Steve Buscemi: Actor, Real American Hero.

Steve Buscemi is one of my favorite actors. He actually started in stand up but felt lonely. So he went into acting so he could perform with other people. Is that the most loveable thing you’ve ever heard? I want to carry that little story around in my pocket. I’d press it against my face and snack on it when I’m feeling blue. Kind of like Teddy Grahams. That’s how everybody eats Teddy Grahams right?

I feel a personal connection to Steve Buscemi. We both grew up on Long Island and then when we were older moved to the same neighborhood in Brooklyn. Also we both like great directors. Buscemi has worked for Scorsese, Rodriguez, Tarantino, Coen Brothers, Tim Burton and John Carpenter. We both stayed on that Adam Sandler bandwagon way longer than most cool people should have too. Oh Mr. Deeds.

If you need more convincing why Steve Buscemi is worthy of our attention here on Hooplaha, I’ve got a story. He used to be FDNY. If that’s still not enough of a reason, he retired from the FDNY but came back to his Little Italy firehouse after 9/11. He spent a week working 12 hour shifts looking through the rubble. That’s not a guy talking about doing something on TV or playing a role on Rescue Me. He rolled up his sleeves and helped out firefighters. After 9/11. In about 500 words I’m going to jokingly call myself a hero but Steve Buscemi is the real deal. Steve Buscemi makes me hooplaha. He makes me hooplaha so hard. These are my favorite of his roles.

  1. Boardwalk Empire. Buscemi has said himself this is the biggest role of his career. First time he’s been the main attraction in a big budget series or film in his life. Scorsese directed the first episode and it’s been great from there.
  2. Ed and His Dead Mother. Early in his career and he’s the star . It’s great how weird this was. It’s like a crazy dream. That’s what the whole movie feels like. I love it.
  3. Desperado. A typical Buscemi role. He is magnificently weird and funny. Then he gets killed. Salma Hayek makes me hooplaha pretty hard too.
  4. Airheads. An underrated comedy. Buscemi is playing for laughs but still manages to keep this thing grounded by being believably menacing.
  5. The Wedding Singer. He’s been in a bunch of Sandler movies. This is my favorite of those roles. He opens the movie giving a drunk, embarrassing wedding toast. Been there by the way. And in the end of the movie he redeems himself and becomes the new wedding singer.
  6. Con Air. He’s been creepy in a lot of things. This is as creepy as he ever got. Straight crazy. There was a real collection of wacky characters in this. I bet they planned on using Nicolas Cage as their straight man. Then he shows up all pumped up with that haircut and that ridiculous accent. They must have been tripping all over themselves to get John Cusack to come and be normal. Man, this movie is terrible. Fun though. Super Steve kills it.
  7. Escape From LA. You want to see crazy? Map of the Stars Eddie. Cuervo Jones. Snake Plissken. Utopia and Pipeline. Those are characters names in this movie. He dies in this too.
  8. The Big Lebowski. Con Air was terrible but I put it on the list because of how good Steve Buscemi was in it. The Big Lebowski is a great movie. He isn’t good in it. He isn’t bad either. It’s a role for him to be nothing. Which he does well. Maybe that’s why I like him. We both do nothing so well. He sets up other characters. And guess what? He dies. Let’s go bowling.
  9. Big Fish. My favorite movie on the list. He plays a writer who can’t write anymore because he is so happy. Something to aspire to. They filmed almost the entire movie in Alabama. I knew a girl from Alabama. I wanted to get her all the daffodils in the state like Edward Bloom. I never did, but maybe she was allergic. Not getting her all those daffodils might have saved her life. I’m basically a hero.
  10. Fargo. Steve Buscemi gets killed off in a lot of his movies. This is his most famous death but it is often misremembered. Steve didn’t die in the wood chipper. His dead body was just disposed of in one.


Smart Yoga Mat Promotes Growth And Learning For Kids With Special Needs

** OGTV shares this story for National Disability Week to show that with a little imagination and hard work, doors can be opened for those with special needs. **

Elizabeth Goranson is the owner and founder of Stretch What Matters, an organization which instructs yoga to children with special needs. She practiced yoga on her own, but never thought to bring it into her classroom. Her daughter Grace, who was born with special needs, gave her the idea to start Stretch What Matters.

Keep reading... Show less

Art Classes Offer "Transformative" Experience To People Living With Mental Illness

** We share this story on National Special Education Day to inspire those who seek ways to heal the wounds that can't be seen. **

PeaceLove Studios is "in the peace-of-mind business," according to co-founder Jeff Sparr. A nice, simple mission statement, to be sure. But there's nothing simple about the problems that PeaceLove is trying to solve, and that's what makes the organization so important and powerful.

Keep reading... Show less

Hurt Dog Inspires Hollywood Film ‘Miracle Marshall’

Marshall was abandoned, abused and starving. He was among 60 other dogs living on a property without food, water and shelter.

During the time of his rescue by Animal Planet's Confessions, he had a badly broken front leg, bite marks all over his body and a tennis ball sized hole in the side of his face. The Humane Society of Missouri came to the dogs rescue, however Marshall's injuries were so serious they required surgery before he could be put up for adoption. On the operating table, Marshall passed away...but was resuscitated and the medical team was able to repair his face and amputate his infected leg.

Today, Marshall lives in his forever home with owner Cyndi Willenbrock. "He has been my greatest teacher, and my greatest blessing," Cyndi noted.

Keep reading... Show less
Series - Beauty Redefined

Dudeoir and Drag Queens On Ice! An Event for Fun and Charity (Beauty Redefined E3)

** On World Aids Day, we share this story about an Aids fundraising event that celebrates people being comfortable in their own skin. **

Drag Queens on Ice is celebrating their 8th Annual event, fundraising for local Sacramento, California charities, and showing how dressing in drag draws off of what beauty is and allows each individual to create their own persona, their own version of being beautiful.

Keep reading... Show less

How This Mom Turns Tragedy Into A Lifesaving Mission

** On our National Day Of Giving, here's a story about a woman's loss and how she turned it into an opportunity to help others. **

November 9th, 2002 changed Heidi Johnson's life forever. After a tragic accident that killed her mother and left her father hospitalized for weeks, Heidi realized she had a greater calling. "You don't just wake up one day and start a non-profit. Something happens... there's a moment. I became intrigued by that moment and who these people were."

Keep reading... Show less

Why Shopping Makes You Feel Good - You Should Know with Lucia Nazzaro

** Here's a short video on why shopping makes you happy to get you amped for Cyber Monday **

This just in! Retail therapy actually works! We love to give you tips and tricks to make sure you are the happiest & healthiest you can be. So here is one more, and it just may be our favorite.

In this brand new episode of You Should Know, Lucia explains how shopping really can improve your well being. Even if you don't buy anything, the positive effects are still there. So tell your spouse you don't necessarily have to spend money... even though it's more fun that way :)

Keep reading... Show less

Caring Couture Makes Scarves By Employing Adults With Down Syndrome

** To highlight "Small Business Friday" here is a story about a small organization that opens its doors to people of all abilities. **

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

"I felt Payton was given to me for a reason," her Mom explained. "It was something bigger than just being her Mom."

Keep reading... Show less

Cops Stop And Shop With Kids In Need

Back to school has a whole new meaning in Yarmouth, MA. One of the Yarmouth Police Department's back to school programs, Shop With A Cop, pairs up an officer with a child to prepare students for their school year.

"I think the most important part of the program is showing the kids that we're not always coming in to arrest somebody," noted Officer Brain Morrison. "We're here to help them and be friends with them."

Keep reading... Show less


* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube


Get your Only Good TV Newsletter