Steve Buscemi Biography

Steve Buscemi is a popular American actor, writer and director. Go through this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: December 13, 1957

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 62 Years, 62 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Born in: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jo Andres (m. 1987)

father: John Buscemi

mother: Dorothy (née Wilson)

siblings: Jon Buscemi, Ken Buscemi, Michael Buscemi

children: Lucian Buscemi

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Valley Stream Central High School Nassau Community College Lee Strasberg InstituteSteve Harvey

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Steve Buscemi is a famous American actor, writer and director who is best-known for his role in a number of commercially successful hits and indie films including, ‘New York Stories’, ‘Mystery Train’, ‘Parting Glances’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’. Apart from acting in films, he has also carved a place for himself in the world of television and has directed many works including, ‘Lonesome Jim’, ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Oz’ and ’30 Walk’. He earned a number of prestigious awards for the television series, ‘Boardwalk Empire’. Before his acting career took off, he was in fact, a firefighter at ‘Engine Company 55’ in the ‘Little Italy’ neighborhood in New York City. He is particularly known for his ‘bad-guy’ roles, some of which catapulted him to international stardom. He has made audiences laugh and cry with his extraordinary character portrayal on shows and the unique roles that he chose to play in critically-acclaimed hits like ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’ to name a few. Throughout his career, Buscemi has been a flag-bearer in terms of doing off-beat films and also playing interesting comical and/or villainous roles in commercial blockbusters.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Steven Vincent Buscemi was born to Dorothy and John Buscemi in Brooklyn, New York. He is of English-Dutch-Italian descent and was raised as a staunch Roman Catholic.
  • He studied at the Valley Stream Central High School from where he graduated in 1975. When he was in school, he wrestled for the varsity group and was also a member of the drama troupe at the same time.
  • He enrolled at Nassau Community College for a short spell before moving to Manhattan to study theatre at the Lee Strasberg Institute. After he completed his education, he gave a civil service test in 1976, clearing the examinations to become a New York City firefighter with ‘Engine Company 55’.
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  • One of his initial films was ‘Parting Glances’ in 1986. He also starred in an episode of the television series, ‘Miami Vice’, where he portrayed the character of Rickles.
  • In 1987, he starred in ‘Kiss Daddy Goodnight’ and ‘Heart’, followed by ‘Call Me’ and ‘Heart of Midnight the next year. His other early films include, ‘Slaves of New York’ and ‘Tales from the Darkside’.
  • Starting with 1990, he became one of the most prominent bad-boys of Hollywood when he appeared in ‘Kings of New York’ and ‘Millers Crossing’. The latter became the first of the six films in which Buscemi would work with the Coen Brothers.
  • In 1991, he was seen in another Coen Brothers film, ‘Barton Fink’, where he played the role of a bellboy, Chet. He bagged his first lead roles in the films, ‘In the Soup’ and in Quentin Tarantino’s hit film, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ the next year.
  • From 1993 to 1995, he starred in a string of films including ‘Rising Sun’, ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’, ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Floundering’, ‘Billy Madison’ and ‘Desperado’.
  • He appeared in some of the most important films of his life in 1996 for which he received countless nominations. He was seen in the movies, ‘Fargo’, ‘Escape from L.A.’, ‘Trees Lounge’ and ‘Kansas City’.
  • From 1997 to 1999, he was seen in the movies, ‘Con Air’, ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘The Imposters’, ‘The Wedding Singer’ and ‘Big Daddy’. In most of these films, he often played characters that were neurotic and paranoid.
  • The year 2001 proved to be an extremely momentous one for the actor. He won numerous awards for his role as Seymour in ‘Ghost World’, which is considered one of his most successful movies till date. He also starred in ‘The Grey Zone’, ‘Double Whammy’ and ‘Monsters, Inc’ the same year.
  • In 2002, he contributed the single, ‘Broadway Song’ to Lou Reed’s album, ‘The Raven’. He also contributed the poems, ‘Old Poe’ and ‘The Cask’. The next year, he made a guest-appearance as himself on ‘The Simpsons’. The same year, he was seen in ‘The Laramie Project’, ’13 Moons’ and ‘Mr. Deeds’.
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  • In 2004, he joined the cast and crew of ‘The Sopranos’ as Tony Blundetto, a role which earned him an Emmy Award nomination. He had previously directed an episode of the show, which went on to become one of the most critically-acclaimed episodes. He also provided the voice for ‘Wesley’ in ‘Home on the Range’.
  • He directed and starred in ‘Interview’ and also appeared as ‘Dwight’ on an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in 2007. More television appearances followed when he was seen in five episodes of ’30 Rock’ the same year. One of his films, ‘Romance & Cigarettes’ had mixed reviews.
  • In 2009 and 2010, he appeared in ‘John Rabe’, ‘The Messenger’, ‘Handsome Harry’ and ‘Grown Ups’. However, he got his biggest career breakthrough in the television series, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, for which he won numerous awards as well.
  • Up until 2013, he appeared in ‘On the Road’, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Monsters University’, ‘Grown Ups 2’ and ‘Khumba’.
Major Works
  • He starred in the 2001 comedy film, ‘Ghost World’, which became a commercial success and congregated a cult following. The film went on to collect a total of $8,761,393 at the box-office. He won a number of prestigious awards and nominations for this film, which is largely considered one of his major works.
  • ‘Boardwalk Empire’, a television series that aired on HBO from 2010 is considered his magnum opus. He played the role of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson in the series and received a number of distinguished honors for his role including the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. The series received tremendously positive feedback and earned a number of Emmy Awards and nominations.
Awards & Achievements
  • He won the Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘Reservoir Dogs’, in 1992.
  • In 2001, he won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘Ghost World’. He also received the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Actor’ for the same movie.
  • He won a Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor- Television Series Drama’ for ‘Boardwalk Empire’, in 2011. This role also earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for ‘Boardwalk Empire’ (2011 and 2012).
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He has been married to Jo Andres since 1987 and has a son with her. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
  • In 2003, he was arrested following the protesting of the shutting of his previous firehouse. He also gave a speech supporting higher wages for firefighters.
  • This famous Hollywood actor and Norm MacDonald voiced the gingerbread men in the renowned AT&T Christmas commercial.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

  (Crime, Drama)

2. The Death of Stalin (2017)

  (Biography, Drama, History, Comedy)

3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  (Crime, Drama, Thriller)

4. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  (Comedy, Crime)

5. Fargo (1996)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

6. Big Fish (2003)

  (Romance, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy)

7. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

8. Miller's Crossing (1990)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
2011 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2016 Outstanding Short Form Variety Series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi (2014)

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