Actor/musician Dominic Chianese has the distinction of being the only actor to appear in the greatest mobster movie series (as Johnny Ola in The Godfather: Part II) and the greatest mobster TV series as a series regular (as Uncle Junior on “The Sopranos”). [Both Richard Bright and Vittorio Duse also appeared in both the Godfather series and “The Sopranos”, although they weren’t regular cast members of “The Sopranos”.]
Terrence Winter, Boardwalk Empire’s creator and executive producer (and fellow Sopranos alum) has confirmed that Chianese will appear in 6 of the 12 Season Two episodes of BE as “Leander Whitlock”, a contemporary of Dabney Coleman’s character — The Commodore.
Chianese is multi-talented performer–as well as being an actor, he is an accomplished singer. He released a CD in late 2000 on which he sings American and Italian standards and joins Les Paul and Woody Allen as celebrities who have regular music gigs in New York.