Steve won the 2008 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, along with his The Sopranos castmates. The win was their second, but first since 2000. They were nominated in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Steve appears on the cover of Long Island-based magazine, The Boulevard's, October - November 2007 issue.
Steve wrote the song "I Don't Want To Go Home", which was the theme song for the Fox sitcom "Down the Shore."
Steve wrote the song "All Alone On Christmas" for the "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York" soundtrack.
Steve co wrote the song "You Don't Have To Cry" for the "Something Wild" soundtrack.
Steve originally read for the role of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos before being cast as Silvio Dante.
Steve is the brother of famous actor Billy Van Zandt.
Steve formed the musician activist group Artists Against Apartheid in 1985, who released a song and album named Sun City to publicly protest apartheid at the Sun City resort in South Africa. The group included Run DMC, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Bob Dylan.
When Steve returned to the E Street Band after an 11 year leave, he found his role shifted from lead guitar to background rhythm.
In 2006, Steve brought together and directed a band to join Hank Williams Jr. in recording a new version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" for the ESPN debut of Monday Night Football. The band included Bootsy Collins, Little Richard and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.
Steve's band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul released four albums in the 1980's and 1990's. They included Men Without Women, which was the most critically acclaimed. The one that fared the best on the charts was Voice of America.
Bruce Springsteen's song Bobby Jean was said to be written because of Steve's departure in the E Street Band in 1984.
Steve helped to produce the Bruce Springsteen albums The River, Born in the USA, and Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Steve helped produce Lonestar's album Shelter, and the Iron City Housewreckers' album Have A Good Time(But Get Out Alive).
Steve joined the E Street Band when they were in the middle of their Born to Run Tour.
Steve was born Steven Lento. When his mother remarried, he took his stepfather's last name, Van Zandt.
Steve is the program director for two channels on Sirius Satellite Radio. One is Underground Garage. The other is Outlaw Country.
Steve hosts a weekly radio show called Little Steven's Underground Garage. The program has been running since 2002.
Steve wears a bandanna when performing with the E Street Band, and a hairpiece when on The Sopranos. He does this to hide his permanent hair loss when he was involved in a car accident where his head hit a windshield.
Steve helped to write some songs for Bruce Springsteen including "I Don't Wanna Go Home".
Steve occasionally fronts a band called Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, which has released four albums.
Steve plays the guitar and mandolin in the E Street Band.
Steve has been a friend of Bruce Springsteen for a long time, and played with Bruce in his earlier bands, including Steel Mill.
Steve and his wife were married by Little Richard. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at their reception.
When he plays with the E Street Band, his trademark is wearing a bandanna on his head.
His fellow E Street Band members nicknamed him Miami Steve Van Zandt because he didn't like cold weather.
Steve: I think that underdog thing stays with you. Forever, you keep that sense of the underdog and I think underdog types just try harder in life because we don't get the respect right away, or didn't in those days anyway. So it's like, "I'll show you." My first wave of success and financial freedom came with the E Street Band and then 20 years later, my second wave of success came out of the blue with The Sopranos.
Steve: (On similarities between him and his character) We are both permanently stuck in previous eras. Silvio is stuck in the '50s and I'm stuck in the '60s.