October 16, 2015 | Posted in:Film, Social TV

 Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark in  Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

October 16 is National Boss’s Day, so if you have a boss, who you love or hate, today is the day to honor them.  Americans chimed in to honor their favorite and not so favorite bosses of film in a recent  nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted by OnePoll for 1-800-Flowers.com in honor of National Boss’s Day.

Memorable film bosses include George Clooney as Danny Ocean, the leader of a gang of casino thieves in Ocean’s 11; Darth Vader, the Jedi gone bad as voiced by James Earl Jones in the first Star Wars trilogy; and Tony Stark, the billionaire businessman turned superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. Love Downey as Tony Stark!

While we all love and want a good boss there is just something so special about a bad boss. One of my favorite bad bosses on film is Meryl Streep as fashion maven and nasty boss Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. Whenever the movie is on television I watch it for not only for the fun clothes but Streep’s efficient but nasty glares and one liners including this one she utters to an underling as she tells an underling: “By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.” Love it!!  In the survey, Streep’s performance ranked second in the category of bad bosses on film.

Another one of my favorite films, Elf starring Will Farrell and featuring  bad boss Ed Asner as Santa Claus came in at No. 5.  Among dramatic film bosses, Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather is No. 1 with Al Pacino as son Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II as — what else? — No. 2.

When we go back to famous bad boss one liners Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada line I mentioned earlier  was No.1  ad in third is Sigourney Weaver as Katherine Parker, Melanie Griffith’s conniving boss, in Working Girl: “Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick, tomorrow’s senior partner.”

“We always remember bosses who have inspired us throughout our career,” says Chris McCann, president of 1-800-Flowers.com. Whether mischievous like Willy Wonka or coercive like Don Corleone, the most memorable bosses are often colorful people who leave a lasting impression,” says McCann. “They might not always be so easy to deal with, but they do make life more interesting.”

Happy National Boss’s Day!

Courtesy: Nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted by OnePoll for 1-800-Flowers.com 

Top funny TV bosses

1. Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Cheers
2. Lou Grant (Ed Asner), The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3. Angela Bower (Judith Light), Who’s the Boss
4. Philip Banks (James Avery), The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
5. Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Friends
6. Michael Scott (Steve Carell), The Office
7. Larry Tate (David White), Bewitched
8. Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), Modern Family
9. J. Peterman (John O’Hurley), Seinfeld
10. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock

Top funny movie bosses

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
3. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4. Felonious Gru (Steve Carell), Despicable Me
5. Santa Claus (Ed Asner), Elf
6. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), The Proposal
7. Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), Horrible Bosses
8. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Austin Powers
9. Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), 9 to 5
10. Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), 101 Dalmatians

Top dramatic movie bosses

1. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
2. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather: Part II
3. Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 11
4. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
5. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Iron Man
6. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), Schindler’s List
7. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
8. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street
9. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), X-Men
10. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), American Gangster

Top movie bosses we would most like to work for

1. Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. Santa Claus (Ed Asner), Elf
3. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Iron Man
4. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), The Proposal
5. Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), Horrible Bosses
6. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7. Danny Ocean (George Clooney), Ocean’s 11
8. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
9. Walter Burns (Cary Grant), His Girl Friday
10. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), The Wolf of Wall Street

Scariest movie bosses

1. Don Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
2. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather: Part II
3. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
4. Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), 101 Dalmatians
5. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), The Devil Wears Prada
6. John Milton (Al Pacino), The Devil’s Advocate
7. Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) in A Christmas Carol
8. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street
9. David Harken (Kevin Spacey), Horrible Bosses
10. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers), Austin Powers

 

Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  


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