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Best known for: "The Craft," "American History X," "The Waterboy"
Last seen in: Straight-to-DVD thriller "Dose of Reality"
Comeback plan: Balk was one of the most intriguing screen presences of the mid-to-late '90s, winning mainstream attention with her killer performance in the 1996 teen-witch thriller "The Craft" and following it up most memorably with a genuinely gonzo turn in the Edward Norton Neo-Nazi drama "American History X." And yet perhaps owing to her left-of-center persona, her career all but dried up by the early noughties, relegating her to supporting roles in a string of little-seen indie dramas. It was only when she popped up in a brief but memorable role in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" that I was reminded of what a strikingly singular talent she is. It's hard to know exactly where to go from here given how long she's been out of the mainstream public consciousness, but I'd love to see her hook up with one of her old cinematic collaborators - she's worked with everyone from Wim Wenders to Cameron Crowe - who can help get her on the comeback trail.
- Chris Eggertsen