Jake Busey

Actor

Personal Info

  • Birth Name: William Jacob Busey
  • Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Biography

Jake Busey was born, raised and is living well in show business. The son of Judy and Gary Busey, Jake spent his childhood in sunny southern california, on film sets around the country, and on the road with his father’s various bands. He grew up in the world of artists. Spending many years on tour busses and side-stage-studying such acts as Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Little Feat, and Fleetwood Mac, Jake found his passion for music and performing. Busey entered the industry with a bang in his first motion picture Straight Time (1977), starring alongside his father, Cathy Bates, M. Emmett Walsh and Dustin Hoffman. After finishing high school at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, and a brief stint at SBCC, Jake returned to L.A to study the craft of acting for film. He started off slowly, bit parts and supporting characters in independent films. Declining help from his famous father, his road may have taken a little longer than desired, but He made his return to the big screen in 1996 with Jodi Foster in “Contact,” then with Will Smith, Gene Hackman, John Voight and Lisa Bonet in “Enemy of the State”, Michael J Fox in Peter Jackson’s “The Frightener’s,” Luke Wilson and Drew Barrymore in “Home Fries,” Reese Witherspoon in S.F.W., and most memorably as the smart-mouthed Private Ace Levy in the ensemble Sci-Fi cult classic “Starship Troopers.” Jake was a force to be reckoned with in the late 1990’s A-list film market. Jake took some risks with projects, leaps of faith, in the early 21st century, some of which left him needing to reassess his position and strong suits. It was time for a break. Personal inventory was taken, new directives evaluated, basically some time away was needed. After a few-year hiatus from acting as he pursued directing films, “road-tripping” the country in his airplane, and the fine appreciation of wine, he was ready for his come-back. Jake blasted onscreen in the final season of FX’s hit series “Justified”, as a pyrotechnic specialist, leaving many an audience member aghast; having thought he was a solid new addition to the show…alas, just a masterfully crafted character, blowing up in 30 seconds. In a major leap forward, Robert Rodriguez nabbed him for all three seasons of “From Dusk Till Dawn, (airing on his upstart El-Rey Network, and Netflix.) as the eponymous “sex Machine”. The show enjoyed industry accolade, but was not widely seen by its target audience, who could often times not afford the elite TV cable-package required to carry the new Network. Jake can also be seen in History Channel’s 2015 8-hour epic mini-series “Texas Rising”, Busey plays Samuel Wallace, the man credited with reciting the legendary warning, “Remember the Alamo.” alongside Thomas Jane, Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Davies, and many others; directed by Roland Joffe. Alternating between Large scale projects, he can be seen on the small screen indicative of today’s market in Hulu’s “freakish”, Showtime Network’s “Ray Donovan”, and in early 2018, CBS television’s “NCIS” Episode 346(1516) , ABC’s “Marvels agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.., Episode 513 & 519, and in the summer of 2018 he makes his return to the summer tent-pole event scene with 20th Century Fox’s “the_Predator”, directed by Shane Black. A bit of a modern-day Renaissance man, Jake’s passions in life includes fatherhood, acting, music, flying planes when necessary and fabricating custom motor-bicycles.

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