Officer Olson: Uh-huh. In what way?
Townsperson: Oh, just in a general kinda way.
Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (born December 13, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY) is a character actor beloved of The Coen Brothers, Adam Sandler, Quentin Tarantino, and anyone and anything related to the world of Independent cinema.
In a career spanning over thirty 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 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 Homicide: Life on the Street, OZ, Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, notably the celebrated "Pine Barrens" episode.
- Parting Glances (1986) Nick
- Mystery Train (1989) Charlie the Barber
- King of New York (1990) Test Tube
- Miller's Crossing (1990) Mink
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) Bellingham
- Barton Fink (1991) Chet
- Billy Bathgate (1991) Irving
- Reservoir Dogs (1992) Mr. Pink
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1993) Phil Hickle
- Rising Sun (1993) The Weasel
- Airheads (1994) Rex
- Living in Oblivion (1995) Nick Reve
- Desperado (1995) Buscemi
- Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) Mr. Shhh
- Fargo (1996) Carl Showalter
- Escape from L.A. (1996) Map to the Stars Eddie
- Con Air (1997) Garland "The Marietta Mangler" Greene
- Armageddon (1998) Rockhound
- The Big Lebowski (1998) Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos
- The Impostors (1998) Happy Franks
- 28 Days (2000) Cornell Shaw
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Neil Fleming
- Ghost World (2001) Seymour
- The Grey Zone (2001) "Hesch" Abramowics
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) Randall Boggs (voice)
- Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) Romero
- Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Romero
- Big Fish (2003) Norther Winslow
- The Sopranos (2004-2006) Tony "Tony B" Blundetto/ Man
- The Island (2005) James McCord
- Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014) Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
- Hotel Transylvania (2012) Wayne (voice)
- Monsters University (2013) Randall Boggs (voice)
- The Boss Baby (2017) Francis E. Francis
- Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Daytrader (voice)
- The Death of Stalin (2017) Nikita Khrushchev
- Elena of Avalor (2018) Saloso
- Miracle Workers (2019) God
- Chronically Killed Actor: Especially in The Coen Brothers movies, and the brothers note that his remains get smaller and smaller through each film.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: 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.
- Jerkass Woobie: Invoked; many of his characters would be sympathetic if they weren't so unpleasant or ruthless.
- Lunatic Loophole: Armageddon, Con Air, Reservoir Dogs.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Small Name, Big Ego: Many of his characters, but 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 Homicide: Life on the Street 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.