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Arnold Rothstein

One of the Boardwalk characters modeled after a real-life kingpin, I love Michael Stuhlbarg as the cool-as-a-cucumber racketeer and gambler. While other gangsters are strutting and boasting like they just stepped into a cockfight, Rothstein is surveying the landscape, collecting his wisdom, calling the shots, and calmly calling out everyone else on their stupidity. Let’s see if he remains so cool when he finds out at the beginning of next season that Nucky set a trap for him after Rothstein’s 99% deal saved Atlantic City from Rosetti.