He then moved to Hollywood to pursue a music career but acting beckoned.
After securing several small roles in both film and television during the 1970s he made his film debut in Angels Hard As They Come in 1971.
The accident split his skull open and he was taken to hospital for immediate surgery.
He now claims that his brain got altered - it was a wake-up call to get his life in order and to appreciate it.
He also recovered two and a half months earlier than predicted and says his faith was the reason.
The 70-year-old - who underwent brain surgery after a motorcycle crash in 1989 - has displayed worrying behaviour, including talking to himself and claiming Patrick Swayze's ghost had 'passed through him'. I've been to the other side, after my death after brain surgery ...
A Celebrity Big Brother spokesman said: 'In accordance with standard procedure for CBB, the housemates are all independently evaluated before they enter the house and are closely monitored at all times.'He told housemates: 'He came through me the other day ...
If you didn't know who Gary Busey was before he stepped into the Celebrity Big Brother house, you will now, and we have taken a look at the actor's turbulent rise to fame and how he's changed through the years.
The Point Break actor, 70, joined the likes of Lauren Goodger, David Mc Intosh, White Dee and more on the new series of Celebrity Big Brother and made possibly the most awkward exit we've ever seen on the show.
We know, that's a big statement, but try and deny it.
Walking out with a huge grin on his face, Gary immediately began flirting his heart out with presenter Emma Willis (while the rest of the world cringed), before appearing not to hear a word she said to him.
When asked what kind of a housemate he'd be he laid on the sleaze telling Emma: "Come and see me later." But it hasn't always been cringe central, and the actor - best known for his roles in Point Break and The Buddy Holly Story - has had a rocky life.
Growing up in Oklahoma he attended Kansas State University on a football scholarship but his dreams of pursuing a career in professional sports were shattered after injuring his knee.