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Buscemi is an associate member of the experimental theater company, The Wooster Group. Buscemi’s memorable roles include Mr. Pink in “Reservoir Dogs,” Garland Greene in “Con Air,” Rockhound in “Armageddon,” Donny in “The Big Lebowski” and Carl Showalter in “Fargo.” Although usually a supporting actor, he has had critical success as a lead actor, particularly his role as Seymour in “Ghost World.”
Buscemi plays characters that are neurotic and paranoid. He often appears in films by the Coen Brothers, wherein he often dies in a grisly, prolonged or unexpected manner. He frequently works with Adam Sandler as a comic relief character in his films. Among the more notable roles he’s had in Sandler’s films are “Billy Madison,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Mr. Deeds.” He will play a nemesis to Sandler and Kevin James in the upcoming marital comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”
In 2004, Buscemi joined the cast of The Sopranos as Tony Soprano’s cousin and childhood friend, Tony Blundetto. Buscemi had previously been involved with the show, directing the third season episode “Pine Barrens,” which is a fan favorite. He also returned as a director to the show, directing the fifth episode of Season 6.
In addition to acting, Buscemi also has a career as a director. He currently is directing the feature film, Interview, in which he also stars. Previous to this, he has directed “Trees Lounge” in (1996), “Animal Factory” (2000), and “Lonesome Jim” (2005).