[[caption-width-right:280:Not Creator/JohnWaters.]]

->'''Townsperson:''' Oh, he was a little guy... kinda funny lookin'. \\
'''Officer Olson:''' Uh-huh. In what way? \\
'''Townsperson:''' Oh, just in a general kinda way.
-->-- ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' describes every character Steve Buscemi has ever played.

Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (born December 13, 1957 in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Brooklyn, NY]]) is a character actor beloved of Creator/TheCoenBrothers, Creator/AdamSandler, Creator/QuentinTarantino, and anyone and anything related to the world of Independent cinema.

In a career spanning over twenty years, Buscemi has carved himself a niche playing an assortment of freaks, losers, weirdos, creeps and psychos. It may be possible that his role as [[Film/{{Fargo}} a man who gets fed through a woodchipper]] will have him forever pegged as that "kinda funny lookin'" guy.

In addition to his work as an actor, he has also directed a number of feature films and several episodes of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', ''Series/{{OZ}}'', ''Series/NurseJackie'' and ''Series/TheSopranos'', notably the celebrated "Pine Barrens" episode.

Buscemi later stepped out of his "creepy weirdo" oeuvre to play the lead character Enoch "Nucky" Thompson in HBO's [[TheRoaringTwenties Prohibition Era]] drama ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''.

!!Notable Roles:

* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' (1993) Phil Hickle
* ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' (1994) Rex
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (1998) Rockhound
* ''Film/BigFish'' (2003) Norther Winslow
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' (1998) Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' (2010-2014) Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby'' (2017) Francis E. Francis
* ''Film/ConAir'' (1997) Garland "The Marietta Mangler" Greene
* ''Film/TheDeathOfStalin'' (2017) Nikita Khrushchev
* ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' (1995) [[TheDanza Buscemi]]
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' (1996) Carl Showalter
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' (2001) Neil Fleming
* ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'' (2001) Seymour
* ''Film/TheGreyZone'' (2001) "Hesch" Abramowics
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' (2012) [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wayne]] (voice)
* ''Film/LivingInOblivion'' (1995) Nick Reve
* ''Film/MillersCrossing'' (1990) Mink
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' (2001) Randall Boggs (voice)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' (2013) Randall Boggs (voice)
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' (1992) Mr. Pink
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' (2004-2006) Tony "Tony B" Blundetto/ Man
* ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'' (1990) Bellingham
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' (1995) Mr. Shhh

!!Associated Tropes:
* ChronicallyKilledActor: Especially in Creator/TheCoenBrothers movies, and the brothers note that his remains get smaller and smaller through each film.
* ItsPronouncedTroPay: He pronounces it as "boo-se-mee" and there's a lot of fans who say "boo-sheh-mee". His ancestral town of Sicily says "boo-shay-mee", which is closer to the latter's pronunciation.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most of the characters he plays.
* JerkassWoobie: Invoked; many of his characters would be sympathetic if they weren't so unpleasant or ruthless.
* LunaticLoophole: ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', ''Film/ConAir'', ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Steve has been known for a few of these, he is however a nice guy. He was one of the [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/steve-buscemis-incredible-911-story-8818571 firefighters who rescued the hurt victims during 9/11]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Many of his characters, but ''Film/{{Fargo}}'''s Carl Showalter stands out. ''Armageddon'' finally let him play a character who really was as smart as he thought he was. Best shown in an episode of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' where his character is a pretentious longshoreman with delusions of genius who talks down to the detectives whom he views as inferior. They bring in his copy of a Greek manuscript which he cannot read but which Pembleton, who's been playing thick in accordance with Buscemi's racism, can.