11. Shea Wigham, who plays Nucky’s brother, Eli, co-founded the New York City theatre troupe The Rorschach Group with his college roommate Kirk Acevedo, also known as Charlie from Fringe.
12. Aleksa Palladino, who played Angela Darmody, made her big-screen debut in Manny and Lo opposite Scarlett Johansson.
She is currently the lead singer of ExitMusic.
13. Stephen Graham, who plays Al Capone, is a fairly recognizable British actor, although American audiences probably first saw him in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
He’s also in a Babybird music video called “Unloveable,” which Johnny Depp actually directed.
14. Vincent Piazza, who plays Lucky Luciano, used to be an amateur hockey player and, disappointingly, also used to date Ashlee Simpson. YOU THINK YOU KNOW A GUY.
15. There are a lot of drunken stories about Paz de la Huerta, including the fact that she once used Jack Nicholson to make her boyfriend jealous, that she once borrowed money from a homeless person, that she was arrested and charge with punching and throwing a glass at a reality star, and that she once conducted an interview naked in a bathhouse while rubbing honey on her breasts.
16. On Michael K. Williams, who plays Chalky White, I’ll just say that you should read this piece about his struggles with addiction after The Wire, and how he blew all his The Wire money on blue jeans and sneakers. He also used to work as a back-up dancer for, among others, Madonna. You can actually find him in a Madonna music video for “Secret” at the 2:13 mark.
17. Paul Sparks, who plays Mickey Doyle, is married to Annie Parisse, who you may know from her stint as an ADA in Law an Order, or from The Following.
18. Gretchen Mol is married to Tod Williams, the director of Paranormal Activity 2 and The Door in the Floor, who is also he ex-husband of Famke Janssen. Mol and Janssen have nevertheless worked together, and I believe are friends, because Hollywood is weird.
19. Jack Huston was basically set for life the second he was born. He is literally a descendant of British aristocracy (his mother’s name is Lady Margot Lavinia Cholmondeley), his grandfather is Jack Huston (who directed The Maltese Falcon, among many other notable classics) and his aunt is Angelica Huston.
20. Bobby Cannavale, who played Gyp Rosetti last season, used to be married to Jenny Lumet, which made Sidney Lumet — the 5-time Oscar nominee of 12 Angry Men and Network, among others — his father in law. It also made him brother-in-law with P.J. O’Rourke, who was married to Jenny Lumet’s sister, Amy. Cannavale is now in a relationship with Rose Byrne, because good for him.
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