20 Iconically Bald Actors Before They Lost Their Hair

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The hair loss industry is apparently worth a staggering $3.5 billion; these 20 world-famous actors, though, probably haven’t sought its services for quite a while. And since they’re known more for possessing shiny heads than flowing locks, it’s almost hard to believe that there were times when the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis did actually need to take shampoo into the shower. Back in the day, though, that was certainly the case – and we have the photos to prove it.

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20. Dwayne Johnson

Bald-headed action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now a modern-day icon of manliness – perhaps because he ditched the goofy bouffant and sideburns that he was sporting in the ’90s.

19. Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel – famous for his naked noodle and a voice so deep that you feel it before you hear it – started shaving his thinning hair at a young age. The Fast & Furious star told Elle magazine that this was a “stylistic choice”; now, though, we can’t imagine him any other way.

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18. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson lost his locks at a time when a fuller head of hair was more the style. But the famously cool actor took even this in his stride, having told Esquire in 2013, “Being bald is something you can’t avoid, so why be afraid of it? I just rolled with it.”

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17. Stanley Tucci

“You do get to a point where you just say, forget it,” said Stanley Tucci about going bald, talking in a 2010 Time Out interview. The The Lovely Bones star shaved his head while in his 30s – and hasn’t been unemployed since.

16. Billy Zane

In Titanic, Billy Zane showed off an impressive head of hair that seemed almost too good to be true – and it was. Zane’s locks were already on the way out, so he wore a toupee for the movie instead. Sorry for ruining any cherished memories.

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15. John Malkovich

John Malkovich’s brilliant acting skills have brought him a varied and celebrated career. But we can’t imagine him pulling off any of his more sinister or offbeat roles half as successfully with the curly locks that he once sported.

14. Mark Strong

Brit Mark Strong’s dark, angular features are great when it comes to playing bald-headed bad guys. Strong lost his hair while in his 20s but, as he told The Telegraph in 2009, soon realized that “it was actually quite useful because you could use it for character.”

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13. Ed Harris

While Ed Harris has never been seen with too much hair on the big screen, it’s hardly held his career back. You can’t argue with all those Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, after all.

12. Jason Statham

Action icon Jason Statham – pictured here during his pre-fame diving career – stands as the prime example of someone completely unfazed by going bald. In 2013 he told British newspaper the Daily Express, “Hair just doesn’t suit me.” A matter of opinion, perhaps, but then again an almost hairless head hasn’t done him any harm, either.

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11. Ben Kingsley

In 1996 the Chicago Tribune reported that Ben Kingsley was questioned about his follicly challenged appearance, and Kingsley outright refused to speak about it. Still, his most iconic roles are all post-mane, so it’s difficult to imagine him any other way.

10. Yul Brynner

The Magnificent Seven’s Yul Brynner was the pioneer who made bald cool on the silver screen, and his completely smooth head cleared a streamlined path for all the not-so-hirsute actors who followed in his wake.

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9. Ving Rhames

Here’s Ving Rhames showing off a shockingly full head of hair in 1993 movie Dave. Just a year later, though, he would take on the bald look for which he is now famous for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

8. Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson had this glorious head of hair right before he started on Cheers. It’s never been that long again, though his more current receding look definitely suits him much more.

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7. LL Cool J

Deep Blue Sea star LL Cool J apparently initially took to wearing his signature hats around the same time that male pattern baldness set in, which is probably why it’s so tricky to get a picture of him without said headgear.

6. Michael Chiklis

In a 2010 interview with Vulture, archetypal TV cop Michael Chiklis confirmed that he lost his hair at 25 when he opted to use greasepaint on his shaved head. This resulted in permanently damaged follicles – so don’t try it at home, folks.

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5. Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito is almost as famous for the unkempt puffs of hair that horseshoe his shiny head as he is for his diminutive stature. And as the above photo shows, it seems that DeVito was beginning to lose the fight against baldness as early as his Taxi days in the ’70s.

4. Telly Savalas

As the title character in ’70s show Kojak, Telly Savalas’ combination of dynamic acting, a cueball dome and ever-present lollipops created an air of cool that his previous preppy look could never have reached.

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3. Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti’s current lack of locks suits him down to the ground. Well, it at least certainly looks a lot better than the ’do that he was sporting in early ’90s flick Singles.

2. Patrick Stewart

After losing all his hair to alopecia in his late teens, Patrick Stewart went on to carve out a career as one of Hollywood’s best-loved baldies – with a shiny cranium almost as glorious as his acting career.

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1. Bruce Willis

In a 2005 issue of Maxim Bruce Willis claimed, “I get so many compliments from guys who say thank you for championing this look.” Certainly, a bald Bruce is better than the almost-quiff from his Moonlighting stint.

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