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Trump supporter Gary Busey's 1-year-old son hospitalized

April 21, 2011 |  5:31 pm


Gary Busey's 1-year-old son has been hospitalized since earlier this week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he is being treated for "a childhood illness."

Luke Busey, son of the actor and fiancee Steffanie Sampson, is expected home by the end of the week, a Busey rep told "Access Hollywood" on Tuesday.

"Gary is very grateful to his fans for their love and support," the rep said. "Gary and Steffanie thank everyone for their prayers and get-well wishes for Luke."

The "Lethal Weapon" actor also has a son, Jake Busey, with ex-wife Judy Helkenberg, and a daughter, Alectra "Ellie" Busey, with Tracy Hutchinson.

The freshly fired "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant made headlines earlier this week when he expressed his support for Donald Trump's rumored presidential bid. Busey told the "Today" show that although he has "great respect" for President Obama, Trump "would be an absolutely good" president.

"He knows about this country," Busey said. "He knows the situation we're in now."

On the "The Wendy Williams Show," the actor went so far as to pledge his vote, calling Trump "a great man."

"He's got an awareness level that's very high, and I'm going to vote for him for president, and I suggest you all do," Busey said, "because he has the wherewithal to turn this country over, turn the dump over, get out of where we are now."

Busey had less-friendly words for his Backbone teammates on "The Celebrity Apprentice," who criticized his management style before he got kicked off in Sunday's episode. His team had a conspiracy against him, he said, telling "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that "backstabbers" was a more apt moniker.

"I did my work in a very mysterious way which was good and Donald Trump picked up on that," Busey said. "They were jealous and afraid and wanted me out of there."

He said he would return to the show's May 22 finale like "a heat-seeking missile."

Maybe Busey's hoping that his stumping for Trump will give him a shot at secretary of Defense?


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Photo: Gary Busey, at home with son Luke and fiancee Stephanie Samson on Feb. 24, 2011. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.