Tuesday, December 13, 2005

happy birthday, steve buscemi

Steve Buscemi

The character actor probably best known for Fargo and Reservoir Dogs was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1957. He is a slightly odd looking man with the ability to play psychos, sympathetic losers, and psycho sympathetic losers—not unlike a modern day Peter Lorre, if you will. I liked him best in Ghost World, The Big Lebowski, and in his recurring role on the under appreciated Nickelodeon series from the early nineties, “The Adventures of Pete and Pete”.

His name, by the way, is pronounced "Buss-ehm-ee", not "Boo-see-me". I have gone with this second pronounciation for years now and I have been wrong. However, any number of Camino relatives would have probably interpreted it as "Bucks-am-I".

Here are seven things you might not have known about Steve Buscemi:

1. He resembles director John Waters so much that Waters once jokingly sent out Christmas cards bearing Buscemi’s photo instead of his own.

2. He auditioned for the role of George Costanza on “Seinfeld”.

3. His short cameos are often the best things about any Adam Sandler film.

4. He frequented bars around Montgomery, AL while filming Big Fish and often bought rounds of drinks for all in attendance.

5. He has been in five Coen brother films, and his character was killed in three of them.

6. He has directed several episodes of “The Sopranos”.

7. He was a New York City firefighter in the early eighties and continues to serve as a volunteer fireman. In the days after 9/11 he worked anonymously alongside other volunteer firemen to sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center.


Blogger Chez Bez said...

Did you read those facts in The New Yorker? I think that's where I read about those things too.

I would also put Trees Lounge on my short list.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

I'd add that after Paul McCartney and Heather Mills met him in 2001, they were so impressed with him and his volunteer work that they decided to invite him to their wedding in 2002.

I didn't care for his role on the Sopranos, though. Way too violent.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

It is odd that he's had so many roles in both violent films and children's films. He seems like a really nice guy.

I can't remember where I read these, Michael, but I'm pretty sure that I didn't make them up.

6:38 AM  
Blogger melusina said...

Wow, I have even more respect for him after reading these facts!

And geez, he doesn't really seem 48. I mean he has always looked old in a way, but his attitude is way younger than 48. Or maybe I just think that because I am inching ever closer to my 40's.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

I've noticed that my notions of "old" keep getting pushed further back.

10:56 PM  

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