Steve Buscemi is our generation’s Peter Lorre, a weird little bat of a man who you can’t not like. The current Boardwalk Empire star, who celebrates his 54th birthday today (with a Golden Globe nomination, no less), got his big break in 1986’s Parting Glances, a comedy-drama about AIDS that shows Buscemi suavely removing his sunglasses on the film’s poster.
He’s become one of America’s most bizarrely recognizable actors in similar WTF roles throughout his career, including the combustible Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, woodchipper victim Carl Showalter in Fargo, and doll-loving serial killer “Cyrus the Virus” in Con Air. Because he’s fantastic at playing creepy, second only to Philip Seymour Hoffman, is it any wonder his characters in Adam Sandler’s movies have names like “Crazy Eyes” and “Homeless Guy.”
To celebrate Buscemi’s birthday, we’ve put together a set of his creepiest GIFs. You’ll notice that there aren’t any from Reservoir or Boardwalk, but that’s because unlike Danny McGrath in Billy Madison, you don’t get the sense that Mr. Pink or Nucky would skin your face and wear it as a mask.
And from the same film:
THIS IS FROM SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS. (Via)
Says every serial killer ever. (Via)