Beloved actor and LI native Steve Buscemi randomly attacked in NYC


The beloved actor Steve Buscemi, also a Long Islander and former FDNY firefighter, was randomly attacked on a New York City street, according to dozens of media reports that are flooding the internet.

According to reports, the Valley Stream Central High School graduate (1975) and star of the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire, was targeted randomly in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan.

He was struck in the face in broad daylight and was treated at Bellevue Hospital for treatment to swelling to his face and left eye while his attacker took off and hasn’t been caught, sources told New York Post.

The versatile comedic and dramatic actor, 66, was targeted just before noon Wednesday near 369 Third Avenue.

“Steve Buscemi was assaulted in Mid-Town Manhattan, another victim of a random act of violence in the city,” his publicist told Greater Long Island. “He is ok and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of NY.”

His alleged attacker was captured on camera, however:

The NYPD released this surveillance footage of the alleged attacker to media outlets.

The FDNY and Long Island

Buscemi’s family moved from the East New York area of Brooklyn, just north of Howard Beach, Queens, to Valley Stream when the actor was just 8 years old.

He later joined the FDNY after high school while still pursuing an acting career, but kept his ties to the fire department, maintaining friends, supporting the families of fallen firefighters and famously showing up to the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks to support his brethren.

His breakout role among his fellow Gen-X’ers who would forever easily recognize his distinct face and acting style came by playing Mr. Pink if Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992).

But he wouldn’t land a true leading role until Boardwalk Empire, through which his performances earned Buscemi two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, for which he was nominated three times.

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