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Steve Buscemi (Papa) actually was a New York City firefighter before becoming a full-time professional actor. In November 2000 Buscemi told Salon interviewer Stephen Lemons that for four years in the early 1980s he was with Engine 55 in Manhattan's Little Italy. He said that after about a year on the job he resumed acting classes but continued working for the FDNY while simultaneously acting in plays and movies. In 1984 Buscemi quit firefighting to pursue acting full-time, but after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he returned to his old fire station to help search for survivors in the rubble of the World Trade Center.
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