Monday, Sep. 26, 2011

Steve Buscemi

Bulging eyes, wiry hair and mouthful of uneven teeth do not a star make — but Steve Buscemi has taken his unconventional looks all the way to the bank. The Brooklyn-born son of working-class folks, Buscemi's everyman persona is in high demand, even in vain and vicious Hollywood. Often cast as the aloof and eccentric sidekick — a whiny gangster in Reservoir Dogs and the dopey kidnapper in Fargo — it wasn't until HBO's Boardwalk Empire that Buscemi was finally able to prove his leading-man prowess. As Nucky Thompson, Buscemi plays a gangster and corrupt city treasurer who commands respect in a subtle way, much like the actor himself.