Gary Busey
American actor
Gary Busey
William Gary Busey is an American film and stage actor, and artist. He has appeared in a large variety of films, as well as making regular appearances on Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, and Entourage. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in The Buddy Holly Story.
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This 1979 'SNL' Script Is Basically The Blueprint For Trump's Women In The Workplace Talk
Huffington Post - 19 days
On Friday, two male CEOs were scheduled to speak about women in the workplace at a meeting with President Donald Trump. We weren’t there to hear it, but perhaps their discussion kicked off like this: “Any woman who wants a career, she’s got two problems ― one, her career; two, this baby thing. I don’t care who she is, what she says ― there isn’t a broad alive who doesn’t feel unfulfilled if she doesn’t have a baby.” That’s Bill Murray playing “Brad” in a 1979 “Saturday Night Live” sketch called “Women’s Problems,” in which six guys tackle the women’s issues of the day on a fake TV show. Another character in the sketch, “Craig,” was played by Gary Busey, now a vocal Trump supporter. We couldn’t dig up the video, but here are some highlights from a transcript:  Steve (Dan Akroyd): We’ve got a lot of women’s problems to discuss.. Mike (Garrett Morris): Yeah.. yeah.. and, you know, one of the biggest problems that we haven’t touched on, is the fact that, when they get old, ...
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Essential Arts & Culture: China and Taiwan's music diplomacy, Ghost Ship fallout and Gary's Busey-isms
LATimes - 2 months
China and Tawain — a classical take. Evaluating the fallout of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. And a look at an inspiring new piece of American architecture. Plus: The road show that is Gary Busey. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential stories: ...
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Gary Busey on Gary Busey: A conversation about his first stage role
LATimes - 3 months
Gary Busey long ago merged his public persona with a character named Gary Busey. It's hard to pinpoint when the actor completed this transformation. It might have been when he experienced  what he calls a life-changing motorcycle accident nearly 30 years ago. Or perhaps it came more recently, in...
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Gary Busey: Trump's critics projecting own fears on Donald
Fox News - 3 months
In the Zone
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Apprentice Staffer Claims Gary Busey Groped Her. And Then Donald Trump Laughed. - Daily Beast
Google News - 4 months
Daily Beast Apprentice Staffer Claims Gary Busey Groped Her. And Then Donald Trump Laughed. Daily Beast Busey 'grabbed me firmly between my legs,' the alleged victim tells The Daily Beast. Trump 'yukked' it up with Busey afterward, other staffers say. Asawin Suebsaeng · Gideon Resnick. 10.17.16 6:00 PM ET. Oscar nominee Gary Busey allegedly sexually ... 'Apprentice' Staffer Claims Trump Laughed Off Gary Busey Assaulting HerHuffington Post Gary Busey Allegedly Groped A Celebrity Apprentice Staffer -- Oh, & Donald Trump Simply LAUGHED IT OFF!PerezHilton.com Trump Merely Scolded Gary Busey After Alleged Groping On The ApprenticeTPM Complex -Raw Story -The Hollywood Gossip -Parent Herald all 23 news articles »
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Gary Busey to star in off-Broadway's 'Perfect Crime'
Yahoo News - 4 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Busey will make his New York stage debut next month in the off-Broadway show "Perfect Crime," playing a serial killer in the cast of the longest-running play in city history.
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‘Hitman’ video game puts a target on Gary Busey’s back for a limited time
Yahoo News - 7 months
Character actor and former fake Chicago Cubs pitcher Gary Busey is the next elusive target in Hitman. Busey won a contest that also featured actor Gary Cole, and will be available starting Thursday.
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Critic’s Notebook: If You Want to Make a ‘Hamlet,’ You Have to Break Some Rules
NYTimes - 11 months
If David Carl as Gary Busey as Hamlet is not exponential enough, the New York Shakespeare Exchange is offering “Hamlet” to the 10th power.
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Why Buddy Holly Should Not Fade Away -- and Won't
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In case you didn't notice, the music didn't really die on Feb. 3, 1959. But Buddy Holly did, and so did Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, and that's more than enough to make the day worth remembering. So let's do it anyway, 57 years later, because we don't remember this kind of thing enough. I don't think it's personal. Popular music, like most of popular culture, just moves on. People who remember seeing or hearing Buddy Holly while he was alive are all on Medicare now. Younger folks, like most younger folks, tend to be interested in their own music memories. That's sad not because their own music is bad, but because they deny themselves so much music that's good - the same way the first generation of young rock 'n' roll fans shortchanged themselves when they wrote off everything before Elvis as suitable only for their parents. Buddy Holly was 22 when he died, which is startling when you think how much music he made and how he was already moving into a second m ...
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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: 'Immunity Night' wasn't safe for Andy Grammer
LATimes - over 1 year
First off, "Immunity Night" had nothing to do with cold and flu season. Instead, it was a new wrinkle added by the "Dancing With the Stars" producers so we don't get bored with the ballroom now that serial flasher Paula Deen and disoriented philosopher Gary Busey are gone. What was it all about?...
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Actor Gary Busey hits pedestrian
CNN - about 2 years
Actor Gary Busey hit a pedestrian while he was backing out of a parking lot in Malibu, authorities said.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Busey
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    On September 1, 2015, it was announced that he will be competing on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details He was paired with professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya. Busey and Trebunskaya made it to Week 4 of competition but were then eliminated and finished in 10th place.
  • 2014
    Age 69
    In 2014, he became a celebrity spokesperson for Amazon Fire TV.
    More Details Hide Details That August, he appeared in, and became the first American winner of the fourteenth series of the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother.
    In 2014, he lampooned his public image through a series of advertisements for Amazon Fire TV.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    In 2011, Busey supported Donald Trump's 2012 presidential bid saying, "For the American people, vote for Donald Trump come election night."
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    Busey returned to reality television in Celebrity Apprentice 4, which premiered in March 2011, and appeared again in Celebrity Apprentice 6.
    More Details Hide Details There, he briefly reprised his role as Buddy Holly by performing "Not Fade Away".
  • 2010
    Age 65
    In February 2010, Busey's fiancee Steffanie Sampson gave birth to their son, Luke Sampson Busey.
    More Details Hide Details On December 4, 1988, Busey was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet. His skull was fractured, and doctors feared he suffered permanent brain damage. During the filming of the second season of Celebrity Rehab in 2008, Busey was referred to psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy. Sophy suspected that Busey's brain injury has had a greater effect on him than realized. He described it as essentially weakening his mental "filters" and causing him to speak and act impulsively. Sophy recommended Busey take valproic acid (Depakote), with which Busey agreed. In 1996, Busey publicly announced that he was a Christian, saying: "I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time I am now free to be myself." This return to Christianity occurred as a result of his motorcycle accident, as well as a 1995 cocaine overdose.
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 63
    In 2008, he joined the second season of the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, he appeared as himself in a prominent recurring role on HBO's Entourage, in which he parodied his eccentric image, ultimately appearing on three episodes of the show.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005, he also voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons and appeared in the popular miniseries Into the West.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003, Busey starred in a Comedy Central reality show, I'm with Busey.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 33
    In 1978, he starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story with Sartain as The Big Bopper.
    More Details Hide Details For his performance, Busey received the greatest critical acclaim of his career and the movie earned Busey an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actor award. In the same year he also starred in the small yet acclaimed drama Straight Time and the surfing movie Big Wednesday, which is now a minor cult classic. In the 1980s, Busey's roles included the critically acclaimed western Barbarosa, the comedies D.C. Cab and Insignificance, and the Stephen King adaptation Silver Bullet. He played one of the primary antagonists opposite Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the action comedy Lethal Weapon. In the 1990s, he had prominent supporting roles in successful action films such as Predator 2, Point Break and Under Siege. He also appeared in Rookie of the Year, The Firm, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On the DVD commentary of the film, Streisand says Busey was great and that she had seen him on a TV series and thought he had the right qualities to play the role.
  • 1975
    Age 30
    In 1975, as the character "Harvey Daley," he was the last person killed on the series Gunsmoke (in the third-to-last episode, No. 633 – "The Busters").
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    In 1974, Busey made his major film debut with a supporting role in Michael Cimino's buddy action caper Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.
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  • 1971
    Age 26
    In 1971, Busey's wife Judy Helkenberg gave birth to their son, William Jacob "Jake" Busey.
    More Details Hide Details Busey and Helkenberg divorced when Jake was 19 years old. Busey has a daughter named Alectra from a previous relationship.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    He played in a band called Carp, which released one album on Epic Records in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Busey continued to play several small roles in both film and television during the 1970s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While attending Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas on a football scholarship, he became interested in acting. He then transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he quit school just one class short of graduation. Busey began his show business career as a drummer in The Rubber Band. He appears on several Leon Russell recordings, credited as playing drums under the names "Teddy Jack Eddy" and "Sprunk", a character he created when he was a cast member of a local television comedy show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting on station KTUL (which starred fellow Tulsan Gailard Sartain as "Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi"). For his skits on Uncanny Film Festival, Busey drew on his American Hero, belligerent, know-it-all character. When he told Gailard Sartain his character needed a name, Sartain replied, "Take three: Teddy, Jack and Eddy."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on June 29, 1944.
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