Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi


12/13/1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Steven Vincent Buscemi


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Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. Steve graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in 1975, from there he attended Nassau Community College before moving to Manhattan to attend the Lee Strasberg Institute. He became a New York City firefighter in Little Italy from…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Steve, along with the rest of the cast of The Sopranos, was nominated for a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2005.

    • Steve was born on Friday the 13th.

    • Steve came 52nd in Empire magazine's "Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

    • Steve came 21st on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People.

    • On March 4th 2005, Steve was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award as part of Valley Stream Central High School's 75th anniversary celebration.

    • Steve is an associate member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group.

    • Steve's infamous for the amount of on screen deaths he has. Ironically, in the movie Resevoir Dogs he is believed to be the only character to survive.

    • Steve is referenced in the song Hey Leonardo by the band Blessed Union of Souls.

    • Alongside his acting career Steve has directed many films, as well as four episodes of The Sopranos.

    • Steve is a very prolific actor appearing in as many as 5 films in one year.

    • Steve is frequently typecast as sleazy or crazed characters in many of his films.

    • Buscemi plays Romero in the movies Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003).

    • In 2003, as part of a year-long tourist promotion at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Steve narrated the facility's audio tour.

    • Steve auditioned for the part of "George Costanza" on Seinfeld (1990).

    • Steve went through a variety of interesting jobs before hitting it big as a character actor. He worked as a bartender, drove an ice-cream truck, attempted stand-up comedy, and (that which he is most proud of) was a firefighter (he continues to be a volunteer fire-fighter). He bombed so bad as a comic one night another comic took his place, Paul Reiser. Years later Buscemi and Reiser did an episode of Mad About You (1992) poking fun at the incident.

    • Steve modelled for H&M in 2000.

    • Steve bears such a strong resemblance to writer-director John Waters so much so that as a joke, Waters sent out cards with a photo of Buscemi made up to look like Waters.

    • Steve showed up at his old firehouse the day after the World Trade Center tragedy in New York to volunteer. Worked twelve hour shifts for a week after the terrorist act, digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters... anonymously.

    • In April, 2001, Steve was stabbed in the throat, head and arm during a barroom brawl at the Firebelly Lounge in Wilmington, North Carolina. The brawl also involved Vince Vaughn, who was arrested for brutalizing one of Buscemi's attackers. He suffered a deep cut to the face and now has a noticeable scar on his cheek. Heavy make-up is used to hide it in movies.

    • Steve has been cast in five movies by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. His character died in three of them.

    • Steve was a New York City Fireman from 1980 to 1984, with Engine Company #55 in the Little Italy section of NY.

    • Steve is the brother of actor Michael Buscemi.

    • Steve attended Nassau Community College, then moved to Manhattan to study acting at the famed Lee Strasberg Institute.

    • Steve graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School, Valley Stream, NY.

    • Steve is of Italian and Irish-American ancestry.

    • Steve has been married to Jo Andres since 1987.

    • Steve has a son named Lucian Buscemi, who was born in 1991.

    • Steve is 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

    • Steve really gets annoyed with the often mis-pronounciation of his name. The correct way to say it is "boo-sem-me."

    • Steve has has played in five movies with Adam Sandler: Airheads (1994), Billy Madison (1995), The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002).

  • Quotes

    • Steve Buscemi: (On playing Mr Pink in Reservoir Dogs) I talked with Quentin (Tarantino) about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don't know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On Armageddon) What was frustrating about Armageddon was the time I spent not doing anything. It was a big special effects film, and I wasn't crazy about pretending I was in outer space. It feels ridiculous.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On Quentin Tarantino) Quentin was so passionate and enthusiastic about what he was doing that it touched us all. We really wanted to do a good job for him.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On the start of his career) In the beginning, it wasn't even a question of deciding I'm going to do independent film and not commercial films - I wasn't being offered any commercial films, and there wasn't an independent scene.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On directing The Sopranos) Directing television is really hard-it's so fast. You shoot an hour show in seven days.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On directing) Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On his career) I don't tend to think of these characters as losers [I play]. I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don't fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On making films) As much as you tell yourself, 'We made the film and here it is and that is enough,' you would like to come away with something.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On his career) It's weird; I was not a really tough guy in high school, but I end up playing all of these psychopaths and criminals. I don't really care who they are, as long as they are complicated and going through something that I can understand and put across.

    • Steve Buscemi: (On his critics) My favourite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.

  • A character actor that lives up to his name!

    Steve Buscemi is one of the most prolific character actors of our time! The man can simply play any type of role and be totally convincing in it! There are very few actors active today(be whatever list they may be on)that can boast of the staggering number of different characters that Buscemi has brought to life on the screen. The most amazing thing about Buscemi is that he has never been typecast. His roles cover just about every classification. He does comedy as easily as heavy drama. Buscemi may hold one record that,while perhaps on the ghoulish side,is quiet an accomplishment for the lovers of morbidity. He has died in nearly every role that he has taken. It would be a treat to see Buscemi have more leading roles. Heaven knows that if any actor has "paid his dues",Buscemi has!!!moreless
  • One of the all-time great actors who normal people don't know.

    Steve is one of the greatest niche/character actors of the past 10 years. In the same league as Christopher Walken, but he has been playing a wider variety of roles in the past decade...that is to say, he hasn't been quite as typecast as Walken.

    I won't go into a full biography, since you can get one by clicking some link at this very website, but I will recommend that people who have enjoyed him in more commercial movies (Airheads, Armageddon, Reservoir Dogs, or one of his "Big" movies [Lebowski, Daddy, Fish]) check out Living in Oblivion, which is a great movie overall and all the better for Steve. A rare leading role, and his support cast is also great.moreless