A gangster named Bumpy Johnson makes his way in Harlem during the 1960s. A TV prequel to the 2007 film, 'American Gangster', which centered on the criminal enterprise of Frank Lucas.
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Forest Whitaker ...  Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson 16 episodes, 2019-2021
Nigel Thatch ...  Malcolm X 16 episodes, 2019-2021
Ilfenesh Hadera ...  Mayme Johnson 16 episodes, 2019-2021
Lucy Fry ...  Stella Gigante 15 episodes, 2019-2021
Antoinette Crowe-Legacy ...  Elise Johnson 15 episodes, 2019-2021
Vincent D'Onofrio ...  Vincent 'Chin' Gigante 15 episodes, 2019-2021
Erik LaRay Harvey ...  Del Chance 15 episodes, 2019-2021
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Congressman Adam Clayton Powell 15 episodes, 2019-2021
Rafi Gavron ...  Ernie Nunzi 14 episodes, 2019-2021
Elvis Nolasco ...  Nat Pettigrew 14 episodes, 2019-2021
Demi Singleton ...  Margaret Johnson 14 episodes, 2019-2021
Markuann Smith ...  Junie Byrd 14 episodes, 2019-2021
Paul Sorvino ...  Frank Costello 11 episodes, 2019-2021
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ...  Teddy Greene 10 episodes, 2019
Chazz Palminteri ...  Joe Bonanno / ... 10 episodes, 2019-2021
Korey Jackson ...  Livingston Wingate 9 episodes, 2019-2021
Roslyn Ruff ...  Delia Greene 9 episodes, 2019-2021
Kevin Corrigan ...  Bennie Eggs 8 episodes, 2019-2021
Gregory Cioffi ...  Fat Ricky 8 episodes, 2019
Kathrine Narducci ...  Olympia Gigante 7 episodes, 2019-2021
Afi Bijou ...  Sister Marny 7 episodes, 2019-2021
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The "true story" of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. Written by AnonymusB

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Crime | Drama

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This is (sort of) a prequel to American Gangster (2007) starring Denzel Washington. In that movie, Washington portrays Frank Lucas, who, in real life, ends up seizing control of the Harlem heroin market and all of Harlem from the 'retiring' Bumpy Johnson portrayed by Forest Whitaker in this series. However, in the 2007 movie 'American Gangster,' he was portrayed by Clarence Williams III who is best known for the role of Lincoln 'Linc' Hayes on Mod Squad (1968). See more »

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References Selma (2014) See more »

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Wow a long time coming
30 September 2019 | by tolanda-34215See all my reviews

O my greatness....one episode and all in. Brilliant move Mr Forrest Whitaker to Bring to life The real deal Bumpy Johnson- it's a no blinking eye opener hell to the Chief TV series Go Epix


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Release Date:

29 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Godfather of Harlem See more »

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