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Jake Busey Lends a Helping Hand

Actor Jake Busey’s ambitious schedule includes roles in hit shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming third season of Stranger Things as well as films such as The Predator. Just glancing at his past and upcoming projects, you can tell Jake, son of actor Gary Busey, is dedicated to his work. Acting aside, he is passionate about life off-screen as well. While he does enjoy heart-pumping adventures such as desert truck racing and flying planes and helicopters as an instrument-rated private pilot, he also prefers the more grounded life of being a good family man and enjoying dinner at home. A regular Mr. Fixit, you may also find him helping out the neighborhood kids with their bikes.

Who taught you the most about happiness and why?
Happiness is a journey. You do not need to have a perfect life to have a happy life.

What is the kindest act someone has ever done for you?
My wife has breast cancer and her friends are bringing us homemade dinners every night.

What is something in your life that you are passionate about?
I am passionate about flying, playing music and desert racing.

How do you make others close to you happy?
I do my best to make sure my friends and family are happy and have what they need. I like to lend a hand when a neighbor can’t figure something out, whether its cable, construction or even fixing the neighborhood kids’ bikes.
Jake Busey. Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

What do you do to pay it forward?
I do whatever it takes.

When is the last time you laughed out loud?
I can’t remember. Possibly watching my daughter be silly.

What is your “go to” book, movie or TV show that lifts your mood?
Showtime’s Episodes.

Where is your happy place?
Being behind the wheel of my desert truck and going 80 miles per hour across the desert.

Happiness is a journey. You do not need to have a perfect life to have a happy life."

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