Gary Busey biography
Date of Birth: June 29, 1944
This Goose Creek, Texas native spent the first few years of his life learning to be a bull
rider. He attended college on a football scholarship until a knee injury forced him out of
sports and into theater.
After attending Kansas state college where he majored in theatre,
he moved to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to continue his studies on a drama
Before graduation, Busey was drawn to the music and film communities in Los Angeles.
From 1967 to 1970, he indulged both of his passions by playing the drums in a rock and roll band and studying camera technique (with James Best). His studies led to his first acting job in an episode of High Chaparral.
He first landed a film acting gig in Angels Hard as They Come, co-starring Scott Glenn.
For the next two decades, Busey starred in over 20 films including A Star is Born, The Bear, and Canvas.
In 1978, Busey earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance as Buddy
Holly in The Buddy Holly Story. He also received nominations from The National Society
of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics awards.
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. Although
voted out of these awards, he did win a CableACE award for Best Actor for his work on
the television show, The Hitchhiker.
Within the last decade of the 20th century, Busey found his juiciest opportunities in
sinister supporting roles in films like Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2
(1990), Hider in the House (1991), Under Siege (1992) and soldier (1998).
He was also offered two unusually good supporting roles: one as a freewheeling private eye
in The Firm (1993) and the other a down-on-his-luck pitcher who befriends the Rookie
of the Year (1993). He has continued to star in a long list of feature films, although many of the titles were not big blockbusters.
His most recent project is the horror sequel Piranha 3DD (2012) about deadly, flesh-eating fish that terrorize visitors at a local water park.
In the late 80s he suffered from a near-fatal motorcycle crash in Los Angeles.
experience has led him to become a spokesperson for the National Head Injury Foundation.
Busey has married twice, but has found married life difficult at times. In 1999 he
was arrested after having a fight with his wife, Tiani Warden, and later filed for
divorce. He has one son, William, from his first marriage.