Steve Buscemi

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Diehard New Yorker Steve Buscemi was an independent film icon, both as a perennial favorite of respected filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, and as a writer and director in his own right. Throughout the decades of ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (154)

Bob's Burgers 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Inside Amy Schumer 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Portlandia 2011, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Nose Day 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 (Movie)

Wayne (Voice)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

My Depression (The Up and Down of It) 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

The Cobbler 2015 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Time Out of Mind 2015 (Movie)

Art (Actor)

Igor: Unholy Frijoles 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Scamper (Voice)

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Who's on Top 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

30 Rock 2007, 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Wiley (Actor)

Khumba 2013 (Movie)

Skalk (Voice)

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Randy (Voice)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

Anton Marvelton (Actor)

Hotel Transylvania 2012 (Movie)

Wayne (Voice)

Blank City 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rampart 2011 (Movie)

Bill Blago (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Who Do You Think You Are? 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Wiley (Actor)

Handsome Harry 2010 (Movie)

Tom Kelly (Actor)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

John Rabe 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Robert Wilson (Actor)

Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saint John of Las Vegas 2010 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

George Twisp (Actor)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Bucky (Voice)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Messenger 2009 (Movie)

Dale Martin (Actor)

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Igor 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Scamper (Actor)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

Les Galantine (Actor)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

Clint Fitzer (Actor)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Interview 2007 (Movie)

Pierre Peders (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Tuileries") (Actor)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

The Simpsons 2003, 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Charlotte's Web 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Templeton the Rat (Actor)

Monster House 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Nebbercracker (Actor)

The Sopranos 2001 - 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nobody Wants Your Film 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Island 2005 (Movie)

McCord (Actor)

Champion 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Wesley (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 1993, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rockets Redglare! 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tanner on Tanner 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

Norther Winslow (Actor)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Romero (Actor)

Love in the Time of Money 2002 (Movie)

Martin Kunkle (Actor)

Mr. Deeds 2002 (Movie)

Crazy Eyes (Actor)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Romero (Actor)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Abramowics (Actor)

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

Ray Coleman (Actor)

Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within 2001 (Movie)

of Neil Fleming (Voice)

Ghost World 2001 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

Voice of Randall Boggs (Actor)

Thirteen Moons 2001 (Movie)

Bananas the Clown (Actor)

15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

Cornell (Actor)

Divine Trash 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Double Whammy 2000 (Movie)

Jerry Cubbins (Actor)

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

Homeless Guy (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Rockhound (Actor)

Franky Goes to Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Louis and Frank 1998 (Movie)

Drexel (Actor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

Donny (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Happy Franks (Actor)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Garland Greene (Actor)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

Carl Rolvaag (Actor)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

"Map to the Stars" Eddie (Actor)

Kansas City 1996 (Movie)

Johnny Flynn (Actor)

Somebody to Love 1996 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

Ed Hoyt (Actor)

Trees Lounge 1996 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Desperado 1995 (Movie)

Buscemi (Actor)

Living in Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

Nick Reve (Actor)

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Mr Shhh (Actor)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

Rex (Actor)

Black Kites 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

Ned (Actor)

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Buddy Holly (Actor)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Beatnik Barman (Actor)

The Last Outlaw 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Do I Gotta Kill? 1994 (Movie)

(uncredited) Conspiracy Nut (Actor)

Ed and His Dead Mother 1993 (Movie)

Ed Chilton (Actor)

Painted Heart 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

Willy "The Weasel" Wilhelm (Actor)

Scene Six, Take One 1993 (Movie)

Nick Reve (Actor)

Trusting Beatrice 1993 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Twenty Bucks 1993 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Crisscross 1992 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

In the Soup 1992 (Movie)

Adolpho Rollo (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Mr Pink (Actor)

What Happened to Pete? 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

Chet (Actor)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

Irving (Actor)

Zandalee 1991 (Movie)

Opp Man (Actor)

Force of Circumstance 1990 (Movie)

Virgil the Farmhand (Actor)

King of New York 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Mink (Actor)

No Picnic 1990 (Movie)

Dead Pimp (Actor)

Tales From the Darkside: the Movie 1990 (Movie)

Bellingham (Actor)

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Kaggs (Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Whining Willie (Actor)

Heart of Midnight 1989 (Movie)

Eddy (Actor)

Mystery Train 1989 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Gregory Stark--Performance Artist (Actor)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

Wilfredo (Actor)

Borders 1988 (Movie)

Young Physics Student (Actor)

Call Me 1988 (Movie)

Switchblade (Actor)

Kiss Daddy Good Night 1988 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Heart 1987 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Sleepwalk 1987 (Movie)

Worker (Actor)

Parting Glances 1986 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Animal Factory (TV Show)

Actor

Keep Coming Back (Movie)

(Actor)

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)

Performer

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor

The Sky Is Green (Movie)

Chris (Actor)
Director (6)

Nurse Jackie 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Interview 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Lonesome Jim 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Oz 1999, 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Trees Lounge 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

What Happened to Pete? 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Medora 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Saint John of Las Vegas 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lonesome Jim 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Black Kites 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

What Happened to Pete? 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

Interview 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trees Lounge 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What Happened to Pete? 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (2)

Hotel Transylvania 2012 (Movie)

("Where Did The Time Go Girl") (Song Performer)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

("The Nearness of You") (Song Performer)

Biography

Diehard New Yorker Steve Buscemi was an independent film icon, both as a perennial favorite of respected filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, and as a writer and director in his own right. Throughout the decades of prolific work that followed his rise from the East Village arts boon of the 1980s, Buscemi stayed close to his roots in avant-garde film, but he also made a dent at the multiplex in character roles in big budget comedies and action films. Buscemi's predilection for off-kilter criminal minds, inept underachievers, and sad sack loners was only boosted by his non-traditional looks, lending his characters an air of realism. In addition to career-making roles in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), "Fargo" (1996), "Con-Air" (1997) and "Ghost World" (2001), Buscemi gained prominence as a director following his feature debut, "Trees Lounge" (1997). From 2000-04, he was highly regarded for his work directing and acting on HBO's megahit series "The Sopranos" and, following his demise on the show, resumed his average of five film appearances a year. In 2010, he toplined the Martin Scorsese-produced HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," receiving critical kudos for his layered performance in the Prohibition-era series. With an ever-growing résumé of memorable parts and no lack of quality filmmakers knocking down his door, the quirky Buscemi became one of the most dependable character actors of his generation.

Relationships

Jo Andres Editor

Wife
Married 1987 Andres edited Buscemi's short film "What Happened to Pete?" (1993); he often appeared in her performance pieces

John Buscemi

Father
Italian-American; Korean War veteran

Lucian Buscemi Actor

Son
Born 1990; mother, Jo Andres Appeared in mother's short film "Black Kites" (1995) and father's film "Trees Lounge" (1996)

Dorothy Buscemi

Mother
Irish-American

Michael Buscemi Actor

Brother
Played onscreen brothers in "Trees Lounge" (1996), directed by Steve

Jon Buscemi

Brother

Ken Buscemi

Brother

EDUCATION

Valley Stream Central High School

Valley Stream , New York 1975
Classmates with writer Edward Renehan and actress Patricia Charbonneau

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

New York , New York
Paid for classes with money from a settlement for a childhood accident

Nassau Community College

East Garden City , New York
Attended for only one semester

Milestones

2013

Played titular magician's (Steve Carell) former partner in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

2012

Voiced a werewolf in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"; also starred Sandler

2012

Cast in crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson

2010

Played Michael Cera's greedy and temperamental father in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's "Youth in Revolt"

2010

Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; starred Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Kevin James

2010

Cast in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, who is based on New Jersey political boss and racketeer Enoch L. Johnson

2007

Appeared in a guest role as a private eye on NBC's "30 Rock"

2007

Helmed a remake of murdered Dutch filmmaker, Theo van Gogh's film "Interview"; co-starred as a journalist interviewing a celebrity (Sienna Miller); also utilized much of Van Gogh's crew, including his director of photography

2006

Directed Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler in "Lonesome Jim"

2006

Voiced Templeton the rat in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White

2005

Cast in John Turturro's big-screen musical "Romance & Cigarettes" (released theatrically in 2007)

2004

Cast as Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) cousin Tony Blundetto on the fifth season of "The Sopranos" (HBO)

2003

Appeared in a segment of the independent feature "Coffee and Cigarettes" directed by Jim Jarmusch

2003

Portrayed Norther Winslow in Tim Burton's fantasy drama "Big Fish"

2002

Reunited with Robert Rodriguez to film "Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams"

2002

Helmed second episode of the HBO series "The Sopranos," titled "Everybody Hurts"

2001

Cast in a supporting role as Seymour in the critically hailed "Ghost World"

2000

Made feature debut as a producer, "Animal Factory" (also directed and acted); Trejo acted and served as an executive producer

2000

Directed the "Pine Barrens" episode of the popular HBO series "The Sopranos"

1999

Directed an episode of the HBO prison-drama "Oz" entitled "U.S. Male"; also directed "Cuts Like a Knife" in 2001

1999

Played a homeless man in Sandler comedy vehicle "Big Daddy"

1998

Co-starred in Stanley Tucci's period comedy "The Impostors" portraying a suicidal crooner; sang "The Nearness of You" in the film

1998

Joined the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced ensemble "Armageddon"

1998

Fifth collaboration with Ethan and Joel Coen, "The Big Lebowski"

1998

Helmed an episode of the NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1997

Directed TV commercials for Nike

1997

Re-teamed with DiCillo again playing Nick in "The Real Blonde"

1997

Re-teamed with Trejo in "Con Air"; first association with producer Jerry Bruckheimer

1996

Fourth film with the Coens, "Fargo"; cast as bumbling kidnapper-for-hire

1996

Made feature debut as writer-director with "Trees Lounge"; also starred

1995

Reprised role of Nick Reve in DiCillo's feature-length "Living in Oblivion"

1995

Produced and acted in the 26-minute experimental short "Black Kites" helmed by wife Jo Andres

1995

Appeared in his first film with actor Danny Trejo, Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado"

1995

Co-starred with Christopher Walken in Gary Fleder's "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"

1994

First feature collaboration with Adam Sandler, "Airheads"

1994

Portrayed Nick Reve, a struggling indie filmmaker, in Tom DiCillo's 17-minute short "Scene Six, Take One"

1994

Staged a reading of his screenplay "Trees Lounge" in New York City

1994

Played John Travolta and Uma Thurman's surly Buddy Holly waiter at Jackrabbit Slim's in Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"

1993

Made his film-making debut (produced, directed and wrote) with the 14-minute short "What Happened to Pete?"

1992

Landed first starring role in Alexandre Rockwell's "In the Soup"

1992

Cast in breakthrough supporting role as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's debut feature "Reservoir Dogs"

1991

Portrayed Chet the bellhop at the Hotel Earle in the Coens' "Barton Fink"

1990

Made his first collaboration with the Coen brothers in "Miller's Crossing"

1990

Played the henchman of Laurence Fishburne named Test Tube in Abel Ferrara’s "King of New York"

1989

Made TV miniseries debut in hit CBS Western "Lonesome Dove"

1988

Received first mainstream feature credit in "Vibes"

1986

Landed first featured role as Nick, an AIDS-stricken man in independent feature "Parting Glances"

1986

Appeared in guest shots on "Miami Vice" (NBC) and "The Equalizer" (CBS)

1985

Left Fire Department to pursue acting full-time

1984

Made screen debut in "The Way It Is, or Eurydice in the Avenues"

1981

Introduced by fellow fireman-actor Dean Tulipane to a theater group at Westbeth, an artists' housing complex

1980

Served as a firefighter for four years with FDNY

1978

Moved to East Village, becoming involved with downtown performance scene

Began performing while in high school

Joined Tarantino's A Band Apart's roster of commercial directors

Raised in Long Island, NY from age eight

On advice of his father, took acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Institute

Performed as a stand-up comic with actor Rockets Redglare at now defunct Taxi Cabaret; met future wife Jo Anders

Also on advice of his father, took Civil Service exam for New York City Fire Department

Bonus Trivia

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The day after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Buscemi called on his training as a firefighter and worked as a volunteer searching for survivors in the rubble of what was the World Trade Center. That week, he worked 12 hour shifts digging through the rubble, while refusing to do interviews or have his picture taken.

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When he was four, Buscemi ran out into the street and was hit by a Brooklyn city bus, fracturing his skull. At 18, he received a settlement of $6,000 from the city for the bus accident. Buscemi used that money to pay tuition at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan.

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On working with his son in "Trees Lounge" (1996): "That was nerve-wracking. He was only about four and I was afraid he might give me a hard time because I was just his father and not the director. So I got a backup kid to come in just in case. Well, my son turned out to be a total pro and the other boy was just left standing around. I felt sorry for him."There was a video camcorder on the set, so at lunchtime I handed it to my wife and said, 'We're going to give the other kid a boost here.' I pretended we were doing the scene again with my wife video-taping it. I yelled 'Action' and we did the whole thing. Then, I felt better because as an actor I know what it's like to get cut out of a scene." – Buscemi to Jeanne Wolf in the Daily News, Sept. 29, 1996

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About the real Trees Lounge: "A couple of years ago it was sold, and when they took the neon sign down, I bought it and stored it behind my parents' garage. For the film we found a bar in Queens, got the Trees Lounge sign and put it out front." – Buscemi quoted in People magazine, Oct. 21, 1996

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In April 2001, while filming "Domestic Disturbance" (2001), Buscemi, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, and co-star Vince Vaughn were involved in a bar fight in Wilmington, NC. Buscemi was stabbed but was reportedly not seriously injured.

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