Hollywood actor, Gary Busey, says he’s found freedom from drug addiction after decades of drug abuse and numerous brushes with death. The Academy Award nominee says he has finally found restoration and peace in Jesus.
Gary is best known for roles in films like Lethal Weapon and Point Break, as well as his perhaps-less-than-Christian lifestyle tending towards women and cocaine. Busey’s life changed forever when he overturned his motorcycle.
The actor fractured his skull and he suffered permanent brain damage. This extreme hardship ignited Busey’s interest in religion, and he eventually announced that he had officially become a Christian. Busey says, “I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time I am now free to be myself.”
William Gary Busey, a prolific character actor, has appeared in over 150 films, including Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Under Siege (1992), The Firm (1993), Carried Away (1996), Black Sheep (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Gingerdead Man (2005), Quigley (2003), and Piranha 3DD (2012). Gary also made guest appearances on television shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, Impractical Jokers, and Entourage.
“I saw angels,” Gary Busey said referring to his near-death experience on an operating table after his motorcycle accident. That led to his announcement: “I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time, I am now free to be myself.
“I was raised as a Christian, baptized when I was 12, but I didn’t really have any idea of what it was like to be a true, full-blooded Christian until I went through the experiences that God gave me to go through.
“But the main messages come from experiences you go through. Like my cocaine addiction, like my motorcycle wreck, where I hit the curb going 45 miles an hour and split my skull and I went out of my body to a very special place where I saw light.
“I saw circles of light, which I define as angels who talked to me in thought with androgynous voices. These experiences that were all given is no greater than anyone else’s. But the experiences we have are given to us by God, especially the hard ones.
“And having cancer, having the drug overdose, having missed death in a car accident out by Albuquerque and the OD — I’ve had four chances to split but as I was told by the light when I was out of my body, I could come now or I could return to my body and continue my destiny.
“It’s your choice. These experiences that made me come to the point of being a full-blooded, upright Christian working for Jesus and God as modern-day disciple and still representing Christ in the Hollywood industry.”
Gary continues by saying, “Prayer is powerful and should be in appreciation, not in supplication. When you go to pray for, ‘Oh, I need a new home, I need a better job, I need a relationship that works, I need this, I need this, I need that,’ the first thing you do when you pray from now on is start by thanking Jesus.
“Start by thanking the Lord God for what you have, because he knows what you want before you ask it, and if you do it with praise first, that’s the biggest thing for God, is praise and affirmation. And if you pray with thankfulness and you know in the Bible it says, “If you ask for it, I will give it to you,” but you must ask for it in appreciation. That’s a big step, learning to pray, and I’ve learned that because I pray every day.” He said.