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William "Wild Bill" Lovett is a minor character in the third season of Boardwalk Empire. He is based on the historical Irish-American gangster of the same name.



Lovett is a racketeer and bootlegger in 1920s New York City and leader of the White Hand gang.

Season 3[]

Nucky Thompson announces before the main bootleggers of the Northeast on December 31 1922 that he will not supply more alcohol to anyone but Arnold Rothstein, and that if someone wants to buy Atlantic City liquor it should be through him. NYC gangster Gyp Rosetti comments that it will be likely at a 50% increase, prompting Rothstein's man Charlie Luciano to answer that if he doesn't like Rothstein's prices he can always buy from Bill Lovett or Peg Leg Lonergan. Frankie Yale sides with Rosetti and says that Irish gangsters like them will never sell to Italians. ("Resolution")

Bill Lovett is summoned by Nucky to the Ritz Carlton Hotel along with Lonergan, Waxey Gordon, Yale, Meyer Lansky, Luciano and Rothstein (plus Johnny Torrio, who declines to attend) following the bombing of Babette's in May 1923 in an attempt to build a grand coalition against Gyp Rosetti and his boss, Joe Masseria. Nucky offers to divide the markets freed by George Remus' recent arrest and coexist in peace, as partners, regardless of their different ethnicities. Like the rest, Lovett declines the offer following Arnold Rothstein's example. ("Season 3, Episode 9")


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Season three appearances
"Resolution" "Spaghetti and Coffee" "Bone for Tuna" "Blue Bell Boy"
"You'd Be Surprised" "Ging Gang Goolie" "Sunday Best" "The Pony"
"The Milkmaid's Lot" "A Man, A Plan..." "Two Imposters" "Margate Sands"