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Cheers & Jeers: Michael Shannon Shines on Boardwalk

Cheers to Boardwalk Empire for giving Michael Shannon the part that should make him a star. Want more Cheers & Jeers? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine.

Bruce Fretts

Cheers to Boardwalk Empire for giving Michael Shannonthe part that should make him a star.

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The intense, square-jawed character actor has popped in a few big-screen gigs, most notably his Oscar-nominated turn as a mental patient in Revolutionary Road. He brings a similarly mesmerizing zeal to his Empire role as Van Alden, a Fed determined to bring down crime boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Emmys, take note.

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