Quite a number of commercially successful hit series and indie films, including Mystery Train, New York Stories, Reservoir Dogs and Parting Glances, brought Steve Buscemi to the spotlight and he didn’t rest on his oars but held his ground and rode the wave of fame to become a renowned American actor to date. The actor’s talent does not end with acting, he is also a very successful film director and screenwriter with films like Lonesome Jim, The Sopranos, Oz and 30 Walk to his credit.
His numerous exploits in the entertainment industry have earned him many prestigious awards over the years, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for Reservoir Dogs in 1992; the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for Ghost World. Also for the same movie, Ghost World, he received the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, in addition to bagging the coveted Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for Boardwalk Empire in 2011. The same role earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Steve Buscemi’s Background and Career
Steven Vincent Buscemi was born on the 13th of December 1957 to John Buscemi (Father) and Dorothy Wilson (mother). The actor had humble beginnings because his father was just an ordinary sanitation worker and a Korean war veteran while his mother worked as a host at Howard Johnson. Steve was raised as a Roman Catholic faithful along with his three brothers – Jon, Ken, and Michael. Michael Buscemi is in the same profession as Steve.
In 1975, Steve graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in Nassau County, New York. While in the school, he was a member of the drama troupe and also participated in wrestling for the varsity squad. He was at Nassau Community College briefly before he moved to enroll in the Lee Strasberg Institute in Manhattan (1980).
At the age of 18, Steve took a civil service test and became a firefighter in New York City in 1976. He worked in FDNY’s Engine Co in Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood in New York City for four years. Because of his humane nature, Steve returned to Engine 55 After the 9/11 disaster and worked for days on a rescue mission at the World Trade Center. After that gruesome experience, he was moved to make a speech in support of higher wages for firefighters at a union rally. He earned an appointment as an Honorary Battalion of the FDNY for his effort.
We can say that Steve is emotionally attached to his hometown since he went back to his childhood village of Valley Stream to shoot his film titled Trees Lounge. Steve actually starred in and served as a screenwriter in the film which he also directed.
What Happened to Steve Buscemi’s Eyes and Teeth?
The actor has a dental disorder which he has refused to correct. In another twist, his dental disorder and its accompanying crooked smile is actually his signature look. Steve has been able to aptly portray lowlife characters because of this and it has turned him into a sort of brand any producer would go for when such a role needs to be filled.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed Steve has been adamant about his dentition being altered, in an interview with the entertainment magazine, the actor said he has had offers from dentists to fix his teeth but he’s not having any of it.
Like his misaligned dentition, his eyes are distinguished by their old appearance and wrinkles. His eyes are a wonder when you photoshop them on other people, although according to him, he doesn’t find it amusing. Steve’s eyes, just like his teeth, contribute greatly to the characters which he portrays in films and they are often crooked or demented people. The nature of his eyes and teeth is apparently from birth and not as a result of an accident.
Other Facts About Him
- Net Worth
Steve has earned quite a tidy sum of money in his career, he garnered his egg nest through several films and TV series he has featured in and also from films he has directed. It is on record that during his hit TV series Boardwalk Empire, he took $75,000 per episode and per movie, he took $600,000 to $800,000. In all, Steve’s net worth is estimated at $35 million.
- Steve Buscemi’s Wife
Steve Buscemi is married to Jo Andres. They got married in 1987 after two years of courtship. During their courtship, Steve was inspired to write many romantic songs for Jo Andres. Their courtship was a unique one which may be the reason why the couple is still together and enjoying a happy marriage for over 30 years.
- Who is His Son and What is He Known For?
The couple had their first child Lucian Buscemi in 1990. He is currently following in his father’s footsteps. He is credited as an actor, producer, director, and musician. He has been credited for playing various acting roles in film projects like Dos C (2009), The Sopranos (2004), and Trees Lounge (1996). In 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011), Sal (2011) he worked as a sound assistant.
- The Buscemi Eyes Meme and What Steve Buscemi Thinks of It
A while ago, the Buscemi eyes meme which had people replace the eyes of celebrities in pictures with Buscemi’s trended. Some people found the trend funny but to others, including Steve himself, he didn’t find it funny. In a Late Night chat which he had with Seth Meyers after Meyers showed him a few pictures of Disney princesses whose eyes were Buscemified, Steve responded “It makes those characters a little bit hotter, don’t you think?”