Jake Busey

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Actor

Birth Date: June 15, 1971

Age: 52 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Parents: Gary Busey

Son of actor Gary Busey, whom he physically favors, Jake Busey grew up in Malibu with actors and musicians all around, but did not take acting seriously as a profession until his late teens. His father's well-publicized bouts with substance abuse as well as just being the son of a famous actor made the going tough at first--the younger Busey auditioned for more than two years without winning a role, as casting directors begged off. Finally, some small roles in TV, and the part of Stephen Dorff's gangling, wannabe murderer sidekick in the flop "S.F.W." (1994) demonstrated to Hollywood that Busey could act.

Tall and blonde, Busey actually made his film debut as a lad in 1978, playing his father as a boy in "Straight Time." His next paying job was also connected with his father, providing Gary's voice as a teen-ager in the thriller "Hider in the House" (1989). Busey began actually working in films in 1994, with the small role of a fired driver in "I'll Do Anything" followed by the role of Mersh, a deadhead, in "PCU" (also 1994). In 1996, he could be seen as the mobile lab technician on the ill-fated rival research crew run by Cary Elwes in "Twister" and had a co-starring role in "The Frighteners." In 1997, Busey's stock in Hollywood rose as he was cast in four features: "Quiet Days in Hollywood," as a character in search of a life in L.A.; Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers," as an intergalactic fighter; Robert Zemeckis' "Contact," opposite Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey and "Home Fries," as one of two brothers obsesses with a woman (Drew Barrymore). TV roles began in 1992 with a small part in the NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt." Busey played a revving gang member in "Motorcycle Gang" (Showtime, 1994), and was a high school football player in "Word Runner" (The Disney Channel, 1994). He had a more substantial role, Halverson, the feared bully of the juvenile home, in "Shimmer" for PBS' "American Playhouse" in 1995.

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Bluegrass Spirits

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Shooting Star

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Mr. York
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Pig Killer

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Willy
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Divos!

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Mr. Kelly
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Shaw
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L.A.'s FinestStream

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Bishop Duvall
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Ghost in the GraveyardStream

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Charlie Sullivan
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The PredatorStream

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Dr. Sean Keyes
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A Boy Called Sailboat

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Access Live

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Dead Ant

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Merrick
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Earl
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Last Man Club

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Diamond Jim
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Swing State

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Arbor Demon

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Sean
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Expendable Assets

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Tony
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Dylan Carruthers
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Wicked Blood

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Alongside Night

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Reaper

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Tony Caine
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Fractured

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Crazy Eyes

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Franklin & BashStream

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The Talk

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JustifiedStream

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Sons of Tucson

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Play Dead

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Merle Jones
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2009

The Killing Jar

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2008

Time Bomb

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Jason Philby
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Comanche MoonStream

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Road House 2

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Wild Bill
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2006

Haunted Prison

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Broken

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Sex, Love & Secrets

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The CloserStream

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Eric Shaw
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CodeBreakers

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The Rain Makers

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CSI: NYStream

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Randy Davis
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2004

Christmas with the KranksStream

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Officer Treen
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2004
5%

Karen Sisco

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2003
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NCISStream

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Whit Dexter
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2003

IdentityStream

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Robert Maine
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2003
63%

The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting

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2003

CSI: MiamiStream

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2002

FastlaneStream

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2002
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The Twilight ZoneStream

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2002

Lost Junction

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2002

Tomcats

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Fast Sofa

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Held UpStream

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2000
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Shasta

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Dennis
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1999

Tail Lights Fade

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Bruce
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1999

Black Cat Run

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Deputy Norm Babbitt
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1998

Home FriesStream

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Angus Montier
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1998
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Enemy of the StateStream

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Krug
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1998
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ContactStream

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Joseph
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Starship TroopersStream

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TwisterStream

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Mobile Lab Technician
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1996
63%

The Frighteners

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Johnny Charles Bartlett
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1996

Pandillero Sin Ley

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1994

Dormitorio en la Universidad

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P.C.U.

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Mersh
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Motorcycle Gang

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Jake
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S.F.W.

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Morrow Streeter
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Windrunner

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Dave Promisco
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Pandilleros

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Street Beat

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Tales From the Crypt

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