Birth Date: December 13, 1957
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Notable Films: Miller’s Crossing, Reservoir Dogs, Ghost World, The Big Lebowski
Awards: Golden Globe (Best Performance By an Actor in TV Drama | Boardwalk Empire)
Steve Buscemi Biography:
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, to a mother who was a restaurant hostess, and a father who was a sanitation worker. During his last year of high school, Buscemi was bitten by the acting bug, and, after graduation, he moved to Manhattan to study acting under John Strasberg. From 1980-84 he worked as a firefighter with Engine Company No. 55. He still acted on the side, writing and performing his own theater pieces, and managed to land a role in Parting Glances (1986).
During this time, Buscemi began a prolific, and successful, working relationship with The Coen Brothers. He has appeared in no less than six Coen Brothers movies to date, starting with Miller’s Crossing (1990), and, most recently Paris, je t’aime (2006). One of Buscemi’s most iconic roles was in the Coen Brother’s comedy classic The Big Lebowski (1998).
One of his most recognizable roles is Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992). The film developed a cult following and cemented Buscemi’s status as a popular cult actor in the independent movie scene of the 1990s.
Buscemi has also made the transition into television, and in 2004 he joined the cast of The Sopranos, as Tony Soprano’s cousin Tony Blundetto. More recently, he was cast as the lead in the Martin Scorsese-produced crime period drama Boardwalk Empire.
Steve is best-known for his distinctive and unusual appearance, including his crooked teeth and large eyes. He has been married since 1987, to American filmmaker Jo Andres, and the couple have one child.