The king of character actors, Steve Buscemi has made us laugh through his decades in Hollywood. From big budget flicks to independent projects he has appeared in well over 100 movies over the past 30 years.
With an impressive list of movie titles under his belt including Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, Monsters, Inc. and The Big Lebowski, he continues to add to his filmography every year.
Well, we always know that he will have us laughing when he comes on screen, there are many things we didn't know about this iconic actor of our time.
1. He was born on Friday the 13th.
With more movie deaths than we can count, it only seems appropriate that he was born on such a foreboding date. Growing up in Brooklyn New York, he experienced his fair share of misfortune. As a kid, he was hit by a bus and a car in separate instances. On the plus side, he used the settlement money from the bus accident to attend the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in New York City. I guess everything happens for a reason.
2. He was a New York City firefighter.
As a teen, Buscemi worked several odd jobs including ice cream truck driver, mover and gas station attendant. When he turned 22 he became a member of Engine Co. 55, located in New York City's Little Italy district. While he was answering emergency calls during the day, he was on stage at improv clubs and auditioning for acting roles at night.
3. He refuses to fix his teeth
Buscemi's signature crooked grin has helped him play lowlifes and losers throughout his long career. Many dentists have approached him and offered to fix the actor's teeth, but he has always turned them down.
He knows the values of his chompers to his brand. During a guest starring role on The Simpsons, he poked fun at the fact that dentists have offered to straighten out his teeth.
“You’re going to kill my livelihood if you do that!”
4. We've been pronouncing his name wrong all along
Many people pronounce his last name as "Boo-shemmy," it turns out that is not actually how the actor refers to his name. Buscemi himself pronounces it "Boo-semmy." He says that he is following his father's prounciation, but doesn't hold a grudge to anyone who says it differently.
As it turns out, fans have it right. At least, mostly. On a trip to Sicily to visit family, the actor noticed everyone saying "Boo-SHAY-me."