He graduated in 1975 from Valley Stream Central High School in Valley Stream New York a school which he attended with actress Patricia Charbonneau. Johnson) a corrupt Atlantic City politician who rules the town during the Prohibition era. In the latter his brother Michael played the character God in several episodes.
Other works include Animal Factory (2000) Lonesome Jim (2005) and Interview (2007). Since 2010 he has starred in the critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire which earned him two Screen Actors Guild Awards a Golden Globe and two nominations for an Emmy Award. An associate member of the renowned experimental theater company The Wooster Group Buscemi has starred and supported in successful Hollywood and indie films including New York Stories Mystery Train Reservoir Dogs Desperado Con Air Armageddon The Grey Zone Ghost World and Big Fish; and the HBO television series The Sopranos.