• William Jacob Busey Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California in 1971.
• He is an actor, film producer, and a musician, best known for his role in the movie "The Frighteners".
• He grew up travelling around southern California with his father who was a gypsy musician.
• He has appeared in multiple movies and TV series, including "The Predator", "Ray Donovan", and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D".
• Jake is 48 years old, has a net worth of over $1.5 million, and is an instrument-rated pilot.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 15, 1971
MarkHis wicked smile
FactLearned to play violin for Starship Troopers (1997).

Who is Jake Busey (Stranger Things)? Wiki Bio

William Jacob Busey Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 15 June 1971 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, film producer, and a musician, perhaps still best known for having portrayed Johnny Bartlett in the horror comedy movie “The Frighteners” in 1996 which starred Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, and Peter Dobson, about a man who starts talking to ghosts after his wife dies in a car accident, and has to deal with a demon before it kills both ghosts and humans on Earth. The movie won three awards and was nominated for 16 others.

Childhood and education

Jake was raised an only child in Malibu, California by his mother Judy Busey who was a photographer, and his father Gary Busey who is a noted actor and musician. Jake spent most of his early life travelling around southern California, as his father was living as a gypsy and was on the road most of the time performing with bands and musicians such as Leon Russell and Little Feat, and took Jake with him. This is when Jake became interested in singing, and while attending Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, he was a member of a band as a vocalist and drummer, and he was also interested in sports playing football and basketball. His parents divorced during his teenage years, and so Jake has a half-sister Alectra Elizabeth and a half-brother Luke who is 10 years old as of 2020.

Upon matriculation in 1989, he enrolled at Santa Barbara City College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1992. After that, he moved to Los Angeles and focused entirely on his career as an actor.

Jake’s roles in movies and TV series (1978-2000)

Jake made his debut film appearance in 1978 at the age of seven, when he portrayed Henry Darin in the crime drama movie “Straight Time” which starred Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell and Gary Busey, and is about a man who returns to crime after he is released on parole. In 1982, Jake portrayed the Cook Boy in the western movie “Barbarosa”, which starred Willie Nelson and Gary Busey, about a young cowboy who becomes friends with a bandit, and goes traveling with him while running away from the law.

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In 1989 Jake appeared in the thriller movie “Hider in the House”, which starred his father Gary, Mimi Rogers and Michael McKean, about a man living in the attic of a family who are unaware of his presence; the movie was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre Video Release. The year 1992 saw him star in the two-part crime drama film “Cruel Doubt”, which is about three college students who are being tried for a murder and assault. The film was a success, winning two awards and being nominated for three others including two Primetime Emmys. The following year saw Jake appear in the drama “Shimmer”, which starred Marcus Klemp and Elijah James Shepard, the story of two boys who become friends while staying at the Midwestern Juvenile Detention Center.

In 1994, Jake had an opportunity to star alongside the famous Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the short film “The Foot Shooting Party”, about a musician who decides to shoot his own foot to avoid being sent to fight in Vietnam. He appeared in several other movies in the same year, such as the black comedy movie “S.F.W.”, the comedy “The Stoned Age”, and the satirical comedy drama “I’ll Do Anything”. The following year saw him play the supporting character Curt in the German drama movie “Quiet Days in Hollywood”, followed by his portrayal of Dave Promisco in the family fantasy film “Windrunner”, but which went unnoticed.

In the following years, Jake appeared in many movies, such as the disaster film “Twister” in 1996, produced by Steven Spielberg, the satirical military science fiction film “Starship Troopers” in 1997, and the critically acclaimed action thriller film “Enemy of the State” in 1998, which starred Will Smith and Gene Hackman and is about a lawyer who is framed by a corrupt politician who ends up trying to kill him; the movie won five awards and was nominated for 16 others.

Jake Busey

Several roles followed such as those in the drama movie “Home Fries” in 1998, his debut series appearance in the comedy “Shasta McNasty”, and the crime buddy comedy film “Held Up” in 1999.

Appearances in movies and TV series (2001 – Present)

The year 2001 saw Jake portray one of the lead characters – Kyle Brenner – in the comedy movie “Tomcats”, which also starred Jerry O’Connell and Shannon Elizabeth, and he also played Jake Davenport in the American-Canadian post-apocalyptic action drama series “Jeremiah”, about life on Earth after all adults died due to a deadly virus.

In 2002, Jake was invited to portray Darell in the comedy drama movie “The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest”, which starred Adam Garcia and which is closely based on the eponymous novel written by Po Bronson.

In the same year, he appeared in the episode “Chosen” of the series “The Twilight Zone”, and then played the supporting character Robert Maine in the psychological slasher film “Identity”, and Jack in the horror thriller movie “The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting” in 2003. Some of the roles which followed were as Officer Treen in the Christmas comedy film “Christmas with the Kranks”, and as Warlock in the episode “WitchStock” of the fantasy drama series “Charmed” in 2004.

He worked as an assistant producer for the first time on the action drama movie “The Rain Makers” in 2005, which starred himself, Ray Wise and David Andrews but which received rather poor reviews as it has 3.8/10 rating on the movie and TV series rating website IMDb.

He then appeared in the action movie “Road House 2”, and the black comedy film “Wristcutters: A Love Story” in 2006, while the year 2008 saw him star in the thriller movie “Time Bomb”, but which was a box office failure. He produced another poorly received movie “Cross” in 2011, which starred Brian Austin Green and Michael Clarke Duncan, about a man with superhuman abilities battling evil in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Jake played supporting characters in the independent film “Don’t Pass Me By”, the science fiction movie “Nazis at the Center of the Earth”, and the family comedy film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!”. He made a cameo appearance as an FBI Agent in the episode “Santabarbaratown 2” of the detective comedy drama series “Psych” in 2013, before being cast in his first lead role in a series, portraying Professor Aiden ‘Sex Machine’ Tanner in the horror series “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” from 2014 to 2016.

He then appeared in the drama movie “Last Man Cub”, and the psychological thriller film “Deserted” both in 2016, before playing the supporting character Carl in the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic drama series “Day 5” in 2017. In the same year, Jake appeared in three episodes of the crime drama series “Ray Donovan”, and five episodes of the horror web series “Freakish”.

He was cast to portray Sean Keyes in the science fiction action movie “The Predator” in 2018, as well as Tony Caine in the series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and Whit Dexter in a single episode of the action police procedural series “NCIS”.

Jake Busey

Some of his latest roles have been in the third season of the web science fiction horror drama series “Stranger Things”, the crime drama series “L.A.’s Finest”, and the drama thriller series “Mr. Robot” all shot in 2019.

Love life and relationships

Jake met April Hutchison on the set of a movie he was cast to appear in, and on which April was working in the make-up department. While doing his make-up, Jake asked her out on a date and two have been together to this day counting over 10 years of their relationship. In 2012, April gave birth to their daughter Autumn Rosalia Busey, but they’ve been keeping her out of the spotlight. Jake and April have agreed not to marry, and are currently living together with their daughter at their home in Los Angeles, California.

April has worked as a make-up artist for over 30 movies and TV series,  some of the most popular among these include the biographical adventure drama movie “Into the Wild” in 2007, the documentary “Cathouse: The Musical” in 2008, and the short documentary film “Space Junk 3D” in 2012. In 2018, she was nominated for an Artisan Award for Best Makeup – Commercials and Music Videos for the short comedy music video “Katy Perry Feat. Nicki Minaj: Swish Swish”.

Hobbies and other interests

While shooting for the film “Starship Troopers” in 1997, Jake learntto play the violin as required of him for the role, and he today knows how to play several music pieces; he had many problems during the shooting for the film which was in the desert, and he suffered a heatstroke as well as around 25 other people every day.

Jake became interested in piloting at a very early age, as his father pilots both planes and helicopters, and Jake received his instrument-rated piloting license in 1998, as he wanted to fly the helicopter in the film “Home Fries” himself, rather than to hire a stuntman. He is also interested in building custom motorcycles, which he usually sells although leaving the best for himself, and he is keen on off-road racing.

Some of his personal favorite actors are Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Tom Hanks, while some of his favorite movies are “Inception”, “The Number 23”, and “Dead Poets Society”.

Appearance and net worth

Jake is 48 years old. He has short blonde hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 3ins (1.91m) tall, and weighs around 187lbs (85kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million.

General Info

Full NameJake Busey
Date Of BirthJune 15, 1971
Height1.91 m
ProfessionMusician, Film producer, Voice Actor


ChildrenAutumn Rosalia Busey
ParentsJudy Helkenberg, Gary Busey
SiblingsLuke Sampson Busey, Alectra Busey
PartnerApril Hutchonson, April Hutchonson


MoviesStarship Troopers, The Frighteners, Tomcats, Nazis at the Center of the Earth, Most Likely to Die, Identity, Contact, The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting, Enemy of the State, Christmas with the Kranks, Road House 2: Last Call, Wicked Blood, Reaper, Home Fries, Twister, Texas Rising, Fast Sofa, Sparks,...
TV ShowsGood Vibes, Shasta McNasty, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

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#Marks / Signs
1His wicked smile


1He is of English (primarily), Scottish, Irish, German, and French ancestry.
2Has a daughter, Autumn Rosalia Busey, with his partner April Hutchinson.
3Builds custom motorbikes, is a proud father, and enjoys off road racing.
4Former stepson of Tiani Warden.
5He has a sister, Alectra Elizabeth, who is a student and a brother, Luke, born Feb 23rd 2010.
6Learned to play violin for Starship Troopers (1997).
7During the filming of Starship Troopers (1997), Jake suffered heatstroke after working all day in 120* desert sun. This stopped production for a week. When he recovered, several large holes were cut into his uniform so he could cool off. Many other cast member's suits had this modification as well in order to prevent further cases. On average there were 25 people per day being treated for heatstroke during the filming of Starship Troopers.
8Jake has played drums since early childhood.
9Jake is an instrument rated private pilot. He earned his license in September of 1997 after having met the pilots of the helicopter he flew on screen in Home Fries (1998).
10Son of Gary Busey and Judy Busey. Gary credits Jake with helping him conquer a serious cocaine habit, and with helping him recover from a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Both men have appeared in adaptations of John Grisham novels: Gary was in The Firm (1993); Jake appears in Christmas with the Kranks (2004).
11Appeared in two MTV promos in the early 1990s.




The Predator2018post-production
Guitars and Guns2017post-productionSnake
Dead Again in Tombstone2017Video completedColonel Jackson Boomer
A Boy Called Sailboatpost-productionBing
Dead AntannouncedMerrick
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series2014-2016TV SeriesProfessor Aiden Tanner Aiden Tanner
Swing State2016Woody Woodrow
Expendable Assets2016Tony
No Touching2016ShortCarp
Arbor Demon2016Sean
Last Man Club2016Diamond Jim
A Christmas Reunion2015TV MovieDylan Carruthers
Most Likely to Die2015Tarkin
Growing Up Smith2015Officer Dick
Texas Rising2015TV Mini-SeriesSamuel Wallace
Fractured2015/IIDetective James Harding
Justified2015TV SeriesLewis Mago
Alongside Night2014President of the United States
Perception2014TV SeriesJeff
Wicked Blood2014VideoBobby Stinson
Girl Meets Boy2013Richard
Paranormal Movie2013Stepdad
Psych2013TV SeriesFBI Agent
The Devil's Dozen2013
Don't Pass Me By2013Fred Norwick
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!2012VideoOscar (voice)
Franklin & Bash2012TV SeriesDr. Doug
Spec Ops: The Line2012Video GameThe Radioman / Multiplayer Announcer (voice)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Sequels2012ShortFDR Teddy Roosevelt
Nazis at the Center of the Earth2012VideoDr. Adrian Riestad
Crazy Eyes2012Dan Drake
The Finder2012TV SeriesBobby the Twin
Good Vibes2011TV SeriesTurk
The Closer2011TV SeriesEric Shaw
CSI: NY2011TV SeriesRandy Davis
TORC: The Off-Road Championship2011TV SeriesNarrator
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesBrody
Sons of Tucson2010TV SeriesTony
The Killing Jar2010Greene
The Mentalist2009TV SeriesVern Nichols
Play Dead2009VideoMerle Jones
Time Bomb2008Jason Philby
Comanche Moon2008TV Mini-SeriesTudwal
Playing Chicken2007TV MovieKarl
CSI: Miami2007TV SeriesPhillip Craven
Death Row2006TV MovieMarco
Road House 2: Last Call2006VideoWild Bill
Wristcutters: A Love Story2006Brian (uncredited)
Code Breakers2005TV MovieStraub
Sex, Love & Secrets2005TV SeriesRay Foley
War of the Worlds2005VideoLt. Samuelson (as William Busey)
The Rain Makers2005Shaw
The Tao of Pong2004ShortMaurice
Christmas with the Kranks2004Officer Treen
Charmed2004TV SeriesNigel
Karen Sisco2003TV SeriesPeter Dillard
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting2003VideoJack
Identity2003Robert Maine
Lost Junction2003Matt
Fastlane2003TV SeriesJohnny 'O' Oregano
The Twilight Zone2002TV SeriesVince Hansen
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest2002Darrell Claxton
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesJake Davenport
Fast Sofa2001Rick Jeffers
Tomcats2001Kyle Brenner
Shasta McNasty1999-2000TV SeriesDennis
Tail Lights Fade1999Bruce
Held Up1999Beaumont
Enemy of the State1998Krug
Black Cat Run1998TV MovieDeputy Norm Babbitt
Home Fries1998Angus Montier
Starship Troopers1997Ace Levy
Quiet Days in Hollywood1997Curt
The Frighteners1996Johnny Bartlett
Twister1996Mobile Lab Technician
The Foot Shooting Party1994ShortTree
Tales from the Crypt1994TV SeriesFrank
The Stöned Age1994Jimmy Muldoon
S.F.W.1994Morrow Streeter
Motorcycle Gang1994TV MovieJake
Windrunner1994Dave Promisco
I'll Do Anything1994Burke's Fired Driver
Shimmer1993Richard Halverson
Cruel Doubt1992TV Mini-SeriesStudent
Hider in the House1989Teenage Tom (voice)
Barbarosa1982Cook Boy
Straight Time1978Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)


Guitars and Guns2017producer post-production
Cross2011Video producer
The Rain Makers2005associate producer

Music Department

TORC: The Off-Road Championship2011TV Series performer - 1 episode


Tail Lights Fade1999the director wishes to thank: for the Toronto debacle - as Jake


Classic Hollywood Cinemas2016DocumentaryHimself
Purity2016ShortHimself - Host
Noches con Platanito2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
On Set from Dusk Till Dawn2014TV Series documentaryProfessor Aiden Tanner (2014)
Teens Wanna Know2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Beary Scary Movie2012Himself
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds: Behind the Scenes2005VideoHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Death from Above: The Making of 'Starship Troopers'2002Video documentary shortHimself
MADtv2000TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The Frighteners'1998Video documentaryHimself
Wild On...1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host

Archive Footage

The Making of 'Enemy of the State'2006Video documentary shortHimself


Nominated Awards

2001Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorTomcats (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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