- Steve Buscemi
caption = Steve Buscemi, c. 1996
birthdate =Birth date and age|1957|12|13|mf=y
birthname =Steven Vincent Buscemi
awards = CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 "Ghost World"
Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (IPA2|bʊˈsɛmi; born
December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actorand film director.
Buscemi (pronounced "Boo-semi") was born in
Brooklyn, New York, the son of Dorothy, who worked as a hostess at Howard Johnson's, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker and Korean Warveteran. Buscemi's father was Italian Americanand his mother Irish American. [ [http://www.filmlinc.com/fcm/ja07/extbuscemi.htm Film Society of Lincoln Center ] ] [ [http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-12600382_ITM THE THIN MAN. | The New Yorker (November, 2005) ] ] [http://www.johnlahr.com/stevebuscemi.html John Lahr - steve buscemi profile ] ] He has three brothers: Jon, Ken, and Michael. Buscemi was raised Catholic,cite news|last=Lahr|first=John|coauthors=|title=THE THIN MAN|pages=|publisher=The New Yorker|date= 2005-11-14|url=http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-12600382_ITM|accessdate=2007-12-10] but had given up on God by junior high school. [cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2007/oct/27/londonfilmfestival2007.londonfilmfestival|title=Steve Buscemi on playing weirdos and directing his own films|date=2007-10-27|publisher= The Guardian] He graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High Schoolin Valley Stream, New York, a school which he attended with actress Patricia Charbonneauand writer [http://edrenehan.com Ed Renehan] . In high school, Buscemi wrestled for the varsity squad and participated in the drama troupe, at that 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. [Delatiner, Barbara. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D07E3DB153AF932A35755C0A961958260 "Cinema Arts Film Festival Stresses the Independents"] , " The New York Times", June 1, 1997. Accessed November 1, 2007.] ) Buscemi briefly attended Nassau Community Collegebefore moving to Manhattanto enroll in the Lee Strasberg Institute. In the early '80s Buscemi also served as a firefighterfor four years with the FDNY. On March 4th 2005, Buscemi returned to his old high school where he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the school's 75th anniversary celebration.
Buscemi is an associate member of the
experimental theatercompany The Wooster Group. Buscemi’s first appearance was in " Parting Glances" in 1986, where he played Nick, an AIDSstricken man.
He first hit the cinema in the 1988 film "Call Me", where he played Switchblade. He also was in "
Tales from the Darkside", a 1990 film with 3 segments, where Buscemi starred in the first, playing Bellingham, a college student who orders a mummy and unleashes it on fellow college students played by Christian Slaterand Julianne Moore.
During 1990, Buscemi had a couple of additional crime roles. He played the henchman of
Laurence Fishburnenamed Test Tube in Christopher Walken’s " King of New York", and played Mink in the Coen Brothers" Millers Crossing". This marked the first of six films of the Coen Brothers which Buscemi appeared in.
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 " In the Soup". Then he finally came to public attention for playing Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film, " Reservoir Dogs".
Buscemi's most notable character roles include Mr. Pink in "
Reservoir Dogs", Garland Greene in " Con Air", Rockhound in "Armageddon", Donny in " The Big Lebowski" and Carl Showalter in "Fargo". Although usually a supporting actor, he has had critical success as a lead actor, particularly in his role as Seymour in "Ghost World". Buscemi often plays characters that are neurotic and paranoid. He has appeared in a number of films by the Coen Brothers, in which he tends to die in a grisly, prolonged or unexpected manner. He frequently provides comic reliefin Adam Sandlerfilms such as " Billy Madison", " The Wedding Singer", "Big Daddy" and " Mr. Deeds". Buscemi also starred with Sandler (as brothers) in " Airheads". Buscemi also played a nemesis to Sandler and Kevin Jamesin the comedy " I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry". He also has worked with Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Jim Jarmusch, The Coen Brothers, and Robert Rodriguezon various occasions.
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 who 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. Buscemi had previously contributed to the show as director of the third season episode "Pine Barrens" (one of the most critically-acclaimed episodes of the series). He appeared in the third episode of Season 6, as a doorman in heaven(portrayed as a country club) in Tony Soprano's dream. He returned to direct the episode " Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...", the fifth episode of Season 6.
In 2005, he played James McCord in "The Island". The man who helped the two main characters escape the complex and gave them a quick overview of the real world. Again this role was about a strange but very fun and likable person.
In 1995, Buscemi played suspected cop-shooter Gordon Pratt in the episode "End Game" at the end of a three-episode arc of "". 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 " Batman" franchise, " Batman Triumphant", before Warner Bros.cancelled the project. [ [http://www.moviemansguide.com/reviews/2005/batmanbegins_mrwhite.php moviemansguide.com] review of "Batman Begins" by Andy Hoglund]
In 2004, Buscemi appeared in the music video for
Joe Strummer's cover of the Bob Marleytrack " Redemption Song". The video is shot after Strummer's death, and Buscemi appears alongside of a graffiti portrait of Strummer.
In 2008, he provided the voice for Scamper, an intelligent, yet suicidal, rabbit in the animated film Igor.
Buscemi worked extensively as a director, having worked on (and starred in) the feature film, "Interview" (2007). He directed "
Trees Lounge" (1996), " Animal Factory" (2000), and " Lonesome Jim" (2005). In addition to feature films, he directed episodes of the television shows "" and " The Sopranos", as well as two episodes of HBO's prison-drama series "Oz", entitled "U.S. Male" and "Cuts Like a Knife".
The day after the
September 11, 2001 attacks, Buscemi went to his old firehouse to volunteer for recovery work at Ground Zero. That week, he worked 12 hour shifts digging through the rubble, while refusing to do interviews or have his picture taken. [ [http://www.indieking.com/E55.html indieking.com] interview with photos]
In April 2001, while shooting the film "
Domestic Disturbance" in Wilmington, North Carolina, Buscemi was stabbed while intervening in a bar fight between his friend Vince Vaughn, screenwriter Scott Rosenbergand a local man, who allegedly instigated the brawl. [ [http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/vvaughnmug1.html thesmokinggun.com] mugshots and description] [ [http://www.indieking.com/dd.html indieking.com] has two news clippings on the incident.]
During his profile on the show "
Inside the Actors Studio", director John Waters said that he and Buscemi bear an uncanny resemblance to each other, to the point where Waters sent out Christmas cards with a picture of "himself" which was actually Buscemi dressed as him. He also (somewhat jokingly) noted that should a movie ever be made about Waters' life, Buscemi has agreed to star as Waters in the film.
Buscemi has one son, Lucian, with his wife
Jo Andres. [cite web
title=Steve Buscemi Biography - Movies.com
In popular culture
In the cartoon series,
The Oblongs, the episode "Get Off My Back" refers to Buscemi when Milo says, "I vote movie. Anything without Steve Buscemi"
* [http://www.tisbuscemi.com/ The Illustrious Steve Buscemi]
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