STEVE BUSCEMI Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Steve Buscemi (born December 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film and stage character actor. His first lead role was opposite Richard Ganoug in Parting Glances (1986). He is an associate member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group.


Buscemi’s memorable roles include Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, Rockhound in Armageddon, Donny in The Big Lebowski, and Carl Showalter in Fargo. Although usually a supporting actor, he has had critical success as a lead actor, particularly his role as Seymour in Ghost World.


The characters that Steve Buscemi chooses to play are generally neurotic and paranoid. Quentin Tarantino uses Buscemi (sometimes uncredited) in nearly all his movies. He often appears in films by the Coen Brothers.


Buscemi was a New York City firefighter from 1980 to 1984. The day after 9/11 he went to his old fire station to volunteer, working twelve hour shifts at ground zero for a week searching for survivors. He avoided the cameras and did all the work anonymously.


In 2004, Buscemi joined the cast of The Sopranos as Tony Soprano’s cousin and childhood friend, Tony Blundetto. He had previously been involved in the series, as he directed a popular episode of the HBO series several years ago. Buscemi also wrote, directed, and starred in the film Trees Lounge in 1996.