HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" cast is a big part of what makes the show so good. Like so many HBO projects, the writing and story lines are excellent, but in this case the cast is above and beyond. In fact, the cast won a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Cast in a Drama. Of course, having players like Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg working behind the scenes doesn't hurt either! That said, let's take a look at the HBO "Boardwalk Empire" Cast.

  1. Steve Buscemi plays Enoch "Nucky" Thompson - The main character from the Boardwalk Empire cast, Buscemi portrays the well-liked (but corrupt) treasurer of Atlantic City. Nucky is more than happy to take advantage of the financial opportunities that Prohibition has afforded him.

  2. Michael Pitt plays James Darmody - Smart, college educated Jimmy Darmody is back from the war a changed man, and ready to learn all he can from his mentor, Nucky. 

  3. Kelly MacDonald plays Margaret Schroeder - Smart and tough, Margaret became Nucky's mistress after turning to him for help.

  4. Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden - The next character from HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" cast is a senior agent with the Internal Revenue department. Van Alden wants to take Nucky down, but like Nucky, he finds himself drawn to Margaret.

  5. Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner - Previously the boss of Atlantic city, he mentored Nucky for the position. He's also Jimmy's biological father. The Commodore is a central figure in the "Boardwalk Empire" cast.

  6. Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson - He's Nucky's kid brother - and the county sheriff. Together, they form a tough duo, but there is a mostly hidden bitter sibling rivalry between the two.

  7. Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler - Nucky's right-hand man, he's always on call for whatever job - dirty or otherwise - Nucky needs done.

  8. Stephen Graham as Al Capone - A low level Chicago gangster with a penchant for violence. Like Nucky, he's ready to take advantage of the needs presented by Prohibition. Like several characters in the "Boardwalk Empire" cast, Capone is based on a real life persona.

  9. Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody - Jimmy's wife by common law and the mother of his young son, who was conceived before Jimmy went off to war.

  10. Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein - A top level gangster based out of New York, Rothstein is shrewd and ruthless. He enters into business with Nucky.

  11. Vincent Piazza as Charles "Lucky" Luciano  - Another Boardwalk Empire cast character from real life, gangster Lucky Luciano is aligned with Rothstein in New York. His impulsiveness can get him into trouble.

  12. Paz de la Huerta as Lucy Danziger - She used to be a dancer in the Ziegfield Follies, now she's Nucky's mistress. She's a passionate woman with a hot temper.

  13. Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White - The central African-American character from the "Boardwalk Empire" cast, Chalky is a bootlegger and the unofficial leader of the Atlantic City African-American society.

  14. Paul Sparks as Michael "Mickey Doyle" Kozik - He's an Atlantic City bootlegger and competition for Chalky.

-Kelly Cannon