Jake Busey

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Jake Busey
2009 CUN Award Party Jake Busey 001.JPG
Busey (right) on the Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Viewing Party, 2009
BornWilliam Jacob Busey
(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician, film producer
Years active1978–present
Partner(s)April Hutchonson
ChildrenAutumn Rosalia Busey
ParentsGary Busey
 
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Jake Busey
2009 CUN Award Party Jake Busey 001.JPG
Busey (right) on the Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Viewing Party, 2009
BornWilliam Jacob Busey
(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician, film producer
Years active1978–present
Partner(s)April Hutchonson
ChildrenAutumn Rosalia Busey
ParentsGary Busey

William Jacob "Jake" Busey (born June 15, 1971) is an American actor, musician and film producer. He is sometimes credited as "Jacob Busey" or "William Busey". He is the son of actor Gary Busey.

Early life[edit]

Busey was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Malibu, California, the son of photographer Judy Lynn Helkenberg, and actor Gary Busey.[1] Busey spent his childhood on film sets and touring with bands in which his father played. He began considering his career choices at the age of five when he took up the two hobbies that grew into professions: acting and playing drums.

Career[edit]

Busey's motion picture debut was in the 1978 film Straight Time with his father Gary and Dustin Hoffman. His two most notable appearances are as the murderous religious fanatic opposite Jodie Foster in Contact and as smart-mouthed soldier Ace Levy in Starship Troopers. He appeared in H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, one of three 2005 film adaptations of the novel by H.G. Wells, alongside C. Thomas Howell. Additionally, he has had major roles in Tomcats opposite Jerry O'Connell and Shannon Elizabeth, in James Mangold's thriller Identity, with C. Thomas Howell in the The Hitcher II, Michael J. Fox in Peter Jackson's The Frighteners and Road House 2. Busey played the role of "Backfire" in Patrick Durham's movie Cross which was released directly to DVD and download in May 2011, and stars in the upcoming independent film Don't Pass Me By.

He has also had minor parts in films like Windrunner: A Spirited Journey starring Jason Wiles, Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen, I'll Do Anything, Enemy of the State, The Killing Jar, The Stoned Age, PCU, and Fast Sofa with Jennifer Tilly and Natasha Lyonne. He was also a main character on the television show Shasta McNasty.

He also provided the voice of The Radioman in the 2012 video game Spec Ops: The Line.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1978Straight TimeHenry Darin
1982BarbarosaCook boy
1989Hider in the HouseTeenage TomVoice role
1992Cruel DoubtstudentTV movie
1993ShimmerRichard Halverson
1994Foot Shooting PartyShort film
Motorcycle GangJakeTV movie
S.F.W.Morrow Streeter
The Stoned AgeJimmy Muldoon
PCUMersh
I'll Do Anything
1995Quiet Days in HollywoodCurt
WindrunnerDave Promisco
1996The FrightenersJohnny Charles Bartlett
TwisterMobile Lab technician
1997ContactJoseph
Starship TroopersPrivate Ace Levy
1998Enemy of the StateKrug
Home FriesAngus
1999Shasta McNastyDennis
2001TomcatsKyle Brenner
2002The First $20 Million Is Always the HardestDarrell
2003IdentityRobert Maine
The Hitcher II: I've Been WaitingJack
2004Christmas with the KranksOfficer Treen
2005H. G. Wells' War of the WorldsLieutenant Samuelson
The Rain MakersShawAssociate Producer
2006Road House 2: Last CallWild Bill
Wristcutters: A Love StoryBrian
2010The Killing JarGreene
2011CrossBackfireProducer
2012Play James PlayPaul
Don't Pass Me ByFred Norwick
Nazis at the Center of the EarthAdrian Reistad
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La FiestaOscar (voice role)
2013SparksSledge
PsychFBI agentSantabarbaratown 2

Musical activities[edit]

Busey writes and plays drums for the band Sons of the Lawless. He also plays guitar and is a baritone singer. One of their songs, "Let Me Down", is featured over the end credits of the Asylum film Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012) and was put there by special request of the director, Joseph J. Lawson. Lawson chose the song because he wanted the film to end like a classic '80s horror B-movie and because Jake played a central character in the film.

Personal life[edit]

Busey resides in Los Angeles, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jake Busey Biography (1971–)". Filmreference.com. June 15, 1971. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 

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