Gary Busey Bio, Career, Education, Age, Height, Spouse, Kids and Net Worth

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Who Is Gary Busey?

Gary Busey is an American singer, actor, and also musician. Furthermore, he portrayed Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978, where he was a character actor. Moreover, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor where he won the National Society of Film Critic Award for Best Actor.


Early Career

His business career as a drummer began at The Rubber Band. Where he appears on various Leon Russell Recordings, credited as playing drums known as a “Teddy Jack Eddy” and ” Sprunk”, a character that Gary created when he was a cast member of a local TV sh7ow in Tulsa, Oklahoma called The Uncanny Film Festive and Camp Meeting on KTUL channel featuring fellow Tulsan Gailard Sartain as “Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi”. Additionally, in her Uncanny Film Festival drama, Gary used his character American Hero, who was violent, omniscient. When he received a report that Gailard Sartain his character needed a name, Sartain answered, “Take three Teddy, Jack, and Eddy.”

In 1969, Gary together with his band called Carp released one album on Epic Record. Furthermore, he continued to play various small roles in both film and television during the 1970s. As an actor in 1975 “Harvey Daley,” Gary became the last person to be killed in the Gunsmoke series in the third to last episode, No. 633- “The Buster.”

A Photo of Gary Busey
A Photo of Gary Busey

How Old Is Gary Busey?

He was born on 29th, June 1944, currently, he is aged 76 years old

Gary Busey Family

Who are Busey’s Parents?

He was born in Goose Creek, Texas to Sadie Virginia and Delmer Lloyd Busey. His mother was a homemaker and a construction design manager.

Does Gary Busey Have Siblings?

He has two Siblings, David Busey and Carol Barraza

Gary Busey’s Education

He attended Nathan Hale High School, after that he enrolled at Coffeyville Community College. Then joined Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas after he got a football scholarship. However, he later transferred to the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma but he didn’t complete his studies after he dropped out of school.

Gary Busey’s Spouse

Currently, he is dating Steffanie Sampson, the two started going out in February 2010.


He got married to his first wife Judy Helkenber in 1971 and they got divorced in 1994. After six years he married Tiani Warden in 1996 and divorced in 2001.

Gary Busey’s kids / Measurement

He has three kids

Rise To  Fame

In Michael Cimino’s buddy adventure caper Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and also Jeff Bridges, Busey made his big film debut in a supporting role in 1974. Moreover, Gary starred as rock legend Buddy Holly in The Buddy Story together with Sartain as The Big Bopper in 1978. Due to his good performance, Gary received the highest critical acclaim of his career, and movies earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and the National Society of Film Critics’ Best actor Award for him.

Furthermore, Gary starred in the small yet acclaimed drama Straight Time and the movie Big Wednesday in the same year in 1978 which is now a minor cult classic. In the 1990s Gary landed prominent supporting roles in successful action movies such as Predator 2, Point Break, and Under Siege. He also starred in Rookie of the Year, The Firm, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In addition, Gary sang the song called “Stay All Night” on Saturday Night Live in March 1979 in season 4, episode 14, and on the Late Show with David Letterman in the 1990s.

His Career From 2000 To Date

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Gary voiced the character, Phil Cassidy, in the video game in 2002, and later in 2006, he reprises the role in the prequel Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Furthermore, he received much praise from critics and fans for his portrayal of an outlandish character. He starred in a Comedy Central reality show, I’m with Busey in 2003. Moreover, he voiced himself in an episode of The Simpsons and appeared in the popular miniseries Into the West in 2005. He controversially appeared in the 2006 Turkish nationalist film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, (Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak, in Turkish), which was accused of Fascism, antisemitism, and also anti-Americanism.

In 2007, he got a recurring role on HBO’s where Gary appeared as himself. Gary joined the second season of the reality show celebrity Rehab together with dr Drew in 2008. Furthermore, in 2011 he returned to reality television in Celebrity Apprentice 6. Gary appeared as Normal Tugwater, a lawyer who defends his professional athletes which entitlements to a cut from Fantasy Football team owner, in a series of 2010 on YouTube advertisements for Vitamin Water.

In Amazon Fire TV, Gary became a celebrity spokesperson in August 2014, where he appeared and became the first American winner of the Fourteenth series of the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother. On the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars, on September 1st, 2015, it was confirmed that Gary will be participating in the competition. Furthermore, he was given a professional dancer by the name of Anna Trebunskaya as his partner. Gary together with Trebunskaya made it to Week 4 of the competition however, they were late eliminated and finished in 10th place.

On June 17, 2019, he was cast as God in the Off-Broadway musical Just Human at New York’s Theatre at St. Clements. The production will begin performances on October 8, 2019, and will officially open on October 21, 2019. The structure of Man Only is described as follows: “Before they were enemies, they were co-workers. Jesus and Lucifer never met, but if the extreme case of diversity finds its full potential, they all are literally liberated.” “God is all that love is, and that love is the beginning of blessings and miracles.” Playing God is easy because I’m not acting; I’m just believing.” The first season of Gary Busey Pet Judge, in which Busey presides as a pet court judge to help settle disputes, was published in May 2020.

Gary Busey’s Net Worth

As of 2020, his net worth is estimated to be around $600k.

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