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Steve Buscemi stars as Nucky Thompson in the first, second, third, fourth and fifth seasons.



  • Brother: Jon Buscemi.
  • Brother: Ken Buscemi.
  • Brother: Michael Buscemi. Directed by brother, Steve in Trees Lounge (1996) where they played onscreen brothers
  • Father: John Buscemi. Italian American; Korean War veteran
  • Mother: Dorothy Buscemi. Irish American
  • Son: Lucian Buscemi. Born in 1991; mother, Jo Andres; appeared in mother s film Black Kite (1995) and his father s film Trees Lounge (1996)

Significant Others[]

  • Wife: Jo Andres. Married in 1987; edited Buscemi's short film What Happened to Pete? (1993); husband has appeared in her performance pieces


  • Valley Stream Central High School, Valley Stream, New York, 1975
  • Nassau Community College, East Garden City, New York
  • Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York, New York


  • 1978 Moved to the East Village, becoming involved with the downtown performance scene
  • 1980 Served as a firefighter for four years with the FDNY
  • 1981 Introduced by a fellow fireman-actor Dean Tulipane to a theater group at Westbeth, an artists housing complex
  • 1984 Screen debut, The Way It Is, or Eurydice in the Avenues
  • 1985 Left the Fire Department to pursue acting full-time
  • 1986 First featured role, played Nick, an AIDS stricken man in the independent feature Parting Glances
  • 1988 First mainstream feature credit, Vibes
  • 1989 TV miniseries debut in the hit CBS Western Lonesome Dove
  • 1990 First collaboration with the Coen brothers, Miller's Crossing
  • 1990 Played the henchman of Laurence Fishburne named Test Tube in Abel Ferrara's King of New York
  • 1991 Portrayed Chet the bellhop at the Hotel Earle in the Coen's Barton Fink
  • 1992 Breakthrough supporting role as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's debut feature Reservoir Dogs
  • 1992 First starring role in Alexandre Rockwell's In the Soup
  • 1993 Filmmaking debut (produced, directed and wrote) the 14-minute short, What Happened to Pete?
  • 1994 Played John Travolta and Uma Thurman's surly Buddy Holly waiter at Jackrabbit Slim's in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
  • 1994 Portrayed Nick Reve, a struggling indie filmmaker in Tom DiCillo s 17-minute short Scene Six, Take One
  • 1994 Staged a reading of his screenplay Trees Lounge in New York City
  • 1995 Co-starred with Christopher Walken in Gary Fleder's Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
  • 1995 First film with actor Danny Trejo, Robert Rodriguez's Desperado
  • 1995 Produced and acted in the 26-minute experimental short Black Kites (helmed by wife Jo Andres)
  • 1995 Reprised role of Nick Reve in DiCillo s feature-length Living in Oblivion
  • 1996 Fourth film with the Coens, Fargo; cast as bumbling kidnapper-for-hire
  • 1996 Made feature debut as writer-director with Trees Lounge; also starred
  • 1997 Directed TV commercials for Nike
  • 1997 Re-teamed with DiCillo again playing Nick in The Real Blonde
  • 1997 Re-teamed with Trejo in Con Air; first association with producer Jerry Bruckheimer
  • 1998 Co-starred in Stanley Tucci s period comedy The Impostors portraying a suicidal crooner; sang The Nearness of You in the film
  • 1998 Fifth collaboration with Ethan and Joel Coen, The Big Lebowski
  • 1998 Helmed an episode of the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street; received a Director's Guild of America Award nomination
  • 1998 Joined the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced ensemble Armageddon
  • 1999 Directed an episode of the HBO prison-drama Oz, entitled "U.S. Male"
  • 2000 Directed the "Pine Barrens" episode of the HBO series The Sopranos; earned Emmy nomination
  • 2000 Feature debut as a producer, Animal Factory (also directed and acted); Trejo acted and served as an executive producer
  • 2001 Cast in a supporting role as Seymour in the critically hailed Ghost World
  • 2001 Directed a second episode of Oz entitled "Cuts Like a Knife"
  • 2002 Helmed second episode of The Sopranos, titled Everybody Hurts
  • 2002 Reunited with Robert Rodriguez to film Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams
  • 2003 Appeared in a segment of the independent feature Coffee and Cigarettes directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • 2003 Portrayed Norther Winslow in Tim Burton's fantasy drama Big Fish
  • 2004 Cast as Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) cousin Tony Blundetto on the fifth season of The Sopranos (HBO); earned an Emmy (2004) nomination for Supporting Actor in a Drama
  • 2005 Cast in John Turturro's big-screen musical Romance & Cigarettes (released theatrically in 2007)
  • 2006 Directed Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler in Lonesome Jim
  • 2006 Voiced Templeton the rat in live-action/computer-animated feature film Charlotte's Web, based on the book by E.B. White
  • 2007 Appeared in a guest role as a private eye on NBC's 30 Rock; earned an Emmy nomination for the role
  • 2007 Helmed a remake of murdered Dutch filmmaker, Theo van Gogh's film Interview; co-starred as a journalist interviewing a celebrity (Sienna Miller); also utilized much of Van Gogh's crew, including his director of photography
  • 2010 Appeared in the ensemble comedy Grown Ups, about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend
  • 2010 Cast in HBO s Boardwalk Empire as Enoch Nucky Thompson, who is based on New Jersey political boss and racketeer Enoch L. Johnson.
  • 2010 Played Michael Cera's greedy and temperamental father in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's Youth in Revolt
  • Also on the advice of his father, took the Civil Service exam for the New York City Fire Department
  • Began performing while in high school
  • Earliest TV guest shots on Miami Vice (NBC) and The Equalizer (CBS)
  • Joined Tarantino's "A Band Apart" roster of commercial directors
  • On the advice of his father, took acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Institute
  • Performed as a stand-up comic with actor Rockets Redglare at the now defunct Taxi Cabaret; met future wife, Jo Anders
  • Raised in Long Island, NY from age eight



Season 1 credits
Boardwalk Empire The Ivory Tower Broadway Limited Anastasia
Nights in Ballygran Family Limitation Home Hold Me in Paradise
Belle Femme The Emerald City Paris Green A Return to Normalcy
Season 2 credits
21 Ourselves Alone A Dangerous Maid What Does the Bee Do?
Gimcrack & Bunkum The Age of Reason Peg of Old Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Battle of the Century Georgia Peaches Under God's Power She Flourishes To the Lost
Season 3 credits
"Resolution" "Spaghetti and Coffee" "Bone for Tuna" "Blue Bell Boy"
"You'd Be Surprised" "Ging Gang Goolie" "Sunday Best" "The Pony"
"The Milkmaid's Lot" "A Man, A Plan..." "Two Imposters" "Margate Sands"
Season four credits
"New York Sour" "Resignation" "Acres of Diamonds" "All In"
"Erlkonig" "The North Star" "William Wilson" "The Old Ship of Zion"
"Marriage and Hunting" "White Horse Pike" "Havre De Grace" "Farewell Daddy Blues"