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Nelson Kasper Van Alden (played by Michael Shannon) is a puritanical and repressed religious fundamentalist and agent for the Bureau of Prohibition. In the midst of trying to bring down kingpin Nucky Thompson he succumbed to corruption and has become an outlaw on the run himself.



In his position as a Senior Agent with the Bureau of Prohibition in the Department of Internal Revenue Nelson Van Alden tackles his job with the fervor of a man possessed. He is deeply religious and is married to Rose Van Alden. Van Alden is under the command of Supervisor Elliot and partnered with Agent Eric Sebso .

Season 1

Main article: Nelson Van Alden Season 1

Season 2

Main article: Nelson Van Alden Season 2

Season 3

Main article: Nelson Van Alden Season 3



Criminal career

Law enforcement career

Sales career


Memorable Quotes

  • Mrs. Mauer: "And just now -"
    • Nelson: "Yes?"
    • Mrs. Mauer: "A blue limousine pulls up and carts them off - her and her children"
    • Nelson: "A Rolls?"
    • Mrs. Mauer: "How's that?"
    • Nelson: "The limousine - a Rolls Royce?" ("Family Limitation") 


Season one appearances
Boardwalk Empire The Ivory Tower Broadway Limited Anastasia
Nights in Ballygran Family Limitation Home Hold Me in Paradise
Belle Femme The Emerald City Paris Green A Return to Normalcy
Season two appearances
21 Ourselves Alone A Dangerous Maid What Does the Bee Do?
Gimcrack & Bunkum The Age of Reason Peg of Old Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Battle of the Century Georgia Peaches Under God's Power She Flourishes To the Lost
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"
Season four appearances
"New York Sour" "Resignation" "Acres of Diamonds" "All In"
"Erlkonig" "The North Star" "William Wilson" "The Old Ship of Zion"
"Marriage and Hunting" "White Horse Pike" "Havre De Grace" "Farewell Daddy Blues"
Season five appearances
Golden Days for Boys and Girls The Good Listener What Jesus Said Cuanto
King of Norway Devil You Know Friendless Child Eldorado


  1. "Cuanto". His "most wanted" file, dated December 15, 1922, says he is 33 years old.