Alec Baldwin played an abusive boss in "Glengarry Glen Ross," the 1992 story of wheeling and dealing in the real-estate business. Key quote: "A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing."
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House, played by Hugh Laurie, was a narcissist and the quintessential bad boss in the series that ran from 2004-2012. He was a maverick ... and a nut case. Key quote: "Relax, I have just the thing to cheer you up... we're being sued!"
Gene Hackman, left, played Avery Tolar, a mentor in the shady law firm that Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is convinced to join in the 1993 film "The Firm." Key quote:
Avery Toler: "Do you think l'm talking about breaking the law?"
Mitch McDeere: "No, I'm just trying to figure out how far you want it bent."
Toler: "As far as you can without breaking it."
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Meryl Streep played Miranda Priestly, the officious and evil fashion magazine editor in "The Devil Wears Prada." Key quote: "Please bore someone else with your... questions."
Kevin Spacey plays a producer who is the boss from hell in the 1994 film "Swimming with Sharks." Ackerman is the prototypical boss from hell. Key quote: "You are nothing! If you were in my toilet I wouldn't bother flushing it. My bathmat means more to me than you!"
Charles Montgomery "Monty" Burns of the animated hit "The Simpsons" is the evil head of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, known for being horrible and heartless in all sorts of creative ways. Key quote: "Smithers, release the hounds."
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Danny DeVito, left, made Louie DePalma a household name in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hurling insults from wihin the caged-in dispatch office was DePalma's favorite managerial style. Key quote: "All dispatchers are scum."
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Gary Cole plays slimy, callous boss Bill Lumbergh in 1999's "Office Space," a spoof on corporate life and downsizing. Key quote: "Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too..."