months of wading through tax returns, W4s, and decimal points, we’re crossing over to the other side of Tax Day at last. For us creatives, we can breathe a sigh of relief. After fumbling our way through math, we can hang up our left brains for a few more months. But for accountants, the toil never ceases.
So, in honor of the tedium of Tax Day, we’d like to give a shout-out to our
favorite accountants in TV and film. We already know the best doctors, lawyers, and finance wizards in pop culture. From noble accountants who reluctantly cook the books for family members to number-crunchers who become pirates, pop culture has also featured some notable CPAs.
This one goes out to the brave Americans who, day in and day out, swarm through commas, decimal points, addition, and subtraction. Here are our favorite pop culture CPAs and CP-baes, presented in order or how much we’d like them to do our taxes.
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Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) in (2016) The Accountant
In this thriller, Christian Wolff uses his crazy math skills to cook the books for dangerous criminal organizations. The further Wolff investigates his new employer, a robotics company, the higher the body count rises.
Tax season should be a tedious, but not fatal, endeavor. We won't be employing Mr. Wolff anytime soon.
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William Blake (Johnny Depp) in (1995) Dead Man
The forces of the Wild, Wild West can even convert a straight-laced accountant into an outlaw. In
Dead Man, William leaves his job as an accountant in Cleveland to assume a position on the frontier, some time in the 1800s. But, after arriving, he finds that the position's been filled. Lost and jobless, William meets a companion who leads him into cruel, chaotic world not governed by the logic of ledgers.
We'll take our accountants
without a scary dose of spirituality and peyote, thank you. Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock More
Albert Brennaman (Kevin James) in (2005) Hitch
Albert's the kind of guy who tries to clean up a stain by pouring Coke onto it. But the schlubby accountant is moony for his accounting firm's glamorous client, Allegra Goodman, and enlists the help of a dating expert to win her over.
While Albert seems well-intentioned, we'd rather not have to field flirtation from our business relations. He can stick to Allegra.
Skyler White (Anna Gunn) from (2008-2013) Breaking Bad
Like her husband uses his chemistry degree to "help" his family, Skyler uses her accounting degree to help her meth-making husband, Walter White, launder his money made from less-than-legal means. We appreciate an accountant who'd do anything for her customers.
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Lewis Tulley (Rick Moranis) in (1984) Ghostbusters
Lewis might be a logical accountant, but he lives in the link to the spiritual world. The team of
Ghostbusters spend time fighting in Lewis' hyper-haunted apartment on Central Park West. Eventually, Lewis even becomes the Ghostbusters' accountant. If he's going enough for them, he's definitely good enough for us. Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock More
Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) in (1968) The Producers
Leo's the guy who comes up with
The Producers 's inciting conceit: raise money for a Broadway flop, and then keep all the funds after the play closes. But when their play becomes a runaway success, Leo's plan goes awry. That said, we appreciate an accountant who can balance his analytical mind with some...creative thinking. Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock More
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) in (1994) The Shawshank Redemption
As Andy Dufresne finds out, knowledge of tax returns can come in handy in unexpected places. While in prison for murder, Andy does the guards' tax returns in exchange for protection. Soon, though, the crooked warden ropes him into cooking the prison books. Don't worry, though: Andy's triumphant escape
also entails ousting the warden, and using money from the off-book accounts to pay for his new beachside digs.
Simply put, Andy rocks.
Henry Sherman (Danny Glover) in (2001) The Royal Tenenbaums
Compared to the bonkers, dysfunctional Tenenbaum family, the accomplished, well-adjusted accountant who seeks to marry Etheline (Anjelica Huston) is a breath of fresh air. Though Etheline has quite a few men to choose from, she chooses her stalwart CPA, marking a departure from her flamboyant and difficult first husband, Royal. Compared to a confrontation with Royal, our tax returns would be a cinch.
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