Steve Buscemi Biography


Birthday: December 13, 1957 (Sagittarius)

Born In: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Steve Buscemi is a famous American actor, writer, and director known for his performance in a number of commercially successful hits and indie films, such as ‘New York Stories,’ ‘Mystery Train,’ ‘Parting Glances,’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs.’ Apart from acting in films, he has also established himself in the world of television and has directed many projects, including ‘Lonesome Jim,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Oz,’ and ‘30 Rock.’ He earned a number of prestigious awards for the television series ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ Before his acting career took off, he was a firefighter at ‘Engine Company No.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. His extraordinary portrayal of characters on TV shows has made him a household name in the United States.He has also played some unique roles in critically-acclaimed hits like ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ ‘Fargo,’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’ to name a few. Over the course of his career, Buscemi has been a flag-bearer in terms of working in off-beat films and playing interesting comical and villainous roles in commercial blockbusters.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Steven Vincent Buscemi

Age: 66 Years, 66 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jo Andres (m. 1987–2019)

father: John Buscemi

mother: Dorothy Buscemi (nee Wilson)

siblings: Jon Buscemi, Ken Buscemi, Michael Buscemi

children: Lucian Buscemi

Born Country: United States

Actors American Men

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

Ancestry: Dutch American, British American, Irish American, Italian American

Notable Alumni: Nassau Community College, Valley Stream Central High School, Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute

City: Brooklyn, New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

More Facts

education: Lee Strasberg Theatre And Film Institute, Valley Stream Central High School, Nassau Community College

Childhood & Early Life
Steve Buscemiwas born Steven Vincent Buscemion December 13, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, to Dorothy and John Buscemi. He is of English-Dutch-Italian descent and was raised a staunch Roman Catholic.
He studied at ‘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.
He studied at ‘Nassau Community College’ for a briefperiod of time 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. He cleared the examinations to become a New York City firefighter with ‘Engine Company No. 55.’
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One of his initial films was ‘Parting Glances’ in 1986. He also appeared 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 from 1990, he became one of the most prominent ‘bad-boys of Hollywood’after appearing in ‘King of New York’ and ‘Miller’s Crossing.’ The latter became the first of 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 named‘Chet.’The next year, helanded lead roles in films like ‘In the Soup’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs.’
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 career in 1996 for which he received numerous award nominations. He was seen in movies, such as ‘Fargo,’ ‘Escape from L.A.,’ ‘Trees Lounge,’ and ‘Kansas City.’
From 1997 to 1999, he was seen in movies like ‘Con Air,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘The Imposters,’ ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and ‘Big Daddy.’In most of these films, he played characters that were neurotic and paranoid.
The year 2001 proved to be momentous for the actor. He won numerous awards for his portrayal of ‘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 to the single ‘Broadway Song’ from Lou Reed’s album ‘The Raven.’ He also contributed to the poems, ‘Old Poe’ and ‘The Cask.’ The next year, he appeared as himself on ‘The Simpsons.’ The same year, he wasalso seen in ‘The Laramie Project,’ ‘13 Moons,’ and ‘Mr. Deeds.’
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In 2004, he joined the cast 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 voiced‘Wesley’ in ‘Home on the Range.’
He directed and starred in ‘Interview’ and also appeared as ‘Dwight’ in an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in 2007. More television appearances followed as he was seen in five episodes of ‘30 Rock’ the same year. One of his films, ‘Romance & Cigarettes,’ received mixed reviews.
In 2009 and 2010, he appeared in ‘John Rabe,’ ‘The Messenger,’ ‘Handsome Harry,’ and ‘Grown Ups.’His biggest career breakthrough was his performance in the television series ‘Boardwalk Empire’ for which he won numerous awards.
From 2012 to 2013, he worked in films like ‘On the Road,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania,’ ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ ‘Monsters University,’ ‘Grown Ups 2,’ and ‘Khumba.’
From 2014 to 2015, he directed, hosted, and produced his own web series talk show titled‘Park Benchwith Steve Buscemi.’
In 2016, Buscemistarred alongside Louis C.K. in the comedy-drama web series ‘Horace and Pete.’
In 2017, he was seen in films like ‘Lean on Pete’ and ‘The Death of Stalin.’ The following year, he played ‘Leo Lynch’ in ‘Nancy’ and then appeared as ‘Charles’ in ‘The Week Of.’
In 2019, he became part of the main cast of the American anthology comedy television series ‘Miracle Workers.’The same year, he played ‘Farmer Miller’ in Jim Jarmusch's zombie horror comedy film ‘The Dead Don't Die.’
Major Works
He starred in the 2001 comedy film ‘Ghost World,’ which became a commercial success. 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‘Golden Globe Awards.’ The series received 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’ (2011 and 2012).
Personal Life & Legacy
He got married to Jo Andres in 1987 and the couple was blessed with a son. He was married to her until her death in January 2019. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
In 2003, he was arrested for protesting against the closure of his previous firehouse. He also gave a speech supporting higher wages for firefighters.
Steve Buscemiand Norm Macdonald voiced the gingerbread men in the renowned AT&T Christmas commercial.

Steve Buscemi Movies

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

  (Crime, Drama)

2. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  (Crime, Drama, Thriller)

3. The Death of Stalin (2017)

  (Biography, Drama, History, Comedy)

4. The Big Lebowski (1998)

  (Comedy, Crime)

5. Fargo (1996)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

6. Big Fish (2003)

  (Romance, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy)

7. Miller's Crossing (1990)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama)

8. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

9. Dead Man (1995)

  (Drama, Western, Fantasy)

10. Parting Glances (1986)

  (Drama, Music, Romance)


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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