Gary Busey is an American actor best known for his roles in Point Break and The Buddy Holly Story … and his reputation for bizarre behaviour.
Growing up in Oklahoma he attended Kansas State University on a football scholarship but his dreams of pursuing a career in professional sports were shattered after injuring his knee. He then moved to Hollywood to pursue a music career but acting beckoned.
After securing several small roles in both film and television during the 1970 he made his film debut in Angels Hard As They Come in 1971. Following this he starred as the lead in The Buddy Holly Story, which led to him winning an Academy Award nomination.
Later in Gary’s acting career, he took on more sinister roles in the action thrillers Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990) and of course Point Break (1991) with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. He also played a cameo role as himself in the comedy Entourage.
Gary had a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1989 after he rode without a helmet. This resulted in the enactment of stricter helmet laws in the State of California. The accident split his skull open and he was taken to hospital for immediate surgery. Gary claims that his brain got altered – it was a wake-up call to get his life in order and to appreciate it. He also recovered two and a half months earlier than predicted and says his faith was the reason.
Gary has three children – son Jake with his first wife Judy, daughter Alectra with Tracy Hutchinson and son Luke with his wife Steffanie Sampson. He has black belts in all of the following martial arts: budo-jujitsu, capoeira, hapkido, and kendo.