9. Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire (2010-Present, HBO)
Played by: Michael Kenneth Williams
Chalky White is the criminal head of the African-American community in Atlantic City, controlling liquor dispensation, the black vote, and the black work force. White men lynched his carpenter father when he was a boy but, thanks to the influence Chalky has gained despite his poor, uneducated upbringing, he is able to sit across from powerful white politician Nucky Thompson and dictate terms of agreements and even get away with killing KKK vigilantes.
Chalky’s character really comes together thanks to the acting by Michael Kenneth Williams, who brings an unpredictable intensity to the character that makes every scene he’s in one of the episode’s highlights.