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The greatest bald actors ever

The greatest bald actors ever

The greatest bald actors ever

As the Bard once wrote, "Be not afraid of baldness: some are born bald, some achieve baldness and some have baldness thrust upon them".

While follicles do not make the man, we live in a fickle world often too quick to stigmatise baldness. For those of us not capable of growing the busiest of 'dos, we've turned to the great men of screen for inspiration on wearing our domes with pride. Here's to the men who fly the flag for smooth scalps and bald brilliance.

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Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart: the man who puts the (Stew)art into baldness. As smooth as his scalp.

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Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin couldn't buy an Oscar in his early career, picking up nominations for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and the epic The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!. As an older, balder man, he bagged one for his performance as Edwin Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine.

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Samuel L Jackson

His 'froed days long behind him, Samuel L Jackson has matured into his scalp like a fine wine.

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Sean Connery

Sean Connery's flowing mane made for one of the most iconic Bond guises of all time. Despite thinning somewhat in his later years, he can still charm an agent into revealing her phone number at 100 paces.

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Bruce Willis

We dare you to tell Bruce Willis he should buy a toupée. We double dare you.

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Danny Devito

Who's five foot tall, bald as the day he arrived in the world and worth several hundred million dollars? The one and only Danny Devito.

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Sir Ben Kingsley

It's a little known fact that Sir Ben Kingsley received his knighthood for promoting the fine image of baldness on stage a screen. We salute you sir.

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Robert Duvall

Star of The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and Gone in 60 Seconds, Robert Duvall has always seen his baldness as a blessing. According to the great man, he saves over $300 a year on grooming products.

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Ed Harris

The chiselled jaw, piercing eyes and wisdom lines of Ed Harris helped him on his way to four Oscar nominations.

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Jason Statham

Think being bald prevents you from being a hit with the ladies? Have you seen Jason Statham's better half? The firm-jawed action star just wouldn't have the same appeal if he had a mop of curls now would he?

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John Malkovich

John Malkovich's villainous turn as Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom in Con Air was made all the more compelling by his clean shaved crown.

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Bob Hoskins

The combination of Bob Hoskins' accent, baldness and beguiling smile make for one superb character actor.

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Billy Zane

Having thinned somewhat since his turn as Titanic bad boy 'Cal', Billy Zane is now a master of the clean cut look.

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Michael Clarke Duncan

We shocked at the news of Michael Clarke Duncan's death last year. The giant of a man, best know for his role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, made bald look more masculine than any haircut.

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Jeffrey Tambor

Star of Arrested Development, Jeffrey Tambor's lack of hair has been the source of some of TV's finest jokes of recent years - in the best possible sense.

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Jonathan Banks

Veteran of screens small and silver, Jonathan Banks is currently riding the high of his career on the Breaking Bad wave.

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Jim Broadbent

In need of an actor to play a kindly middle aged gent with a twinkle in his eye? Jim Broadbent is the only man for the job. He'd be out of work if it weren't for his elegant hair line.

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Dean Norris

The other bald star of Breaking Bad, Dean Norris is soon to appear in Ridley Scott's The Counsellor.

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J. K. Simmons

J. K. Simmons wisecracked his way into our hearts as loud mouthed editor J Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man trilogy. As bald as a billiard ball.

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Terence Stamp

A fresh faced Terence Stamp was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar back in 1963 for his role in Billy Budd. Years on, the silver fox is racking up an impressive number of game voice-acting credits, including Halo 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.