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Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, director, and former firefighter. Buscemi has starred and supported in numerous successful Hollywood and indie films, including Parting GlancesNew York StoriesMystery TrainReservoir DogsDesperadoCon AirArmageddonThe Grey ZoneGhost WorldBig Fish, and The Death of Stalin. He is also known for his appearances in the Coen brothersfilms Miller's CrossingBarton FinkThe Hudsucker ProxyFargo, and The Big Lebowski. Buscemi provides the voice of Randall Boggs in the Monsters, Inc. franchise.

He portrayed Dr. Romero in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

Early life

Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to John Buscemi, a sanitation worker and Korean War veteran, and Dorothy (née Wilson) Buscemi, a hostess at Howard Johnson's. Buscemi's father was of Italian descent; his ancestors were from the town of Menfi in Sicily. Buscemi's mother was of Irish, English, and Dutch ancestry.[1][2] He has three brothers--Jon, Ken, and Michael. Michael is also an actor. Buscemi was raised Roman Catholic.[2]

The family moved to Valley Stream in Nassau County and Buscemi graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School, along with classmate and future actress Patricia Charbonneau. In high school Buscemi wrestled for the varsity squad and participated in the drama troupe. Buscemi's 1996 film Trees Lounge, in which he starred and served as screenwriter and director, is set in and was largely shot in his childhood village of Valley Stream.[3] Buscemi briefly attended Nassau Community College before moving to Manhattan to enroll in the Lee Strasberg Institute.

Having taken a civil service test in 1976, Buscemi became a firefighter in New York City in 1980. He served in the FDNY's Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan's Little Italy for four years.[4] After 9/11, Buscemi returned to Engine 55 and for several days worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters to sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center. In 2003, at a union rally, he gave a speech supporting higher wages for firefighters.[5] In 2014 he was appointed an Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY.[6]

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References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20081011235246/http://www.filmlinc.com/fcm/ja07/extbuscemi.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20111029094615/http://www.johnlahr.com/stevebuscemi.html
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/01/nyregion/cinema-arts-film-festival-stresses-the-independents.html
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20030908030635/http://www.firehouse.com/hotshots/slideshow/2002/0514_gz/photo19.html
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20080409210850/http://www.indieking.com/E55.html
  6. https://mobile.twitter.com/fdny/status/530151048577417217

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