THE SOPRANOS Star Dominic Chianese Joining BOARDWALK EMPIRE

     August 16, 2011

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After playing Tony Soprano’s mentor and father figure on HBO’s hit crime series The Sopranos, actor Dominic Chianese is going back in time and back to HBO for his next gig in underground crime. TV Guide reports the actor will have a six episode character arc out of the 12-episode second season of Boardwalk Empire where he’ll play Leander Whitlock, a character described as a contemporary of Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman) the man who mentors Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) in the first season. Chianese’s work goes back to films like The Godfather: Part II and comes up as recently as a character arc on Damages. His presence on Boardwalk Empire will certainly be welcome, but apparently he’ll almost be unrecognizable in the role according to series creator Terrence Winter, so I can’t wait to see what his character brings to the series.

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