By consistently portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema, STEVE BUSCEMI has built one a singular career in American movies.
In 2002 he won the Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden GlobeÂ® for his role in MGM’s “GHOST WORLD” directed by Terry Zwigoff, co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. He was also nominated for an EmmyÂ® and a DGA Award for directing the “Pine Barrens” episode of HBO’s “THE SOPRANOS”.
Buscemi can now be seen in Columbia Picture’s “BIG FISH” co-starring Ewan McGregor, directed by Tim Burton about a writer who learns that his father is dying and through their sharing of tall tales, the writer comes to terms with his ancestry as well as his deepest dreams. “BIG FISH” has been nominated for 4 Golden GlobesÂ® including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
And in March 2004 you can see Buscemi acting in and directing the 5th season of “THE SOPRANOS.”
In 2002, Buscemi’s films included “MR. DEEDS” opposite Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder playing the character “Crazy Eyes.” He was also seen in Dimension Film’s “SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS” with Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton, directed by Robert Rodriguez and “SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER.”
In the Fall of 2002, Buscemi was seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s “THE GREY ZONE” with Harvey Keitel, David Arquette and Mira Sorvino. The film depicts the lives of the Sonderkommando, Jews who were forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews and found themselves in a moral grey zone. He was also seen in “LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONEY” directed by Peter Mattei, based loosely on Arthur Schnitzler’s book Reigen/Liebelei.
Other completed projects include “13 MOONS”, “DOUBLE WHAMMY”, and the HBO telefilm “THE LARAMIE PROJECT.” He has also provided the voices for characters in the animated features: Pixar’s “MONSTERS, INC.” and Columbia Pictures’ “FINAL FANTASY.”
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 a fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Junior began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown theatres. This soon led to his being cast in his first lead role in Bill Sherwood’s “PARTING GLANCES” as a musician with AIDS.
Since then, he has become the actor of choice for many of the best directors in the business. His resume includes Jim Jarmusch’s “MYSTERY TRAIN” for which he received an IFP Spirit Award Nomination, Alexandre Rockwell’s 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winner “IN THE SOUP”, Martin Scorcese’s “NEW YORK STORIES”, the Coen Brothers’ “MILLERS CROSSING”, “BARTON FINK”, the Academy Award-winning “FARGO” and “THE BIG LEBOWSKI”, Stanley Tucci’s “THE IMPOSTERS”, the Jerry Bruckheimer productions “CON AIR” and “ARMAGEDDON”, Tom DiCillo’s Sundance Film Festival award-winning “LIVING IN OBLIVION” with Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener, “TWENTY BUCKS”, John Carpenter’s “ESCAPE FROM L.A.” with Kurt Russell, “DESPERADO”, Paramount’s “DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE”, opposite John Travolta and Vince Vaughn, “THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD”, Alexandre Rockwell’s “SOMEBODY TO LOVE”, with Rosie Perez, in which he played a transvestite taxi dancer, an IFP Spirit Award-winning performance as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino’s “RESERVOIR DOGS”, Robert Altman’s “KANSAS CITY”, and numerous cameo appearances in films such as “RISING SUN”, “THE HUDSUCKER PROXY”, “BIG DADDY”, and “THE WEDDING SINGER”.
In addition to his talents as an actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and a director, as well. 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”, (Live Entertainment) which he also wrote, and starred in. The film, which co-starred Chloe Sevigny, Sam Jackson, and Anthony La Pagalia, made its debut in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and was released domestically in Fall 1996.
Buscemi’s second feature film as a director, “ANIMAL FACTORY”, told the story about a young man sent to prison in an unjustly harsh sentence, who eventually becomes a product of his environment. The film, based on a book by Edward Bunker, starred Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong.
Buscemi will once again be the director on his next project “LONESOME JIM” starting production in February 2004, a dysfunctional family comedy-drama starring Liv Tyler and Casey Affleck produced by Buscemi and Gail Niederhoffer’s Plum Pictures.