Our Favourite Accountants from TV and Movies – Clarke Hayden from The Good Wife
Many viewers weren't sure if they loved or hated Clarke Hayden (Nathan Lane), the lawyer-turned-accountant charged with getting Lockhart/Gardner to pay off millions in debt. To play the complicated role, Lane created a dark backstory for Hayden. "He was really good with numbers, so he got into accounting. I think he rose at some corporation. I think he was asked to do things he probably thought were not quite legal. I think he became very successful and the things he did were never caught," Lane explained in 2013.
At the same time, Hayden was capable of doing good for its own sake. "He does like helping people. He does like figuring things out," Lane said. "He is a numbers guy. That’s what rules his life in a way."