Unforgettable Accountants in Film

July 24, 2015

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Collectively when we imagine a big Hollywood blockbuster or a primetime television show we think superheroes in tights, heroines with big hair, and front line action superstars. Accountants are probably not what come to mind! But much like life, accountants are everywhere. Here is a list of some unforgettable accounts in movies and television:

Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern in Schindler’s List

Kingsley plays Itzhak Stern in one of the most notable holocaust films of all time. Based on the actual historical figure, Itzhak Stern is the accountant who balances the books for Oskar Schindler’s factory and convinces him that employing Jewish workers would be more profitable than using polish workers. Under the guise of balancing the books, Schindler’ and Itzhak managed to save the lives of countless Jewish people. Today approximately 7000 descendants of Schindler’s Jews living in the US, Europe, and Israel today.

Stephan Root as Milton Waddans in Office Space

Root plays the dreary and mumbling Milton in the cult classic Office space, a movie that pokes fun on the sometimes dreary nature of cubicle life. Milton seems to be an accountant, but the audience can’t be too sure.

Kevin James as Albert Brannaman in Hitch

Kevin James plays Albert in Hitch. Albert is shy, nerdy, and unlucky in love. Personifying the stereotypical accountant trope, Albert must hire love doctor Hitch to cure him of his awkwardness and help him win the woman he loves.

Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez in The Office

Nunez plays a character by the same name on the NBC hit The Office. Oscar, along with Angela and Kevin comprise the Accounting department. Arguably the most sane of the entire cast, Oscar is funny, quick witted and although often the target of bosses Scott Michaels tactless jokes, Oscar does not let it get him down often firing back with sharp deadpan commentary.

Charles Martin Smith as Oscar Wallace in The Untouchables

Paralleling the true story of the takedown of Al Capone and his untouchable gangsters, Smith plays Oscar Wallace the hero who takes down the kingpin himself. Was Oscar a brave police officer taking the gangster out by force? Nay! He was an accountant. Al Capone was taken down by a number crunching finance guy, who got Capone off the streets because of Tax Evasion.

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