Steve Buscemi

Buscemi, Steve

Omnipresent fixture of the U.S. independent film world with a penchant for playing smalltime hoods and whacked-out cranks who rant compellingly about being locked in the loser’s column of life.

A former Long Island ice-cream-truck driver and New York City fireman, Buscemi first appeared as an angry HIV-positive rock musician in Parting Glances (1986).

He subsequently became a Joel and Ethan Coen regular, appearing variously as a gangster (Miller’s Crossing, 1990), quirky bellhop (Barton Fink, 1991), beatnik barkeep (The Hudsucker Proxy, 1994), and sallow hitman (Fargo, 1996).

Buscemi’s widest exposure came as the surly anti-waitstaff hustler Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs (1992), a role that triggered work in a panoply of pathology-chic films including Desperado (1992) and Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995).

His familiarity with New York’s downtown film scene was put to use in his portrayal of a harried director in both Tom DeCillo’s Living… Continue reading