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Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Waco: The Aftermath’

Waco: The Aftermath Cast - Every Actor and Character in the Showtime Series

The Waco: The Aftermath cast features Michael Shannon, Giovanni Ribisi and Keean Johnson. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle’s Showtime series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Waco: The Aftermath explores the events after a 1993 standoff between U.S. government agents and Branch Davidians. When David Koresh and 81 members of his community pass away, the surviving members recall their experiences in court. The narrative follows the main players during a 1994 trial. Here’s every actor and character in Waco: The Aftermath, a sequel to the 2018 miniseries Waco.

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Michael Shannon as Gary Noesner

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Michael Shannon as Gary Noesner

Character Profile: An FBI hostage negotiator. He speaks with David Koresh and his followers.

Shannon’s Resume: Peter Evans in Bug (2006), John Givings in Revolutionary Road (2008), Curtis in Take Shelter(2011), Richard Strickland in The Shape of Water (2017), George Jones in George & Tammy (2022)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Giovanni Ribisi as Dan Cogdell

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Giovanni Ribisi as Dan Cogdell

Character Profile: A defense attorney. He represents Branch Davidians in 1994. Dan believes that a U.S. government raid was caused by hubris.

Ribisi’s Resume: Frank Buffay Jr. in Friends (1995-2003), Medic Wade in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Seth Davis in Boiler Room (2000), Parker Selfridge in the Avatar Movie Franchise (2009-), Marius Josipovic/Pete Murphy in Sneaky Pete (2015-19)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Keean Johnson as Vernon Howell

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Keean Johnson as Vernon Howell

Character Profile: A younger version of David Koresh. He loves reading the Bible. Vernon believes in a female god.

Johnson’s Resume: Adam Freeman in Spooksville (2013-14), Colt Wheeler in Nashville (2014-16), Hugo in Alita: Battle Angel (2019), James Murray in Midway (2019), Daniel in Euphoria (2019)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Abbey Lee as Carol Howe

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Abbey Lee as Carol Howe

Character Profile: A neo-Nazi. She is a government informant. Carol betrays her boyfriend.

Lee’s Resume: The Dag in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Sarah in The Neon Demon (2016), Christina Braithwhite in Lovecraft Country (2020), Chrystal in Old (2021), Delly West in Florida Man (2023)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Alex Breaux as Timothy McVeigh

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Alex Breaux as Timothy McVeigh

Character Profile: A U.S. terrorist. He seeks revenge after the 1993 Waco siege. McVeigh ultimately plans and executes a 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City.

Breaux’s Resume: Stockbroker in Hustlers (2019), Tim Clements in When They See Us (2019), Dax in See (2021), The German in Foxhole (2021), Frank Mitchell in The Equalizer (2022)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: John Hoogenakker as Clive Doyle

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - John Hoogenakker as Clive Doyle

Character Profile: A Branch Davidian leader. He first arrived at Mount Carmel in 1981. Clive claims his innocence during a 1994 trial.

Hoogenakker’s Resume: Leo Bianchi in The Playboy Club (2011), Gordon Sirica in The Girlfriend Experience (2016), Matice in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018-19), Carl Wilkes in Castle Rock (2019), Randy Ramseyer in Dopesick (2021)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Kali Rocha as Ruth Riddle

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Kali Rocha as Ruth Riddle

Character Profile: A Branch Davidian. Her husband was killed by the U.S. government. Ruth believes that her defense attorney makes her look like a sheep.

Rocha’s Resume: Atlantic American Flight Attendant in Meet the Parents (2000), HalfrekCecily Addams in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000-02), Dr. Sydney Heron in Grey’s Anatomy (2006-07), Karen Rooney in Liv and Maddie (2013-17), Marcy in Man with a Plan (2016-20)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Michael Luwoye as Livingstone Fagan

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Michael Luwoye as Livingstone Fagan

Character Profile: A Branch Davidian. He moved to Texas from the United Kingdom in 1989. Livingstone gets tried for voluntary manslaughter.

Luwoye’s Resume: Erg in The Gifted (2018-19), Olumide Owoye in She’s Gotta Have It (2019), Anthony Little in Bluff City Law (2019), John in Emancipation (2022), George Parker in The Gilded Age (2022)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Michael Cassidy as Bill Johnston

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Michael Cassidy as Bill Johnston

Character Profile: A U.S. attorney. He prosecutes Branch Davidians.

Cassidy’s Resume: Zach Stevens in The O.C. (2004-05), Dylan West/Houdini in Zoom (2006), Tyler Mitchell in Men at Work (2012-14), Jimmy Olsen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Sgt. Kelly in Army of the Dead (2021)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: Sasheer Zamata as Angie Graham

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - Sasheer Zamata as Angie Graham

Character Profile: An ATF agent. She meets with Gary about Branch Davidians. Angie receives crucial intel from an informant.

Zamata’s Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (2014-17), Tasha in I Feel Pretty (2018), Ayana in Woke (2020-22), Jessie Adams in Spree (2020), Denise in Home Economics (2021)

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Waco: The Aftermath Cast: David Costabile as Judge Smith

Waco: The Aftermath Cast on Showtime - David Costabile as Judge Smith

Character Profile: A U.S. judge. He directs the Branch Davidians case in 1994.

Costabile’s Resume: Rick Messer in Damages (2007-10), Doug in Flight of the Conchords (2007-09), Gale Boetticher in Breaking Bad (2010-11), James Ashley in Lincoln (2012), Mike “Wags” Wagner in Billions (2016-22)

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The Waco: The Aftermath cast also includes:

  • J. Smith-Cameron as Lois Roden
  • Gary Cole as Gordon Novel
  • Shea Whigham as Mitch Decker
  • John Leguizamo as Jacob Vasquez
  • Steven Williams as Alan Sanborn
  • Seamus Dever as Andy the German
  • Michael Vincent Berry as George Roden
  • Matthew Menalo as Rocket Rosen
  • Mark Speno as Doug Tinker
  • Eric T. Esparza as Joe Turner
  • Nicholas Kolev as Paul Fatta
  • Mimi Fletcher as Lori Rae
  • Cassie Dzienny as Jocelyn Bryant
  • Alexis Berent as Rachel Jones (Howell)

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.