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See the Cast of 'Boardwalk Empire' 10 Years After the Premiere

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It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since the premiere of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The series introduced viewers to Atlantic City's very own Enoch "Nucky" Thompson and a ragtag group of mobsters and politicians — including Al Capone himself. 

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Set in the prohibition era, Boardwalk Empire ran for five seasons and picked up a handful of nominations along the way, including a Golden Globe win for Steve Buscemi for Best Actor. The pilot, which was directed by Martin Scorsese, aired on Sept. 19, 2010, and a decade later, we think it's time to give the show another rewatch.  

So, what is the Boardwalk Empire cast up to today? Keep reading to find out: 

Steve Buscemi (Enoch "Nucky" Thompson)

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Steve Buscemi played the main role of Nucky Thompson, the corrupt treasurer of Atlantic County, a character loosely based on the Atlantic City political figure Enoch L. Johnson. 

Today, Steve is starring on the TBS series Miracle Workers and will appear in the upcoming Netflix comedy, Hubie Halloween.

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Michael Pitt (James "Jimmy" Darmody)

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Since starring as Jimmy Darmody — Nucky's protegé turned organized crime boss — Michael Pitt has been keeping busy, appearing in several movies including Rob the Mob, Ghost in the Shell, and The Last Days of American Crime

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Kelly Macdonald (Margaret Schroeder)

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On Boardwalk Empire, Kelly Macdonald portrayed Nucky's mistress and later wife. Fast forward, and Kelly will be starring in Season 6 of the Acorn TV series Line of Duty in 2021. 

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Michael Shannon (Nelson Van Alden)

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Since his role of Prohibition agent turned bootlegger, Michael Shannon has appeared in several Oscar-nominated films such as Loving, Nocturnal Animals — for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor — The Shape of Water, and Knives Out

Next up: Hulu's adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers alongside Nicole Kidman, Regina Hall, and Melissa McCarthy.

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Shea Whigham (Eli Thompson)

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Who could forget Shea Whigham's portrayal of Nucky's younger brother and not-so-good Atlantic County sheriff? The actor has added several major films and TV shows to his resume since Boardwalk Empire, including roles in Fargo, Homecoming, and Joker. 

He is also expected to star in the sixth and seventh installments of Mission: Impossible (set to release in 2021 and 2022).

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Aleksa Palladino (Angela Darmody)

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As Jimmy's ride-or-die, Aleksa Palladino stole the spotlight on the HBO series. Most recently, she appeared in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman as Mary Sheeran. 

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Michael Stuhlbarg (Arnold Rothstein)

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Michael Stuhlbarg played powerful New York gangster Arnold Rothstein and we're still traumatized by his cueball story. Ten years later, you can watch Michael on the new Showtime series Your Honor, which all stars Bryan Cranston.  

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Stephen Graham (Al Capone)

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Stephen Graham had tough shoes to fill playing Al Capone on Boardwalk, but he nailed it. The British actor is currently filming the TV mini-series The North Water, which will air in the U.K. 

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Vincent Piazza (Charles "Lucky" Luciano)

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Calling Lucky Luciano a hot-head is an understatement, but Vincent was perfect as the New York gangster and Rothstein associate. 

The actor appeared in the Fox show The Passage last year, and in 2020 he starred in the thriller Centigrade.

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Paz de la Huerta (Lucy Danziger)

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Paz de la Huerta got her big break as Nucky's mistress Lucy Danziger on Boardwalk Empire. Paz made headlines when she spoke out against Harvey Weinstein in 2017. 

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Michael Kenneth Williams (Albert "Chalky" White)

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The Wire, Boardwalk Empire — is there anything that Michael Kenneth Williams can't do? The answer is no. 

Michael is now starring as Montrose Freeman on Lovecraft Country, and we expect him to knock it out of the park once again.

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Paul Sparks (Mickey Doyle)

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Since his role as bootlegger Mickey Doyle on Boardwalk Empire, Paul has proven himself as one of the best character actors of the decade, starring in multiple hit TV series and movies including Waco, House of Cards, The Greatest Showman, and Castle Rock.

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Jack Huston (Richard Harrow)

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After getting disfigured in the war, Jack Huston's character wore a tin mask over his face, prompting some stares. Since taking off the mask, Jack has gone on to star in American Hustle, Ben-Hur, The Irishman, and most recently, Antebellum.

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Gretchen Mol (Gillian Darmody)

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Gillian was not your typical grandmother on Boardwalk Empire. In real life, Gretchen Mol is the proud mom of two kids and in 2020 is balancing motherhood with her role as Linda on Perry Mason.

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Charlie Cox (Owen Sleater)

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Before playing Matt Murdock aka Daredevil on the popular Netflix series, Charlie Cox's acting credits included Downton Abbey, The Theory of Everything, and yes, Boardwalk Empire. 

There are also rumors that Charlie will revive his role as Daredevil for Disney Plus. Fingers crossed.

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Bobby Cannavale (Gyp Rosetti)

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Bobby Cannavale's portrayal of gangster Gyp Rosetti on Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. 

Next up for Bobby: a role on Nine Perfect Strangers alongside fellow Boardwalk alum Michael Shannon.

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Ron Livingston (Roy Phillips)

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Ron Livingston has over 90 acting credits — Sex and the City, Office Space, the list goes on and on — to his name, including Boardwalk Empire's resident detective. So, what's next? The upcoming AMC series Pantheon alongside Aaron Eckhart and Paul Dano.

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Jeffrey Wright (Dr. Valentin Narcisse)

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Fun fact: Jeffrey's Boardwalk character was based on the real-life Casper Holstein. However, his Westworld character Bernard Lowe is definitely 100 percent fictional. 

Jeffrey will also be starring in Matt Reeves' The Batman as the iconic police commissioner James Gordon. 

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Ben Rosenfield (Willie Thompson)

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Nucky's nephew Willie goes on to work as a lawyer with the Justice Department on Boardwalk Empire. Fast forward, and Ben Rosenfield has portrayed a sales student (A Most Violent Year), an Ivanwald brother, and conservative Phyllis Schlafly's gay son John on Hulu's Mrs. America.

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You can stream Boardwalk Empire on the HBO Max now. 

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