Though controversial, it is not unheard of for wealthy people to make fun of those that are less financially stable, and for people in shape to speak negatively about those that are not. Similarly, people with a full head of hair have been often found calling out others who happen to be suffering from excessive hair loss and are going bald. Regardless of this natural occurrence that has an underlining genetic cause, many famous bald people have, throughout history, managed to live very enviable lives that make others wish they had their brains.
Below, we will be taking a look at 10 famous bald people who have made significant contributions to the existence of mankind. These people have been selected from different professions and careers, from politics to the performing arts and sports.
10 Famous Bald People We Wish We Had Their Brains
1. Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi is the first entrant on the list of famous bald people we wish we had their brains list for his services to humanity. He was an Indian activist and politician who is revered in his home country of India, as well as around the world, for having led India to independence from the British Empire and then inspiring movements for civil rights and freedom across the globe. Some of the more notable people that Gandhi inspired were the anti-apartheid activist and first President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr.
Thanks to his selflessness, influence, and other accomplishments of Gandhi, he is widely considered as one of the greatest leaders that have ever walked the face of the earth. His birthday, October 2, is a national holiday in his home country, and the day is further marked around the world as the International Day of Nonviolence. In addition, TIME named him runner-up to Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century.
2. Michael Jordan
Unarguably one of the most famous bald people in sports, if not outrightly the most famous retired basketball player. Michael Jordan is someone who every young athlete dreams to be and aims to emulate. Jordan was the 3rd overall draft pick at the 1984 NBA Draft who had played college basketball under coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. He went on to play at the highest level of basketball for 15 seasons, with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. During that time, he won six NBA championships, five NBA Most Valuable Player awards, ten All-NBA First Team selections, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, and fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, among other achievements.
Following his retirement, Jordan became head of basketball operations and part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). By 2010, he gained the controlling interest of the team and became principal owner and chairman. This venture, among many others that include his very popular Nike Air Jordan sneakers, made him a billionaire for the first time in 2014.
3. Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev is another bald person whose influence as a politician was felt around the world. The former President of the Soviet Union played a significant role on the world stage in the second half of the 20th Century. Most notably, he is recognized for his roles in ending the Cold War and curtailing human rights abuses in the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev, who came from a poor peasant family in a small village, rose to become the leader of the powerful eastern European nation after studying law at Moscow State University and joining a number of youth political organizations. Following the death of Joseph Stalin, he was a proponent for a number of political reforms which led him to be appointed to offices such as First Party Secretary of the Stavropol Regional Committee in 1970, Secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee in 1978, and then General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, making him the de-facto head of government.
4. Patrick Stewart
The brilliance of Patrick Stewart can never be understated, as his work in the film and stage acting largely speaks for itself. He is the man behind characters like Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series and Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek franchise. His performances in these films, among many others, including for those with the Royal Shakespeare Company, have earned him several accolades and even more nominations for Golden Globe, Emmy, Laurence Olivier, Screen Actors Guild, and Saturn awards throughout his almost six-decade-long career.
Stewart, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama in 2010, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees.
5. Ross Kemp
Ross Kemp makes the list of famous bald people as a representative for the journalism world. The English man, who first garnered attention as an actor in the BBC soap opera EastEnders where he played the role of Grant Mitchell, gained international fame and recognition as an investigative journalist for his documentary series; Ross Kemp on Gangs. The BAFTA Award-winning show explored the impact of gang culture in various countries around the world. The show took him to countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, where he got to interview notorious gang members.
6. Phil McGraw
Phil McGraw, better known by his alias Dr. Phil, is a clinical psychologist turned author and television personality who hosts the tabloid talk and advice show, Dr. Phil. Not without controversy, Dr. Phil has drawn criticism from his fellow professionals who describe the advice given on his show as simplistic and ineffective. This has, however, not done anything to hurt the success of his show which has received an Emmy Award nomination every year since 2004.
McGraw received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Midwestern State University in 1975, Master of Arts in experimental psychology in 1976 from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1979 also from the University of North Texas. He began his career on television as a relationship and life strategy expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998. He went from making weekly appearances on the show to Winfrey helping him land his own show which proved to be a huge hit.
7. George Foreman
George Foreman is the second-highest-rated sportsman to make the list of famous bald people. The former professional boxer, who was also an ordained minister, author, and entrepreneur outside the sport, is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He is most famous for having knocked out the then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973, and partaking in the historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire titled “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974 against Muhammad Ali, where he received his first professional loss. Foreman is also revered for being the oldest world heavyweight champion in history, a feat he holds to this day and achieved by knocking Michael Moorer in 1994 to win the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal titles.
British singer and songwriter, Seal make the list of famous bald people thanks to his outstanding talent that has helped him sell over 20 million records worldwide. The bald-headed crooner is also known for the prominent scarring on his face which is as a result of his suffering from a type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematosus. Over the course of his career, he has won a number of Grammy and Brit Awards. Some of his most famous songs include “Crazy”, “Kiss from a Rose”, and “Killer”.
9. Bruce Willis
Unarguably one of the most famous bald-headed persons to ever have a significant career in Hollywood, a list of famous bald people we wish we had their brains would not be complete without Bruce Willis, the man that gave us the legendary line – “Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherf*cker!” while playing the role of John McClane in the Die Hard film series.
Contrary to popular thought, Bruce Willis is not just your everyday action movie star who has no acting depth. While he achieved fame appearing in the aforementioned action movie, he is also known to have appeared on and off-Broadway in his career. Some other notable films in which the Golden Globe and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner has appeared in include Pulp Fiction (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Sin City (2005).
10. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is the third actor to make the 10 famous bald people list. He earns a position on this list for being the actor whose films have made the highest total gross revenue, over $6.70 billion total in the US box office, and an average of $87 million per film. It further helps that he has, over the years, been a recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards.
Some of the films in which the Morehouse College graduate has starred include Goodfellas (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Negotiator (1998), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Shaft (2000), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Django Unchained (2012), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films where he plays the role of Nick Fury.