If you’re going to sell someone a house, you have to be a real people person. Sales people, in general, rely on charisma, but Realtor in Baldwin Park have to bring a little something extra. After all, a home is for most people the biggest purchase they will make in their lives, and it’s among the most personal things you’ll ever buy. It makes sense that Hollywood has made great characters out of realtors. Here are our favorites.
Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
Ty Burrell plays Phil Dunphy on the hit show Modern Family, which has just been renewed for a seventh season. Phil is probably the most loveable goofball this side of Chris Pratt. He likes to think of himself as the cool dad (he knows all the words to High School Musical). Like most cool dads, he consistently embarrasses his three children, Luke, Alex, and Haley. He is the counterweight to his high-strung wife, Claire. He’s also a heck of a real estate agent. He’s never had a single month without a sale, and in his office, he takes the deals the other agents call ‘commission: impossible.’
Jenny MacArthur – The League
Jenny’s dynamic with her husband is not much different from that of Phil and Claire in Modern Family. She is the responsible and focused spouse while her husband, Kevin, is the dopey foil. Jenny is played by the beautiful Katie Aselton who digs into the role with a tomboyish tinge as the only female in the eponymous ‘league,’ an eight-person fantasy football league with her husband and their friends. In the early seasons, she wasn’t actually in the league, as it was strictly for the guys. She had to operate in secret as the brains behind her husband’s team. Once she got in, she proved she belonged by winning the whole thing. Unfortunately, her sales skills don’t help her sell a house to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. You win some, you lose some.
Ricky Roma – Glengarry Glen Ross
Unlike the two sitcom characters on this list, Ricky Roma, played by Al Pacino, does not provide a shred of comic relief. Glengarry Glen Ross is a movie based on a play written by David Mamet (who also penned the screenplay for the film). The film shows up on just about every ‘best ensemble casts of all time’ list that’s ever been written, and it isn’t hard to see why. The staff at the Chicago real estate office, where most of the film takes place, is made up of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, and Ed Harris as the cutthroat salesman. The office manager is played by Kevin Spacey and, just for good measure, Alec Baldwin has a dazzling cameo as a heavy-hitter from the downtown office who comes to give the guys a pep talk. The plot centers around a sales contest; first prize is a brand new Cadillac El Dorado, while last place is an early retirement. Any of the Realtor in Baldwin Park in this film could be on this list, but Pacino’s Roma takes the cake as the best salesman in the film. He closes one deal over a boozy evening that sees him tying the sale to the greater cosmic and personal truths of life while never losing focus. A-B-C: Always Be Closing!
Maybe the person who sells you your home won’t be like these Realtor in Baldwin Park . Then again, maybe they will. It’s not for nothing the profession makes for great characters.