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Also Known As: William Gary Busey, Teddy Jack Eddy Died:
Born: June 29, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Goose Creek, Texas, USA Profession: actor, drummer, songwriter, singer, guitarist

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Though he received a great deal of acclaim early in his career for his performance as Buddy Holly in "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978), actor Gary Busey let his best work become overshadowed by increasingly bizarre personal behavior and speculation that a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1988 had rendered him with a degree of brain damage. Adding fuel to the fire was a long struggle with cocaine and alcohol abuse, and occasional descents into violent behavior, which led Busey to embody an unsettling persona both on and off the screen. With film roles like the psychotic henchman Mr. Joshua in "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and an aging detective in "Point Break" (1991), the actor worked steadily in a wide array of popular movies and usually stole every scene he was in. Following solid supporting turns in "Under Siege" (1992) and "The Firm" (1993), Busey seemed destined to have a long, lucrative career as a talented character actor. But his increasingly troubled public appearances, which were marked by rambling bouts of armchair spirituality and sudden shifts in demeanor, generally earned more attention. While consistently working as a B-movie villain throughout the following decades, Busey occasionally winked...

Though he received a great deal of acclaim early in his career for his performance as Buddy Holly in "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978), actor Gary Busey let his best work become overshadowed by increasingly bizarre personal behavior and speculation that a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1988 had rendered him with a degree of brain damage. Adding fuel to the fire was a long struggle with cocaine and alcohol abuse, and occasional descents into violent behavior, which led Busey to embody an unsettling persona both on and off the screen. With film roles like the psychotic henchman Mr. Joshua in "Lethal Weapon" (1987) and an aging detective in "Point Break" (1991), the actor worked steadily in a wide array of popular movies and usually stole every scene he was in. Following solid supporting turns in "Under Siege" (1992) and "The Firm" (1993), Busey seemed destined to have a long, lucrative career as a talented character actor. But his increasingly troubled public appearances, which were marked by rambling bouts of armchair spirituality and sudden shifts in demeanor, generally earned more attention. While consistently working as a B-movie villain throughout the following decades, Busey occasionally winked at his public perception, as he did with his recurring stint as a crazier version of himself on "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ). Though he seemed to confirm his troubled personal life with an appearance on "Celebrity Rehab" (VH1, 2008- ), Busey nonetheless remained one of the most - if not the most - unique performer working in Hollywood.

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 Piranha 3DD (2012)
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 1.8 Days (2009)
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 Hallettsville (2009)
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 Crooked (2007)
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 Maneater (2007)
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 Chasing Ghosts (2006)
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1966:
Co-founded a bluesy rock band called Carp (formerly known as The Rubber Band)
1969:
Recorded a self titled album with Epic records
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Appeared on several Leon Russell recordings (credited under the name Teddy Jack Eddy)
1970:
Landed first small screen role on an episode of the NBC Western "The High Chaparral"
1971:
Made big screen debut as a hippie in the low budget Roger Corman film "Angels Hard as They Come"
1973:
Supported Jeff Bridges (as stock car racing legend Junior Johnson) in "The Last American Hero"
1973:
TV-movie debut, "Blood Sport" (ABC)
1974:
Acted opposite Martin Sheen in the NBC movie "The Execution of Private Slovik"
1974:
Debut as series regular, playing Truckie Wheeler on ABC's "The Texas Wheelers"
1975:
Contributed the song "Since You've Gone Away" to Robert Altman's "Nashville"
1976:
First gained national attention as Kris Kristofferson's road manager in "A Star Is Born"
1978:
Starred in the critically-acclaimed surfing movie "Big Wednesday"
1978:
Delivered breakout role playing the rock and roll legend in "The Buddy Holly Story"; earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1982:
Played the protégé of a legendary outlaw (Willie Nelson) in the well-received "Barbarosa"
1983:
Wrote and performed "Why Baby Why" for the film "D.C. Cab"; also played one the taxi drivers
1984:
Portrayed Alabama State football coach Paul Bryant in "The Bear"
1985:
Cast as a baseball playing icon in Nicolas Roeg's "Insignificance"
1987:
First role as a villain, playing the memorable Mr. Joshua in "Lethal Weapon"
1988:
Played an American journalist caught up in the 1986 Philippine revolution in the HBO miniseries "A Dangerous Life"
1990:
Played character on the right side of the law for the fast-paced sequel "Predator 2"
1991:
Teamed with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze for Kathryn Bigelow's "Point Break"
1992:
Continued his villainous run as the evil thug plotting to steal nuclear weapons in Steven Seagal¿s "Under Siege"
1992:
Appeared as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Had a supporting role as a private investigator in the legal thriller "The Firm"
1993:
Gave a salty performance as an over-the-hill pitcher in "Rookie of the Year"
1994:
Essayed another crazed psycho in "Warriors"
1996:
Supported Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving in Bruno Baretto's "Carried Away"
1997:
Played a psychotic ex-militia man in Sidney J. Furie's "The Rage"
1997:
Portrayed General Joe Wheeler in the TNT miniseries "Rough Riders"
1998:
Had a cameo as a highway patrolman in Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
1998:
Appeared as the vicious mercenary leader Mazur in TMC's "Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Arms" and "Universal Soldier 3: Unfinished Business"
1999:
Played the villainous Hooded Fang in the remake of "Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang"
2003:
Appeared as the center of Comedy Central¿s "I¿m with Busey" reality show
2004:
Landed a recurring role as "his crazy self" on HBO's "Entourage"
2005:
Joined the cast of the VH1 weight loss reality series "Celebrity Fit Club 2"
2008:
Appeared on second season of the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew"
2011:
Joined the cast of the fourth season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)
2012:
Appeared in the thriller "Piranha 3DD"
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Education

Nathan Hale High School: Tulsa , Oklahoma - 1962
Pittsburg State University: Pittsburg , Kansas -
Oklahoma State University: Stillwater , Oklahoma -

Notes

On May 3, 1995, paramedics found Busey unconscious at his home after he had allegedly overdosed on cocaine; he reportedly entered a drug rehabilitation center in lieu of facing criminal charges.

Busey underwent successful surgery to remove a rare malignant tumor near his sinus cavity in May 1997.

In 1998, Busey rededicated his life to Christianity and became a member of the Promise Keepers.

About his recovery from the motorcycle accident: "One night, after two weeks at Daniel Freeman [Hospital], I was sitting in bed when I looked up and saw the Grim Reaper standing in the corner. He was seven feet tall, with a brown robe. He pointed to me and said, 'Relax, it's not your time to go. You have been given gifts. These gifts are ready to be received by mankind. So get on your feet and improve.' Then he laughed, spun his scythe and left.

"I wasn't asleep and I hadn't been for days. Whether this was a premonition or an angel in disguise, I don't know. But it was a positive reinforcement to stay on the road to recovery, which I've done." --Gary Busey quoted in People, c. 1990.

"The consensus came down from my doctors and therapists, after my 1995 overdose, that Gary Busey was born with the energy of 10 men who have normal jobs. And since that time, and I say this with honor, I've been learning to balance my internal energy with my environment. It's tough, but I'm doing it." --Busey to Michael Starr in New York Post, August 2, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Judy Lynn Busey. Photographer. Married on December 30, 1968; divorced.
companion:
Belinda Bauer. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Malika Kineson. No longer together.
wife:
Tiani Warden. Born c. 1967; met in 1989; married on September 23, 1996; filed for divorce on June 30, 1998; reconciled; in January 1999, reportedly called police after making a citizens' arrest against Busey for spousal abuse; her second marriage; separated and divorced in June 2000; in December 2001, she once again filed a criminal complaint alleging spousal abuse, but the charges were dropped by the district attorney's office.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Delman Lloyd Busey. Construction design manager.
mother:
Virginia Busey.
son:
Jake Busey. Actor. Born c. 1971; mother, Judy Busey.

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