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    Joe Teague 

Detective Joe Teague

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Played By: Jon Bernthal

A former US Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant and Guadalcanal Campaign veteran caught in the conflict between Parker and Cohen.

  • Always Save the Girl: His driving motivation is to protect Jasmine. He will do anything and everything to save her, no matter the consequences.
  • Dirty Business: He murdered Hecky Nash to protect Jasmine from Siegel.
  • The Stoic: Though a bit gruff, Teague is regularly a pretty taciturn fellow.
  • Not So Stoic: He gets pretty emotional when it concerns Jasmine. Understandable, since he loves her and she's often in danger.
  • Take a Third Option: Siegel beats him down and gives him a choice between giving up Jasmine or dying with her. Teague proceeds to follow Ned Stax to his meeting at one of Siegel's houses and shoots Siegel over a dozen times from a distance with his rifle.
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    Ned Stax 

Ned Stax

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Played By: Milo Ventimiglia

A lawyer and fixer for Cohen, who also fought alongside Teague in the war.

  • Unwitting Pawn: His decision to stay by Teague's side after Siegel deals him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and Sadistic Choice turns out badly, as Teague follows Ned in his taxi, leading him right to the meeting at Siegel's girlfriend's house. Where Teague assassinates Siegel.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a few of them to Joe. Most notably, when Joe kills Bugsy Siegel to protect Jasmine, only for Ned to point out that now he's created a power vacuum between Mickey Cohen and Jack Dragna that may lead to an eventual mob war.

    William H. Parker 

Capt. William H. Parker

A captain in the LAPD bent on taking down the mob.

  • Cowboy Cop: This is how he is portrayed by Chief Horral, but is in fact more law abiding than most of his colleagues. Interestingly, William Parker was from Deadwood, South Dakota.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Is criticized and forced to accept the blame for the recent controversies between the LAPD and Bugsy Siegel, despite the fact that he is one of the few honest men working toward justice.

    Jasmine Fontaine 

Jasmine Fontaine

A beautiful woman working as a photographer at Cohen's nightclub.

    Hal Morrison 

Det. Hal Morrison

The detective at the head of the LAPD's new mob squad.

    Sid Rothman 

Sid Rothman

Played By: Robert Knepper

A mobster working closely with Cohen and Siegel.

  • Made of Iron: Has his head repeatedly bashed against a radiator by Teague, and he walks away smiling like it didn't happen.
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    Mickey Cohen 

Mickey Cohen

The most dangerous mobster in Los Angeles.

  • Psychopathic Manchild: Shows some signs, mostly in that he comes off like a punk kid trying to be a James Cagney character.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He seems to think he's The Dragon to Siegel. The other criminals merely indulge (and, in some cases, guide) the wise guy image he has of himself.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Attacks a woman with a baseball bat in an attempted robbery around the age of ten.

    Fletcher Bowron 

Mayor Fletcher Bowron

Played By: Gregory Itzin

    Bugsy Siegel 

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel

One of the most infamous mobsters in Los Angeles.

  • Ambition Is Evil: The scene in which Siegel tries to sell Lansky's associates on the idea of Las Vegas also sees him nonchalantly dropping a bound and hooded man into the first building's foundation and having him shot to death.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Subverted, the East-Coast mob has no patience for the diabolical schemes he has planned, nor his reckless behavior.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The show starts right around the time he is killed, paving the way for Mickey Cohen, Meyer Lansky, and Sid Rothman.
  • Rule of Cool: Something he tries to live by. In the first scene of the series, after he, Lansky, and Rothman have slaughtered a group of bootleggers and robbed their shipment, Siegel lights a stick of dynamite with his cigarette and uses it to blow up a car for no reason besides making a bang.
  • The Sociopath: He's even worse than the noted sociopath, Sid Rothman, who usually has to calm Siegel down and keep him from cutting people's heads off.
  • Stupid Evil: Gets angry and murders a key witness to prove a point to his infinitely more cautious allies. This in turn sets off the disastrous blackmailing plot the first six episodes are centered around.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has an entire monologue in which he explains the level of loyalty between himself and Sid Rothman, having grown up together.
  • Visionary Villain: This is the guy who laid the groundwork for Las Vegas.
  • Walking Spoiler: If the nature of his death isn't already a Foregone Conclusion.

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LAPD

    Clemence B. Horrall 

Chief Clemence B. Horrall

Played By: Michael McGrady

The chief of the LAPD.

    Miles Hewitt 

Miles Hewitt

Played By: James Hebert

A lieutenant in the LAPD.

Morrison's Mob Squad

    Mike Hendry 

Det. Mike Hendry

A member of Morrison's mob squad that butts heads with Joe.

  • Butt-Monkey: If Teague isn't two steps ahead of him, he'll settle with knocking Hendry out.
  • Hero Antagonist: Sort of. Joe Teague's the show's hero (or anti-hero), and Hendry's an honest and intuitive detective who happens to see through his lies.

    Tug Purcell 

Det. Tug Purcell

Played By: Dana Gould

A member of Morrison's mob squad.

  • Disability Superpower: Despite losing his glasses and being virtually blind without them, he's able to kill one man and wound another during a shootout. After he's been shot.

    Jack 'Fat' Bray 

Det. Jack "Fat" Bray

Played By: Mike Hagerty

An older member of Morrison's mob squad.

    Pat Dolan 

Det. Pat Dolan

Played By: John Pollono

A member of Morrison's mob squad and Mike's partner.

    Nick Bledsoe 

Det. Nick Bledsoe

Played By: Daniel Roebuck

A member of Morrison's mob squad and Tug's partner.

    Eddy Sanderson 

Det. Eddy Sanderson

Played By: Andrew Rothenberg

A member of Morrison's mob squad and a friend of Joe's.

The Mob

    Terry Mandel 

Terry Mandel

Played By: Richard Brake

Rothman's right hand man.

  • Combat Pragmatist: Disguises himself as a cop to sneak into a safe house and murder a witness.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Assumes he's killed Tug only for him to wake up, kill Mandel's accomplice, and shoot Mandel in the leg.

    Jack Dragna 

Jack Dragna

Played By: Paul Ben-Victor

An Italian mafia boss who frequently tries to invade Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen's turf and take over their rackets.

    Meyer Lansky 

Meyer Lansky

Played By: Patrick Fischler

A brilliant and enterprising East-Coast gangster who is forced to bear bad news to his old friend, Bugsy Siegel.

  • Badass Bookworm: Though he is more of an intellectual, the first scene shows him rocking a tommy gun the same as Siegel and Rothman.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He is what Bugsy aspires to be.
  • Kosher Nostra: A prominent figure.
  • Noble Demon: Maybe not "noble," but Lansky's more composed and diplomatic than any other character, even Ned Stax. He comes off like a pretty nice guy in comparison to Bugsy and Sid.
  • Revenge: His role becomes a bit more clear when he orders Mickey Cohen to find whoever killed Bugsy Siegel.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is the only one on the East Coast who supports Siegel's Las Vegas venture.

Civilians

    Hecky Nash 

Hecky Nash

Played By: Simon Pegg

A standup comedian and childhood friend of Mickey Cohen. Fed up with being looked down upon by the Los Angeles gangsters, he attempts to blackmail Cohen's boss, Bugsy Siegel and escape with his girlfriend to a better life.

  • Dead Star Walking: Listing Simon Pegg as a guest star was a big hint.
  • Foregone Conclusion: His increasingly desperate "it's my time now" dialogue makes it pretty clear that he's not going to survive, as well.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Hires Joe Teague to be his bodyguard, apparently unaware of the detective's connection to his girlfriend, Jasmine.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He put not only his own life but his girlfriend's on the line to get one over on some powerful gangsters. He also did it so the two of them could have a better life together.
  • Old Friend: Has been "friends" with Mickey Cohen since they were little kids.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Don't get him started on gangsters.
  • The Resenter: Towards Mickey Cohen and the other gangsters.

    Leslie Shermer 

Leslie Shermer

An unstable criminal involved in Hecky Nash's plot to blackmail the mob.

  • Wild Card: The mob ambushes him. He reveals a hand grenade, and yanks out the pin. In the middle of a crowded train station.

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