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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





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Charles "Lucky" Luciano





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Valentin Narcisse



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



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Esther Randolph



Mabel Walker Willebrandt



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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.
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Eli Thompson



Alfred "Alf" Johnson



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J. Edgar Hoover





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Chalky White



Chalky Wright



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US Atty General Harry M Daugherty





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Benny "Bugsy" Siegel





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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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Mickey Doyle



Mickey Duffy



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Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller



William Frank

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Gaston Means





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Louis "Commodore" Kaestner



Louis Kuehnle



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Joe Masseria





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Mrs. McGarry



Susan B Anthony



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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey





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Billie Dove





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Meyer Lansky





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Johnny Torrio





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Mae Capone





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Ralph Capone





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Frank Capone





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Warren G. Harding





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George Remus





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Edith Day





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Joseph P Kennedy





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Bill McCoy





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Irving “Waxey Gordon” Wexler





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Eddie Cantor





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Edward L Bader





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Sophie Tucker





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Salvatore Maranzano





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Matteo D'Allessio



Pius Lanzetta



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Leo D'Alessio



Willie Lanzetta



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Ignacious D'Alessio



Ignatius Lanzetta



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Sixtus D'alessio



Teo Lanzetta



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Mamie Smith





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Hymie Weiss, Hymie the Pol





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Frankie Yale





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Paul Muni





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Senator Walter Evans Edge





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Big Jim Colosimo





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Dean O'Banion





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Louis Kessel





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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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