29. Martin Short
Short doesn't do all that much in Inherent Vice – except play a sexed-up, coked-up, insanely corrupt dentist. But this human whirlwind brings such a joyous comedic energy to the part that we had to include him here. Also, his funny performance hints at Anderson's strategy for this adaptation — incorporate a lot of physical humor to balance out all the talking. (Not for nothing has the director mentioned The Naked Gun's Zucker brothers as being a big influence on the film.) In that regard, Short is one of his most effective weapons here.