One of America's greatest thespians, the young Seann William Scott has forged a striking career with his daring choices, heartfelt portrayals, and keen commentary on the human condition. With his latest masterpiece, The Dukes of Hazzard, opening this week, now's an excellent time to look at a few choice selections from Mr. Scott's unique and esteemed canon.

American Pie (1999)--Catching cheering audiences and raving critics by surprise, American Pie's "Stifler" was a role which Scott clearly relished. Scott's stunning in this, his first major film--and, undoubtedly, "Stifler" is the role for which Scott will be remembered by future generations.

Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)--Arguably the best film of Scott's career (and of cohort Ashton Kutcher's, as well), the witty, keenly-edged Dude perfected the "comedy duo" genre attempted earlier by Cheech and Chong, Bill and Ted, and Wayne and Garth. Dude is, indubitably, its own reward, but remember--without it, we'd have never gotten Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

• Bulletproof Monk (2003)--Scott teamed up with international superstar Chow Yun-Fat for this comic book adaptation, in which Scott's streetwise ruffian of a character learned martial arts and mysticism from Fat's wise, invincible monk. Scott and Fat also fought super-powered Nazis in the film, marking Scott's courageous first foray into political and sociological commentary.

• The Rundown (2003)--Sidekicking with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Scott fought off an evil Christopher Walken in this exhilarating, postmodern take on adventure films. Scott, brilliant as always, brought a wry everyman aplomb to an otherwise standard role--and cemented his well-earned status as the finest actor of our generation. Also, The Rundown is significant for the scene in which Scott and Rock get beat up by a midget.