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->'''Gary Busey:''' ''[to his reflection]'' HOW AM I DOING TODAY GARY BUSEY?
->'''Gary Busey's Monster Reflection:''' YOU'RE DOING GREAT!
->'''Gary Busey:''' GOOD! WELL THEN I'LL KEEP IT UP!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

Gary Busey (born June 29, 1944) is an American actor and brain-damaged lunatic. [[NotHyperbole Yes, really.]] Originally from Texas, Busey began his career in 1968 and his popularity sky-rocketed with ''The Buddy Holly Story''. From there, Busey had acclaimed and memorable roles such as ''Film/ThunderboltAndLightfoot'' and ''Film/LethalWeapon''.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Busey was famous for not wearing a helmet. That would all change on December 4, 1988, when he got into a motorcycle accident and seriously damaged his skull in the process. Busey spent several months in physical therapy regaining control of his entire body, and he suffered brain damage that weakened his mental filters. The extent of the damage wasn't fully realized until two decades later, and the general view of him now is that he's absolutely ''crazy.'' It's a fair assessment; interviews with him and anecdotes from people who have met him paint the picture of an erratic and, at times, unsettling personality. Thankfully, he's taken this in stride and even [[AdamWesting embraced the image somewhat.]]

Busey has something of a cult following due to his hammy performances. He also battled with drug abuse and in 1995, he had a cocaine overdose and never did drugs again. He's also the father of Creator/JakeBusey.

!!Partial filmography:
* 1974: ''Film/ThunderboltAndLightfoot'' as Curly
* 1976: ''Film/TheGumballRally'' as Gibson
* 1976: ''Film/AStarIsBorn'' as Bobbie Ritchie
* 1978: ''Film/TheBuddyHollyStory'' as Music/BuddyHolly
* 1978: ''Film/BigWednesday'' as Leroy "The Masochist" Smith
* 1983: ''Film/DCCab'' as Dell
* 1985: ''Film/SilverBullet'' as Uncle Red
* 1987: ''Film/LethalWeapon'' as Mr. Joshua
* 1988: ''Film/ADangerousLife'' as Tony O'Neil
* 1990: ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' as Peter Keyes
* 1991: ''Film/{{Point Break|1991}}'' as Pappas
* 1992: ''Film/UnderSiege'' as Commander Krill
* 1993: ''Film/TheFirm'' as Eddie Lomax
* 1993: ''Film/RookieOfTheYear'' as Chet Steadman
* 1994: ''Film/SurvivingTheGame'' as Doc Hawkins
* 1994: ''Film/DropZone'' as Ty Moncrief
* 1996: ''Film/{{Black Sheep|1996}}'' as Drake Sabitch
* 1997: ''Film/LostHighway'' as Bill Dayton
* 1998: ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' as Church
* 1998: ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' as the Highway Patrolman
* 2000: ''[[Film/{{Apocalypse}} Tribulation]]'' as Tom Canboro

!!Tropes relating to the actor:
* AsHimself:
** He holds the honor of being the very first ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' target to be fully based on a real person, and even voiced his virtual counterpart. Doubles as AdamWesting, since his in-game persona is arguably even ''crazier'' than he is in real life.
** He also has cameos as himself in ''Film/ThePlayer'' and ''Film/{{Entourage}}''.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Busey hails from Goose Creek, Texas.
* TemptingFate: Busey was famous for riding a motorcycle without a helmet, which led to his 1988 motorcycle accident.