Steve Buscemi Attacked On Streets Of New York City

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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Actor Steve Buscemi was attacked on the streets of New York City. His publicist addressed the assault, which took place in midtown Manhattan, in a statement to People, saying that the 66-year-old was “another victim of a random act of violence in the city.” The news comes amid a surge in violent street attacks, with multiple incidents reported in various parts of the city.

The Attack

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Police reported that Steve Buscemi was strolling in the Kips Bay neighborhood around 11:50 a.m. on May 8 in front of 369 Third Ave when an unfamiliar individual unexpectedly struck him in the face. As a result of the attack, the actor’s left eye swelled severely, and he was transported to Bellevue Hospital. The assailant promptly fled the scene and is still at large.

According to the police report, the assailant was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a blue T-shirt, black pants, and white sneakers. Steve Buscemi addressed the attack via his publicist, saying that while he “appreciates everyone’s well wishes,” the actor is “incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of New York.”

Series Of Celebrity Attacks

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The attack on Steve Buscemi comes after a separate incident in which Boardwalk actor Michael Stuhlbarg was struck with a rock in Manhattan on March 31. Following the assault, 27-year-old Xavier Israel was apprehended. Other celebrities who have been victims of similar random attacks in recent years include Rick Moranis and Bethenny Frankel.

Rick Moranis

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Moranis, famous for his roles in Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, was attacked near Central Park in 2020. His assailant, Marquis Ventura, pled guilty to assault charges and received a two-year prison sentence. Frankel detailed her attack in a TikTok video, explaining that as she was exiting a small bakery on the Upper West Side when a homeless man struck her in the face.


The attack on Steve Buscemi comes almost a month after he was cast in a major role in the hit Netflix series Wednesday. The actor is set to play the new principal of Nevermore Academy in the highly anticipated second season of the show, which sees Jenna Ortega reprise her role as the popular titular character. Filming for Wednesday Season 2 has officially started in Ireland. 

Along with Steve Buscemi, other actors joining the series include Christopher Lloyd, Billie Piper, Evie Templeton, Thandiwe Newton, Owen Painter, and Noah Taylor.  Created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the series is inspired by The Addams Family, although it diverges by focusing on an older rendition of Wednesday. There is currently no release date for the second season.

Buscemi’s Other Work

Steve Buscemi is a versatile actor known for his portrayal of diverse and memorable characters in film and television. He has earned acclaim for his roles in iconic movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Fargo. Additionally, Buscemi has been a regular in Adam Sandler’s comedies, appearing in films like Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, and Grown Ups.

On television, Steve Buscemi left a lasting impression with roles in series like Boardwalk Empire, where he starred as Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson, The Sopranos, and Miracle Workers. His ability to portray complex and emotional characters with depth and nuance has solidified his status as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors.

Source: People