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Steve Buscemi and his wife | Source: Getty Images
Steve Buscemi and his wife | Source: Getty Images

Steve Buscemi Lost Wife 4 Years Ago: She Was His 'Biggest Inspiration' for 32 Years & Gave Him His Only Son

Rodolfo Vieira
Jan 06, 2023
06:25 P.M.

Steve Buscemi's wife of over 30 years, Jo Andres, passed away four years ago after a battle with cancer that started a year before she passed.

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Buscemi and Andres tied the knot back in 1987 and welcome their only son, Lucian, who is currently 29 years old, into the world in 1990.

He paid tribute to his wife shortly after her death, along with others who knew and loved her. Among them were the family and friends of the couple.

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It has been reported that Buscemi

Andres very much, not only as a woman but also as a filmmaker, choreographer, and artist.

In April 2019, a few short months after his wife died, Buscemi gave a speech to the National Association of Theater Owners. In it, he mentioned that his wife was his biggest supporter. He acknowledged that relationships in Hollywood aren't easy by saying:

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"You know, this business can be a challenge to relationships, but you stick it out and there are rewards and I am so grateful for her."

Steve Buscemi and wife Jo Andres attend the premiere of "Living in Oblivion" on July 11, 1995 at Angelka 57 Theater in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Steve Buscemi and wife Jo Andres attend the premiere of "Living in Oblivion" on July 11, 1995 at Angelka 57 Theater in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

A year after she passed away, Buscemi talked about her cause of death, saying that it was difficult to watch his wife die of cancer. He confirmed that the hardest part was seeing someone you loved in so much pain.

The actor then said that only a year after his beloved passed away he began to feel the fog around him lifting and grieving was a slow process for him. He said it was challenging for him to be away from home after his wife died and then endure the pandemic of 2020 without her.

He then said if he were to die in a slow way like his wife did, he would want to be as brave as she was throughout. He confessed that he didn't imagine she was afraid of dying.

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Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi attend "The Boss Baby" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi attend "The Boss Baby" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Buscemi remarked that his wife was present until the day she died and faced her disease head-on, with the help of her family and friends who surrounded her.

The actor mused that his wife was not afraid to lose her life, but was rather upset by all the things she would no longer be able to do once she had passed on.

A Fully Supportive Husband

Buscemi stood by Andres' side throughout the years and celebrated every single one of her accomplishments as if they were his own.

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The late 65-year-old was highly praised for the movie "Black Kites," which premiered in 1996 and was screened at film festivals, such as Sundance, Toronto and London.

Aside from being a very talented filmmaker, Andres also directed music and art videos, in which she sometimes performed, and that made Buscemi very proud of her.

According to the experienced actor, who has starred in movies such as "The Big Lebowski," "Reservoir Dogs" and "Fargo," everything Andres did was amazing.

Steve Buscemi and his wife, Jo Andres | Source: Getty Images

Steve Buscemi and his wife, Jo Andres | Source: Getty Images

"Buscemi admired Andres very much, not only as a woman but also as a filmmaker, choreographer and artist."

Andres' Biggest Fan

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During a 2009 interview with the Independent, Buscemi claimed that his favorite work of art 'was probably something by my wife Jo Andres,' proving how much he supported her.

Even though they had their own careers, the couple worked together in the 1992 movie "What Happened to Pete," which was written and directed by Buscemi and edited by Andres.

A Second Grieving Husband

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But Buscemi wasn't the only celebrity who lost his beloved in the past few days; Pat Boone, the legendary singer, also bid farewell to his 84-year-old wife, Shirley.

The couple met in high school and had been together ever since. Unfortunately, Shirley died from complications related to vasculitis, which she was diagnosed with not long before her passing.

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