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Jake Busey Biography

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Birth Name: Jake Busey
Born: 1973

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.