Meet the cast of 'Empire'
Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi)
Officially the treasurer of Atlantic City, Nucky is also the unofficial emperor of the Boardwalk. When it comes to illegal activities, he’s the man in charge. The character is based on the real-life Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, who ruled “America’s Playground” during Prohibition.
Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt)
Nucky’s one-time protege Jimmy, a former Princeton student, returns to Atlantic City from World War I with ambitious plans for his future.
Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald)
The feisty Margaret is an Irish immigrant active in the Women’s Temperance League, an anti-alcohol organization, and stuck in a tumultuous marriage that challenges her proud, independent spirit.
Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon)
This senior Prohibition agent investigates the Atlantic City crime world with a fanatic’s passion and develops strong feelings for Margaret.
Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman)
The commodore ran Atlantic City before ceding it to Nucky, his protege. Kaestner is based on real early-20th-century political honcho Louis Kuehnle, Nucky Johnson’s predecessor.
Eddie Kessler (Anthony Laciura)
Nucky’s right-hand man, a German immigrant, is always on call.
Sheriff Eli Thompson (Shea Whigham)
Nucky’s younger brother is the godfather’s partner in crime and Atlantic City’s sheriff.
Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg)
The most prominent gangster in the country at the time, “The Big Bankroll” Rothstein, fixer of the 1919 World Series, takes a strong interest in Atlantic City, just a few miles down the coast from his New York City home.
‘Lucky’ Luciano (Vincent Piazza)
Luciano works for Rothstein and assumes command of the bootlegging operation that would eventually propel him to prominence as the Genovese crime family’s first boss.
Al Capone (Stephen Graham)
Capone supplies Nucky and the city with enough alcohol to keep the town hopping during Prohibition.
Angela Darmody (Aleksa Palladino)
Jimmy’s common-law wife, an aspiring painter, has been raising their young son, Tommy.
‘Chalky’ White (Michael K. Williams)
The ex-boxer is the Nucky of Atlantic City’s black community — the “mayor” of its centerpiece, Chicken Bone Beach.
Lucy Danziger (Paz de la Huerta)
The ex-Ziegfeld Follies girl quit her career to become Nucky’s girlfriend.
Mickey Doyle (Paul Sparks)
A fellow gangster, he and Chalky compete over the bootlegging business.
Gillian (Gretchen Mol)
For complicated reasons, Nucky promised this showgirl that he’d take care of her and her son.