If you watch "Boardwalk Empire," then you know why Alphonse Capone is this week's #1 bad guy. Capone strikes fear in the hearts of everyone that works for him. When Lucky told him that Mueller used to be a cop, Al put a gun Mueller's mouth and threatened to kill him. Then at the end of the episode, he decided that at least one person needed to feel his wrath. He took a desk replica of the empire state building and beat a man's face to mush! Al Capone can go psycho at any given moment, so this might not be his only week at the top.
ABOUT THE CHARACTER
Al was born Alphonse Gabriel Capone on January 17, 1899. His parents are Italian immigrants Teresina Zapone (née Raiola) born December 28, 1867 in Angri, Salerno and Gabriele Capone, a barber from Castellammare di Stabia near Naples. The family immigrated to the United States in 1893 and settled at 95 Navy Street, in the Navy Yard section of downtownBrooklyn. Gabriele Capone worked at a nearby barber shop at 29 Park Avenue.
After his initial stint with small-time gangs that included the Junior Forty Thieves and the Bowery Boys, Capone joined the Brooklyn Rippers and then the powerful Five Points Gang based in Lower Manhattan. During this time, he was employed and mentored by fellow racketeer Frankie Yale (an associate of Torrio) as a bartender in a Coney Island dance hall and saloon called the Harvard Inn. Capone received the scars that gave him the nickname "Scarface" in a fight. After he inadvertently insulted a woman while working the door at a Brooklyn night club, Capone was attacked by her brother Frank Gallucio; his face was slashed three times on the left side. Al later claimed that he received the scars serving with the famous Lost Battalion during World War I but in reality he never served in the military.
Yale contacted Torrio and requested that he give Capone work in Chicago because he was being investigated for a murder in New York and also needed to tidy up his image. Capone accepted Torrio's offer and went to Chicago in 1919 where he worked as Torrio's driver and as a bouncer and bartender at the Four Deucesbrothel. He moved his family to Chicago soon afterwards.
Al, Frank and Ralph Capone bring girls from the Four Deuces to another brothel in Cicero, afterwards they are in Torrio's office where somebody has been writing newspaper stories about Torrio and Capone's operations. Al's surname Capone was spelled wrong so later on Frank and Al end up having a fight in his home when his mother walks in and stops them fighting as Al's about to hit him with a shoe (New York Sour). Soon after Al and Ralph enlist the help of George Mueller to convince laborers to vote republican in Cicero. This leads to a riot in which Ralph Capone is killed by police. After a failed assassination attempt on Johnny Torrio Al become leader of the gang.
ABOUT THE ACTOR
Stephen Graham was born in Kirkby, Merseyside. He dropped his native Liverpudlian ("Scouse") accent for a London cockney accent in the Guy Ritchie film Snatch. He also adopted a Chicago accent when playing Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies. Following Snatch, Graham's highest-profile work in the US came in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. He is also featured in the music video for the Arctic Monkeys' number-one hit "When the Sun Goes Down", and the short film based on the song, Scummy Man, as well as having been featured in their video for the song "Fluorescent Adolescent". His performance in the Shane Meadows film This Is England was well-reviewed. While he plays the racist thug Combo in This Is England, Graham himself is part Jamaican by his paternal grandfather. He has also starred in the music video for Deadmau5 and Kaskade hit I Remember. He played Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies, alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. He donned a ginger wig to portray Billy Bremner, captain of the 1974 Leeds United football team, in the 2009 film The Damned United. He also grew a moustache to play Football Thug John Godden in Awaydays. He plays Scrum in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.