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Gary Busey


Gary Busey is one of the more underated actors that we like here at the HomeGame



After landing the title role in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978, for which he earned an Oscar nomination, Busey's acting career has taken off. Since then, he has appeared in over sixty films including The Firm ('93),Under Siege ('92), and Lethal Weapon ('87). In a marked departure from many of his previous roles, Busey recently switched to good guy in the futuristic action film Soldier . The switch to screen good guy is indicative of Busey's personal change. .






His first appearance in television was in the '70's in a local (Tulsa, OK) late-night "Monster-Movie" show called "Mazzeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film-Festival and Camp Meeting." It was hosted by Gailard Sartain (featured in Hee-Haw and the Earnest movies). Gailard was the host, Mazzeppa, and Gary played his hapless sidekick and straight-man. It ran for a year or two on Saturday nights, on the Tulsa CBS affiliate. This taste of fame was enough to spurn him on to bigger and bigger pastures.








In 1979, Gary received a rock of cocaine from a man who called himself "the devil," beginning the downward spiral of cocaine abuse. So bad was his addiction, Busey was charged with a $10,000 felony and a five-year jail sentence. After experiencing a series of nosebleeds, last May Gary found out he had sinovial cell sarcoma maximal sinus cancer. The fact that his cancer was malignant could have caused Gary to waiver dramatically in his faith. But Gary says faith in God was what pulled him through.







Gary is currently working on a gospel album. "The songs are coming through me and the grace is coming through me," says Gary concerning his endeavors as a singer and songwriter.









Angels Hard as They Come (1971)

Dirty Little Billy (1972)

Magnificent Seven Ride!, The (1972)

Blood Sport (1973)

Hex (1973)

Last American Hero, The (1973)

Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973)

Execution of Private Slovik, The (1974)

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

Law, The (1974)

Gumball Rally, The (1976)

Star Is Born, A (1976)

Buddy Holly Story, The (1978)

Big Wednesday (1978)

Set-Up, The (1978)

Straight Time (1978)

Carny (1980)

Foolin' Around (1980)

Barbarosa (1982)

D.C. Cab (1983)

Bear, The (1984)

Insignificance (1985)

Silver Bullet (1985)

Eye of the Tiger (1986)

Half of a Lifetime (1986)

Let's Get Harry (1986)

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Act of Piracy (1988)

Bulletproof (1988)

"Dangerous Life, A" (1988)

Hider in the House (1989)

Neon Empire, The (1989)

Predator 2 (1990)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991)

Point Break (1991)

Wild Texas Wind (1991)

Canvas (1992)

Chrome Soldiers (1992)

Night Caller (1992)

Player, The (1992)

South Beach (1992)

Under Siege (1992)

Breaking Point (1993)

"Fallen Angels" (1993)

Firm, The (1993)

Rookie of the Year (1993)

Chasers (1994)

Drop Zone (1994)

Surviving the Game (1994)

Warriors (1994)

History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1, The (1995)

History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 8, The (1995)

Black Sheep (1996)

Carried Away (1996)

Chain, The (1996)

Man with a Gun (1996)

One Clean Move (1996)

Steel Sharks (1996)

Sticks and Stones (1996)

Lethal Tender (1997)

Livers Ain't Cheap (1997)

Lost Highway (1997)

Plato's Run (1997)

Rage, The (1997)

Rough Draft (1997)

Rough Riders (1997)

Suspicious Minds (1997)

Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (1997)

Detour (1998)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

No Tomorrow (1998)

Soldier (1998)

Two Shades of Blue (1998)

Apocalypse III: Tribulation (1999)

Girl Next Door, The (1999)

Hot Boyz (1999)

Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999)

Left Behind (2000)


Busey Trivia

Birth Name: Gary Busey

Birth Date and Place: June 29, 1944 Goose Creek, Texas

(25 January 1999) Arrested and released on bail after a fight with his wife.

(May 1997) Had a plum-sized tumor removed from his sinus cavity.

He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."

Nearly died of head injuries in a motorcycle accident in December 1988.

Starred with Russell Wong in the unreleased 1997 pilot episode of Hawaii Five-O. This pilot episode was filmed in Hawaii, but was not released due to a decision from CBS-TV executives.

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