First appearance in television was in the '70s in a local (Tulsa, OK) late-night "Monster-Movie" show called "Mazzeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film-Festival and Camp Meeting." It was hosted by Gailard Sartain
(featured in Hee-Haw and the Earnest movies). Gailard was the host, Mazzeppa, and Gary played his hapless sidekick and ...
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[To a fan who asked him to sign Buddy Holly
's name to a color photo]: There IS no OTHER Buddy Holly
... I like Buddy fine, but *I'm* 'Gary Busey.
Transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he quit school one class short of graduation.
Often plays weird or psychotic characters with bizarre background