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Top 10 Celebrities Who Tried to Hide Going Bald

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Q.V. Hough Losing hair isn’t fun for anyone, and these celebrities did everything they could to make sure their hair loss went unnoticed. Everything from getting hair plugs, to hair transplant surgery, to toupés, wigs, and any other crazy medical procedure! These guys have the cash to throw at hair procedures just so the public eye doesn’t have a chance to see their shining scalps!

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Top 10 Celebrities Who Tried to Hide Going Bald

In the world of celebs, personal grooming often calls for a little bamboozling … even if the truth is obvious. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrities Who Tried to Hide Going Bald.

For this list, we’re taking a look at balding celebrities who appear to be trying to mislead the public about their sporadic strands of hair.

#10: Hugh Laurie

Prior to his eight-season run on Fox’s hit series “House,” this English gent wasn’t necessarily a recognized name in North America. But Hugh Laurie’s career actually stretches all the way back to the ‘80s, and there’s plenty of visual evidence that Dr Gregory House is kind of a fake, at least in terms of hair. In reality, Laurie is balding just a little bit on the upper back region of his dome, but such a look would potentially convey a different vibe for his virile television character. And so, Mr. Laurie was given the faux-messy treatment for his network gig, breaking the hearts of real-life balding doctors everywhere.

#9: Jeremy Piven

Back in the day, this “Entourage” actor displayed a most prominent forehead, both in television and film. And that’s because Jeremy Piven was losing his mane. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, unless you’re a Hollywood name with a bro-like personality who wants to continue landing younger roles. So, it’s become evident that Pivs has evolved quite a bit from his Seinfeld episode to his run as Ari Gold on HBO. For whatever reason, Jeremy sports a more subdued hairline these days, one that affords him more versatility.

#8: Steven Seagal

Whereas some celebrities take a subtle approach to hiding baldness, this action icon seems to have painted on his own hairdo. In his younger days, Steven Seagal had just few strands left on top, but his presence alone was enough to sell tickets. As time passed, however, it appears that hair plugs made their way into Steven’s life. And in a dimly lit setting, you might not be able to notice his aggressive likely-to-be faux hair. In fact, you might even be impressed. But for modern film roles, well, Steven Seagal’s hair seems to blend fact with fiction. However, it does seem to make him happy.

#7: Andre Agassi

In one of the bolder attempts to hide baldness, this tennis champ sported a massive blonde wig at the 1990 French Open. During his prime, Andre Agassi’s impressive locks only elevated his fame while he continued to dominate on the court. Sadly, Agassi’s hair maintenance admittedly affected his play as the world watched in confusion, refusing to believe the obvious. Ultimately, Andre would embrace his baldness, even if the public wasn’t quite ready for it. And so, early ‘90s Andre Agassi represents a pivotal moment for balding celebs when this guy decided he was done with his epic but artificial hairstyle.

#6: William Shatner

By 1966, this Montreal native had celebrated his 35th birthday, the age balding men typically realize the truth about their follicle future. For William Shatner, his career was taking off in ’66, as he landed the role of James. T. Kirk on the now-classic television series “Star Trek.” And while the gig demanded some heavy-duty acting, it also meant loads and loads of toupees. In fact, it’s been reported that Gene Roddenberry expressed concern over the number of toupees being worn by Mr. Shatner. Of course, Bill’s hair, or lack thereof, didn’t ruin his career in the long run. Even so, he’s never quite embraced his baldness, perhaps unwilling to shatter the memories of trekkies everywhere.

#5: Nicolas Cage

Say what you will about the acting ability of this gentleman, but he’s managed to build quite the impressive resume. And for the first 15 years of his career, Nicolas Cage was just another quirky man - with a great head of hair - playing quirky roles. It’s unclear exactly when the balding commenced, but one can argue that late ‘90s Nic Cage reveals a noticeable shift in hairstyles. And hey, some characters require different looks. Yet this noted Elvis enthusiast still refuses to give the public bald Nicolas Cage, staying loyal to his fluffy and random locks. Perhaps he’s just hanging on to the “Con Air” years, and that’s fair, but it may be time to let go.

#4: Jude Law

Here’s a unique case of a celebrity who doesn’t necessarily hide his obvious baldness, but rather maintains the same look time and time again. And we’re talking about the patch of hair near Jude Law’s forehead region. It’s that pesky little grouping of hair that men hold onto, if only because it reminds them of what could’ve been. If you’re not familiar with this actor, the hairline could make you a bit uncomfortable. However, moviegoers and Mr. Law himself have seemingly accepted the dwindling head strip, whether it’s trimmed all the way down to nothing or just a-blowin’ in the wind.

#3: Elton John

In 1969, this music legend released his debut album in the UK. And despite the questionable nature of his cut back then, the guy certainly had it going on up top. By 1973, though, Elton John was noticeably balding in a time when such a look just wasn’t hip, despite all his performance bravado. And so, Elton went through a serious hat phase before turning to faux hair in his later years. While Elton would stray from a completely bald look, even Rod Stewart would later zing him for his “sewn-on” hair, despite the fact that Rod’s own hair is a beast all its own and arguably problematic in its own right.

#2: John Travolta

Even with his great resume, it’s been a bumpy road for this man over the years in the hair department. Like his acting peers, John Travolta’s look changes depending on the role, yet his public appearances can be thoroughly confusing at times. While not quite as aggressive as Steven Seagal’s hair maintenance, Travolta’s Oscar appearances reveal a man that still thinks he can swindle the general public, evidenced by the awkward fluff cut year after year. In the age of Google, one can easily find bald pics of Mr. Travolta, which makes the attempts at hair redemption so agonizing.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Fred Durst
- Brendan Fraser
- Jon Cryer

#1: Donald Trump

It’s not easy to find another human being with the same hairstyle as Donald Trump. Love him or hate him, the guy’s hairline is thoroughly a head-scratcher. Of course, there have been plenty of politicians known for their stand-out cuts. But when trying to determine if Trump should stick with his blonde mane or go bald, it only makes sense to choose the lesser of two evils. Meaning, a completely bald Trump is theoretically more visually troubling than fluffy Trump, and he surely has considered this. As a result, Trump continues to conform to societal expectations – though exactly how he does it is still a mystery. Even so, we’ll probably figure his hair out before he releases his tax returns…

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