William Gareth Jacob "Gary" Busey (born June 29, 1944) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor, as well as an artist. He has appeared in a number of films, including The Buddy Holly Story, Big Wednesday, Lethal Weapon, Point Break, The Firm and Under Siege.
In 1978, he starred as Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story with Sartain as The Big Bopper. The movie earned Busey an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. In the same year he also starred in the critically-acclaimed surfing movie Big Wednesday.
In the 1980s, Busey's roles included Silver Bullet (adapted from Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King), Insignificance and Lethal Weapon. In the movie, D.C. Cab, Busey portrayed the character, Dell. Dell, much like Busey at the time, was self-absorbed and using drugs regularly. At one point of D.C. Cab, Dell is singing along with a cassette recording of Gary Busey singing the song, Why Baby Why (which Busey recorded, but still remains unreleased). In the 1990s, he appeared in Predator 2, Rookie of the Year, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Under Siege, The Firm and Point Break.
Gary Busey appeared in the 2006 Turkish film, Valley of the Wolves Iraq, (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak, in Turkish). The film, accused of anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism, tells the story of the U.S. Army run amok in Iraq, and brought into check by a brave Turkish soldier; Gary Busey plays a Jewish-American Army doctor who harvests fresh organs from injured Iraqi prisoners to sell to rich patients in New York, London and Tel Aviv.
In 2007, he appeared as "his crazy self" on HBO's Entourage. Producers at HBO asked Busey to play a "character" on the show who was the self-named actor who is also a famous painter and sculptor. Although Busey is not actually a painter, he does love to sing and write music.
Busey was once again 'front and center' in the media, when during the E! broadcast of the 2008 Oscar red carpet pre-show, he interrupted host Ryan Seacrest's interview with Jennifer Garner and Laura Linney. Busey proceeded to give Garner a hug and kissed her neck, to which Garner expressed her distaste moments later. Busey later apologized for the incident. Busey is also seen on the tape introducing his long time attorney, Vicki Roberts, to Ryan Seacrest. Vicki Roberts, an actress/producer in her own right, who is very well known in the entertainment industry,  often accompanies Busey to red carpet events but it is strictly a professional relationship.
Busey recently took part in a photo shoot done by famed photographer Tyler Shields where Gary was put in a straitjacket. The shoot was reportedly for Tyler's book called the dirty side of glamour. The proceeds from which are to be given to charity. A reporter from Inside Edition was there to cover the shoot and speak with Gary about his upcoming projects but the program chose to edit together raw clips from the interview to show more of Gary's crazy side.
The video clip and its many offshoots an re-edits have made their way around the net. Posted on sites such as Insideedition.com, Filmdrunk.com and the photographer's own site Tylershields.com. Adding to the speculation that Gary might not be as insane as he appears, many bloggers and websites have begun to wonder if he is simply pretending to be so eccentric or if he really is as off the wall and unabashed as he seems.
Busey has recently starred in several advertisements for the upcoming video game Saints Row 2, entitled "Street Lessons with Uncle Gary".
Busey appears in several short videos for GotVMail Communications called Gary Busey on Business, featuring Busey's thoughts on new business ideas, excuses for missing work, and business cliches like Think Outside the Box and Now More Than Ever.
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