Jake Busey

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Jake Busey
Busey at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
William Jacob Busey

(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 52)
  • Actor
Years active1978–present
PartnerApril Hutchinson

William Jacob Busey (born June 15, 1971) is an American actor. Among his most prominent roles have been serial killer Johnny Bartlett in 1996's The Frighteners, Ace Levy in 1997's Starship Troopers, Kyle Brenner in 2001's Tomcats, Aiden Tanner in the 2014–2016 TV series From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, and Sean H. Keyes in the Predator franchise.

Early life[edit]

Busey is the son of actor Gary Busey.[1] Busey spent his childhood on film sets and touring with bands in which his father sometimes played, such as Leon Russell, Willie Nelson and Little Feat.[citation needed]


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 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 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, Fast Sofa with Jennifer Tilly and Natasha Lyonne, and Reaper with Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones. He also had a main role on the television series Shasta McNasty. Busey portrayed Professor Aiden "Sex Machine" Tanner since 2013 in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.[2]

He also provided the voice of The Radioman in the 2012 video game Spec Ops: The Line and of the DJ of Resistance Radio in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. Additionally, he voiced Teenage Tom during flashback scenes in the 1989 film Hider in the House which his father, Gary Busey starred in as Tom Sykes. In 2016, Busey starred in the feature film Deserted.

In 2018, Busey appeared in two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portraying Mack's old friend Tony Caine. Busey later joined the cast of Stranger Things in the third season portraying a journalist named Bruce.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, he and his girlfriend April Hutchinson had a daughter, Autumn.[4]



List of Jake Busey film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1978 Straight Time Henry Darin
1982 Barbarosa Cook Boy
1989 Hider in the House Teenage Tom Sykes (voice)
1993 Shimmer Richard Halverson
1994 Foot Shooting Party Unknown Short film
S.F.W. Morrow Streeter
The Stoned Age Jimmy Muldoon
PCU Mersh
I'll Do Anything Unknown
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 Black Cat Run Deputy Norm Babbitt
Enemy of the State NSA Agent Krug
Home Fries Angus
1999 Held Up Beaumont
Tail Lights Fade Bruce
2001 Tomcats Kyle Brenner
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Darrell
2003 Identity Robert Maine
Lost Junction Matt
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Jack Direct-to-video
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Officer Treen
2005 H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Lieutenant Samuelson Direct-to-video
The Rain Makers Shaw Associate producer
2006 Road House 2 Bill "Wild Bill" Decarie Direct-to-video
Wristcutters: A Love Story Brian
Broken Vince
2008 Time Bomb Jason Philby Direct-to-video
2010 The Killing Jar Greene
2011 Cross "Backfire" Direct-to-video; Also producer
Arbor Demon Sean
2012 Play James Play Paul
Don't Pass Me By Fred Norwick
Nazis at the Center of the Earth Adrian Reistad Direct-to-video
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Oscar (voice) Direct-to-video
2013 Girl Meets Boy Richard
Sparks "Sledge"
2014 Reaper Bill
2015 Most Likely to Die Tarkin
2016 Last Man Club Jim "Diamond Jim"
Deserted Clay
Enclosure (aka Arbor Demon) Sean
2017 Dead Again in Tombstone Colonel Jackson Boomer
2018 The Predator Sean Keyes
A Boy Called Sailboat Mr. Bing
2019 Ghost in the Graveyard Charlie Sullivan
2020 A Soldier's Revenge Captain McCalister
TBA Rust Drum Parker[5] Post-production
Denotes films that have not yet been released


List of Jake Busey television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Cruel Doubt Student TV movie
1994 Motorcycle Gang Jake TV movie
1994 Tales from the Crypt Frank Episode: "Surprise Party"
1999 Shasta McNasty Dennis Main role
2001 Jeremiah Jake Davenport
2002 The Twilight Zone Vincent Hansen Episode: "Chosen"
2004 Charmed Warlock Episode: "WitchStock"
2005 Code Breakers Straub TV movie
2009 The Mentalist Vern Nichols Episode: "Red Badge"[citation needed]
2012 The Finder Bobby the Twin Episode: "Swing and a Miss"[citation needed]
2013 Psych FBI Agent Episode: "Santabarbaratown 2"
2014–2016 From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Professor Aiden "Sex Machine" Tanner 26 episodes
2015 Justified Lewis "The Wiz" Mago Episode: "The Trash and the Snake"
Texas Rising Samuel Wallace 2 episodes
2017 Day 5 Carl Episode: "Lucid"
Ray Donovan Acid Man 3 episodes
Freakish Earl 5 episodes
2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tony Caine 2 episodes
NCIS Whit Dexter Episode: "Handle With Care"
2019 Stranger Things Bruce Lowe 5 episodes
L.A.'s Finest Bishop Duvall 5 episodes
Mr. Robot Freddy Lomax Episode: "401 Unauthorized"
Swamp Thing Shaw Episode: "Loose Ends"
2022 The Rookie: Feds Rusty Filmore Episode: "Star Crossed"

Video games[edit]

List of Jake Busey video games credits
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Spec Ops: The Line Robert "Radioman" Darden Voice role
2016 XCOM 2: War of the Chosen DJ of Resistance Radio Voice role
2020 Predator: Hunting Grounds Sean Keyes Voice role


  1. ^ Peragine, James. "First Photos: Gary Busey Introduces Son Luke". People. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Teaser Video from the Set". Dread Central. March 4, 2015. Archived from the original on February 16, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Trumbore, Dave (April 18, 2018). "'Stranger Things' Season 3 Recruits Cary Elwes and Jake Busey for "Sleazy", "Questionable" Roles". Collider. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Natalie Finn (October 14, 2016). "Hello, grandpa: Gary Busey's son Jake welcomes a daughter". Today. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 28, 2023). "Jake Busey Saddles Up For Alec Baldwin's 'Rust'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2023.

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