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Jake Busey

Highest Rated:   100% Barbarosa (1982)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Killing Jar (2010)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
Part of a burgeoning "second generation" of Hollywood actors, Jake Busey, the long-limbed son of Gary Busey, established himself as a reliable character actor in the 1990s. Though he made his film debut at age five in Straight Time (1978), Busey had no plans to become an actor until he took a drama class "on a whim" while attending Santa Barbara College. Busey spent three years auditioning before he finally broke through in the early '90s. Despite the slow start, Busey worked steadily throughout the decade, alternating between small roles in high profile studio movies, including I'll Do Anything (1994) and Twister (1996), and more substantial parts in smaller films, such as S.F.W. (1994) and Tail Lights Fade (1999). Busey starred a member of the gung ho young battalion in Paul Verhoeven's ironic, effects-laden science fiction adventure Starship Troopers (1997), but he was back to supporting duties in big movies when he and the more diminutive second generationer Scott Caan were paired as government assassins in Enemy of the State (1998). Happy to do more than dodge special effects, Busey played Luke Wilson's bully older brother in the romantic comedy Home Fries (1998) and co-starred with Jamie Foxx in the crime comedy Held Up (2000). Busey's foray into series TV as the laid-back Dennis on UPN's Shasta McNasty (1999) proved short-lived. Returning to movies after his unfortunate foray into series TV, Busey appeared in the weak Jamie Foxx comedy Held Up (2000). Busey then co-starred as a resolute bachelor moved to compete with Jerry O'Connell for Shannon Elizabeth's love in the tasteless comedy Tomcats (2001). Tomcats, however, mercifully failed at the box office. Busey's next comedy, the office farce The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002), suffered a similar fate. Busey finally added a success to his resume, though, with the creepy murder by numbers thriller Identity (2003). Featuring Busey as a snarling convict trapped in a motel with other Agatha Christie-esque little Indians John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Ray Liotta and Clea DuVall, Identity reveled in movie-literate scares and deftly survived the pre-summer blockbuster late spring box office lull.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
75% Growing Up Smith (Good Ol' Boy)
  • Actor
$0.1M 2017
No Score Yet Last Man Club
  • Diamond Jim
2016
No Score Yet Most Likely to Die
  • Tarkin
2016
No Score Yet Arbor Demon (Enclosure)
  • Sean
2016
No Score Yet Swing State
  • Woody Woodrow
2016
No Score Yet Deserted
  • Clay
2016
No Score Yet A Christmas Reunion
  • Dylan
2015
No Score Yet Reaper
  • Bill
2015
No Score Yet Fractured
  • Actor
2014
80% Sparks
  • Sledge
2014
No Score Yet Alongside Night
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Wicked Blood
  • Bobby Stinson
2014
No Score Yet The Devil's Dozen
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Don't Pass Me By
  • Fred Norwick
2013
No Score Yet Peace and Riot (Girl Meets Boy)
  • Richard
2013
28% Crazy Eyes
  • Dan Drake
$0.1M 2012
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Nazis at the Center of the Earth
  • Adrian Reistad
2012
No Score Yet Code Breakers
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Cross
  • Backfire
  • Producer
2011
0% The Killing Jar
  • Greene
2010
No Score Yet Play Dead
  • Merle Jones
2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Tudwal
2008
67% Wristcutters: A Love Story
  • Brian
$0.3M 2007
12% Broken
  • Vince
2007
No Score Yet Time Bomb
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Haunted Prison
  • Marco
2006
No Score Yet Road House 2
  • Wild Bill
2006
No Score Yet CodeBreakers
  • Straub
2005
No Score Yet Hg Wells War of the Worlds
  • Lt. Samuelson
2005
No Score Yet The Rain Makers
  • Shaw
2005
No Score Yet Invasion
  • Actor
2005
5% Christmas With the Kranks
  • Officer Treen
$73.8M 2004
78% Overnight
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting
  • Jack
2003
62% Identity
  • Robert Maine
$51.5M 2003
No Score Yet Lost Junction
  • Matt
2003
11% The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest
  • Darrell
2002
15% Tomcats
  • Kyle Brenner
$12.9M 2001
No Score Yet Fast Sofa
  • Rick
2001
17% Held Up
  • Beaumont
2000
0% Tail Lights Fade
  • Bruce
1999
31% Home Fries
  • Angus
1998
71% Enemy of the State
  • Krug
1998
No Score Yet Black Cat Run
  • Norm
1998
63% Starship Troopers
  • Ace Levy
1997
62% Contact
  • Joseph
1997
No Score Yet Quiet Days in Hollywood
  • Actor
1997
64% The Frighteners
  • Johnny Charles Bartlett
1996
57% Twister
  • Mobile Lab Technician
1996
No Score Yet Motorcycle Gang
  • Sonny
1994
No Score Yet Windrunner
  • David Promisco
1994
61% I'll Do Anything
  • Burke's Fired Driver
1994
12% S.F.W.
  • Morrow
1994
No Score Yet The Stoned Age
  • Otis Muldoon
1994
47% PCU
  • Mersh
1993
No Score Yet Hider in the House
  • Teenage Tom
1990
100% Barbarosa
  • Cook Boy
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
2014
  • Aiden Tanner Aiden "Sex Machine" Tanner
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
  • 2013
57% The Finder
2012
  • Bobby the Twin
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Actor
  • 2011
70% Good Vibes
2011
  • Voice
  • 2011
14% Sons of Tucson
2010
  • Tony
  • 2010
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Brody
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Vern Nichols
  • 2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
  • Tudwal
  • 2008
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Phillip Craven
  • 2007
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Nigel
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
  • Vince
  • 2002

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