Monday, September 8, 2014

The cast of Boardwalk Empire

Find me a show that is currently on the air that has a better ensemble than Boardwalk Empire. I dare you. In lieu of its final season, I have decided to name my favorite performance from each major character in the show. As well as highlighting characters who only had a handful of episodes but were played by big name character actors. Boardwalk Empire has an enormous cast so I should point out that I don't highlight all the players involved. That in itself is saying a lot. Special recognition goes to Anthony Lacura, Vincent Piazza, Charlie Cox, Paul Sparks, Margot Bingham, Dabney Coleman, and several others.

Steve Buscemi
Plays the role of Nucky Thompson
Favorite performance:
Other favorite roles: Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs, Donny in Big Lebowski, Seymour from Ghost World, Tony Blundetto in The Sopranos

Stephen Graham
Plays the role of Al Capone
Favorite role:

Michael Shannon
Plays the role of Nelson Van Alden
Favorite performance:

Michael K. Williams
Plays the role of Chalky White
Favorite role: Omar Little in The Wire

Michael Pitt
Plays the role of Jimmy Darmondy
Favorite role: Paul in Funny Games

Kelly MacDonald
Plays the role of Margaret Schroeder
Favorite role: Carla Jean Moss in No Country For Old Men

Shea Whigham
Plays the role of Eli Thompson
Favorite role: Justin in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Gretchen Mol
Plays the role of Sally Darmondy
Favorite role: Betty Page in The Notorious Betty Page

Jack Huston
Plays the role of Richard Harrow
Favorite role: Peter Musane in American Hustle

Michael Stuhlbarg
Plays the role of Arnold Rothstein
Favorite role:

Jeffrey Wright
Plays the role of Valentin Narcisse
Favorite role: Bennett Holiday in Syriana

Bobby Cannavale
Plays the role of Gyp Rosetti
Favorite role: Joe Oramas in The Station Agent

Stephen Root
Plays the role of Gaston Means
Favorite role:
Other roles: Fernand Gudge in The Ladykillers, Sheriff Wynan in Red State

Patricia Arquette
Plays the role of Sally Wheat
Favorite role: Mom in Boyhood

William Forsythe
Plays Manny Horvitz
Favorite role: Sheriff Wydell in The Devils Rejects

Ron Livingston
Plays the role of Roy Phillips
Favorite role: Michael in Office Space

Robert Klohessy
Plays the role of Alderman Jim Neary
Favorite role:

Domenick Lombardozzi
Plays the role of Ralph Capone
Favorite role: Sgt. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk in The Wire

Christopher MacDonald
Plays the role of Harry Daugherty
Favorite role: Shooter McGavin in Billy Madison

James Cromwell
Plays the role of Andrew Mellon

Favorite role: I would post a video of a clip from this film but all I really have to say is “I wouldn’t trade places with Edmond Exley for all the whiskey in Ireland” and you should know what I’m talking about.


  1. LOVE this breakdown. We're damn near in agreement with all of these actors' best roles. But I'm so happy you chose Shea Whigham's work in Bad Lieutenant as his best work. "Whoa, whoa, whoa.... whoa."

    1. Glad you like the post! I just watched Broken Flowers so I am going to have to report that I have a new favorite Jeffrey Wright performance. That guy is massively underrated.