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  • 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.

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