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Seeing ghosts does not make Busey crazy

Gary Busey is on the UK show Celebrity Big Brother and claims that Patrick Swayze's spirit walked through him.
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Actor Gary Busey, best known for his roles in The Buddy Holly Story, Big Wednesday and Lethal Weapon, claims he has seen the spirit of fellow actor Patrick Swayze. Yes, he’s said and done a lot of crazy things in the past few years but do not be too anxious to give him that moniker.

On the 2014 show Celebrity Big Brother seen in Britain, the now 70-year-old actor told the other participants shortly before entering the BB house that he saw Swayze’s spirit move right through him.

"He came through me the other day,” Busey said. “Patrick Swayze's spirit came right through me and my father's spirit came right through me.” Swayze and Busey both appeared in the film Point Break in the early 90s. In 2009, Swayze succumbed to cancer.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Busey also noted that he has been able to see spirits ever since he had a serious motorcycle accident in December 1988. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered brain damage. During the operation, his heart stopped, he said.
He told fellow houseguests, George Gilbey and James Jordan, “I've been to the other side after my death after brain surgery so I have a connection to the spirit world.”
Busey has become known for his rather unusual behavior and those who know him were likely not surprised when he met Angelique Morgan (Frenchy in Grease) who also appears on the show. When she came up to hug him, he did not know her despite the fact that they dated from 2008 to 2010.

During his stint on Donald Trump’s show The Celebrity Apprentice his unusual antics caused quite a stir among the other stars. Not only did he have trouble understanding tasks and did little to take part in them but he also talked about such weird things as “bags of hair, farts and his status as a father of a 2-year-old child.”

When he finally took over the lead of a task, he acted out a bizarre rendition of a mechanical dog, which has since been called “absolutely insane.” In an article on, writer Kate Ward wrote that unfortunately for other members of his team who could not “tame their leader this week, who bucked orders to sit and behave (playing dead would be impossible for a man whose soul already died and was replaced by a rabid horse in 1998) in order to fulfill his dream of humping a table.”

If that were not enough to ridicule the man, she went on to say it was clearly time “to say goodbye to Mr. Hang Brain Gary…”

Busey was also on the reality show Celebrity Rehab where he was quick to get himself into hot water. During an altercation with Jeff Conaway (best known for his roles in Grease and Taxi), Conaway accused him of “manhandling him.” He told Busey, “You’re a maniac; keep your hands off of me” and said he belonged in a “psych unit.”

People tend to forget that Busey was a vibrant actor before his accident. It truly is a shame to see someone like that fall from grace likely through no fault of his own (other than the fact that he made one rash decision to not wear a helmet).

And it is certainly not fair to criticize a person who claims to see spirits, particularly after a near death experience. When something like this happens to a person, it can open him or her up to a number of paranormal experiences. Unfortunately for Busey, erratic behavior due to a brain injury is combined with seeing spirits and it is just too easy to label him crazy.


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