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

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

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.

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.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fractured (2014)
2.
 Killing Jar (2010)
3.
 Play Dead (2009)
4.
 Broken (2006)
5.
 Haunted Prison (2006)
6.
 Code Breakers (2005)
7.
 Christmas with the Kranks (2004) Officer Treen
8.
 Identity (2003) Robert Maine
10.
 Tomcats (2001) Kyle Brenner
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Milestones close milestones

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