Best co-starring performances: Step Brothers (2008), Burn After Reading (2008), Let Me In (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Hall Pass (2011), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Killing Them Softly (2012)
For over 20 years (from 1985 through 2008, to be exact), Richard Jenkins worked consistently in Hollywood with a strong cloak of anonymity. In that stretch, the now-65-year-old actor appeared in over 50 movies, always giving strong performances but never registering much beyond, "Oh, look, it's that guy." That all changed, however, with 2008's The Visitor, an outstanding independent drama in which Jenkins delivers remarkable work as a middle-aged man dealing with racial inequalities in a post-9/11 Manhattan.
From that point, Jenkins has been in high demand for both his name and his talent. What's been most surprising about his ascension to mainstream recognition, though, is how funny Jenkins has proven to be. In many scenes, he's the funniest thing about Step Brothers, lashing out with nicely timed expletives at Will Ferrell's and John C. Reilly's expenses. Last year, he nearly salvaged the otherwise pedestrian shenanigans in the Farrelly Brothers' Hall Pass with his agreeably sleazy turn as an older lothario. And, this past April, Jenkins garnered huge laughs in the meta horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods.