Buseyisms (Hardcover)

Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

By Gary Busey, Steffanie Sampson

St. Martin's Press, 9781250161741, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

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Words of wisdom and incredible life stories, told through Gary Busey's unique Buseyisms.

"What is a Buseyism? I take the letters that spell a word to create a definition for the word in the truth of its deeper, dimensional meaning. I weave in my personal anecdotes along with my musings on how I live life successfully according to my experiences.

Who am I, a genius, a crazy madman, to give advice? This is not advice. I am sharing the life lessons I learned while surviving the ups and downs of almost 50 years in Hollywood, a near fatal motorcycle accident, a drug overdose, two divorces, bankruptcy and cancer in the middle of my face. I may turn concepts you usually believe in upside down with my bizarre stories, but that comes with the dinner.

These are my life lessons, my B.I.B.L.E.—Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth."

—Gary Busey

About the Author

GARY BUSEY is a prolific character actor known for The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, Point Break, Under Siege, The Firm, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Piranha 3D, and many others. He has also made guest appearances on many television shows, including Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, and Entourage. Busey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Buddy Holly Story. He lives in Malibu, California.

Steffanie Sampson studied acting at the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood and appeared in such films as Sharknado 4 and Protecting the King.

She is the coauthor of Buseyisms.

Praise For Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

"Get to know Gary Busey, who once told me he was an angel in an earth suit. Indeed he is, giving us messages he’s received from on high, messages that inspire and support us in living a beautiful fulfilled life. Get to know my dear friend Gary Busey, read Buseyisms." —Jeff Bridges, actor, The Big Lebowski and True Grit

"Gary Busey’s memoir is pure joy. He has found a way to translate his fearlessness as an actor and musician into the pages of this book. He pulls back the curtain and lets us all in. Sharp, detailed, totally free and all kinds of crazy…just the way we like him." —Joely Fisher, actor, director, and author of Growing Up Fisher

“I listened to Gary make up his Buseyisms on the spot and finally came up with my own for our team name, 'Plan B' — Peace Love And Nothing But. I’m warning you, read this now and you’ll come away thinking a little bit like my friend, Gary. But you won’t ever go full Busey, no one but Gary can. Whenever I’m asked what Gary is like (and that’s often of course), I answer using some Bob Dylan thoughts: 'Gary dances beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.' I don’t know what would spell for a Buseyism, but it’s the truth and I love him.” —Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller - Las Vegas

"Gary Busey's tenacious spirit shines bright in his entertaining and inspiring book. Buseyisms is a must read!"
—Jack Canfield, co-creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul

"A soulful and entertaining memoir about the mystery of life that should be read far and wide." —Cathy Byrd, bestselling author of the book and 20th Century Fox motion picture The Boy Who Knew Too Much

“Wonderful. Gary is the poet laureate of our time.” —John Millius

"Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth is raw, funny, insightful, and a gift of insight and joy to anyone who reads it. I highly recommend it." —Daniel G. Amen, MD, Founder, Amen Clinics and #1 bestselling author of Memory Rescue and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life