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STEVE BUSCEMI (voice of Bucky) has built a career out of portraying some of the most unique and unforgettable characters in recent cinema.

Buscemi won the Independent Spirit Award, the New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role in MGM's "Ghost World,” directed by Terry Zwigoff and co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson.

He was also nominated for an Emmy® and DGA Award for directing the "Pine Barrens” episode during the fourth season of HBO's "The Sopranos.” He then followed it up with a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination for his role as Tony Blundetto in season five of the cable series.

IFC released his third directorial feature, "Lonesome Jim,” a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family, which was named one of the year's top 10 independent films by the National Board of Review. His last film, in which he also starred, was "Interview” with Sienna Miller, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

Buscemi was recently heard in the feature version of the children's classic "Charlotte's Web” as the voice of Templeton the rat, and as the voice of Nebbercracker in Sony Pictures' Oscar®-nominated animated film "Monster House,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

He was last seen on-screen in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” with Adam Sandler, Tom DiCillo's "Delirious” with Allison Lohman and Michael Pitt (which also premiered at Sundance), the Coen Brothers' segment of the French film "Paris, Je T'aime,” Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife” and "Art School Confidential,” a film that once again paired him with director Terry Zwigoff.

Buscemi recently finished shooting the award-winning German film "John Rabe,” written and directed by Florian Gallenberger, based on the diaries of John Rabe, a German official who saved thousands of Chinese lives during the Japanese invasion of Nanjing. He also recently finished shooting "Youth in Revolt,” opposite Justin Long and Michael Cera, "The Messenger,” opposite Woody Harrelson, and "St. John of Las Vegas,” opposite Romany Malco and Emily Mortimer.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, 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 named Mark Boone, Jr. began writing and performing their own theater pieces in performance spaces and downtown theaters. This soon led to Buscemi 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 business.

His resume included 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' "Miller's Crossing,” "Barton Fink,” the Academy Award®-winning "Fargo” and "The Big Lebowski,” Stanley Tucci's "The Imposters,” the Jerry Bruckheimer productions "Con Air” and "Armageddon,” Tom DiCillo's Sundance Film Festival Award-wining "Living in Oblivion,” "Twenty Bucks,” John Carpenter's "Escape from L.A.” with Kurt Russell, "Desperado,” "Domestic Disturbance” opposite John Travolta and Vince Vaughn, "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead,” Alexandre Rockwell's "Somebody to Love” with Rosie Perez, in which he played a transvestite taxi dancer, an IFP Spirit Award-winning performance as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs,” Robert Altman's "Kansas City” and numerous cameo appearances in films such as "Rising Sun,” "The Hudsucker Proxy,” "Big Daddy” and "The Wedding Singer.”

Other past projects include "Big Fish,” "Mr. Deeds,” "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams,” "The Grey Zone,” "Love in the Time of Money,” "13 Moons,” "Double Whammy,” Michael Bay's "The Island,” "Romance & Cigarettes,” produced by the Coen Brothers, and the HBO telefilm "The Laramie Project.” He was nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy for his role in "30 Rock,” and he will next be starring in Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire” for HBO. He also provided voices for characters in the animated features "Monsters, Inc.” from Pixar, and Columbia Pictures' "Final Fantasy.”

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 Directors' Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Buscemi's second feature film as a director, "Animal Factory,” based on a book by Edward Bunker and starring Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong, premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Buscemi has directed several episodes of the Edie Falco starrer, "Nurse Jackie,” produced by Lions Gate and Showtime. Among his other TV directing credits are episodes of "30 Rock,” "Homicide: Life on the Street” and "Oz.”

Buscemi formed Olive Productions, an independent film and television production company, with fellow actor Stanley Tucci.

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