Jake Busey

William Jacob Busey Jr. (born June 15, 1971), known professionally as Jake Busey, is an American actor, musician, and film producer. He is sometimes credited as Jacob Busey. 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, and Aiden Tanner in the 2014–2016 TV series From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.

Jake Busey
Busey at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
William Jacob Busey Jr.

(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971
OccupationActor, musician, film producer
Years active1978–present
Partner(s)April Hutchinson
ChildrenAutumn Rosalia Busey
Parent(s)Judy Lynn Helkenberg (mother)
Gary Busey (father)

Early life

Busey was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Malibu, California, the son of photographer Judy Busey, and actor Gary Busey.[1] 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 since 2013 Professor Aiden "Sex Machine" Tanner in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.[2]

He also provided the voice of The Radioman in the 2012 video game Spec Ops: The Line.

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".[3] Busey played the role of Clay.[4]

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.[5]

Personal life

In 2012, he and his girlfriend April had a daughter.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Straight Time Henry Darin
1982 Barbarosa Cook boy
1989 Hider in the House Teenage Tom Voice role
1992 Cruel Doubt student TV movie
1993 Shimmer Richard Halverson
1994 Foot Shooting Party Short film
Motorcycle Gang Jake TV movie
S.F.W. Morrow Streeter
The Stoned Age Jimmy Muldoon
PCU Mersh
I'll Do Anything
1995 Quiet Days in Hollywood Curt
Windrunner Dave Promisco
1996 The Frighteners Johnny Charles Bartlett
Twister Mobile Lab technician
1997 Contact Joseph
Starship Troopers Private Ace Levy
1998 Enemy of the State Krug
Home Fries Angus
1999 Shasta McNasty Dennis
Held Up Beaumont
2001 Tomcats Kyle Brenner
Jeremiah Jake Davenport
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Darrell
The Twilight Zone Vincent Hansen Episode: "Chosen"
2003 Identity Robert Maine
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Jack
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Officer Treen
Charmed Warlock Episode: "WitchStock"
2005 H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Lieutenant Samuelson
The Rain Makers Shaw Associate producer
Code Breakers Straub
2006 Road House 2 Wild Bill
Wristcutters: A Love Story Brian
Broken Vince
2008 Time Bomb Jason Philby Direct-to-video
2010 The Killing Jar Greene
2011 Cross Backfire Producer
Arbor Demon Sean
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
Sparks Sledge
Psych FBI agent Episode: "Santabarbaratown 2"
2014 Reaper Bill
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
Deserted Clay
2017 Day 5 Carl Episode: "Lucid"
Dead Again in Tombstone Colonel Jackson Boomer
Ray Donovan Acid Man 3 episodes
Freakish Earl 5 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"
2019 Stranger Things Bruce Lowe 5 episodes
L.A.'s Finest Bishop Duvall
Mr. Robot Freddy Lomax Episode: "401 Unauthorized"


  1. "Jake Busey Biography (1971–)". Filmreference.com. June 15, 1971. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  2. "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Teaser Video from the Set". Dread Central. March 4, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  3. "Deserted (2016) IMDB". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  4. "Jake Busey IMDB". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. 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.
  6. Natalie Finn (October 14, 2016). "Hello, grandpa: Gary Busey's son Jake welcomes a daughter". Today. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
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