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Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

Birthday: 13 December 1957, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: Steven Vincent Buscemi
Height: 175 cm

Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent ...Show More

Steve Buscemi
I don't tend to think of these characters as losers [I play]. I like the struggles that people have, Show more 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. Hide
It's weird; I was not a really tough guy in high school, but I end up playing all of these psychopat Show more 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. Hide
(On working on The Sopranos (1999)) I feel really privileged to have been a part of it and to have w Show more (On working on The Sopranos (1999)) I feel really privileged to have been a part of it and to have worked that closely with it, as a director and as an actor. And as an audience member, I'm still in awe of the show. For me, it never lost that sense of, 'Holy shit... this is fucking great'. Hide
In the beginning, it wasn't even a question of deciding I'm going to do independent film and not com Show more 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. I did a lot of "so-called" independent films that were really low-budget films trying to be commercial. But you certainly make choices when you have a script written by Jim Jarmusch or the Coen brothers or Alexandre Rockwell; I think any actor would feel lucky to be able to work on projects like that. Hide
When I get cast, I always flip to the end of the script to see if my character gets beaten up or kil Show more When I get cast, I always flip to the end of the script to see if my character gets beaten up or killed. I really thought that after getting killed on The Sopranos (1999) I should not accept scripts where I die. I mean, there's nowhere to go after getting killed by Tony Soprano. But then I got offered this great part in The Island (2005). I didn't even make it a third of the way through the movie. I have been surviving a lot more lately, though. Hide
I admire any director who makes his living solely from directing. I'm fortunate enough to earn a dec Show more I admire any director who makes his living solely from directing. I'm fortunate enough to earn a decent wage by occasionally playing psychopaths in other people's movies, allowing me the luxury of not having to depend on the movies I direct to put food on the table. I especially admire independent directors like Tom DiCillo and Alexandre Rockwell, who never stop trying to create their own way. Hide
(2011, on his grossest on-screen death) On Tales from the Crypt (1989), I played a guy involved with Show more (2011, on his grossest on-screen death) On Tales from the Crypt (1989), I played a guy involved with an Agent Orange-y chemical. My body literally rots. They've got me in this prosthetic full-body rotting-guy suit, and then I get shot. They had me squibbed up with 12 to 15 little explosives. Those things sting! So now I'm rotting and shot to pieces. Hide
As much as you tell yourself, 'We made the film and here it is and that is enough,' you would like t Show more 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. Hide
(2011, on Trees Lounge (1996)) It was sort of my life. At 19, I was truly directionless, living with Show more (2011, on Trees Lounge (1996)) It was sort of my life. At 19, I was truly directionless, living with my parents. I was driving an ice-cream truck and working at a gas station. There's nothing wrong with those jobs - it's hard work. But my boss at the gas station was grooming me to be a mechanic, and that's not what I wanted. The drinking age was 18 then, so I spent every night hanging out with my friends in bars, drinking. Hide
The only thing I can compare the feeling of going onstage to is the fear you feel before going into Show more The only thing I can compare the feeling of going onstage to is the fear you feel before going into a burning building. Once you go in there, the fear goes away and you're operating on adrenaline. And when it's over, if you've done well, it's something you've shared with these people you automatically feel close to. Hide
My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail.
My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that mea Show more My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig. Hide
(2011) I remember my son once asked me, "Did you ever, like, kiss in high school?" And I told him th Show more (2011) I remember my son once asked me, "Did you ever, like, kiss in high school?" And I told him this long drawn-out story of how shy I was, how I finally got a girlfriend but she broke up with me because I was too shy to try to kiss her, and then I had another girlfriend but still couldn't figure out kissing. The technique was always a big obstacle in my head, like, How do you kiss? Where does your chin go? Forget about anything beyond kissing-first base was a total mystery to me. So I'm telling my son this long story, and he listens patiently until he finally realizes where I'm going with it, and he says, "Dad, no-did you like Kiss in high school? Kiss, the band!" And I was, "Oh yeah, Kiss...they were good." Hide
Steve Buscemi's FILMOGRAPHY
All as Actor (173) as Director (2)
Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi'S roles
Ray Coleman
Ray Coleman

Test Tube
Test Tube

Del
Del

Mr. Pink
Mr. Pink

Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos
Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos

Norther Winslow
Norther Winslow

Dwight
Dwight

Mink
Mink

Map to the Stars Eddie
Map to the Stars Eddie

Seymour
Seymour

Wiley
Wiley

Crazy Eyes
Crazy Eyes

Romero
Romero

Ike
Ike

Rex
Rex

Chet
Chet

Himself - Host, Billy, Jim Gordon, Mr. Pink, Various
Himself - Host, Billy, Jim Gordon, Mr. Pink, Various

Nebbercracker
Nebbercracker

Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi

Anton Marvelton
Anton Marvelton

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man

George
George

Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson

Wayne
Wayne

Pete
Pete

Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

Wesley
Wesley

Carl Showalter
Carl Showalter

Buscemi
Buscemi

Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene
Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene

James McCord
James McCord

Rockhound
Rockhound

Bucky
Bucky

Randall Boggs
Randall Boggs

Tony Blundetto
Tony Blundetto

Neil
Neil

Homeless Guy
Homeless Guy

Daytrader
Daytrader

Gregory Stark
Gregory Stark

Lenny Wosniak
Lenny Wosniak

George Twisp
George Twisp

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