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Steve Buscemi has built his career by portraying a variety of remarkable characters.

Buscemi recently finished directing his second feature, Animal Factory, which debuted at a special screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

He has been seen in two of Jerry Bruckheimer's blockbusters: Armageddon, opposite Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck; and Con Air, co-starring with Nicholas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich.

In addition to his talents as an actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and director. His first project was a short film entitled What Happened To Pete, which was featured at several film festivals, including Rotterdam and LoCarno, and aired on the Bravo Network.

He marked his full-length feature film directorial debut with Trees Lounge, which he also wrote and starred in. The film, which co-starred Chloe Sevigny, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony LaPaglia, made its debut in the Director's Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and was released domestically in fall 1996.

Since his first lead role in Bill Sherwood's Parting Glances as a musician with AIDS, Buscemi has become the actor of choice for many of the best directors in the business. His credits include Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train, for which he received an IFP Spirit Award nomination; Alexandre Rockwell's 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award winner In the Soup; Martin Scorsese's New York Stories; the Coen Brothers' Millers Crossing, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and the Academy Award-winning Fargo; and Tom DiCillo's Sundance Film Festival Award-winning Living in Oblivion with Dermot Mulroney and James LeGros. Other credits include Twenty Bucks, John Carpenter's Escape From L.A., The Imposters, Desperado, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead and Somebody to Love.

Buscemi also turned in an IFP Spirit Award-winning performance as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and appeared in Robert Altman's Kansas City. His cameo appearances have been seen in films such as Rising Sun, The Hudsucker Proxy and Pulp Fiction.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (05-Jan-2003)


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