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12. Burt Reynolds

Reynolds got his best role in decades — and arguably of his entire career — as Boogie Nights' resident porno auteur Jack Horner. His typically laid-back energy serves him well when playing the Cecil B. DeMille of the triple-X set, but Anderson also taps into a very corny, paternal quality in the actor for this film. Horner is the guy around whom most of the other characters congregate, yet he almost always remains confident, clean, comforting, soft-spoken. That just serves to make his eventual break with Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler character that much more frustrating and tragic.