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Albert "Al" Swearengen is a character based on the real-life figure of the same name, and one of the leading characters on the HBO series Deadwood, a fictionalised account of the real-life town's early history and the figures who populated it. Al is the owner and proprietor of the Gem Saloon, and one of the most powerful figures in the settlement. He has no qualms with using underhand dealings, violence and murder to further his aims or to keep the thugs and prostitues who work for him under control, and appears at first to be the most evil and ruthless character in the series, but is revealed to have hidden depths and even (few) redeeming features as the series unfolds. He is played by noted British actor Ian McShane, who won a Golden Globe for his performance.