Main cast and characters[ edit ] Danny McCoy seasons 1—5 [ edit ] Daniel "Danny" McCoy Josh Duhamel is initially Ed Deline's apprentice, surrogate son, and good friend, who is later promoted to head of security. The series' pilot episode is told largely from his perspective and features Danny doing voice-over narration. This convention was quickly dropped, although he remained the show's main character throughout its five-year run.
After Ed's resignation in season three, Danny is made vice president of operations of the Montecito Resort and Casino for a brief period. However, following Ed's return, Danny is officially reinstated as head of security in season three. He was born and raised in Las Vegas. Towards the end of season two, his father Larry McCoy John Terry dies in an accident and Danny inherits his father's construction company, McCoy Construction, and house.
Danny sells his father's house and uses the money to pay for a condo. Danny is a former U. Marine, with guerrilla training and counterintelligence training. He is recalled into military service in Iraq at the end of season one. In season two, he is awarded the Silver Star after he calls in an air strike over his unit and himself when they are ambushed and overrun. Only he survives the air strike. He is involved in an on-and-off relationship with Ed Deline's daughter, Delinda, in season one.
Danny and Mary have known each other since childhood, and have had a confusing on-and-off relationship. Danny proposes to Mary, but Mary calls off the engagement because she feels that Danny had a lot of things to sort out for himself.
He ultimately begins living with his girlfriend, Delinda, who is pregnant with their first child. He starts as head of security and surveillance, but is promoted at the end of the eighth episode, when Gavin Brunson James McDaniel takes over the Montecito. He is portrayed as a loving husband and father, as well as a father figure to his employees, especially Danny.
Nevertheless, he is a tough man and does not hesitate to use violence to get what he wants. As the former director of counterintelligence for the CIA, his past has come back to haunt him on several occasions, most recently during his daughter's wedding in "Father of the Bride Redux". During season three, Ed is briefly in retirement until the Maloofs try to hire him for their potential casino in Macau. Eventually, Ed returns to his position when Casey Manning buys the casino.
Ed leaves the casino after becoming wanted by the Las Vegas police for killing Mary Connell's father, and goes into hiding. Ed returns to work for the CIA and is stationed in Paris. He makes the point of not being called Mr. Ed, Edward, or Eddie the only exceptions to this are for his mother, who calls him Edward, and his wife, who calls him Eddie. James Caan's earlier "tough guy" roles are sometimes referenced, for example, when Ed is in a Montecito commercial, the director says he needs to be more like Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
However, in response, Ed says he "never saw" the movie, and indicates no interest in doing so. Another reference to Caan's first major film role is the name on a fake passport he uses Alan Bodillion Treherne when Ed travels to Morocco to relocate a former CIA asset.
Mike Cannon seasons 1—5 [ edit ] Mike Cannon James Lesure is an engineer, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering. He works as head valet for the first season, but is officially recruited by Ed Deline to the security department to help during Danny's military absence.
He stays on as security personnel despite being paid less than his job as a valet. He is cured of his claustrophobia at the end of season one. Originally, in the pilot episode, Mike has a wife and daughter; this plot line is seemingly abandoned thereafter. Mike and Nessa become close in season two, until Nessa leaves to be with her dad and sister, without saying goodbye. In Season 5, when Danny accepts the job as President of Operations for the Casino, Mike is promoted to head of security and surveillance.
Mike and Piper are married in the series cliffhanger. Whenever approaching a beautiful girl, he first uses breath spray. He is Danny's best friend. Some discrepancy exists over whether Mike is a local or not. The initial season, he is stated to be a local who moved back as evidenced in "Decks and Violence" through his conversations. She lives in a Montecito suite, and is portrayed as a ruthless businessperson whose sole interest is to get high rollers to play at the Montecito.
However, in the season-four episode, "The Burning Bedouin", she reveals that she is only "cold and jaded because everyone expects it of her", and "underneath it all, she is weak and pathetic like everyone else. She is also involved in an on-and-off relationship with Det. Woody Hoyt from Crossing Jordan , which ends officially based on the events from season-four episode, "History of Violins".
From "The Burning Bedouin", she is seen to be currently in love with and waiting for Jeremy, who fell into a year coma after falling off a stool at a slot machine; he is the man who first brought her to Las Vegas from Austin, Texas. Following the death of her ex-husband Casey in a freak fishing accident he is later revealed to have been poisoned , Sam is left control of the casino.
She becomes the latest former owner of the Montecito after failing to pay the back taxes owed on the property. Her ownership of the Montecito lasts for a week, when A. Cooper buys the Montecito by paying off the back taxes. After Delinda intervenes, Sam and Cooper work things out over a milkshake, bowling, beers, and cigars, and Cooper agrees to rehire Sam. Sam is originally from Texas and enjoys playing bingo.
In the season-five finale, Casey Manning's younger brother Vic Manning visits the Montecito to take over the ownership of the casino. At the end of the show, Sam and Vic are said to plan to get married. When asked why Sam wants to marry Vic — she always stated she did not have feelings for him, though he loved her — she says it is because Vic understands her and will not try to change her; plus, he reminds her of Casey.
Delinda is also shown to have a genius-level IQ, and once majored in psychology, but decided the human race's biggest problem is that they are boring. Delinda has also been shown to be fluent in French, in the season-four episode, "The Burning Bedouin". Delinda leaves the Montecito in the beginning of season three, until Monica forces Ed to hire her back. She becomes Danny's girlfriend after a long and complicated romantic history with him.
They are "involved" briefly for the first episodes of season one before calling it off. During season three, an old college flame returns and asks Delinda to marry him.
She accepts, but before the ceremony, Ed is shot. In the fray of Ed's medical crisis, Delinda calls off her wedding to Derek. At the end of the season-five finale, Delinda becomes overwhelmed with pain after just learning that A. Cooper is alive; he was supposedly killed in a plane crash.
Jillian is with her, and Delinda begins bleeding. Mary Connell seasons 1—4 [ edit ] Mary Connell Nikki Cox is the special events director at the casino. Originally, she was supposed to play the casino's personal hooker, but at the last minute during the pilot filming, Gary Scott Thompson changed her position to special events director.
A Las Vegas native, her father sexually abused her when she was a child, and Danny always came to her rescue. In season three, Mary is rehired and promoted to hotel manager.
In season four, she helps her stepmother and half sisters testify against her father — a case which is lost because of his connections. In the episode "Bare Chested in the Park", she is shown purchasing a revolver to shoot her father in the season-four finale. She is involved in a relationship with Danny, who proposes to her in season two — she accepts, then later calls off the engagement. Mary is hiding from the law for her part in her father's murder, but is apparently safe, as she sends Danny a photo with a house and white picket fence her dream house.
She was born in Manchester, England, and has a shady past due to her father's connections with Ed Deline. Her father was a well-known gambler, cheater, and con artist, who was forcefully recruited into the CIA and faked his death. Nessa was raised by Ed and Jillian for some years, and is referred to as a sister to Delinda.
At the opening of season three, Nessa is explained to have left Las Vegas and been given a new identity to be able to live with her father and long-lost sister. Nessa fails to say goodbye to Mike, although they were getting closer to a relationship. Cooper season 5 [ edit ] A. Cooper Tom Selleck is the new owner of the Montecito as of He is a former Marine and cattle rancher from Wyoming who stirs things up at the casino. On his first day, he allows an oncologist to avoid jail for cheating the Montecito by making him lose his winnings and promise not to return to Las Vegas again.
He was a Marine who served in the Battle of Khe Sanh, a day siege in which outnumbered Marines fought off and killed between 10 and 15 thousand NVA regulars as told by Danny in the episode. Before Piper's father died, Cooper promised he would watch over Piper. Cooper also owns condominiums in Florida, the largest paper mill in Wisconsin , the largest cattle ranch in Wyoming , and a high-tech company in California.
In the season-five finale, Cooper tells the Montecito workers he must go to New York and take care of some lawsuits filed against him by Vic Manning. Later, Mitch alerts Danny that the Montecito's jet has crashed in Colorado. The news reports say only one of the pilots survived. In lieu of the planned triple wedding, Danny and Mike set up a memorial service for Cooper's presumed death. At the last moments of the show, Cooper arrives at the service and appears to be fine.
Recurring cast and characters[ edit ] Piper Nielsen season 5 [ edit ] Piper Nielsen Camille Guaty , the newest concierge of the Montecito, is introduced in season five.
She frequently socializes with both Sam and Delinda. In the episode "The Glass is Always Cleaner", she is arrested at a rave party with Sam and has to be bailed out by Mike.
In her first episode, she states she is just 22 years old, but later slips and says she is Piper never knew who her father was, but her father was revealed to be a Marine who was Cooper's best friend during the Vietnam War. He died sometime after Vietnam. Before he died, Cooper promised him that he would keep an eye on Piper.