[[caption-width-right:343: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}}'' 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:

* ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' - Rex
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' - Rockhound
* ''Film/BigFish'': Norther Winslow
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' - Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' - Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby'' - Francis E. Francis
* ''Film/ConAir'' - Garland "The Marietta Mangler" Greene
* ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' - [[TheDanza Buscemi]]
* ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' - Carl "The Guy Who Got [[spoiler: Fed Into The Woodchipper"]] Showalter
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin'' - Neil Fleming
* ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'' - Seymour
* ''Film/TheGreyZone'' - 'Hesch' Abramowics
* ''Film/LivingInOblivion''
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' - Randall Boggs (voice)
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' - Randall Boggs (voice)
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' - [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wayne]] (voice)
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' - Mr. Pink
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' - Tony "Tony B" Blundetto/ Man
* ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'' - Bellingham
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' - Mr. Shhh

!!Associated Tropes:
* ChronicallyKilledActor: Especially in Creator/TheCoenBrothers movies, and the brothers note that his remains get smaller and smaller through each film.
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', where his character (the wily Mr. Pink) [[spoiler:is the only one to survive]]...only for him to jog straight into a police ambush and get arrested. With two or more dead cops it doesn't look too good for him.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: He pronounces his last name "Boo-seh-mee," not "Boo-sheh-mee," as many people seem to think. He says that he doesn't bother correcting people because most people know him by the other pronunciation. He also learned on a trip to Italy that the standard Italian pronunciation is closer to the "incorrect" version.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most of the characters he plays.
* JerkassWoobie: Invoked; many of his characters would be sympathetic if they weren't so unpleasant or ruthless.
* LeanAndMean: He's quite cadaverous.
* LunaticLoophole: ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', ''Film/ConAir'', ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: [[invoked]] Despite playing immoral/amoral weasels, he has been described as a consummate professional whom everyone likes. A former fire-fighter, he immediately went to his old firehouse and helped look for survivors of the 9/11 attacks.
* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]] If a job pays well enough, he'll generally do it.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's pushing 60, but still looks like he's in his 40s. In ''Film/{{Airheads}}'', [[DawsonCasting he was 36 when he played the 20-something]] metalhead Rex, and was more convincing than actual (then-)20-something costars Creator/BrendanFraser and Creator/AdamSandler.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]]
** ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', as noted above. Enoch Thompson is a powerful, charming [[TheDon Don]], leading a successful career as a charismatic politician and powerbroker, a commanding gangster, and all-around king of Atlantic City.
** Donny in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', a nice, upbeat, naive guy who's never allowed to speak for more than a second. The last part was done as a nod to the fact the his character in ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' wouldn't shut up.
** An earlier example is ''Film/InTheSoup'' in which his character is a struggling but sweet film director with an unrequited crush on Jennifer Beals' character
** His character in the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Forever Ambergris" is a nice (if naive) fellow. Among other things, he's, a gifted photographer who either doesn't notice how gifted he is or just doesn't let it go to his head.
** In the German biopic ''John Rabe'', he plays a heroic American doctor.
* 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** Buscemi was considered to be cast for the role of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Scarecrow]] in the cancelled Franchise/{{Batman}} film, ''Batman Unchained''.
** If Creator/JohnMalkovich hadn't been up for it, the film might have been called ''[[Film/BeingJohnMalkovich Being Steve Buscemi]]'' instead.