Original Okie: Gary Busey

by This Land


Gary Busey is a toothy-grinned character actor who began his career as a percussionist in his Stillwater-based band, The Rubber Band, and later played drums for Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. The Oscar-nominated actor honed his chops on the Tulsa television series Mazeppa: The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting as the manic and belligerent Teddy Jack Eddy. Words of wisdom from Mr. Busey: “The more time you take to come clean, the less time it takes dirt to come for you.”

Originally published in This Land, Vol. 5, Issue 7, April 1, 2014.