Gary Busey

Born Jun 29, 1944

William Gary Busey, best known as Gary Busey, is an American film and stage actor, and artist. He has appeared in a large variety of films, most notably in the 1980s and 1990s in major action releases such as Lethal Weapon, Point Break, and Under Siege, as well as making guest appearances on Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, and Entourage. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in The Buddy Holly Story.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on June 29, 1944.


1962 18 Years Old Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, the son of Sadie Virginia (née Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmer Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1962. … Read More


1969 25 Years Old He played in a band called Carp, which released one album on Epic Records in 1969. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old In 1971, Busey's wife Judy Helkenberg gave birth to their son, William Jacob "Jake" Busey. … Read More


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1976 32 Years Old In 1976, he was hired by Barbra Streisand and her producer-boyfriend Jon Peters to play Bobby Ritchie, road manager to Kris Kristofferson's character in the remake film A Star is Born. … Read More
1978 34 Years Old In 1978, he starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story with Sartain as The Big Bopper. … Read More
1979 35 Years Old Busey sang the song "Stay All Night" on Saturday Night Live in March 1979 (season 4, episode 14), and on the Late Show with David Letterman in the 1990s.


2003 59 Years Old In 2003, Busey starred in a Comedy Central reality show, I'm with Busey.


2005 61 Years Old In 2005, he also voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons and appeared in the popular miniseries Into the West.
2006 62 Years Old Busey controversially appeared in the 2006 Turkish nationalist film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak, in Turkish), which was accused of fascism, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. … Read More
2008 64 Years Old In 2008, he joined the second season of the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
2010 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In a series of 2010 YouTube advertisements for Vitamin Water, Busey appeared as Norman Tugwater, a lawyer who defends professional athletes' entitlements to a cut from Fantasy Football team owners.
2011 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Busey returned to reality television in Celebrity Apprentice 4, which premiered in March 2011, and appeared again in Celebrity Apprentice 6. … Read More
2014 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2014, he lampooned his public image through a series of advertisements for Amazon Fire TV.
2015 71 Years Old On September 1, 2015, it was announced that he will be competing on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. … Read More
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