Gary Busey was born on June 29, 1944, in Goose Creek, Texas. Started studying theatre following a knee injury derailed his plans to pursue professional sports. In 1971, he made his movie debut in Angels Hard as They Come and in 1978 he starred in The Buddy Holly Story. After he appeared in several action films but his private life was tumultuous, including cocaine overdose as well as a close-departure bike injury.
Celebrity. Created William Gary Busey, on June 29, 1944, in Goose Creek, Texas. Raised in Oklahoma, Busey attendedPittsburg State University inKansas on a football scholarship before a knee injury induced him to abandon his quest of a professional sports career.
In 1971, Busey made his cinematic debut using a lead part in the biker movie Angels Hard as They Come, that was composed by Jonathan Demme. Throughout the late 1970s, his credits included supporting characters opposite Barbra Streisand and former band mate Kris Kristofferson in A Star is Born (1976), along with Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time (1978). Later that year, Busey got the title role in The Buddy Holly Story, where he showcased his musical origins by performing his own guitar and vocal work. Busey earned an Academy Award nomination for his definitive portrayal of the rock star.
In 1988, Busey was the casualty of a near-fatal bike accident, which led to the enactment of stricter helmet laws in the state of California. A infamous drug user, he was hospitalized following a cocaine overdose in 1995, at which time he experienced rehabilitation in lieu of facing criminal charges. 3 years later, he dedicated his life to the Christian religion by joining the Promise Keepers.
In 2000, after the son was detained and charged with spousal abuse, Busey split from his second wife Tiani Warden.