For famous men, wearing a hairpiece is often a well-kept secret, as, like most men, even the famous do not want to admit to growing bald. However, there are a few of the famous who freely admit to using hairpieces, saying that there is nothing wrong with hiding their bald spots.
The star of “Seinfeld” recently squashed rumors that he had undergone treatment for baldness when he told fans that he had been wearing a hairpiece.
Alexander, who says he began losing his hair at 17, found that his baldness allowed him to be cast in roles making him look older than he was, opening him up for better parts.
However, as his baldness grew, he found that his head became a “big beacon,” reflecting the light in a way that was distracting. He considered implants, but wanted the option of continuing to play bald characters, and because his baldness had almost become a trademark for him.
He now wears a hairpiece that still shows his receding hairline, but lessening the baldness on the rest of his head, yet still giving him the look he had ten years ago.
While working on the show “Cheers,” Ted Danson did have a small bald spot on the back of his head, but that was not the most surprising information he released about his hair. In fact, Danson had begun to gray, so not only did he use a very small hairpiece, he colored his hair. In the later years of the show, and during his stint on “Becker,” Danson wore a larger hairpiece to cover the baldness.
The long, flowing locks that Andre Agassi was known for during his tennis career in the 1990s was actually a men’s hairpiece, the star has reported. In his autobiography, “Open,” Agassi explains that he was devastated to be losing his hair at such a young age, and decided to wear a hairpiece to cover up his growing baldness. He says he was so concerned about it falling off, he did not play as well in his first Grand Slam, and blames the hairpiece for his loss that year.
William Shatner began balding before he accepted the role of James Kirk, and has worn a hairpiece since 1957. In fact, newly released “Star Trek” episodes, which have been digitized, clearly show the lace of the hairpieces used on Shatner. Through his career on television shows such as “TJ Hooker” and “Boston Legal,” Shatner continued to wear men’s hairpieces to cover his baldness.
These famous men all freely admit that they have worn hairpieces for various reasons. Jason Alexander and Ted Danson both say it was to keep the characters they played consistent, and that is probably the reason William Shatner did as well. For Andre Agassi, the reason was related to body image. Find more information on hairpieces for men at AdventHair.com.
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