Dominic Chianese Comes To ‘Boardwalk Empire’

The former "Sopranos" actor returns to HBO this fall.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The man behind Uncle Junior is coming back home.

TV Guide is reporting that Dominic Chianese has signed a deal to appear in six of the twelve episodes of the upcoming second season of "Boardwalk Empire." Chianese will portay Leander Whitlock, a contemporary of The Commodore (Dabney Coleman), but it's unclear if the character will be a part of the conspiracy to unseat Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).

Chianese is best known for his iconic role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on HBO's signature hit, "The Sopranos." "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terrence Winter was also a writer and an executive producer on "The Sopranos" and this role will reunite them for the first time since that series ended in 2007.

Prior to landing his role on "The Sopranos," Chianese had a long history in films such as "The Godfather Part II," "Dog Day Afternoon," "All the President's Men," "Second Sight" and "Night Falls on Manhattan." More recently, Chianese has appeared in "Damages," "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

"Boardwalk Empire" returns to HBO on Sunday, September 25.