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Steve Buscemi has built a career out of portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema.
Buscemi has won an Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in MGM's "Ghost World" directed by Terry Zwigoff, co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his role as Tony Blundetto in Season 5 of "The Sopranos," and received a Guest Actor Emmy nomination for his appearance on NBC's "30 Rock." He was recently nominated for a Lola, from the German Film Academy Awards, for his work in "John Rabe," directed by Academy Award-winning director Florian Gallenberger, and starring an international cast.
He is currently starring in the HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire," which has garnered him a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
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 Junior began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown theatres. This soon led to Steve being cast in his first lead 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 IFP 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 IFP Spirit Award for his standout performance as Mr. Pink; 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" with Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener; "Desperado"; "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"; Robert Altman's "Kansas City"; John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A." with Kurt Russell; Jerry Bruckheimer Productions' "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" with Adam Sandler; "I Think I Love My Wife" with Chris Rock; and numerous cameo appearances in films such as "Rising Sun," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Big Daddy," "Pulp Fiction," and "The Wedding Singer."
One of the most prolific actors of his generation (in addition to being a writer and director), Steve Buscemi has earned over 40 entertainment industry nominations and awards, and recently won both the Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Boardwalk Empire." Steve's embarking on a journey in hopes of finding interesting ancestors with compelling stories...…