Steve Buscemi has always remained quiet on the subject of losing his wife to cancer, but he has now opened up in a heartbreaking interview about how he has coped with his terrible loss...
Steve Buscemi tragically lost his wife of over thirty years to cancer last year...
via: GettyAnd now, he has heartbrokenly opened up about the impact of her death. But firstly, let's go back a few years...
Steve Buscemi was born in 1957, New York...
via: GettyAnd from a young age, Buscemi had a flair for drama and acting.
But acting wasn't initially on the cards for Buscemi.
via: GettyHaving taken a civil service test in 1976, he became a firefighter in New York City in 1980.
He served in the FDNY's Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan's Little Italy for 4 years...
via: GettyAnd in 2001 after 9/11, Buscemi returned to Engine 55 and for several days, he worked twelve-hour shifts alongside other firefighters to sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center. Huge respect.
In 1985, Buscemi decided to take on a new career path and he landed his first acting debut.
via: IMDBHe appeared in the movie, The Way It Is, and his other early films include Parting Glances (1986), Slaves of New York (1988), and Tales from the Darkside, a 1990 film in three segments.
But it wasn't until 1992 when he gained a lot of recognition in Hollywood.
via: IMDBHe landed himself a role in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs as Mr. Pink - a role that Tarantino wrote initially for himself.
He also appeared in Pulp Fiction in 1994...But this was for a much smaller role.
Buscemi went on to land numerous character roles...Including roles in Con Air (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Armageddon (1998), Monsters Inc (2001), and Big Fish (2003).
Yep, the former firefighter has made quite a career for himself in Hollywood...
via: GettyAnd he is now one of the most recognized actors of all time.
And the person who has been by his side throughout it all?
via: GettyHis wife, Jo Andres.
Andres, whose full name was Mary Jo Andres, also worked in the showbiz industry.
via: GettyShe was a filmmaker, choreographer, and author.
The couple tied the knot back in 1987...
via: GettyAnd they share one son together.
But tragedy struck in 2019.
via: GettyOn January the 6th, Andres sadly passed away at the age of sixty-four after battling encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis - a rare cancerous disease of the bowel. She also battled ovarian cancer during her final year.
Of course, Andres' passing was unbelievably difficult for Buscemi.
via: GettyThey had spent more than thirty years of their lives together and a loss like that can completely shatter a family.
The actor has remained very quiet about his wife's death...
via: GQBut now, in a recent interview with GQ, he has decided to open up about his loss.
Buscemi spoke of the pain he experienced...
via: GQ"The pain was the hardest thing. People who are going through that, it's painful. It's painful to die from cancer. There's just no way around it," he explained.
He went on to say that he never thought about death prior to his wife's passing but changed his mind after seeing it first hand.
via: GQ"If I should happen to go not suddenly, I hope I could be as present as Jo was," he added. "She led the way. She was surrounded by friends and family. She really faced it. I really don't think she was afraid of dying. I think it was just a whole series of ‘Oh, I don't get to do this anymore',"
He then spoke of how they both met, back when he was performing in a comedy duo and she was an artist in New York.
via: Getty"Between both of our worlds, there was always somebody doing a show or a place to go to hang out," Buscemi said, elaborating on his late wife's work style. "Jo really trusted her intuition and would just kind of put images out there and didn't feel the need to have to explain it or have to make sense. She just had to feel a certain way, like she was trying to evoke a feeling or a mood."
He further elaborated about what he's been doing in the time since Jo's death...
via: GQHe added that he paints in his free time and he has been cleaning out the 3-story brownstone that they shared. "It's been over a year now since Jo passed, and I'm just starting to feel lighter. It is very strange that, oh, now this is happening (the pandemic). If it was another personal thing, I think that would be really hard. But the fact that everybody's going through it doesn't feel as isolating. It feels like it's something that we're doing together."
The grieving process is different for everyone...
via: GettyAnd whilst our hearts truly ache for Buscemi, we are happy to hear that he is feeling more peace as the year has gone on. Rest in Peace, Jo.