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Victor "Vic" Mackey
Played By: Michael ChiklisThe main character and leader of the Strike Team. Certainly not your typical television protagonist, as the character shot and killed a fellow police detective in the pilot episode of the series, without any remorse or regret. Despite this (and more), Vic attempts to do right by his family, the officers under his command, and the people in the community he is sworn to protect.
Played By: Walton GogginsVic's best friend and protégé. Impulsive, reckless, and at times racist, Shane drives much of the conflict in the series as his desire to move out of Vic's shadow causes much chaos and conflict.
Curtis "Lem" Lemansky
Played By: Kenny JohnsonThe muscle of the Strike Team, as well as its conscience. Will often remind Vic and the rest of the Strike Team that they are supposed to be cops and try and rein in Vic's more corrupt notions (with various degrees of success). Unfortunately for him, he ultimately becomes a liability for the team and is killed off by Shane, to keep IAD from sending him to jail, where he would inevitably break.
Ronald "Ronnie" Gardocki
Played By: David Rees SnellWith his facial hair and tech skills, Ronnie is the resident nerd of the Strike Team.
Played By: Reed Diamond"Driver" for the Strike Team, Terry Crowley was placed on the Strike Team by then-Captain Acaveda as a means to keep an eye out on the antics of Vic and his crew. Unfortunately for him, when Acaveda approached him about gathering evidence about Strike Team corruption, Terry agreed, only to get a bullet in the face for his trouble.
Played By: Brian WhiteA young black detective who is placed on the team due to orders from the brass, who want to include one Token Minority onto the all-white Strike Team. Unaware of Vic Mackey's corrupt nature, the skilled rookie detective made a big mistake when he went and told Shane that he was hoping that Vic would take him under his wing as a mentor. One massive brawl later and a car wreck, Tavon was written out of the series.
Armando "Army" Renta
Played By: Michael PenaArmy sniper who, after a tour of duty in Iraq, returned home and landed a job with the LAPD, where he was partnered with Shane Vendrell. The two got along well, but Shane's corrupt cop ways ended up getting the two in hot legal water. Rather than risk his luck, he ended up resigning from the LAPD and returning to the military.
Played By: Alex O'LoughlinA capable officer introduced as the one who will succeed Vic in leading the Strike Team. His arrival is initially met with some tension but Vic and co eventually warm up to him.
Played By: CCH PounderVeteran detective partnered with Detective "Dutch" Wagenbach. Though positioned as the conscience of the Barn, she's more than willing to turn a blind eye to Vic's brutality and corruption...at least, at first.
Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach
Played By: Jay KarnesDetective and partner of Claudette. A brilliant, but socially inept detective who deals with unsavory bad guys. The Rival to Vic Mackey.
Played By: David MarcianoA veteran cop who is five years away from retiring and dead set on doing as little as possible until then, in order to ensure he sees the day of his retirement.
Captains and Administration
Played By: Benito MartinezPolitically ambitious police captain turned city councilman; longtime foil for Vic Mackey, going from The Rival to reluctant ally when Aceveda's political ambitions lead him into the arms of The Cartel.
Played By: Glenn CloseReplacement captain for the Farmington District after Aceveda left following his election to city council.
Played By: Forest WhitakerIAD officer who goes after Vic Mackey and the Strike Team.
Played By: John DiehlThe Assistant Chief of Police, Vic's political muscle within the department, and the man who created the Barn and formed the Strike Team.
Danielle "Danny" Sofer
Played By: Catherine Dent
Played By: Michael Jace
Played By: Paula GarcesA new recruit assigned to serve as Julien's partner. Her going from vain pretty girl to competent cop was a major storyline for the later seasons of the show.
Played By: Matt GeraldJulien's new partner following Danny's brief termination.
Played By: Walter Emanuel JonesA low-level drug dealer selected by Vic to hold the monopoly on corners in Farmington (in exchange for some regular "rent" payments, of course).
Played By: Sticky FingazA prominent L.A. gangsta rapper who happens to be, well, an actual gangsta. In between recording sessions, he calls the shots for the One-Niners. Until Antwon Mitchell gets out of prison, at any rate...
Theodore "Tio" Osmond
Played By: Cedric PendletonRondell Robinson's right-hand man...and eventual replacement.
Played By: Anthony AndersonA high-ranking member of the One-Niners street gang and an old enemy of Monica Rawling, recently released after serving a thirteen-year sentence on drug charges.
Played By: L. Michael BurtThe street boss of the One-Niners after Antwon Mitchell is sent back to prison.
Played By: Danny PinoA ruthless drug trafficker from Mexico who moves into Farmington with plans to take over.
Played By: F.J. RioA big-time property developer and one of Aceveda's key financial backers in his budding political career. Too bad he's also the front for The Cartel's plan to buy up Farmington and turn it into their new L.A. base of operations...
Played By: Francesco QuinnChief of security for The Cartel and Pezuela's boss.
Played By: Kurt SutterThe much-feared (but seldom seen) chief enforcer of the Armenian Mob, dispatched to recover the funds stolen from the Money Train at the end of Season 2.
Played By: Franka PotenteThe daughter of an Armenian Mafia chieftain, who secretly runs his organization after he is left comatose by a heart attack.
Played By: Ludwig Manukian
Played By: Michael KellyA Serial Killer that murdered 23 people.
Played By: Clark GreggA serial rapist, and eventual Serial Killer, who targets elderly women and "cuddles" with them afterward.
Played By: Ray CampbellAn accused Serial Killer from Texas who relocates to Farmington, which soon sees a rash of murders matching his alleged M.O.
Played By: Kyle GallnerA teenage boy who claims to have shot a burglar in his home, but whom Dutch suspects of being a budding Serial Killer.
Played By: Cathy Cahlin Ryan
Played By: Michele Hicks
Played By: Jamie BrownA hooker and crack addict who serves as Vic's unofficial informant.
Played By: Nichole HiltzA Con Artist who successfully manipulates Shane.
Played By: Laura HarringA criminal defense attorney retained by Vic to represent the Strike Team in the face of Kavanaugh's investigation.
Played By: Laurie HoldenA special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement who helps Vic bust The Cartel...and becomes his last hope for a lifeline when his web of lies and crimes starts to unravel.