Is this really Gary Busey in the background of The Dick Van Dyke Show?

He would have been just 20-years-old at the time.

In the memorable Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Br-rooom Br-rooom," Rob impulsively buys a motorcycle. His wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) is understandably worried. She knows Rob is not the most coordinated person in the world and could get into an accident.

Rob is defiant and decides to ride his new wheels to the Calvada Café (named after the production company behind the show). He orders a "good, strong cup of tea" and settles down to drink when a group of young bikers rides up.

Their bikes are all much bigger than Rob's and they tease him as an "old-timer learning to ride a bike."

The two main bikers (named "Mouse" and "Jolly") are played by Robert Random and Jimmy Murphy — frequent bit-part players at the time. One background member of the biker gang, however, looks familiar.

A tall kid joking and laughing with the rest of his leather jacket-clad friends looks a lot like actor Gary Busey. Could this be one of his very first acting jobs?

If so, Busey would only be 20-years-old at the time — just shy of his 21st birthday. He was born June 29, 1944. "Br-rooom Br-rooom" originally aired on May 12, 1965, and was probably filmed in the months prior. So, technically, it's plausible it could be him. Whoever it is certainly looks around that age.

Busey was born in Texas but moved to Oklahoma as a child. He attended Oklahoma State University where he studied acting. Intriguingly, he left before graduating.

His earliest credits listed on IMDb include uncredited background roles like Concert Attendee and Hippie with Loudspeaker starting in 1967 — two years after the Dick Van Dyke Show episode in question aired. This proves he did start acting in the 1960s — and in rebellious young person background roles no less. Did his Hollywood career actually start in 1965? Someone certainly thinks so, posting this bit of questionable, if plausible TV trivia on IMBd.

Gary Busey's official website says he moved to Los Angeles in 1966 playing drums and singing in a band called Carp. They opened for big name groups like Sly and the Family Stone and even signed a deal with Epic Records. Not long after, the band broke up and Busey began looking for work in film and television.

Could the year be wrong in his website biography? Maybe he did a quick background acting gig while visiting L.A. a year before actually moving there?

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15inchBlackandWhite 44 months ago
Did anyone actually ask Gary Busey? He could settle the matter very quickly I'm sure.
ncadams27 44 months ago
And a year before that he played the harmonica solo on My Boy Lollipop along with Rod Stewart.
texasluva 44 months ago
For those who might wish to view this episode S04E31 of Br-Rooom Br-Rooom it can be viewed on YouTube. It gets kinda funny around 15:30 when Rob gets to the outside diner. Busey hardly speaks a word and is mostly in the background.
Barry22 44 months ago
He's working undercover so he can capture The Presidents of The United States before they rob another bank.
stephaniestavropoulos 44 months ago
Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things, whether or not GB made an uncredited appearance on DVD?!?!
Does it have to "matter in the grand scheme for things" for people to be curious? Some consider curiosity and trivia as fun. Some things can be just for fun.

So to answer your question: no, it doesn't and it doesn't have to matter to be enjoyed.
Hogansucks1 44 months ago
This is GOOD stuff- the man has that same 1000 yard stare in his eyes as Buddy. I know- run an ear print analysis on his ear’s- just like a fingerprint, ALL are different- FBI’s unspoken tricks of the trade. 😉 🧐
texasluva Hogansucks1 44 months ago
You are passing secret information through an unsecured site. Also no one here has a security clearance of a need to know. J. Edgar Hoover will be stirring in his grave. Per Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot please refrain from further divulging such trade secrets 🤷‍♂️‼🤣
texasluva 44 months ago
Trivia section of the episode Br-rooom, Br-rooom (1965) (IMDb):
A young & uncredited Gary Busey appears as one of the motorcycle gang members in the scene at the outside diner.
frances3agape texasluva 41 months ago
what do you think about what JrMaul posted?
texasluva frances3agape 41 months ago
I am trying to think who I was 3 months ago 🤔 Oh.....okay I still was me 🙂. As for Gary Busey being in this episode??? The only thing I found to this appearance was in the trivia section on IMDb 👉 A young & uncredited Gary Busey appears as one of the motorcycle gang members in the scene at the outside diner. That being said they have made mistakes before. No other sites have him appearing before 1967 and this was 1965 (he was 21 then). The saying is 👉 your guess is good as mine 🙄
frances3agape texasluva 41 months ago
I concur that whomever(? Freshman English grammar getting rusty) posted was assuming.
CONGRATS on knowing yourself! I lost me a long time ago
texasluva frances3agape 41 months ago
The humor was the tread being 3 mos ago . I followed up on Busey and found this statement in a The High Chaparral episode (1970) was Gary Busey's TV debut. That in itself states the comment in the questioned story "Is this Gary Busey?" in a 1965 episode to possibly be wrong. One certainly is. He was in two films from 1967 and 1968. Whomever in the episode looks like him but I am leaning now against it.
daDoctah 44 months ago
I think the thing to do is have someone contact Busey himself and ask.
cperrynaples daDoctah 44 months ago
Forget Busey! Why not ask Dick himself? After all, he IS still alive and he WAS in that scene!
Runeshaper 44 months ago
I think it resembles GB. His hair did part tat way at some point, height and shape of the face does look similar. However, I can't be sure. Definitely a good mystery! :)
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harlow1313 OwebamaDooshbag 44 months ago
Neither your comment nor your "handle" reflect well upon you.

Please consider practicing greater kindness. It has a way of spreading, which is something we could all use, particularly in these difficult times.
Runeshaper cperrynaples 44 months ago
Cool theory!
Gorshin was a good voice imitator - mostly Golden Era actors if I remember correctly
You are right. He did the likes of Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, etc.
jrmaul 44 months ago
It does not look like him when you expand the picture.
frances3agape jrmaul 41 months ago
Thought it really WAS him until I zoomed it.
Now........not so sure.
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