Life | 4 years ago
Space Cadets: Gary Busey
It’s time to set our Space Cadet sights on that craziest of crazies, legendary Hollywood actor, Mr Gary Busey.

It’s time to set our Space Cadet sights on that craziest of crazies, legendary Hollywood actor, Mr Gary Busey.

By Eoghan Doherty

When people think of you as the more deranged version of Nick Nolte then you know you’re doing something pretty off the chart.

It’s terrifying to think that having Gary Busey add a not-so-healthy dose of screwball craziness to all of our lives was almost something that never happened. At one point he considered being a drummer in a band and he had even received a scholarship to play American football in college. Happily though, and thanks to the genius that is Barbara Streisand (now there’s a sentence we never thought we’d write), Busey decided that a career in the movies was the one for him.

And the rest, as they say, is crazy, crazy history.

Busey turned out to be a genuinely excellent actor and was even nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in 1978’s The Buddy Holly Story. In the same year, he wowed us with his surfing skills in the cult favourite Big Wednesday. Having starred in the brilliant Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Busey went on to give one of his strangest and funniest interviews whilst filming a documentary on the work of that particular film’s subject matter, author Hunter S. Thompson:

He went on to have a number of other quality roles such as Special Agent Keyes in Predator 2, the big, nasty, bad guy Mr Joshua in Lethal Weapon and as FBI Agent Pappas in Point Break. But, for an absolutely belter of a role, you don’t have to look any further than the sight of a dragged up busty bosomed Busey as Commander Krill in Under Siege:


Clearly there is, quite literally, no end to this man’s talents. He’s been singing on Saturday Night Live, played himself in Entourage and has lent his strange, dulcet tones to the Grand Theft Auto gaming series.

Even Family Guy and The Simpsons have both seen fit to take advantage of his unique personality:

As a result of a serious motorcycle accident in 1988 in which he wasn’t wearing a helmet, Busey was severely injured and fractured his skull. Doctors now think that the accident may have done more damage to Busey’s brain than first feared. They probably, as opposed to conducting any actual medical tests, delivered this accurate diagnosis by watching hilarious Gary Busey videos online. Something we highly recommend everyone do.

So say goodbye to the rest of your afternoon’s free time because you’re about to get sucked into the topsy-turvy-so-wrong-it’s-right-world of Gary barmy Busey and his brilliant Buseyisms. You’re welcome:


If you think you're as much of a space cadet as Gary Busey, then prove it. Head over to, get yourself signed up and see if you've got what it takes to head into space.

WAIT, stay a minute...

On Episode 12 of Ireland's first social chat show we have comedy sensation Tony Cantwell for all our soft drink needs, music from the superb BARQ and Christian Tierney - Conor McGregor's personal photographer.

We have exclusive interviews with the cast of Dunkirk including Harry Styles and Barry Keoghan, comedy troupe Shifts are taking off Love Island, Kymann and Joe are breaking world records, and we get a first peek at The Great Irish Wake-Off!

Read more about:

Lynx Apollo