Steve Buscemi Biography |
  • Steve Buscemi Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA

    STEVE BUSCEMI has built a career out of portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema.

    Buscemi won an Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in director Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World." He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award for his role as Tony Blundetto in season five of "The Sopranos," and received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring appearance on NBC's "30 Rock." He was nominated for a Lola, from the German Film Academy Awards, for his work in "John Rabe," directed by Academy Award® winner Florian Gallenberger.

    He is currently starring in the HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire," which has garnered him a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild® Awards, and two Emmy nominations.

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Buscemi began to show an interest in drama while in his last year of high school. Soon after, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. There, he and fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Jr. began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown theatres, which led to Buscemi's first leading role in Bill Sherwood's "Parting Glances," as a musician with AIDS.

    Since this impressive breakout performance, Buscemi has become the actor of choice for some of the most respected directors in the business. His resume includes Martin Scorsese's "New York Stories"; Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes" and "Mystery Train," for which he received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination; Alexandre Rockwell's "Somebody to Love," and the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winner "In the Soup"; Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," for which he received an Independent Spirit Award; the Coen Brothers' "Miller's Crossing," "Barton Fink," the Academy Award®-winning "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski"; "Twenty Bucks"; Tom DiCillo's "Double Whammy" and his Sundance Film Festival Award-winning "Living in Oblivion"; Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado"; "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"; Robert Altman's "Kansas City"; John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A."; producer Jerry Bruckheimer's "Con Air" and "Armageddon"; Stanley Tucci's "The Imposters"; the HBO telefilm "The Laramie Project"; "Love in the Time of Money"; Tim Burton's "Big Fish"; Michael Bay's "The Island"; Terry Zwigoff's "Art School Confidential"; "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"; "I Think I Love My Wife"; and numerous cameo appearances in films such as "Rising Sun," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Big Daddy," "Pulp Fiction" and "The Wedding Singer."

    Buscemi also provided voices for characters in the animated features "Monsters, Inc." and "Final Fantasy," and can be heard in the feature version of the children's classic "Charlotte's Web" as Templeton, the rat. He was the voice of Nebbercracker in the Oscar®-nominated animated film "Monster House," executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis; Scamper, in "Igor"; and Bucky in "G-Force." He was most recently heard as the voice of Wayne in "Hotel Transylvania" and will reprise his role as the voice of Randall Boggs in "Monsters University," the sequel to "Monsters, Inc.," this summer.

    Buscemi has also proven to be a respected writer and director. His first project was a short film entitled "What Happened to Pete," which was featured at several film festivals, including Rotterdam and LoCarno, and aired on the Bravo Network.

    He marked his full-length feature film directorial debut with "Trees Lounge," which he also wrote and starred in, alongside Chloe Sevigny, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony LaPaglia. It made its debut in the Directors' Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Buscemi's second feature film as a director, "Animal Factory," based on a book by Edward Bunker, starred Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong, and premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. His third directing project, "Lonesome Jim," a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family that starred Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler, was named one of the year's top ten independent films by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

    In 2007, Buscemi co-wrote, directed, and starred in a remake of the Theo Van Gogh film "Interview," with Sienna Miller, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that same year. As a director, his work also includes numerous television credits, including HBO's "Homicide: Life on the Street," for which he was nominated for a DGA Award, and HBO's "The Sopranos," for which he earned Emmy and DGA Award nominations for the "Pine Barrens" episode, during the third season. He also directed episodes of the Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" and Showtime's critically acclaimed drama "Nurse Jackie," starring Edie Falco.

    Buscemi started a New York-based independent film and television production company in 2008, called Olive Productions, with actor/director Stanley Tucci and producer Wren Arthur. Olive has a diverse slate of film and television projects, many of which have been developed for Buscemi and Tucci to direct. They have sold four television shows, a movie to HBO and a movie to Sony Pictures.

    Buscemi's recent screen credits include Miquel Arteta's "Youth in Revolt," Oren Moverman's directorial debut, "The Messenger," and "Rampart." He co-stars in "Grown Ups 2" this summer.

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