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Real Life Portrayals in 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Enoch "Nucky" Thompson



Enoch "Nucky" Johnson



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Arnold Rothstein





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Alphonse "Al" Capone






Charles "Lucky" Luciano






Valentin Narcisse



Mix of W.E.B. DuBois (left) and Casper Holstein (right)




Esther Randolph



Mabel Walker Willebrandt



Average listal rating (330 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0

James "Jimmy" Darmody



James "Jimmy" Boyd



Worked closely with Nucky Johnson and has been called his "right-hand man" by their lawyer Frank J. Ferry. It is rumored that Boyd got his start as a bellhop at the Ritz and was able to work his way up. Ultimately, he became a part of the Atlantic Board of Freeholders for almost forty years. He was also the executive chairman of the Fourth Ward Republic Club for two decades and served in the army during World War II.

Eli Thompson



Alfred "Alf" Johnson




J. Edgar Hoover






Chalky White



Chalky Wright




US Atty General Harry M Daugherty





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Benny "Bugsy" Siegel






Andrew Mellon





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Margaret Schroeder



Florence Osbeck and Mary Ill



Florence Osbeck, Johnson's second wife and showgirl and Mary Ill, a housewife and boardinghouse maid who fell upon hard times and requested a meeting with Nucky. Mary's husband, a part-time baker's helper, had gambled their food money away. Nucky gave Mary Ill some money and ensured her that her husband would no longer be allowed in local gambling halls. Like Margaret, Mary was also active in local politics and charitable organizations. It is unclear whether she was Irish and there is no evidence that Nucky had her husband killed like he does to Margaret's on the show.

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Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0

Mickey Doyle



Mickey Duffy




Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller



William Frank

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Gaston Means





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Louis "Commodore" Kaestner



Louis Kuehnle



Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 0

Joe Masseria





Average listal rating (87 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 0

Mrs. McGarry



Susan B Anthony



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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey






Billie Dove





Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0

Meyer Lansky






Johnny Torrio






Mae Capone






Ralph Capone






Frank Capone






Warren G. Harding






George Remus






Edith Day






Joseph P Kennedy






Bill McCoy





Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 0

Irving โ€œWaxey Gordonโ€ Wexler






Eddie Cantor






Edward L Bader






Sophie Tucker






Salvatore Maranzano





Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0

Matteo D'Allessio



Pius Lanzetta



Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 0

Leo D'Alessio



Willie Lanzetta




Ignacious D'Alessio



Ignatius Lanzetta




Sixtus D'alessio



Teo Lanzetta




Mamie Smith






Hymie Weiss, Hymie the Pol






Frankie Yale






Paul Muni






Senator Walter Evans Edge






Big Jim Colosimo





Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 0
Dean O'Banion






Louis Kessel






Theodore 'Dash' Hardeen





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This list was created by Stephen H Koontz

Five seasons of prohibition badassness allowed for many real-life gangsters to make an appearance and even land major roles. It also allowed athletes, politions, artists and actors to be involved in the quasi-real word of "Boardwalk Empire".

I have read several sites that highlight a few of the real-life portrayals, but I felt it necessary to actually include a lot more, 50, in fact. I hope it's compreshensive, but if you can think of any I have missed please let me know in the comments!

Enjoy!

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