Busey, Gary 1944–

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Busey, Gary 1944–


Born June 29, 1944, in Goose Creek (now Baytown), TX; son of Delmer Lloyd (a construction 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 (divorced, 2001); children: (first marriage) William Jacob (an actor; known as Jake Busey). Education: Coffeyville Junior College, A.A., 1963; also attended Kansas City University, Kansas State University, Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University), and Oklahoma State University. Religion: Christian.


Actor and musician. The Rubber Band (later known as Carp), drummer and singer. Using the name Teddy Jack Eddy, drummer with Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson.


Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Kiwanis.

Awards, Honors:

New Generation Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 1978; Academy Award nomination, best actor, 1978, National Society of Film Critics Award, best actor, 1979, Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor-musical/comedy, 1979, and Film Award nomination, most promising newcomer to a leading film role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1980, all for The Buddy Holly Story; Annual CableACE Award (with Peter O'Toole), best actor in a drama series, National Cable Television Association, 1986, for performance in "W.G.O.D.," The Hitchhiker; DVD Premiere Award nomination, best supporting actor, 2003, for Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice.


Film Appearances:

Extra at concert (uncredited), Wild in the Streets, 1968.

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 as Street 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.

Half a Lifetime, 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.

Tom Sykes, Hider in the House, 1989.

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.

Mr. Turner, Lethal Tender (also known as Deadly Currents), 1997.

Plato Smith, Plato's Run, 1997.

Commander McKay, Steel Sharks, 1997.

Dwight Meadows, Double Suspicion, Worldvision, 1997.

Nelson Keece, Rough Draft (also known as Diary of a Serial Killer), 1998.

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.

The Girl Next Door, 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.

Micah, Frost: Portrait of a Vampire (video), 2001.

Felix, On the Edge, Pittmobile, 2002.

Richmond Claremont, Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice (video), Universal, 2002.

Cortez, Welcome 2 Ibiza, 2002.

Bartender, Sam & Janet, Echelon, 2002.

Archie Channinng, Quigley, Goodtimes, 2003.

Zeek, Scorched, KTH, 2003.

Supreme Regent Onticree, Shadowlands, Gamma, 2003.

Whitey Ferguson, The Prize Fighter (video), Artist View, 2003.

Mesdeg, Lexie (video), York, 2004.

Billings, Shade of Pale, Sabeva, 2004.

Viper, Motocross Kids, Prime Time, 2004.

Earl Cooper, A Sight for Sore Eyes, Visual Arts, 2004.

Fallacy, Falla, 2004.

Lars, El Padrino, Sunrise, 2004.

Thorn, Latin Dragon (also known as La Justicia del dragon), Starmedia, 2004.

Jack Pickett, Ghost Rock (also known as The Reckoning), Lions Gate, 2004.

Michael March, Border Blues, Shoreline, 2004.

Double Dare, First Look, 2004.

Blind master, The Hand Job, Ballistic, 2005.

Vinnie, The Hard Easy, Lightning, 2005.

Millard, The Baker's Dozen (video), Full Moon, 2005.

Gabriel (the angel), Souled Out, Anthem, 2005.

Leroy Little, No Rules, Mpire, 2005.

Marcos Alfiri, Chasing Ghosts, Arsenal, 2005.

Dr. Brawn, Buckaroo: The Movie, Belle, 2005.

Millard Findlemeyer, The Gingerdead Man, Full Moon, 2005.

Sheriff David Ketchum, Hallettsville, Break Through, 2006.

The keeper, Descansos, Film Art Alliance, 2006.

Butch, Dr. Dolittle 3 (video), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Doctor, Kurtlar vadisi-Irak (also known as Valley of the Wolves: Iraq), Arsenal, 2006.

Mr. Katz, Shut Up and Shoot!, IndustryWorks, 2006.

Rouse, Soft Target (also known as Crooked), Lions Gate, 2006.

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film, Starz, 2006.

Narrator, Chasing the Dream, Metal-Storm, 2007.

Chief Downs, Lady Samurai, Fast Lane, 2007.

Wizard, Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter, Universal Vision, 2007.

Sentinel, Succubus: Hell Bent, Screen Media, 2007.

Army man, Nite Tales: The Movie, Seven, 2007.

Bo Vonarb, Down and Distance, Gorilla, 2007.

Frosty, Crying 4 U, Brookvision, 2007.

Deluca, Beyond the Ring, Quantum, 2008.

Bill, The Adventures of Umbweki, Ambush, 2008.

Film Producer:

I'm with Busey, Comedy Central, 2003.

Hallettsville, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Truckie Wheeler, The Texas Wheelers, ABC, 1974-75.

Walking after Midnight, 1999.

I'm with Busey, Comedy Central, 2003.

Celebrity Fit Club (also known as Celebrity Fit Club USA), VH1, 2005.

Old Skool with Terry and Gita, VH1, 2008.

Also played Teddy Jack Eddy in the series Mazzeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film-Festival and Camp Meeting, broadcast on KOTV in Tulsa, OK, in the early 1970s.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Tony O'Neill, A Dangerous Life (also known as The Four Day Revolution), HBO, 1988.

Frank Weston, The Neon Empire, Showtime, 1989.

Narrator, Rock & Roll: An Unruly History, 1995.

General "Fighting Joe" Wheeler, Rough Riders, TNT, 1997.

Johnny Fox, Into the West, 2005.

Zinger, Esenin, 2005.

Television Appearances; 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.

Jack Rushton, Man With a Gun, 1995.

Frank Morrisey, The Chain, 1996.

Plato, Plato's Run, HBO, 1996.

Mr. Turner, Lethal Tender, 1997.

Otto Mazur, Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms, Showtime, 1998.

Otto Mazur (in archival footage), Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business, Showtime, 1998.

Best Actress, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Sheriff Larson, The Girl Next Door, CBS, 1999.

Grady Barnes, Maneater, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Muppets Go Hollywood, 1979.

Our Voices Ourselves, 1982.

Bart, "Half a Lifetime," HBO Showcase, HBO, 1986.

Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson, ABC, 1987.

Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary, 1989.

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless, Showtime, 1990.

Voices That Care, Fox, 1991.

Howie, CBS, 1992.

Billy Carter, Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash, 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.

Narrator, The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 3: Britain Invades, America Fights Back, 1995.

The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 6: My Generation, 1995.

The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 8: The '70s: Have a Nice Decade, 1995.

Narrator, Before They Were Pros, 1997.

Tonight at the House of Blues, 1998.

Politically Incorrect (also known as PI), 1998.

Otto Mazur, Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business, 1998.

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary, 1999.

Gary Busey: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s, 2002.

Surf Now Apocalypse Later, 2002.

TV Road Trip: Los Angeles, Travel Channel, 2003.

American Dictators, 2004.

The Entertainment Weekly Guide: Guilty Pleasures, AMC, 2005.

Into the Unknown with George Noory, Sci-Fi Channel, 2007.

Also appeared in The Jerry Lee Lewis Special.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Host, The Second International Rock Awards, ABC, 1990.

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Rafe, "The Badge," The High Chaparral, NBC, 1970.

"The Manufactured Man," Dan August, ABC, 1971.

"The Hidden Enemy: Parts 1 & 2," Bonanza, NBC, 1972.

"The Ancient Warrior," Kung Fu, ABC, 1973.

Harve Daley, "The Busters," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1975.

Puckett, "On the Road," Baretta, ABC, 1975.

Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1979.

Reverend Nolan Powers, "W.G.O.D.," The Hitchhiker, HBO, 1985.

The Howard Stern Show, 1992.

Buzz Meeks, "Since I Don't Have You," Sydney Pollack's Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1993.

The 700 Club, 1998.

Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1998 and 2001.

Donovan Riggs, "Special Witness," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999.

"The Day the Music Died," Behind the Music (also known as VH1's Behind the Music), VH1, 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.

Tommy Vega, "Formerly Famous," Law & Order, 2001.

The Test, FX Channel, 2001.

Voice of mad dog, "Soldier of Misfortune," King of the Hill (animated), 2001.

"Antique Porn Show," The Man Show, Comedy Central, 2001.

The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 2001.

"Pirates," The Brendan Leonard Show, ABC Family, 2003.

March, Russkie v Gorode Angelov (also known as Russians in the City of Angels), Channel One Russia, 2003.

The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2003.

"12-Stepping," Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Showtime, 2004.

"Hollywood Home Game 4," World Poker Tour, Travel Channel, 2004.

High Chaparall, 2004.

"Busey and the Beach," Entourage, HBO, 2004.

"The Boys Are Back in Town," Entourage, HBO, 2005.

"On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2005.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2005.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2005.

"My Missed Perception," Scrubs, NBC, 2005.

Voice of Coach Red Harris, "Wrestling," Tom Goes to the Mayor (animated), Cartoon Network, 2006.

"Shattering Subwoofer," MythBusters, Discovery Channel, 2006.

"In Sanatorium," Celebrity Paranormal Project, VH1, 2006.

"Gary's Desk," Entourage, HBO, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jimmy Xavier, Hawaii Five-O, 1997.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared in an episode of The Howard Stern Show (simulcast of television show).



The Stars of "Star Wars": Interviews from the Cast, IMC Vision, 1999.

The Making of "Left Behind: The Movie," 2000.

The Making of "A Sight for Sore Eyes," Zinkler, 2003.

The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of "Predator 2," Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Hoosiers Meets Hooters: Behind "Cloud 9," Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Video Games:

Phil Cassidy, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (also known as Vice City), Capcom, 2002.

Phil Cassidy, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Take Two, 2006.


(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.



New York Post, August 2, 1998.

People Weekly, May 15, 1989, pp. 65-68.