Birthday: June 29, 1944 Birth
Place: Goose Creek, Texas, USA Height: 5' 1"
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Although American leading man Gary Busey has made distinguished appearances in many films, he has yet to attain the consistent popularity that would make him a major star. Born in Texas, Busey first few years were spent on an Oklahoma ranch where he learned to be a bull rider. He attended three different colleges before finally graduating in 1963, the year he became a professional drummer with the rock group The Rubber Band. Later, he billed himself as Teddy Jack Eddy and played percussion for Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. In 1970, Busey made his acting debut in an episode of the TV western High Chaparel. This led to his feature film debut as a biker in Angels Hard as They Come the following year. After that Busey went on to play supporting roles (typically cast as renegades, daredevils, or good ol' boys with dubious morals) until 1978 when he made a major splash playing the lanky lead in The Buddy Holly Story, for which he did all the guitar and vocal work. His impersonation of Holly was remarkable and won him considerable acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Busey then went on to play leads in many films of varying quality during the early to mid-1980s. In the late '80s he returned to supporting roles and co-leads. In 1988, Busey almost died in a motorcycle accident and his near death resulted in enactment of tougher helmet laws in California.
Arrested and released on bail after a fight with his wife, Tiani Warden. [25 January 1999]
Had a plum-sized tumor removed from his sinus cavity. [May 1997]
He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care".
Father of Jake Busey.
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.
Made a rare public appearance at the "Ray & Sharon Courts Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show" at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood. He sold personally autographed pictures from his own collection and charged .00 to take a picture with him. [October 4, 1999]
Was the last man killed on the TV show "Gunsmoke" (1955).
Attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas in the Early 1960s.
Filed for divorce from Tiani Warden; later withdrawn. [9 June 1998]
Transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he quit school one class short of graduation.
Had a successful local band, The Rubber Band, in Stillwater, OK. Moved to Hollywood to pursue his music career.
Appeared on Tulsa television as the character "Teddy Jack Eddy", along with the host Gailard Sartain, in "Mazeppa's Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting".
As of June, 2003, has started taking pilot lessons at a flight school at the Santa Monica airport. This is the same flight school where his son, Jake Busey, did his flight training.
He was in a band called Carp (showed David Letterman an old LP of the band on "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982)).
Member of the Promise Keepers, a Christian-based mens' organization.
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