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Steve Buscemi

Highest Rated:   97% The Death of Stalin (2017)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
One of the most important character actors of the 1990s, Steve Buscemi is unmatched in his ability to combine lowlife posturing with weasely charisma. Although active in the cinema since the mid-'80s, it was not until Quentin Tarantino cast Buscemi as Mr. Pink in the 1992 Reservoir Dogs that the actor became known to most audience members. He would subsequently appear to great effect in other Tarantino films, as well as those of the Coen Brothers, where his attributes blended perfectly into the off-kilter landscape.Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 13, 1957, Buscemi was raised on Long Island. He gained an interest in acting while a senior in high school, but he had no idea of how to pursue a professional career in the field. Working as a fireman for four years, he began to perform stand-up comedy, but he eventually realized that he wanted to do more dramatic theatrical work. After moving to Manhattan's East Village, he studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and he also began writing and performing skits in various parts of the city. His talents were eventually noticed by filmmaker Bill Sherwood, who was casting his film Parting Glances. The 1986 drama was one of the first feature films to be made about AIDS (Sherwood himself died from AIDS in 1990), and it starred Buscemi as Nick, a sardonic rock singer suffering from the disease. The film, which was a critical success on the independent circuit, essentially began Buscemi's career as a respected independent actor.Buscemi's resume was given a further boost that same year by his recurring role as a serial killer on the popular TV drama L.A. Law; he subsequently began finding steady work in such films as New York Stories and Mystery Train (both 1989). In 1990, he had another career breakthrough with his role in Miller's Crossing, which began his longtime collaboration with the Coen brothers. The Coens went on to cast Buscemi in nearly all of their films, featuring him to particularly memorable effect in Barton Fink (1991), in which he played a bell boy; Fargo (1996), which featured him as an ill-fated kidnapper; and The Big Lebowski (1998), which saw him portray a laid-back ex-surfer. Although Buscemi has done his best work outside of the mainstream, turning in other sterling performances in Alexandre Rockwell's In the Soup (1992) and Tom Di Cillo's Living in Oblivion (1995), he has occasionally appeared in such Hollywood megaplex fare as Con Air (1997), Armageddon (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and 28 Days (2000), the last of which cast him against type as Sandra Bullock's rehab counselor. Back in indieville, Buscemi would next utilize his homely persona in a more sympathetic manner as a soulful loner with a penchant for collecting old records in director Terry Zwigoff's (Crumb) Ghost World. Despite all indicators pointing to mainstream prolifieration in the new millennium, Buscemi continued to display his dedication to independent film projects with roles in such efforts as Alaxandre Rockwell's 13 Moons and Peter Mattei's Love in the Time of Money (both 2002). Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and Buscemi's memorable appearances in such big budget efforts as Mr Deeds and both Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over served to remind audiences that Buscemi was still indeed at the top of his game, perhaps now more than ever. In 1996, Buscemi made his screenwriting and directorial debut with Trees Lounge, a well-received comedy drama in which he played a down-on-his-luck auto mechanic shuffling through life on Long Island. He followed up his directorial debut in 2000 with Animal Factory, a subdued prison drama starring Edward Furlong as a young inmate who finds protection from his fellow prisoners in the form of an older convict (Willem Dafoe). Moving to the small screen, Buscemi would next helm an episode of the acclaimed HBO mob drama The Sopranos. Called Pine Barrens, the episode instantly became a fan-favorite.In 2004, Buscemi stepped in front of the camera o

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  • Wayne
2018
90% Lean on Pete
  • Del
2018
88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer)
  • Rabbi Blumenthal
$3.9M 2017
51% The Boss Baby
  • Francis Francis
$175M 2017
97% The Death of Stalin
  • Nikita Khrushchev
2017
55% Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Wayne
2015
79% Time Out Of Mind
  • Building Manager
2015
9% The Cobbler
  • Jimmy
2015
0% The Ridiculous 6
  • Doc Griffin
2015
No Score Yet A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
  • Actor
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet My Depression
  • Actor
2014
44% Khumba
  • Skalk
$91k 2013
7% Grown Ups 2
  • Wiley
$127.5M 2013
79% Monsters University
  • Randy
$260.4M 2013
37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • Anton Marvelton
$22.6M 2013
44% Hotel Transylvania
  • Wayne
$148.3M 2012
74% Rampart
  • Bill Blago
$1M 2012
No Score Yet The Chosen One
  • Neal
2011
79% Blank City
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Waiter
2011
No Score Yet Pete Smalls is Dead
  • Bernie Roth
2011
10% Grown Ups
  • Wiley
$162.1M 2010
75% John Rabe
  • Dr. Robert Wilson
$0.1M 2010
80% Handsome Harry
  • Thomas Kelly
2010
23% Saint John of Las Vegas
  • Executive Producer
  • John
$72.7k 2010
66% Youth in Revolt
  • George Twisp
$15.2M 2010
89% The Messenger
  • Dale Martin
$1.1M 2009
23% G-Force
  • Bucky
$119.5M 2009
17% Rage
  • Frank
2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
  • Actor
2009
37% Igor
  • Scamper
$19.5M 2008
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
  • Actor
$0.2M 2007
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Angelo
$0.4M 2007
82% Delirious
  • Les Galantine
2007
14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Clint Fitzer
$119.8M 2007
57% Interview
  • Director
  • Pierre Peders
  • Screenwriter
$0.3M 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • The Tourist
$4.9M 2007
19% I Think I Love My Wife
  • George
$12.5M 2007
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Templeton
$82.2M 2006
91% ...So Goes the Nation
  • Actor
2006
74% Monster House
  • Nebbercracker
$73.7M 2006
36% Art School Confidential
  • Broadway Bob D'Annunzio
$3.2M 2006
60% Lonesome Jim
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
39% The Island
  • McCord
$35.9M 2005
No Score Yet Champion
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Excavating Taylor Mead
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Nobody Wants Your Film
  • Actor
2005
33% Rockets Redglare!
  • Actor
2004
65% Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Waiter
$2M 2004
54% Home on the Range
  • Wesley
$49.9M 2004
77% Big Fish
  • Norther Winslow
$66.3M 2003
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Romero
2003
36% Double Whammy
  • Jerry Cubbins
2002
18% Love in the Time of Money
  • Martin Kunkle
2002
69% The Grey Zone
  • Abramowics
2002
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Romero
2002
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Crazy Eyes
$126.3M 2002
92% The Laramie Project
  • Doc O'Connor
2002
No Score Yet 13 Moons
  • Bananas the Clown
2002
96% Monsters, Inc.
  • Randall Boggs
$34.1M 2001
24% Domestic Disturbance
  • Ray Coleman
$44.4M 2001
92% Ghost World
  • Seymour
$4.7M 2001
44% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Neil
2001
82% Animal Factory
  • A.R. Hosspack
  • Director
  • Producer
2000
31% 28 Days
  • Cornell
2000
40% Big Daddy
  • Homeless Guy
1999
62% The Impostors
  • Happy Franks
1999
39% Armageddon
  • Rockhound
1998
No Score Yet Double Date Night: The Big Lebowski
  • Actor
1998
81% The Big Lebowski
  • Donny
1998
32% The Real Blonde
  • Nick
1998
67% The Wedding Singer
  • David
1998
50% Ed and His Dead Mother
  • Ed Chilton
1997
56% Con Air
  • Garland Greene
1997
80% Divine Trash
  • Actor
1997
81% Trees Lounge
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Tommy
1996
No Score Yet Somebody to Love
  • Mickey
1996
63% Kansas City
  • Johnny Flynn
1996
52% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
  • Map to the Stars Eddie
1996
93% Fargo
  • Carl Showalter
1996
33% Things to Do in Denver...When You're Dead
  • Mister Shhh
1995
No Score Yet The Immortals
  • Actor
1995
62% Desperado
  • Buscemi
1995
88% Living in Oblivion
  • Nick Reve
1995
46% Billy Madison
  • Danny McGrath
1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy
  • Ed Hoyt
1994
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Surly Buddy Holly Waiter
1994
No Score Yet Me and the Mob
  • Conspiracy Nut (uncredited)
1994
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw
  • Philo
1994
21% Airheads
  • Rex
1994
21% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Actor
1994
56% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Beatnik Barman
1994
67% Floundering
  • Ned
1994
34% Rising Sun
  • Willy `The Weasel' Wilhelm
1993
75% Twenty Bucks
  • Frank
1993
No Score Yet Trusting Beatrice
  • Danny
1993
No Score Yet Crisscross
  • Louis
1992
90% Reservoir Dogs
  • Mr. Pink
1992
92% In the Soup
  • Aldolpho Rollo
1992
47% Billy Bathgate
  • Irving
1991
91% Barton Fink
  • Chet
1991
33% Zandalee
  • OPP Man
1991
71% King of New York
  • Test Tube
1990
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Mink
1990
90% The Grifters
  • Kaggs
1990
35% Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
  • Bellingham
1990
88% Mystery Train
  • Charlie
1989
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Whining Willie
1989
13% Slaves of New York
  • Wilfredo
1989
73% New York Stories
  • Gregory Stark
$10.8M 1989
No Score Yet Borders
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Heart of Midnight
  • Eddy
1988
6% Vibes
  • Fred
1988
No Score Yet Call Me
  • Switch Blade
1988
No Score Yet Kiss Daddy Goodnight
  • Johnny
1988
No Score Yet Heart
  • Nicky Eddie's Manager
1987
No Score Yet No Picnic
  • Actor
1987
83% Parting Glances
  • Nick
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
30% Neo Yokio
2017
  • Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2017
97% Portlandia
2011
  • Director
  • Marty
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
89% Bob's Burgers
2011
  • Voice
  • 2016
96% Horace and Pete
2016
  • Pete Wittel
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Director
  • Len Lenny Wosniak
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2007
  • 2003
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Director
  • Tony Blundetto
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Director
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
  • Director
  • Gordon Pratt
  • 1998
  • 1995
63% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
2017
  • Ed

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