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Also Known As: William Jacob Busey, Jacob Busey Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor

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son of actor Gary Busey, whom he physically favors, Jake Busey grew up in Malibu with actors and musicians all around, but did not take acting seriously as a profession until his late teens. His father's well-publicized bouts with substance abuse as well as just being the son of a famous actor made the going tough at first--the younger Busey auditioned for more than two years without winning a role, as casting directors begged off. Finally, some small roles in TV, and the part of Stephen Dorff's gangling, wannabe murderer sidekick in the flop "S.F.W." (1994) demonstrated to Hollywood that Busey could act. Tall and blonde, Busey actually made his film debut as a lad in 1978, playing his father as a boy in "Straight Time." His next paying job was also connected with his father, providing Gary's voice as a teen-ager in the thriller "Hider in the House" (1989). Busey began actually working in films in 1994, with the small role of a fired driver in "I'll Do Anything" followed by the role of Mersh, a deadhead, in "PCU" (also 1994). In 1996, he could be seen as the mobile lab technician on the ill-fated rival research crew run by Cary Elwes in "Twister" and had a co-starring role in "The Frighteners." In...

son of actor Gary Busey, whom he physically favors, Jake Busey grew up in Malibu with actors and musicians all around, but did not take acting seriously as a profession until his late teens. His father's well-publicized bouts with substance abuse as well as just being the son of a famous actor made the going tough at first--the younger Busey auditioned for more than two years without winning a role, as casting directors begged off. Finally, some small roles in TV, and the part of Stephen Dorff's gangling, wannabe murderer sidekick in the flop "S.F.W." (1994) demonstrated to Hollywood that Busey could act.

Tall and blonde, Busey actually made his film debut as a lad in 1978, playing his father as a boy in "Straight Time." His next paying job was also connected with his father, providing Gary's voice as a teen-ager in the thriller "Hider in the House" (1989). Busey began actually working in films in 1994, with the small role of a fired driver in "I'll Do Anything" followed by the role of Mersh, a deadhead, in "PCU" (also 1994). In 1996, he could be seen as the mobile lab technician on the ill-fated rival research crew run by Cary Elwes in "Twister" and had a co-starring role in "The Frighteners." In 1997, Busey's stock in Hollywood rose as he was cast in four features: "Quiet Days in Hollywood," as a character in search of a life in L.A.; Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers," as an intergalactic fighter; Robert Zemeckis' "Contact," opposite Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey and "Home Fries," as one of two brothers obsesses with a woman (Drew Barrymore).

TV roles began in 1992 with a small part in the NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt." Busey played a revving gang member in "Motorcycle Gang" (Showtime, 1994), and was a high school football player in "Word Runner" (The Disney Channel, 1994). He had a more substantial role, Halverson, the feared bully of the juvenile home, in "Shimmer" for PBS' "American Playhouse" in 1995.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Predator, The (2018)
2.
 Swing State (2016)
3.
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5.
 Fractured (2014)
6.
 Reaper (2014)
7.
 Killing Jar (2010)
8.
 Play Dead (2009)
9.
 Broken (2006)
10.
 Haunted Prison (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

2001:
Cast in the comedy feature "Tom Cats"
1992:
Had small role in NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt"
2004:
Cast opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks" directed by Joe Roth
1989:
Did teenage voice of Gary Busey in "Hider in the House"
1997:
Fought intergalactic insects in "Starship Troopers"
1978:
Made film debut playing his father as a boy in "Straight Time"
1995:
Played juvenile hall bully in "Shimmer" for American Playhouse
1994:
Won first real notice as an actor in "S.F.W."
1994:
Won praise for TV role in "Motorcycle Gang" (Showtime)
2003:
Co-starred in the thriller feature "Identity"
2007:
Cast in the indie film, "Broken" with Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto
1999:
Debut as TV series regular in the UPN comedy "Shasta" (aka "Shasta McNasty")
1994:
Had first substantial feature film role, "PCU"
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Education

Santa Barbara Community College: Santa Barbara, California -
Jimmy Best Program: -

Notes

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity . . . " --Jake Busey in DETOUR, November 1996.

"I had a really good foundation growing up. My Mom was more like a friend, very supportive and very together, while my Dad was the artist, traveling the world, and always taking on these new characters that he would inhabit, or that would inhabit him. I learned my creative focus from my Dad, but got my stability from my Mom . . . I never had anyone tell me 'Why don't you get a real job?'" --Jake Busey in DETOUR, November 1996

"I don't care whether I live up to my father or not. This is something I want to do."--Jake Busey in US, January 1995.

"I grew up in a world of drugs. Every adult around me was heavily addicted to one controlled substance or another. But because of that, I have no interest in drugs at all. I have to be in control of my mind, you know?" --Jake Busey in US, January 1995

Family close complete family listing

father:
Gary Busey. Actor.
mother:
Judy Helkenberg Busey. Photographer. Divorced from Gary Busey.

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