I really am trying not to post more than once a day, but this is actually relevant to April 15 (sort of).
Entertainment Weekly did a special Tax Day feature on their 15 favorite accountants from movies and TV. Now, mine is not a glamour profession, and I’m impressed they actually could find enough accountant/bookkeeper featured characters to make up such a list. Here’s who they came up with, in no apparent order – click the link above to read their reasons and comments.
Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), Schindler’s List #
Loretta Castorini (Cher), Moonstruck #
Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), The Producers (original non-musical version – well, except for the Springtime for Hitler part) #
Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith), The Untouchables* # (but don’t remember this character at all…)
Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), Ghostbusters* #
Henry Sherman (Danny Glover), The Royal Tenenbaums #
Andy Barker (Andy Richter), Andy Barker, P.I. (no one watched this show, which is too bad…it was pretty darn funny for the short time it lasted) #
Albert Brennaman (Kevin James), Hitch
Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin), Midnight Run
Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez), The Office #
Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon), The Apartment
Mollie Jensen (Kirstie Alley), Look Who’s Talking #
Norm Peterson (George Wendt), Cheers* #
Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien), D.O.A.
Milton Waddams (Stephen Root), Office Space* #
# means I’ve seen the movie/TV show
* means the character reinforces certain physical/behavioral stereotypes about accountants
I get the impression they had to reach a bit to come up with 15, and I’m frankly somewhat surprised and disappointed that there are so few from TV. I would have included Oscar’s accounting/payroll coworker at Dunder Mifflin, Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey) here too – I’m really bummed by how few women are on this list, and in real life I know more women in the field than men. Then again, Angela does reinforce another accountant stereotype – lousy people skills. But come to think of it, that applies to almost everyone in the Scranton branch…