Where Is Gary Busey’s Ex-Wife Judy Helkenberg Now? Her Life At Present

By Aaron Hernandez | Updated on July 10, 2023
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Full Name Judy Helkenberg
Popular Name Judy Helkenberg
Birthday January 2, 1944
Age 79 years
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Father Delmar Lloyd Busey
Mother Sadie Virginia Arnett
Profession Actor & Photographer
Net Worth $100,000
Marital Status Divorced
Relationship Status Single
Spouse Gary Busey (m. 1968–1990)
Children Jake Busey
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Judy Helkenberg is a professional American photographer who is also famous as the wife of National Society of Film Critics Award winner Gary Busey. The former husband and wife were married for decades before they divorced in 1990.

It has been years since the former couple separated but where is she now? In this article, we are going to talk in detail about Gary Busey’s wife Judy.

Gary Busey’s Wife Judy Helkenberg’s Age & Birth Detail

Judy is currently 79 years old. She was born on January 2, 1944, in Coffeyville, a city in Kansas, the United States. She lived most part of his childhood along with his parents and he had a decent upbringing in her hometown.

Further, talking about her ethnicity, she belongs to white ethnic background and holds American nationality.

Judy Helkenberg Has Acted In A Couple Of Movies 

As previously stated, Judy is an actress like her ex-spouse but not as much popular as him. She has just 2 acting credits that include American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005), and History’s Mysteries (1998). Further, she was also a photographer.

Her Ex-Spouse Is Extremely Popular

On the other hand, her ex-husband Gary has had an accomplished show business career. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 1967. Beginning as a drummer in The Rubber Band, Busey slowly inclined towards acting. His first major film debut came in 1974 with a supporting role in the movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

Four years after, he starred as a rock and roll musician in The Buddy Holly Story which earned him a Critics’ best actor award as well. Since then, he consistently worked as an actor in several movies and series till 2015 when he last appeared in the comedy film Entourage. Not through mainstream movies but Judy’s ex-spouse is still active in the showbiz industry as a part of some reality shows.

Judy Helkenberg & Gary Busey Marriage & Divorce

Judy and her now ex-husband Gary were married to each other for over two decades. The couple tied the knot on December 30, 1968, in a low-key wedding ceremony attended by their family and friends. The young couple had great coordination as a husband and wife, and together had a beautiful family of three adding their son.

Judy Helkenberg & Her Ex-Husband Gary Busey
Judy Helkenberg & Her Ex-Husband Gary Busey

But unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last. Almost after 22 years, the duo decided to end their nuptial despite having a 19-year-old son by their side. On July 20, 1990, they divorced amicably and after that, they gave continuity to their relationship as friends for the sake of their only son, their son Jake’s Instagram is proof. Back on November 16, 2018, Jake posted his picture along with his divorcee parents and wrote,

#that time when my parents took me to the @magiccastleofficial for my 21st #birthday #woolseyfire evac photos

During their son’s 21st birthday, it had already been two years of their separation.

Did Judy Re-Marry After Divorce?

After her divorce, it doesn’t seem like she has married again. But her ex-partner Gary got hitched two times after they separated.

In 1996, a Silver Bullet actor tied the knot second time with Tiani Warden and after four years in 2001, they separated. He is currently married to his third wife Stephanie Busey with whom he is together since 2006.

Helkenberg’s Ex-Spouse Was Charged With Sexual Offense And Arrested In 2022

Back on August 19, 2022, multiple complaints were filed against Gary at Cherry-Hill Police Station. In the meantime, at the Monster -Mania Con, Judy’s ex-spouse was invited as a guest, and during the photo shoot, he was alleged to touch his female followers inappropriately. Shortly after, they complain a file against him with an allegation of sexual misconduct. In this regard, Cherry Hill police released the statement of one victim which said,

They reported they were in a photoshoot area during the Monster Mania event and were having their picture taken with the defendant. During the photoshoot, the defendant placed his face near one of the victim’s breasts and asked her where she got them, before attempting to unlatch her bra strap,”

Following the case, the 78 years old actor was arrested. Though he denied the allegations, he was charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact, one count of criminal sexual contact, and one count of harassment.

Judy Helkenberg’s Son Is An Actor Like His Father

As previously stated, Judy shares a son named Jake Busey with her ex-husband. Jake was born ‘William Jacob Busey” on June 15, 1971, which makes him 51 years old in 2023.

Judy with her son and then-husband
Judy With Her Son And Her Child’s Father

Her only child, Junior Busy is an actor by profession. Since 1978, he has been working as an actor and his most notable work has been in The Frighteners, Starship Troopers, Tomcats, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, and Predator Franchise. For personal life, he is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend April Hutchinson, and shares a daughter with her.

While Judy is a mother of her only son, her ex-partner Gary has two more children. He has a daughter Alectra Busey, 28 whom he shares with his ex-girlfriend Tracy Hutchinson. Further, he shares a son Luke Sampson Busey, 12 with his current wife Stephanie.

Where Is Judy Today?

As she is in her late 70s, we believe that Judy Helkenberg currently resides with her son and his family. As per our research, she is a California resident.

Judy Helkenberg’s Net Worth

She is reported to have a net worth of $100,000 as of 2023. Meanwhile, her actor ex-husband Gary Busey has a fortune of $500 thousand which he earned through his career as an actor.

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