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Band of Brothers Cast: Damian Lewis, David Schwimmer, and More


WWII miniseries Band of Brothers follows the American soldiers of Easy Company. Here is where you’ve seen the actors portraying them.

Actors Damian Lewis (as Richard Winters) and Ron Livingston (as Nixon) act in a scene from HBO''s war mini-series "Band Of Brothers."
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Premiering on Sept. 9, 2001 (yes, two days before 9/11), World War II miniseries Band of Brothers is one of the most impressive shows in HBO‘s already-impressive TV canon. Based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name and produced by cinematic titans Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers offers an unflinching look at the horrors of war and the American heroes of Easy Company that would endure them to help bring down the Third Reich.

The 10 episodes presented in the show’s sole season are pitch-perfect television and now they’re about to be made available to an even wider audience. Alongside its spiritual cousin The Pacific (which follows the Pacific Theater of WWII), Band of Brothers is available to stream on Netflix as of Sept. 15. This comes as part of a Warner Bros. initiative to expand the availability of some of its classic television titles. Previous HBO series syndicated for Netflix include Six Feet Under, Ballers, and Insecure.

There’s never been a better time to watch Band of Brothers than right now. Those going into the experience, however, may be intimidated by the show’s truly massive cast. Band of Brothers really does attempt to include as many real life Easy Company figures as possible, leading to a huge group of characters that stretch the show’s 10-episode runtime to its breaking limit. Not only that, but the show’s young American soldiers can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between, especially when they’re caked with identical mud, blood, and gunpowder.

With that in mind, we’ve created a Band of Brothers cast primer that should help you keep everything straight as you watch. Not only that but you should get some reminders of where you’ve seen all of these folks before. After all, Band of Brothers features the most “hey, I know that guy” moments of just about any TV show of the 21st century up to and including both Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McAvoy).

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