If you take the committed genius of Andy Kaufman, the effortless absurdity of Peter Sellers and the leading man chops of George Clooney, you get Sacha Baron Cohen. The British comedian known for his brilliant pranks has also proven himself to be a fine actor, and he shows his range with two wildly different movies available this weekend.
You’ve probably heard something about “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” the sequel to his 2006 hit, which premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday and takes the Kazakh journalist on new and controversial adventures. He’s also starring in Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” as Abbie Hoffman, an activist who surely would have appreciated Cohen’s subversive humor. In honor of this one-of-a-kind performer, we took a look at some of his best performances in a wide range of genres over the years.