Steve Buscemi has won an Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award, and was nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role in Terry Zwigoff’s GHOST WORLD. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his role as Tony Blundetto in season five of “The Sopranos,” and received Guest Actor Emmy nominations for his appearances on NBC’s “30 Rock” and IFC’s “Portlandia.”
He starred in the HBO drama, “Boardwalk Empire,” which garnered him a Golden Globe® Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy nominations.
Buscemi is the actor of choice for some of the most respected film directors in the business, including: Martin Scorsese (NEW YORK STORIES); Jim Jarmusch (COFFEE AND CIGARETTES and MYSTERY TRAIN); The Coen Brothers (MILLER’S CROSSING, BARTON FINK, FARGO, THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI); Quentin Tarantino (PULP FICTION and RESERVOIR DOGS, for which he won an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Male;); Robert Altman (KANSAS CITY); John Carpenter (ESCAPE FROM LA); Stanley Tucci (THE IMPOSTORS); Tim Burton (BIG FISH); Tom DiCillo (LIVING IN OBLIVION); Alexandre Rockwell (IN THE SOUP and SOMEBODY TO LOVE); Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER, RAMPART, and TIME OUT OF MIND); Terry Zwigoff (ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL); Robert Rodriguez (DESPERADO); and Miguel Arteta (YOUTH IN REVOLT).
He has also appeared in Hollywood hits like CON AIR, ARMAGEDDON, THE ISLAND, RISING SUN, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY, I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE, BIG DADDY, THE WEDDING SINGER, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, GROWN UPS 2. Some of his other memorable films include THE LARAMIE PROJECT, LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONEY, and THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD. Buscemi has also provided the voices for characters in many animated features including MONSTERS, INC. and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; FINAL FANTASY; CHARLOTTE’S WEB; MONSTER HOUSE; IGOR; G-FORCE; HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.
As a writer/director, Buscemi’s first project was the short WHAT HAPPENED TO PETE, which was featured at several film festivals and aired on the Bravo Network. He wrote and starred in his feature debut, TREES LOUNGE, along with Chloë Sevigny, Samuel Jackson, and Anthony LaPaglia. The film 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, ANIMAL FACTORY, based on a book by Edward Bunker, starred Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong, and premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. He followed with LONESOME JIM (2005), a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family, starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler. Buscemi co-wrote, directed, and starred with Sienna Miller in INTERVIEW (2007), a Theo Van Gogh remake which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. A GOOD JOB: STORIES OF THE FDNY, was produced by Buscemi (a former New York City firefighter) and directed by Oscar® nominated director Liz Garbus. Buscemi also has many TV directing credits, including “Homicide: Life on the Street” (DGA Award nomination); “The Sopranos” (Emmy and DGA Awards for Season 3’s “Pine Barrens” episode); “30 Rock,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Portlandia. The second season of Buscemi’s Emmy-nominated AOL unscripted web series “Park Bench,” premiered last summer.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Buscemi studied acting with John Strasberg. With fellow
actor/writer Mark Boone Junior, he began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown theatres. This soon led to his being cast in his breakout role in Bill Sherwood’s PARTING GLANCES (1986) as a musician with AIDS.
Buscemi most recently co-starred opposite Louis CK in the web series “Horace & Pete.”