Claim: Actor Steve Buscemi was once a firefighter and assisted the FDNY after the 9/11 attacks.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, September 2013]
Lots of people know he's an actor, and that his name is Steve Buscemi.
What very few people realize is that he was once one of
In 1976 Steve Buscemi took the FDNY civil service test when he was just
For four years, Buscemi served on one of FDNY's busiest, Engine
After 9/11/2001... Brother Buscemi returned to FDNY Engine 55.
On September 12, 2001 and for several days following Brother Steve worked
Very few photographs and no interviews exist because he declined them. He wasn't there for the publicity.
In 2003 he also gave a speech at a union rally supporting higher wages for firefighters and to stop fire houses from closing. He got arrested along with other firefighters.
Also not very well known is that in 2012 Brother Buscemi showed up in Breezy Point, NY and quietly assisted in the
Once a brother, always a brother!
Just so we're clear… this guy is a Badass !!!
Tip of the helmet Brother Steve!
Origins: Actor Steve Buscemi (pronounced "buss-ehm-ee") has had a long and varied career in television and films since breaking into the acting business in the
But, as noted in an item posted to the Brotherhood of Fire Facebook page in September 2013, Steve Buscemi (a Brooklyn native) began his working life as 22-year-old
A: I was a fireman for four years, from 1980 to '84. My first year on the job, I didn't do any acting, even though I had gone to school for acting and had done some stand-up comedy before I took the job. But after I had been on the job for about a year, I started going back to acting classes. It was around that time that I met Mark Boone and we started doing our own work. And then I started working with the theater group Willem Dafoe was with. I was constantly doing theater, and the first couple of films I did, I was still with the fire department —
Q: Were there any situations that were particularly hairy?
A: Well, they're all frightening. Any time you go into a burning building, there's the potential for disaster. I never had any real close calls, though there's no such thing as a routine fire.
Q: Why did you become a firefighter?
A: My dad had encouraged me to take the civil service test when I was 18. So I did, and I kind of forgot about it until my name came up on the list four years later. By then I was living in Manhattan, working as a furniture mover during the day, doing
For the next week he worked 12-hour shifts, digging through the rubble trying to find the bodies of missing firefighters, all the while refusing to do interviews or have his picture taken.
"It was a privilege to be able to do it," the 45-year-old actor said. "It was great to connect with the firehouse I used to work with and with some of the guys I worked alongside. And it was enormously helpful for me because while I was working, I didn't really think about it as much, feel it as much.
"It wasn't until I stopped that I really felt the full impact of what had happened. It would have been much harder for me to get through it if I hadn't been able to do that."
Last updated: 10 May 2015