William Jacob Busey
June 15, 1971
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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.
Busey is the son of actor Gary Busey. 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.
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.
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.
In 2012, he and his girlfriend April Hutchinson had a daughter, Autumn.
|1978||Straight Time||Henry Darin|
|1989||Hider in the House||Teenage Tom Sykes (voice)|
|1994||Foot Shooting Party||Unknown||Short film|
|The Stoned Age||Jimmy Muldoon|
|I'll Do Anything||Unknown|
|1995||Quiet Days in Hollywood||Curt|
|1996||The Frighteners||Johnny Charles Bartlett|
|Twister||Mobile Lab Technician|
|Starship Troopers||Private "Ace" Levy|
|1998||Black Cat Run||Deputy Norm Babbitt|
|Enemy of the State||NSA Agent Krug|
|Tail Lights Fade||Bruce|
|2002||The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest||Darrell|
|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|
|2008||Time Bomb||Jason Philby||Direct-to-video|
|2010||The Killing Jar||Greene|
|2011||Cross||"Backfire"||Direct-to-video; Also producer|
|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|
|2015||Most Likely to Die||Tarkin|
|2016||Last Man Club||Jim "Diamond Jim"|
|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||Post-production|
|†||Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Vincent Hansen||Episode: "Chosen"|
|2005||Code Breakers||Straub||TV movie|
|2009||The Mentalist||Vern Nichols||Episode: "Red Badge"|
|2012||The Finder||Bobby the Twin||Episode: "Swing and a Miss"|
|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|
|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"|
|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|
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