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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 (353 ratings) 7.3 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.
Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 0

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 (12 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0

Mickey Doyle

Mickey Duffy

Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller

William Frank

(No photo of real person)

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Average listal rating (240 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 0

Gaston Means

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Louis "Commodore" Kaestner

Louis Kuehnle

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0

Joe Masseria

Average listal rating (92 ratings) 5.2 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 (12 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 0

Irving “Waxey Gordon” 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 (21 ratings) 5.8 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 (3 ratings) 5.3 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!


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