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
Born William Jacob Busey
(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician, film producer
Years active 1978–present
Partner(s) April Hutchonson
Children Autumn Rosalia Busey
Parents Gary 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]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Straight Time Henry Darin
1982 Barbarosa Cook boy
1989 Hider in the House Teenage Tom Voice role
1992 Cruel Doubt student TV movie
1993 Shimmer Richard Halverson
1994 Foot Shooting Party Short film
Motorcycle Gang Jake TV movie
S.F.W. Morrow Streeter
The Stoned Age Jimmy Muldoon
PCU Mersh
I'll Do Anything
1995 Quiet Days in Hollywood Curt
Windrunner Dave Promisco
1996 The Frighteners Johnny Charles Bartlett
Twister Mobile Lab technician
1997 Contact Joseph
Starship Troopers Private Ace Levy
1998 Enemy of the State Krug
Home Fries Angus
1999 Shasta McNasty Dennis
2001 Tomcats Kyle Brenner
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Darrell
2003 Identity Robert Maine
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Jack
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Officer Treen
2005 H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Lieutenant Samuelson
The Rain Makers Shaw Associate Producer
2006 Road House 2: Last Call Wild Bill
Wristcutters: A Love Story Brian
2010 The Killing Jar Greene
2011 Cross Backfire Producer
2012 Play James Play Paul
Don't Pass Me By Fred Norwick
Nazis at the Center of the Earth Adrian Reistad
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta Oscar (voice role)
2013 Sparks Sledge
Psych FBI agent Santabarbaratown 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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