After the devastating terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in September, 2001, actor Steve Buscemi returned to his old job of a firefighter. He worked 12-hour long shifts for a number days, hand-in-hand with the other professional firefighters from across the country combing for survivors in the heap of America’s wounded national pride. Born and brought up in New York, Buscemi cleared the FDNY civil service examination at the age of 18 and joined the firefighter brigade of Manhattan in the ’80s. He served as a firefighter for four years till 1984. When he realized that he couldn’t resist the call of cinema anymore, he left the brigade and moved to Los Angeles for better opportunities as an actor.
He made his acting debut in 1985 with the Eric Mitchell directorial ‘The Way It Is.’ His major works from that period include ‘Parting Glances’ (1986), ‘Slaves of New York’ (1988) and ‘Tales from the Darkside’ (1990), in which he played the role of Bellingham, a grim student who shipped home a mummy to spread horror among his college mates, played by Christian Slater and Julianne Moore. The character formally inaugurated Buscemi’s long legacy of crime and horror on screen. He followed the momentum with the role of a hitman named Test Tube alongside Laurence Fishburne in the movie ‘King of New York.’
After playing several gangsters, criminals and henchmen, he got his long-awaited breakthrough with the 1992 movie ‘Reservoir Dogs’ directed by Quentin Tarantino. Buscemi played the character Mr. Pink in the trend-setting movie which went on to become a cult phenomenon. Mr. Pink showed Hollywood a whole different face of evil, freezing viewers in shock. The movie catapulted Buscemi’s career into new heights. Everything about him, like his thin physique, peculiar skin and eyes, became a sensation. He was the prototype of eccentric and crazy characters that Hollywood dearly loved. Obviously, the actor went through a period of stereotyping with a slew of shadowy characters. Buscemi became a regular collaborator of Coen Brothers and Robert Rodriguez. His major works during that phase include ‘Miller’s Crossing’ (1990), ‘Barton Fink’ (1991), ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ (1994), ‘Fargo‘ (1996), ‘The Big Lebowski‘ (1998) and ‘Spy Kids‘ film franchise.
Buscemi changed the course of his career during the early 2000s. In 2001, he appeared in the black comedy ‘Ghost World’ alongside Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. In the same year, he played a significant role in the controversial World War II movie ‘The Grey Zone,’ which was panned by critics for its portrayal of Jews in Nazi concentration camps. But Buscemi went ahead with his chosen path, playing characters dwelling in grey zones. The actor made his directorial debut in 1996 with the movie ‘Trees Lounge,’ which earned positive reviews. He also helmed the Emmy nominated episode named ‘Pine Barrens’ in the drama series ‘The Sopranos‘ in 1999. He joined the cast of the iconic series after directing a few more episodes in the next season. Apart from being an actor and director, Buscemi is a renowned voice actor with several popular titles to his credit including ‘Monsters, Inc.’ (2001), ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (2006), ‘G-Force’ (2009), and ‘Monsters University’ (2013).
During the late 2000s, he started playing comedic roles in movies like ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry’ (2007), ‘Grown Ups’ (2010), ‘Hotel Transylvania‘ (2012), and ‘Grown Ups 2’ (2013). He also established a successful onscreen partnership with Adam Sandler. Buscemi continued to play diverse roles on television after establishing himself as one of the prominent character actors working in Hollywood today. Though he left FDNY for his love for movies, he always raises his voice for the New York firefighters’ causes. Now at this point you might be wondering what is the next Steve Buscemi movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Steve Buscemi films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Steve Buscemi movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
2. Miracle Workers (2019 – )