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By consistently portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable film characters in recent memory, STEVE BUSCEMI (Templeton) has built a singular career in American movies.

In 2002, he won the Independent Spirit Award, The New York Film Critics Award, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in "Ghost World.” He was also nominated for an Emmy and a DGA Award for directing the "Pine Barrens" episode of The Sopranos. He has since directed four more episodes, and he became a series acting regular in the fifth season of the show, receiving an Emmy nomination for his role.

He will next be seen in the Coen Brothers' portion of "Paris Je T'aime” and in Tom Di Cillo's "Delirious,” Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife,” "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” and "We're the Millers.” He was most recently seen in "Art School Confidential” and heard as Nebbercracker in the animated hit "Monster House.”

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Buscemi began to show an interest in drama while in his last year of high school. Soon after, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg. There he and a fellow actor/writer Mark Boone Junior began writing and performing their own theatre pieces in performance spaces and downtown venues, which led to his being cast in his first lead role in Bill Sherwood's "Parting Glances” as a musician with AIDS.

Since then, he has become the actor of choice for many of the best directors in the motion pictures. His resume includes Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train,” for which he received an IFP Spirit Award Nomination, AlexAndré Rockwell's 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winner "In the Soup,” Martin Scorsese's New York Stories, the Coen brothers' "Miller's Crossing,” "Romance and Cigarettes,” "Barton Fink,” the Academy Award®-winning "Fargo,” "The Big Lebowski,” and "Big Fish,” Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors,” the Jerry Bruckheimer productions "Con Air,” Michael Bay's "The Island” and "Armageddon,” Tom Di Cillo's Sundance Film Festival Award-winning "Living in Oblivion,” "Twenty Bucks,” John Carpenter's "Escape From L.A.,” "Desperado,” "Domestic Disturbance,” "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead,” AlexAndré Rockwell's "Somebody to Love,” an IFP Spirit Award-winning performance as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs,” Robert Altman's "Kansas City,” "Deeds,” "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams,” "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” "The Grey Zone,” "13 Moons,” "Double Whammy,” the HBO telefilm "The Laramie Project,” and numerous cameo appearances in films such as "Art School Confidential,” "Rising Sun, The Hudsucker Proxy,” "Big Daddy,” and "The Wedding Singer.” He has also provided the voices for characters in the animated features "Monsters, Inc.” and "Final Fantasy.”

In addition to his talents as an actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and a director as well. His first project was a short film, "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. Buscemi's second feature film as a director, "Animal Factory,” was based on a book by Edward Bunker. He most recently directed "Lonesome Jim” starring Liv Tyler and Casey Affleck and produced by Gary Winick. He is currently directing the remake of director Theo Van Gogh's "Interview,” in which he also stars alongside Sienna Miller.

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