Steve Buscemi Wikipedia

Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi 2009 portrait.jpg
Buscemi at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
BornSteven Vincent Buscemi

(1957-12-13) December 13, 1957 (age 56)

Ocean County, New Jersey, U.S.
ResidencePark Slope, Brooklyn
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Jo Andres (1987–present)
Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (Italian: [buˈʃɛmi] boo-SHEM-ee; /bʉˈsɛmi/ in the actor's personal preference and habit; born December 13, 1957) is an American actor, director and writer. An associate member of the renowned experimental theater company The Wooster Group, Buscemi has starred and supported in successful Hollywood and indie films, including Parting Glances, New York Stories, Mystery Train, Reservoir Dogs, Desperado, Con Air, Armageddon, The Grey Zone, Ghost World and Big Fish; and the HBO television series The Sopranos. He is also known for his appearances in many films by the Coen brothers: Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo and The Big Lebowski.

Since 2010, he has starred in the critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire, which earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, and two nominations for an Emmy Award. He made his directorial debut in 1996, with Trees Lounge, in which he also starred. Other works include Animal Factory (2000), Lonesome Jim (2005) and Interview (2007). He has also directed numerous episodes of television shows, including Homicide: Life on the Street, The Sopranos, Oz, 30 Rock and Nurse Jackie.


    Early life

    Buscemi was born in Ocean County, New Jersey, the son of Dorothy (née Wilson), who worked as a hostess at Howard Johnson's, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker and Korean War veteran. Buscemi's father was of Italian descent; his ancestors were from the town of Menfi in Sicily. Buscemi's mother was of Irish, English, and Dutch ancestry. He has three brothers: Jon, Ken, and Michael. Buscemi was raised Roman Catholic.

    He graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School in Nassau County, New York, a school which he attended with actress Patricia Charbonneau. In high school, Buscemi wrestled for the varsity squad and participated in the drama troupe, at the time directed by Mr. Lynne C. Lappin. Buscemi's 1996 film Trees Lounge, in which he not only starred but served as screenwriter and director, is set in and was largely shot in his childhood village of Valley Stream. He worked in Alexander's department store in Valley Stream as well.

    Buscemi briefly attended Nassau Community College before moving to Manhattan to enroll in the Lee Strasberg Institute. In 1980, Buscemi became a New York City Firefighter, after taking a civil service test in 1976 when he was 18. For four years, Buscemi served on FDNY's Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan's Little Italy. After 9/11, Buscemi returned to Engine 55 and for several days worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters to sift through the rubble from the World Trade Center. In 2003, he gave a speech supporting higher wages for firefighters at a union rally.



    His film debut was the 1985 No Wave Cinema film The Way it Is, directed by Eric Mitchell Other early films include Parting Glances in 1986, Slaves of New York in 1988, and Tales from the Darkside, a 1990 film with three segments. Buscemi starred in the first segment, playing Bellingham, a college student who orders a mummy and unleashes it on fellow college students played by Christian Slater and Julianne Moore. In 1990, Buscemi had a couple of additional crime roles. He played the henchman of Laurence Fishburne named Test Tube in Abel Ferrara’s King of New York. He also played Mink in the Coen Brothers' Millers Crossing. Although he had to audition twice for this role, it marked the first of five of the Coen Brothers' films in which Buscemi appeared. Before his work with the Coen Brothers, he appeared in Jim Jarmusch's anthology film Mystery Train, released in 1989, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male.

    In 1991, he played the bellboy, Chet, in the Coen Brothers film, Barton Fink. His first lead role was in 1992, where he played Adolpho Rollo in Alexandre Rockwell's In the Soup. Then he came to public attention for playing Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs, a role that Tarantino wrote for himself. In 1995, Buscemi played suspected cop-shooter Gordon Pratt in the episode "End Game" at the end of a three-episode arc of Homicide: Life on the Street. He also had a role as Phil Hickle, Ellen's father and older Pete's guidance counselor, in The Adventures of Pete and Pete, as well as guest-starring in Miami Vice in 1986. Buscemi was rumored to be considered for the role of The Scarecrow in Joel Schumacher's proposed fifth installment of the first Batman franchise, Batman Triumphant, before Warner Bros. cancelled the project.

    Buscemi in 1996
    Buscemi's other most notable character roles include Garland Greene in Con Air, Rockhound in Armageddon, Randall Boggs in Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, Donny in The Big Lebowski, Carl Showalter in Fargo, Norther Winslow in Big Fish and Seymour in Ghost World, for which he won several awards.

    Buscemi often plays characters that are neurotic and paranoid. He has frequently appeared in Adam Sandler films such as Airheads, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Grown Ups, and has worked with Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Jim Jarmusch, Robert Rodriguez, and Michael Bay. He has said of his work, "I don’t think of myself as having a career. I think of having jobs. When I work, I want to have good jobs. I want to do interesting films. I also want to make a living. You don’t always work on the things that you can put your heart into, so it’s good to work on things that you can get into one hundred percent."

    In 2002, Steve contributed to Lou Reed's concept album The Raven with the song "Broadway Song", and poems "Old Poe" and "The Cask". In 2003, Buscemi made a brief celebrity guest appearance as himself on the long-running Fox animated television show The Simpsons in the episode "Brake My Wife, Please". Most recently, Buscemi provided the voice for Dwight, a bank robber whom Marge promises to visit in jail if he turns himself in to the authorities. This episode, entitled "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", originally aired on October 14, 2007. In 2004, Buscemi joined the cast of The Sopranos as Tony Soprano's cousin and childhood friend, Tony Blundetto, a role for which he was nominated an Emmy Award. Buscemi had previously contributed to the show as director of the third season episode "Pine Barrens", which was one of the most critically acclaimed episodes of the series, and the fourth season episode "Everybody Hurts." He appeared in the third episode of season 6, as a doorman in the afterlife, which is portrayed as a country club, in Tony Soprano's dream. He returned to direct the episodes "In Camelot", the seventh episode of season five, and "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...", the fifth episode of season 6. He also appeared in the music video of the Bob Marley track cover of Joe Strummer's (who died before it was shot) "Redemption Song" with a graffiti portrait.

    Buscemi currently stars in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on Enoch L. Johnson), a corrupt Atlantic City politician who rules the town during the Prohibition era. He won a Golden Globe award for best lead actor in a drama series and hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live in 2011. He also hosts and produces his own web series talk show, Park Bench, which debuted in May 2014.


    Buscemi has worked extensively as a writer and director since making his debut feature during the 1990s. His directorial credits include:
    • What Happened to Pete (1992) (short film)
    • Trees Lounge (1996)
    • Animal Factory (2000)
    • Lonesome Jim (2005)
    • Interview (2007)

    In addition to feature films, he directed episodes of the television shows Homicide: Life on the Street, four episodes of The Sopranos, including one of the most critically acclaimed episodes; Pine Barrens, as well as two episodes of HBO's prison-drama series Oz, entitled "U.S. Male" and "Cuts Like a Knife". He has also directed two episodes of 30 Rock ("Retreat to Move Forward" and "Leap Day") and six episodes of Showtime's Nurse Jackie. In the latter, his brother Michael played the character God in several episodes. While scouting a location for a film, Buscemi visited the Philadelphia Eastern State Penitentiary and found the building so interesting that he later provided the majority of the narration for the audio tour there.


    He pronounces his name as "Bu-semmy", but the Italian pronunciation is "Bu-shehmy". He once said about the pronunciation of his name: "I had to go to Sicily to find out I pronounce my name wrong."

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he was adamant about not altering his famously misaligned teeth, saying "I've had dentists who have wanted to help me out, but I say, 'You know, I won't work again if you fix my teeth."

    Personal life

    He was a New York City firefighter from 1980 to 1984, with Engine Company No. 55, in the Little Italy section of New York. He showed up at his old firehouse the day after the 9/11 attacks in New York to volunteer, working twelve-hour shifts for a week, and digging through rubble looking for missing firefighters. Buscemi was arrested, along with eleven others, on May 25, 2003, while protesting the closing of a number of firehouses including Engine 55. In the summer of 2011, he joined rallies against the threat of the closing of eight Brooklyn firehouses under Mayor Bloomberg, saying "Closing [these firehouses] is no way to protect New York."

    In April 2001, while shooting the film Domestic Disturbance in Wilmington, North Carolina, Buscemi was slashed and badly scarred on the face while at the Firebelly Lounge, intervening in a bar fight between his friends Vince Vaughn, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, and a local man, who allegedly instigated the brawl.

    He was in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, where he traced his maternal ancestry back to Julia Vanderhoof and Ralph B. Montgomery (1834-1878).

    Buscemi married choreographer Jo Andres in 1987. They have one son, Lucian, born in 1990.


    1985The Way it IsWilly / Raphael
    1986Parting GlancesNick
    1986No PicnicDead Pimp
    1987Kiss Daddy GoodnightJohnny
    1988Call MeSwitchblade
    1988Heart of MidnightEddy
    1989Slaves of New YorkWilfredo
    1989Mystery TrainCharlie the BarberNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
    1989New York StoriesGregory StarkSegment: Life Lessons
    1989Bloodhounds of BroadwayWhining Willie
    1990Tales from the Darkside: The MovieBellinghamSegment: Lot 249
    1990King of New YorkTest Tube
    1990Miller's CrossingMink
    1991ZandaleeOPP Man
    1991Barton FinkChet
    1991Billy BathgateIrving
    1992In the SoupAldolpho Rollo
    1992Reservoir DogsMr. PinkIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor
    1992CrissCrossDrug Dealer
    1993Twenty BucksFrank
    1993Rising SunWilly 'the Weasel' Wilhelm
    1993Ed and His Dead MotherEd Chilton
    1994Search for One-eye Jimmy, TheThe Search for One-eye JimmyEd Hoyt
    1994Hudsucker Proxy, TheThe Hudsucker ProxyBeatnik Barman at Ann's 440
    1994Somebody to LoveMickey
    1994Pulp Fiction"Buddy Holly" waiter
    1994Who Do I Gotta Kill?N/AUncredited
    1994FelidaeArchieEnglish dub
    1995Billy MadisonDanny McGrathUncredited
    1995Living in OblivionNick Reve
    1995Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadMister Shhh
    1996FargoCarl ShowalterNominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Drama
    1996Escape from L.A.Map to the Stars Eddie
    1996Trees LoungeTommyAlso writer and director

    Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (shared with Chris Hanley and Brad Wyman)

    Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
    1996Kansas CityJohnny Flynn
    1997Con AirGarland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene
    1997Real Blonde, TheThe Real BlondeNick Reve
    1998Big Lebowski, TheThe Big LebowskiTheodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos
    1998Divine TrashHimself
    1998Impostors, TheThe ImpostorsHappy Franks
    1998Wedding Singer, TheThe Wedding SingerDavid 'Dave' VeltriUncredited
    1999Big DaddyHomeless Guy
    200028 DaysCornell Shaw
    2000Animal FactoryA.R. HosspackAlso director
    2001Ghost WorldSeymourChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor

    National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor

    New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

    Village Voice Film Poll – Best Supporting Performance

    Nominated – American Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

    Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor

    Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    2001Final Fantasy: The Spirits WithinNeil FlemingVoice
    2001Grey Zone, TheThe Grey Zone'Hesch' Abramowics
    2001Double WhammyJerry Cubbins
    2001Domestic DisturbanceRay Coleman
    2001Monsters, Inc.Randall "Randy" BoggsVoice, Also in the video game
    2002Mr. DeedsCrazy Eyes
    200213 MoonsBananas the Clown
    2002Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost DreamsRomero
    2003Spy Kids 3-D: Game OverRomero
    2003Coffee and CigarettesWaiterSegment: Twins
    2003Big FishNorther Winslow
    2004Home on the RangeWesleyVoice
    2005The IslandJames McCord
    2005Romance & CigarettesAngelo
    2006Art School ConfidentialBroadway Bob D'AnnunzioUncredited
    2006Monster HouseHorace NebbercrackerVoice
    2006Charlotte's WebTempleton the RatVoice
    2006DeliriousLes Galantine
    2006Paris, je t'aimeThe TouristSegment: Tuileries
    2007I Think I Love My WifeGeorge Sianidis
    2007InterviewPierre PetersAlso director
    2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryClint Fitzer
    2009John RabeDr. Robert WilsonNominated – German Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (2008)
    2009Messenger, TheThe MessengerDale Martin
    2009I Knew It Was YouJohn CazaleDocumentary
    2009Handsome HarryThomas Kelley
    2009Saint John of Las VegasJohn Alighieri
    2009Youth in RevoltGeorge Twisp
    2010Grown UpsWiley
    2010Chosen One, TheThe Chosen OneNeal
    2011Fight for Your Right RevisitedWalterShort film
    2011RampartBill Blago
    2012On the RoadTall Thin Salesman
    2012Hotel TransylvaniaWayneVoice
    2013The Incredible Burt WonderstoneAnton Marvelton
    2013Monsters UniversityRandall "Randy" BoggsVoice
    2013Grown Ups 2Wiley
    2013KhumbaSkalk the Wild DogVoice
    2014The CobblerN/AFilming
    2015The Jungle BookTabaqui The Golden JackalVoice

    1983, 1986Not Necessarily the NewsNeil / Theo2 episodes
    1986Miami ViceRicklesEpisode: El Viejo
    1987The EqualizerArchie, the Electronics Store ClerkEpisode: Re-Entry
    1988Crossbow (TV series)Captain of the GuardEpisode: The Lost Crusader
    1989Lonesome DoveLukeMiniseries, 4 episodes
    1990MonstersJohn DennisEpisode: Bed and Boar
    1990Against the LawTimmy LowellEpisode: Where the Truth Lies
    1991L.A. LawDavid LeeEpisode: Spleen It to Me, Lucy
    1992Mad About YouHowie BalingerEpisode: Token Friend
    1993Tales from the CryptIkeEpisode: Forever Ambergris
    1993Last Outlaw, TheThe Last OutlawPhiloMovie
    1994, 1996The Adventures of Pete & PetePhil Hickle3 episodes
    1994–2000, 2011Saturday Night LiveHost, Various4 episodes
    1995Homicide: Life on the StreetGordon PrattEpisode: End Game
    1998The Drew Carey ShowEd ChiltonEpisode: Mr. Louder's Birthday Party
    2002Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie ProjectDoc O'Conner
    2004–2006Sopranos, TheThe SopranosTony Blundetto, Man14 episodes; also director (4 episodes)

    Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (2001)

    Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series (2004)
    2007Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11NarratorTelevision
    2007Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsDwightVoice

    Episode: I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    2008ERArt MastersonEpisode: The Chicago Way
    2009/2012–201330 RockLenny Wosniak5 episodes

    Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series (2008)
    2010–presentBoardwalk EmpireEnoch "Nucky" ThompsonTelevision

    Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2011)

    Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series(2011–12)

    Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011–12)

    Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2012, 2013)

    Nominated – Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2012)

    Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2011–12)

    Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2013)

    Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013)
    2011PortlandiaBook Store CustomerEpisode: Farm
    2014Last Week Tonight with John OliverHimselfEpisode 8

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