Male pattern baldness and other types of hair loss affect everyone — including the rich and famous. Just like the rest of us, dozens of celebrities eventually lose their hair, especially as they get older.
But going bald isn’t a death knell for a great career. From actors to musicians, athletes to politicians, baldness has become a hallmark of success and individuality.
Here are 37 bald celebrities rocking a buzzcut or bald look in 2023.
These famous men are known for their bald celebrity status.
Dwayne Johnson proves that you don’t need hair to become a bankable movie star. His now-signature look has paved the way to becoming the world’s highest paid actor .
Bruce Willis’s buzzcut adds an intense edge to his action movie star status. See also: Jason Statham and Vin Diesel.
There was a time that Zinedine Zidane had hair, but who remembers it? He’s better known for his iconic buzzcut.
Actor Woody Harrelson has embraced his bald celebrity status. While he wears a variety of hairstyles for his acting roles, he usually sports a shaved head when he’s not filming.
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David embraced baldness way back when. He’s had a similar style since the early days of Seinfeld, including in his 1994 cameo appearance.
Jason Alexander played George Costanza in Seinfeld, who was famously based on Larry David. So it makes sense that he should have similar levels of natural baldness as Larry himself.
More recently, Jason has worn hairpieces to disguise his baldness (see photo below).
Widely regarded as the best football referee in the world, Pierluigi Collina is proof that alopecia universalis — total loss of scalp and body hair — doesn’t need to halt your career. His iconic bald look is famous among football fans. See also: Matt Lucas’s alopecia.
Actor Ed Harris of The Truman Show has been balding since a fairly young age. But his bald celebrity status hasn’t hindered his acting career.
In recent years, he’s also starred in hit show Westworld and the second-highest grossing film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick.
Former Manchester City captain and current Burnley manager, Vincent Kompany, has always worn his hair short. But in recent years he’s opted for a completely bald look to hide his slightly receding hairline.
A couple of Vin Diesel’s early movies showcase him with hair. But it’s his slick bald look that’s seen him through 9 Fast and Furious movies (plus several others outside the franchise).
Patrick Stewart has revealed that he started losing his hair at the age of 19. While it’s not exactly stagnated his 57-year career, he hasn’t always been at ease with his hair loss:
“It all happened in the space of a year. I thought everything was over, especially one aspect of my life – ladies. Finished! No-one is going to want me. It actually didn’t end up that way, but I felt like I was inhibited by it.”
Stanley Tucci’s baldness (combined with his signature thick-rimmed specs) makes him instantly recognisable. He’s starred in dozens of independent and Hollywood films, from Supernova to The Devil Wears Prada.
REM frontman Michael Stipe wasn’t bald in the early years of his career. When he began losing his hair, it was a tough transition:
“The hair helped a lot to hide who I was. So that went away, and things got a little more difficult.”
Even the royals aren’t exempt from hair loss. Like his dad, who also has classic male pattern baldness symptoms, Prince William has extensive hair loss across his scalp.
From Othello to The Matrix, Laurence Fishburne’s bald celebrity status has become a signature of his on-screen presence.
Channing Tatum mixes up his hairstyles for different roles, but his stylish buzzcut is a firm fan favourite. If you don’t have the hair for it, scalp micropigmentation can create a similar shaved-head look.
Once the king of the floppy-haired surfer look, Kelly Slater, has embraced baldness as he gets older.
Like lots of actors, John Travolta has switched up his style for various roles over the years. As a result, there have been rumours that he’s had a hair transplant in recent years, though this has never been confirmed. He’s now more often seen sporting a fully bald head.
Now known for his trademark bald style, Moby captioned this throwback photo, “And #tbt to 1987 before god stole my hair.”
Back in the 90s, tennis player Andre Agassi was famous for his striking blonde mullet. Now, not so much.
There’s been some speculation that boxing icon Floyd Mayweather has undergone a recent hair transplant, appearing with longer, thicker hair in 2021 after being bald for most of his career.
Jeff Bezos proves hair loss isn’t a barrier to becoming the world’s richest man.
Elon Musk, who bumped him to second, proved you can also do it if you’ve had a hair transplant.
Podcaster Joe Rogan has been open about his worries around hair loss and his career:
“I was freaking out — I was freaking out that my hair was falling out, because I was on TV too and I was making a living as an actor at the time.”
However, after reportedly having a failed hair transplant, he’s now fully embraced the bald look.
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Samuel L. Jackson’s bald bearded look shows how facial hair can add style and sophistication to your appearance.
Though he’s now almost completely bald, Billy Joel was known for his thick head of hair and clean-shaven appearance early on in his career.
Bryan Cranston still has plenty of hair, but he became known for this bald bearded look in his performance as Breaking Bad teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White.
Actor Terry Crews is a big fan of the bald-and-beard combination. But he’s not naturally bald, having stated in an interview that he shaves his head everyday:
“I am living a lie, because I am really not bald at all. I shave my head every day. But see, the thing is, if it grows in, people will go, ‘Who is he? What is that?’ And people get really disturbed when I grow it. So I’ve been this way for 30 years.”
Actor Donald Faison occasionally grows out his scalp hair (and facial hair). But he’s better known for his closely cropped hair, perhaps due to his temple hair loss.
With longer hair, it’s clear to see that Jason Statham’s hair is thinning on top. Fortunately, he’s forged a career from his signature look: a buzzcut and a short, stylish beard.
Former footballer and current Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer has had significant hair loss over the years, but reports suggest he’s happy with his look, leading him to resist getting a hair transplant .
Pep Guardiola’s thinning hair means he’s now embraced the shaved head look, supplemented with a salt-and-pepper beard.
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YouTuber Nicolas Srut Roman was diagnosed with alopecia universalis at the age of 7. Now, aged 22, he uses his online presence to raise awareness of this condition.
Aged just 26, Moroccan footballer Sofyan Amrabat made a name for himself at the 2022 World Cup. Despite appearing to have a relatively full hairline, he wears his hair fully shaved.
Spiderman actor Jacob Batalon is believed to suffer from alopecia, leading to his baldness at the age of just 26. He wears a wig in the Spiderman franchise.
Fabinho has worn his hair short throughout his footballing career, with his hair showing signs of recession at a relatively early age. Now, age 29, he wears his hair fully bald.
Matt Clarke’s hair was thinning bit visible when he signed for Brighton aged 22. Since then, he’s shaved his hair to disguise his hair loss at the age of 26.
24-year-old Watford midfielder Edo Kayembe has a distinctly recessed hairline, causing him to wear his hair closely cropped.
Many famous bald women also suffer from alopecia, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Gail Porter, and Ricki Lake.
Find out which other famous women have been affected by baldness in this list of female celebrities with alopecia.
Hair loss affects the majority of men at some point in their lives. As the stigma around hair transplants decreases, more and more celebrities are choosing hair transplants and other proven male hair loss treatments to restore their hair.
England cricket captain Ben Stokes has had a hair transplant at the Wimpole Clinic, and decided to open up about his procedure to further reduce this stigma:
“It’s amazing in cricket now how many people have had [a hair transplant]. It’s a conversation thing now. People ask about it: “What’s it like? How many grafts did you need? Does it hurt? I think I’m going to get one.” The stigma around it has just completely disappeared.”
See these celebrity hair transplant before and after photos to see which famous people have opted for an FUE or FUT procedure.
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