Billy "Green" Bush
|Billy "Green" Bush|
|Born||William Warren Bush
November 7, 1935
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
|Other names||Billy Greenbush|
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
Bush is a character actor, typically projecting in his screen appearances the good-ol'-boy image. He portrays mostly sheriffs and state troopers, although in his repertoire there are the occasional villains.
Bush's film work includes notable appearances in The Savage Seven (1968); Five Easy Pieces (1970); The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972); Electra Glide in Blue (1973) where his performance caused some critics to characterize his screen persona as "irrepressibly unique"; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974); Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975); The River (1984); The Hitcher (1986); Critters (1986); Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993); and others.
Bush has appeared frequently on television, including a recurring role as Bobby Angel on Hill Street Blues and a memorable episode of M*A*S*H, in which his character, “Cowboy”, tries to kill commanding officer Henry Blake.
He twice portrayed Vernon Presley, the father of Elvis Presley: First in the 1988 TV movie Elvis and Me, which was based on the eponymous biography written by Presley's ex-wife Priscilla, and then in the short-lived, weekly series Elvis, in 1990. The TV series was short-lived, because a portion of its targeted audience found its plot to be slow and without Presleymania elements.
- Biography, The New York Times
- Greenspun, Roger (August 20, 1973). "Electra Glide in Blue (1973) Screen: Guercio's 'Electra Glide in Blue' Arrives:Director Makes Debut With a Mystery The Cast Police Officer Tracks Recluse's Killer.". The New York Times.
- Riding shotgun: Review of Electra Glide in Blue, DVD Outsider
- Bio Rotten Tomatoes
- "Quality production fails to ignite audience", Elvis InfoNet
- Billy Green Bush at the Internet Movie Database
- Billy "Green" Bush at AllMovie
- Billy Green Bush at Rotten Tomatoes
- Wm. Green Bush at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection