Monday, June 29, 2009
Happy 65th Birthday Gary Busey
Born William Gareth Jacob Busey on June 29, 1944 in Goose Creek, Texas, he won a football scholarship to Pittsburg State University in Kansas and became interested in acting. He transferred to Oklahoma State University. He dropped out of college one class short of graduation. He entered show business as a drummer in the group “The Rubber Duck Band” and “Carp”. He began appearing on local TV and then small roles in film. He was the last person killed on the TV series “Gunsmoke”. His biggest notoriety came when he played the role of Buddy Holly in 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story”. He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor. Buey appeared in a number of films in the late 1970s and 80s but after being in a near fatal motorcycle accident his career went down hill. He still suffers from the after effects to this day. He has been seen less and less as of late. Gary Busey appeared in the 2000 South African Euro-western “Hooded Angels”. We wish him a happy 65th birthday today.
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I used to see Busey on Mazeppa Pompazoidi's(Gailard Sartain)Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting,a late night horror host show out of tulsa Oklahoma back in 1970-'72..He did a character called Teddy Jack Eddy..the show was a riot and loved by the hip crowd and youngsters..Leon Russell and Roy Clark occasionally appeared..ReplyDelete