9. Lionel Dobie

Film: New York Stories

Year Released: 1989

Actor: Nick Nolte

He may look and act a little rough around the edges, but he's got a basketball hoop in his loft, so you know he's ok. The aging New York painter has a weakness for pretty young assistants and an inability to tell them they have a future in art. This surprisingly deep performance by Nick Nolte in Scorsese's "Life Lessons" short, rounds out what is otherwise a fairly weak collection of stories. With his complex brand of damage and charm, he overcomes even the signature cliches like painting with his hands in anger, growing unkempt in creative periods, and using a trash can lid as his palette.

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