No Tomorrow
  • Noah
1999
No Score Yet Hot Boyz
  • Tully
1999
10% Soldier
  • Church
1998
0% Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms
  • Mazur
1998
No Score Yet Detour
  • Mo Ginsburg
1998
No Score Yet The Rage
  • Art Dacy
1998
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue
  • Jack Reynolds
1998
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Highway Patrolman
1998
No Score Yet The Girl Next Door
  • Sheriff Larson
1998
No Score Yet Two Shades of Blue
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Rough Riders
  • Gen. Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler
1997
No Score Yet Suspicious Minds
  • Vic Mulvey
1997
No Score Yet Steel Sharks
  • Billy McKay
1997
No Score Yet The Real Thing
  • Foreman
1997
No Score Yet Diary of a Serial Killer
  • Nelson Keece
1997
No Score Yet Coup de circuit
  • Book's Dad
1997
60% Lost Highway
  • Bill Dayton
1997
No Score Yet Chain
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Plato's Run
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Lethal Tender
  • Mr. Turner
1996
64% Carried Away
  • Maj. Nathan Wheeler
1996
28% Black Sheep
  • Drake Sabitch
1996
No Score Yet Real Thing
  • Actor
1995
35% Drop Zone
  • Ty Moncrief
1994
No Score Yet Warriors
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Breaking Point
  • Dwight Meadows
1994
No Score Yet Man with a Gun
  • Jack
1994
33% Chasers
  • Sgt. Vince Banger
1994
27% Surviving the Game
  • Hawkins
1994
No Score Yet South Beach
  • Lenny
1993
75% The Firm
  • Eddie Lomax
1993
39% Rookie of the Year
  • Chet Steadman
1993
75% Under Siege
  • Cdr. Krill
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Canvas
  • Ozzy Decker
1992
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Chrome Soldiers
  • Jim
1992
68% Point Break
  • Angelo Pappas
1991
33% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  • Clint Hornby
1991
25% Predator 2
  • Peter Keyes
1990
No Score Yet Hider in the House
  • Tom Sykes
1990
No Score Yet Act of Piracy
  • Ted Andrews
1989
No Score Yet The Neon Empire
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet A Dangerous Life
  • Tony O'Neil
1989
No Score Yet Bulletproof
  • Frank McBain
1988
84% Lethal Weapon
  • Mr. Joshua
1987
No Score Yet Eye of the Tiger
  • Buck Mathews
1986
No Score Yet Half A Lifetime
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry
  • Jack
1986
50% Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'
  • Uncle Red
1985
73% Insignificance
  • Ballplayer
1985
No Score Yet The Bear
  • Paul 'Bear' Bryant
1984
No Score Yet D.C. Cab
  • Dell
1983
No Score Yet Didn't You Hear?
  • Actor
1983
100% Barbarosa
  • Karl Westover
1982
No Score Yet Carny
  • Frankie
1980
No Score Yet Foolin' Around
  • Wes
1980
100% Straight Time
  • Willy Darin
1978
67% Big Wednesday
  • Leroy Smith
1978
100% The Buddy Holly Story
  • Buddy Holly
1978
31% A Star is Born
  • Bobbie Ritchie
1976
22% The Gumball Rally
  • Gibson - Camaro Team
1976
87% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • Curly
1974
No Score Yet The Execution of Private Slovik
  • Feedek
1974
No Score Yet Hex
  • Giblets
1973
No Score Yet The Last American Hero
  • Wayne Jackson
1973
No Score Yet Lolly-Madonna XXX (The Lolly-Madonna War)
  • Seb Gutshall
1973
No Score Yet Dirty Little Billy
  • Basil Crabtree
1972
No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Ride!
  • Hank Allan
1972
No Score Yet Angels Hard as They Come
  • Henry
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Himself
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014
  • The Prospector
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Tommy Vega
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Actor
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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