Gary Busey is a talented, lifelong entertainer. Widely known as an actor, he started his entertainment career as a talented drummer. He performed with several bands such as those of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Leon Russell.
It was his musical talents that brought him a 1978 Best Actor Nomination for the hugely popular film The Buddy Holly Story. He played guitar and sang, portraying Buddy Holly with dynamic realism. His success set him on the path toward other substantial film roles.
Notable Film and Television Roles
- Gunsmoke (1955)
- Young surfer in Big Wednesday (1978)
- Assassin Mr. Joshua in Lethal Weapon (1987)
- The Simpsons (1989)
- Law and Order (1990)
- Alien sleuth Peter Keyes in Predator 2 (1990)
- Bank robber tracker in Point Break (1991)
- Psychotic Navy officer in Under Siege (1992)
Notable Life Statistics
- Net Worth: less than $500,000
- Birth date: June 29, 1984
- Birth place: Goose Creek, Texas
- Profession: Actor, Musician, Voice Actor
- Nationality: United States of America
- Marital Status: Judy Helkenberg, 1968 to 1990; and Tiani Warden, 1996 to 2001
He had a tumor in his sinus cavity which was removed in 1997, but this was not the most traumatic event he survived. In 1988, he nearly died during a motorcycle accident on his Harley Davidson. But, he also shows tenacity and determination, as he holds black belts in kendo, hapkido, budo-jujitsu, capoeira, and “Jailhouse Rock”. He is also a licensed pilot.
Busey has a reputation for successfully portraying weird characters distinguished by bizarre personal histories. In an ironic real-life parallel, some attribute his financial success and subsequent reversal of fortune to his erratic personality and addictive lifestyle. He filed for bankruptcy in 2012, citing considerable debts owed to UCLA Medical Center, the IRS, and numerous others. Though he may owe over $1 million to creditors, filed records show that he may actually have approximately $50,000 of personal net worth available. Speculation concerning his financial status points toward impulsive financial dealings due to his massive brain injury, but as with all things Gary Busey … nothing is conclusive.