Gary and Sonny Curtis, who played with Buddy Holly and

The Crickets have some great times during the day, twas

very historic seeing these two characters together...


In 1971, Busey made his cinematic debut with a lead role in the biker film Angels Hard as They Come,

which was written by Jonathan Demme. During the late 1970s, his credits included supporting roles

opposite Barbra Streisand and former band mate Kris Kristofferson in A Star is Born(1976), as well as

Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time (1978). Later that year, Busey landed the title role in The Buddy Holly

Story, in which he showcased his musical roots by performing his own guitar and vocal work. Busey

earned an Academy Award nomination for his definitive portrayal of the rock icon.


Later in his career, Busey took on more sinister roles in the action thrillers Lethal Weapon(1987), Predator 2 

(1990), and Point Break (1991) with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. As part of an A-list ensemble that

included Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter, and Ed Harris, he earned kudos for his role in the film

adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller The Firm (1993). During the late 1990s, Busey’s roles ranged from a psychotic militia leader inThe Rage (1997) to a cameo appearance in Terry Gilliam's black comedy Fear and

Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

Gary and Kris Kristofferson in

A Star Is Born


Gary and mega record producer

Joel Diamond




Gary talks with singer/songwriter

Kacey Musgrave

Gary and Maggie Warwich, who owns

the Louisiana Hayride, and Sonny Curtis

Vicki and Gary shake a leg



photo by Benford Standley

at the China Club for a flashback