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Exclusive: Boardwalk Casts 'Bugsy' Siegel

Boardwalk Empire has decided it is time to meet the lad who will one day become the notorious gangster known as “Bugsy” Siegel.

Filling that recurring role when the acclaimed HBO series launches its second season will be Michael Zegen, TVLine has learned exclusively. Zegen will be familiar to Rescue Me fans for playing Tommy’s godson, Damien Keefe (ergo the firefighter garb in the picture above).

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Of course, Zegen’s character — who is described as “a tough, smart urban kid… as aspiring Jewish gangster” — will go by the name of “Benny,” seeing as “Bugsy” didn’t become a commonly (and not affectionately) used nickname for crime king Benjamin Siegel until the late 1930s.

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Boardwalk fans, are you curious to see the series touch on the origins of a character previously played by the likes of Warren Beatty, Armand Assante and, yes, Richard Grieco?

Comments (12)

  • Wow, the guys from Rescue Me are quickly finding new jobs. Sunjata’s already on Grey’s Anatomy, Adam Ferrara’s hosting Top Gear USA, Steven Pasquale got the lead in a new USA pilot and so did Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness, is it?) and now Zegen as well. Nice.

    Comment by Chmarin – March 1, 2011 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I know, right? And isn’t Andrea Roth on BLUE BLOODS?

    Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich, Editor-at-Large TVLine.com – March 1, 2011 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s right, I totally forgot about her!

    Comment by Chmarin – March 1, 2011 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nice bit of casting. saw him off-broadway last year in Liz Meriwether’s OLIVER PARKER and he owned it. can’t wait for season 2 of BOARDWALK to get going!

    Comment by fiftyFifty – March 1, 2011 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After perusing Mr. Zegen’s IMDB page, I remember him from that movie Adventureland. Really underrated movie, lots of good actors and this guy was really funny in a fairly small part. And of course, Rescue Me. SUPER-psyched now to see season 2 of this amazing show, now they add “Bugsy” Siegel!!!

    Comment by VinDweezil – March 1, 2011 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • probably the best casting news (and choice) i’ve heard in a while. Genius choice. I hope they make it a tasty big role

    Comment by dave – March 1, 2011 09:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I saw him in OLIVER PARKER too, with John Larroquette! Great show, and he was good on Rescue Me. Hope the character sticks!

    Comment by QntnBrnrd – March 1, 2011 11:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by VeXeffQuax – March 2, 2011 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the best dude on television.

    Comment by J Maraia – March 2, 2011 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved Damian on Rescue Me. I was very upset when he was so badly injured last season. Great choice for “Bugsy”!! Looking forward to seeing him do this gangster gig on Boardwalk Empire.


    Comment by A Michaels – March 7, 2011 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ?,,7??)

    Comment by Tossed salad man – May 15, 2011 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • when the sopranos ended I really thought that it was really good stuff,, But this boardwalk empire.. fricken kiss you know.. I cant wait for season 2.. GREAT JOB .. kudos to martin S.. of course Mark-e-Mark..lol

    Comment by nelsoni59 – August 13, 2011 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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