For some people, their looks are their profession. They need to portray a certain image and hair is a big part of projecting that image. Some of the most famous actors who have dealt with hair loss have worn a hair piece to counter this.
There is no more man’s man than 007. Sean Connery was one of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century. First and foremost as James Bond, but there was much more to the Academy Award winning actor, than being a secret agent. He was also in blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock and Entrapment. Shaken but not stirred as a result of losing his hair, Connery sought the help of a hairpiece.
There was no bigger male star in the 1940s than Humphrey Bogart.
With The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, and Key Largo he starred in some of the biggest movies of the decade. He followed this up with The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny and Sabrina. A man with his alpha-male status needed a full head of hair and so wore a hair piece. Bogart battled health issues for a while and died at the young age of 57.
What Bogart was in the 1940s, Burt Reynolds was in the 1970s. With Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit he was one of the most dominant sex-symbols of the decade. He suffered from hair loss and so turned to hairpieces as a hair loss solution. It is hard to believe he is almost 80 years old!
Beam me up Scottie! The captain of the Enterprise is well known for his use of a hairpiece. When not battling Klingons or other alien enemies, Shatner had to find a solution for his hair loss and so turned to a hairpiece. With his self-deprecating sense of humor, he often pokes fun of it.
Ol’ Blue Eyes was the voice of a generation and he did it his way when it came to all but his hair. Much like David Beckham, he was renowned for his hair styles which in turn became copied and imitated by men all over the world. While he was most famous for singing, he did have an acting career and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part in From Here to Eternity. He also starred in classics such as The Manchurian Candidate.
No one symbolized the rugged male hero more than John Wayne. Red River, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, Rio Bravo and the Alamo were all roles that cast him front and center as the hero. As he aged, he wanted to keep acting, but his lack of hair was a problem for his image so he sought the solace of a toupee.
There are plenty of other actors and celebrities who wore a hairpiece. We may have to discuss them in a Part Two.