Television has portrayed every job or position under the sun. From the hit men to the herbalists, the detectives to the dentists. Practically every role has been covered by our fun-loving actors. Even letting agents have seen their fair share of reenactments of our big and small screens (or should we just say Netflix), from the conniving deceitful suits to the caring salesmen, these agents are scattered all over the our screens.
Though a lot less popular than the ‘secret’ variety of agents, letting agents have still managed to squeeze their way into our entertainment lives evoking all types of emotion.
Okay, I lied. The typical letting agent character does not much have depth and is usually around for a cheap laugh, but this does not stop us from loving them.
Hollywood or should I say Netflix are yet to create a serious toned letting agent, that is true to the craft and someone the life counterparts can connect with.
As the representation of our beloved business isn’t what it should be, we’ll take what we can get! We’re counting down our top 5 letting agent characters from TV and movies. We’ve based our line up purely on enjoyability, no other criteria.
In no particular order, here are our top 5 TV letting agents.
One of the many loveable fathers from Modern Family, Phil is the kindhearted head of the Dunphy household.
Known for this cheesy wisecracks and somewhat inappropriate mannerisms, Phil is a quality letting agent. He can be seen showing his entrepreneurial prowess as a self employed tor, hosting open houses and closing a number of sales & lets during the shows progression.
For a while he was the sole breadwinner in the household and he made it look easy.
Vic Vinegar and Hugh Honey
Yes, I know. We didn’t mention double acts being included in this piece but these guys come as a package.
While this isn’t the actual careers of these two characters and was only a short stint in the Always Sunny in Philadelphia series, it was not to be missed. Mac and Dennis, decided to try their hand at property, taking on the roles of two experienced letting agents.
Lucky for our viewing appetites, they decided to go with a good agent, bad agent routine. What ensued was nothing less than magnificent.
Though an unfaithful wife to a suffering Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) in American Beauty, Carolyn still made for a quality letting agent.
An absolute perfectionist, Carolyn exemplifies her obsessive nature through her work; cleanliness rituals pre house viewings, repeated mantras of “she’s going to sell that house today” and the constant berating of herself when unsuccessful.
As we all are, Mrs. Burnham is severely insecure and while she is not the most likeable nor good person in this flick, feeling sympathy towards her is inevitable.
“Peter Klaven! L.A’s hottest realtor!” Paul Rudd plays the hilariously pathetic Peter Klaven in the warming comedy I Love You,Man. The movie is centred around Peter in his quest for friendship, with the sub plot explaining his struggle of renting Lou Ferrigno’s (The Hulk!) fine piece of property.
Though Peter is a tryer, he’s a mediocre letting agent at best, it is only when he befriends marketing wizard and amateur guitarist Sydney does he find his long awaited success as an agent.
From the iconic and star-studded Glengarry Glen Ross set, Ricky Roma (played by the great Al Pacino) is the best property salesmen/renter in town. His methods may seem… questionable, but he gets results.
As a cut throat property agent, Ricky approaches the clients that seem insecure and vulnerable, then cleverly lulls them into a false sense of security with this long but beautiful pitches. Before they know it, they’ve bought a house/rented a house.