25 Best Coen Brother Characters

From Barton Fink to the Dude, counting down Joel and Ethan's craziest, most unforgettable creations

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24. Harry Pfarrer ('Burn After Reading')

It's no wonder the Coens love George Clooney: Few actors can match their ability to swing between serious and (wonderfully) stupid. His Harry Pfarrer magically walks the line between leading man and dumb guy. One minute he's suave, the next he's thunderstruck by wide-plank pine floors. Compared to the other nitwits in Burn After Reading, Clooney's U.S. Marshal seems to have an eye toward a master plan — but it's ultimately revealed his interests lie in elaborate sex toys, not international espionage. JH

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