Grand L. Bush

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Grand L. Bush
Grand L. Bush in 2012.jpg
Grand L. Bush at a Los Angeles-area aquatic center in 2012
Born Grand Lee Bush
(1955-12-24) December 24, 1955 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush (1994-present)

Grand Lee Bush (born December 24, 1955) is an American actor of stage, television and major motion pictures.

Early life and education[edit]

Bush was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Essie and Robert Bush, who was an actor.[1] Shakespearean-trained, Bush studied film and theatre at the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, University of Southern California and the Strasberg Academy in Hollywood. He continued his education by performing at the historic Globe Theatre,[2] the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the annual Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove, California.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bush has been married to former television personality Sharon Crews since 1994.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1983, Bush won a nomination for a Canadian Genie Award in the category of "Best Performance by a Foreign Actor" for his role in the feature film, Hard Feelings. Bush's introduction to cinema began five years earlier in 1977, when he landed a recurring role on the CBS sitcom Good Times. Bush later acted in other television episodics and miniseries, including Roots, before joining the cast of the rock musical Hair in 1979, in which he performed a solo.

Bush also performed in other musical dramas, including the TV series Fame and the feature film Streets of Fire. Bush's most notable contributions to cinema were his performances in such box-office blockbusters as Lethal Weapon (starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover), Hollywood Shuffle, Die Hard (starring Bruce Willis) and Colors (starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall).

Colors, an American cult classic, sparked a friendship between Bush and director Dennis Hopper and Hopper directed Bush in a total of three feature films: Colors, Chasers, and Catchfire. Bush was cast in the 1989 James Bond feature film Licence to Kill, starring Timothy Dalton. Bush's character Hawkins is an ally of James Bond.

By 1990, Bush had become a veteran of stage, television and motion pictures. He was hand-picked by William Peter Blatty to perform opposite George C. Scott, who portrayed a lieutenant in the horror film The Exorcist III, written and directed by Blatty; Bush played his sergeant.

Bush has acted opposite Sylvester Stallone in Demolition Man. Bush also played actor Todd Bridges' father in "Building Bridges", an autobiographical short film about the rise and fall of the child star of Diff'rent Strokes.

In 1994, Bush was cast in the role of Balrog in the action/comedy Street Fighter, directed by Steven E. de Souza. The ensemble cast also included Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kylie Minogue, Ming-Na and Raúl Juliá. To prepare for his role, Bush trained with kickboxing champion Benny Urquidez in Bangkok, Thailand, and Brisbane, Australia.

Writer/producer Dean Devlin and Bush worked together on two television series (Hard Copy on CBS in 1987 and The Visitor on FOX in 1997). Bush and actor Robert Davi co-starred in three films together (Die Hard, Licence to Kill, and Maniac Cop 3). Bush has worked on two of Steven E. de Souza's films (Die Hard and Street Fighter).

Bush has guest-starred in a total of five projects on which Nicholas Corea is credited as either a writer, producer or director (The Renegades 1983, The Incredible Hulk, Airwolf, Renegade, and Walker, Texas Ranger).

More than 35 feature films in which Bush has appeared have been archived as Turner Classic Movies, including Street Fighter Extreme Edition.[4]

Bush and actor Clarence Gilyard played brothers on Walker, Texas Ranger and co-starred in the film Die Hard. The Walker, Texas Ranger episode "Brothers in Arms" was written specifically for Bush by friend, Nicholas Corea, while Corea lay on his deathbed.[citation needed] Bush viewed the episode privately with Corea's widow.

In 1991, Bush met his future wife, Sharon Crews, on the set of Freejack, a science fiction feature that stars Emilio Estevez, Rene Russo and Mick Jagger. Crews was on assignment for Black Entertainment Television (BET) to interview Bush, et al., during the Atlanta, Georgia, location filming.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role
Hair 1979 Ensemble Dancer/Solo Artist: Flesh Failures
Hard Feelings 1982 Latham Lockhart
Vice Squad 1982 Black Pimp
Night Shift 1982 Mustafa (as Grand Bush)
Streets of Fire 1984 Reggie/The Sorels
Weekend Pass 1984 Bertram
Brewster's Millions 1985 Rudy
Hollywood Shuffle 1987 Mandingo
Lethal Weapon 1987 Boyette
Colors 1988 Larry Sylvester
Die Hard 1988 FBI Agent Johnson
Licence to Kill 1989 Hawkins
Lethal Weapon 2 1989 Jerry Collins
Secret Agent 00 Soul 1990 Ben Douglas
Bad Influence 1990 Club Bartender
The First Power 1990 Reservoir Worker
The Exorcist III 1990 Sgt. Adkins
Wedlock 1991 Jasper
Freejack 1992 Boone
Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence 1993 Willie
Demolition Man 1993 Zachary Lamb
Chasers 1994 Vance Dooley
Forrest Gump 1994 Black Panther Leader
Street Fighter 1994 Balrog
Favorite Son 1997 Rev. Ross
Turbulence 1997 Marshal Al Arquette
"Building Bridges" 2000 Todd Bridges' Dad/Jim
Shark Hunter 2001 Rob Harrington
New Alcatraz 2002 Sgt. Quinn

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