Actor Steve Buscemi gets attacked on New York City street in ‘random act of violence’

“Boardwalk Empire” star Steve Buscemi, 66, was attacked last week in New York City when an unidentified man went up and punched him in the face in the middle of the day.

Buscemi was reportedly walking through the Kips Bay neighborhood of New York when the man hit him in the face, the New York Post reported. The assault happened shortly before noon on Wednesday, according to police. 

“I saw he was with a woman, and then through the corner of the window, I saw him trip and fall backward,” a worker who witnessed the attack said. “He right away got up and ran in the opposite direction. I didn’t see who hit him.”

Buscemi, a Brooklyn native and former FDNY firefighter, was taken to Bellevue Hospital after the assault. He suffered a swollen left eye and some injuries to his face but is otherwise alright, the actor’s representatives told the New York Post.

“Steve Buscemi was assaulted in Mid-Town Manhattan, another victim of a random act of violence in the city,” his publicist announced in a statement on Sunday. “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 New York.”

Buscemi’s attacker ran off after hitting the actor. Video surveillance released by the NYPD showed that his alleged attacker was a bearded man wearing black sweatpants, a blue t-shirt, a baseball cap, and white sneakers.


Buscemi’s acting career spans five decades. He debuted in the 1986 film Parting Glances and has appeared in numerous blockbuster films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Desperado, Armageddon, Fargo, and The Wedding Singer. He also had recurring roles on the television shows The Sopranos and 30 Rock. 

His most famous role to date was that of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, which earned him a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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