William Jacob Busey Jr. (born June 15, 1971) is an American actor, musician, and film producer. Among his most prominent roles have been serial killer Johnny Bartlett in 1996's The Frighteners, Ace in 1997's Starship Troopers, Kyle 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 at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
William Jacob Busey Jr.
June 15, 1971
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Parent(s)||Gary Busey (father)|
Busey was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Malibu, California, the son of photographer Judy Busey, and 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. He began considering his career choices at the age of five when he took up the two hobbies that grew into professions: acting and playing drums.
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 opposite Mischa Barton, Trent Ford, Winter Ave Zoli, Jackson Davis, Dana Rosendorff, Lance Henriksen and Gerry Bednob. The film is a psychological thriller about a group of friends on a road trip to a music festival in "Death Valley - which results in getting them hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet". Busey played the role of Clay.
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.
|1978||Straight Time||Henry Darin|
|1989||Hider in the House||Teenage Tom||Voice role|
|1991||Black Cat Run||Norm|
|1992||Cruel Doubt||student||TV movie|
|1994||Foot Shooting Party||Short film|
|Motorcycle Gang||Jake||TV movie|
|The Stoned Age||Jimmy Muldoon|
|I'll Do Anything|
|1995||Quiet Days in Hollywood||Curt|
|1996||The Frighteners||Johnny Charles Bartlett|
|Twister||Mobile Lab technician|
|Starship Troopers||Private Ace Levy|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Krug|
|2002||The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest||Darrell|
|The Twilight Zone||Vincent Hansen||Episode: "Chosen"|
|The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting||Jack|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Officer Treen|
|2005||H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds||Lieutenant Samuelson|
|The Rain Makers||Shaw||Associate producer|
|2006||Road House 2||Wild Bill|
|Wristcutters: A Love Story||Brian|
|2008||Time Bomb||Jason Philby||Direct-to-video|
|2010||The Killing Jar||Greene|
|2012||Play James Play||Paul|
|Don't Pass Me By||Fred Norwick|
|Nazis at the Center of the Earth||Adrian Reistad|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!||Oscar||Voice role|
|2013||Girl Meets Boy||Richard|
|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|
|Most Likely to Die||Tarkin|
|2016||Last Man Club||Diamond Jim|
|2017||Day 5||Carl||Episode: "Lucid"|
|Dead Again in Tombstone||Colonel Jackson Boomer|
|Ray Donovan||Acid Man||3 episodes|
|2018||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Tony Caine||2 episodes|
|The Predator||Sean Keyes|
|NCIS||Whit Dexter||Episode: "Handle With Care"|
|A Boy Called Sailboat||Mr. Bing|
|2019||Stranger Things||Bruce Lowe||5 episodes|
|L.A.'s Finest||Bishop Duvall|
|Mr. Robot||Freddy Lomax||Episode: "401 Unauthorized"|
|Ghost in the Graveyard||Charlie Sullivan|
|Swamp Thing||Shaw||Episode: "Loose Ends"|
|2020||Predator: Hunting Grounds||Sean Keyes||Voice role|
- "Jake Busey Biography (1971–)". Filmreference.com. June 15, 1971. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Teaser Video from the Set". Dread Central. March 4, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- 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.
- Natalie Finn (October 14, 2016). "Hello, grandpa: Gary Busey's son Jake welcomes a daughter". Today. Retrieved May 26, 2018.