Can You Identify These Celebrities If We Make Them Bald?


By: Gavin Thagard

7 Min Quiz

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Whether it was the shaggy hair of the '70s, the puffed-up styles of the '80s, or the shorter looks in more recent decades, one thing is certain: hair fads come and go. Of course, there's one hairstyle that exceeds all the decades, and that's going bald. Be it by choice or by necessity, the shaved head has always been around. The ancient Egyptians even took it as far as plucking out every single strand of hair to capture the look.

Plenty of celebrities have rocked a shaved head as well. Some stars, like Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, have even decided to maintain the look permanently. Throw some hair on their heads, and you probably wouldn't recognize them. 

What about the celebrities who are known for their long locks? Most stars have an appearance they want to keep, and hair is a large part of how they see themselves. This is true for a variety of celebrities. It doesn't matter if they're a musician, an actor or a talk show host. Those fluffy tops are part of their identity.

Are you still going to be able to identify these celebrities without those signature hairdos? Start this quiz, and find out for yourself.

One of the top talk show hosts in the business, who is this hairless celebrity?

Known for her charitable ways, Ellen DeGeneres received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the highest civilian award given by the United States government. But DeGeneres forgot to bring her ID to the White House, which almost caused her to miss the ceremony.


Can you identify this celebrity who has made a name for herself in both music and on television?

Miley Cyrus first rose to prominence on the Disney series "Hannah Montana," where she played the character, Miley Stewart. After leaving the show, she has worked to separate herself from that role, creating music with more adult themes while also completely changing her image.


Can you name this celebrity whose hair has been shaved off in this image?

Jennifer Lopez received her first leading role in 1997 in the film "Selena," where she played the famous Mexican-American singer. At the height of her popularity, Selena was murdered by her friend, Yolanda Saldivar, an event which was captured in the film.


You might recognize this singer for her many hit songs, but can you recognize her when her iconic locks are falling out?

Taylor Swift got her start in country music while she was still a teenager. She eventually started doing crossover music into pop and made her first official pop album in 2014. It was titled "1989."


An actor known for films like "I Am Legend" and "Hancock," who is this?

Before Will Smith ever made it big in Hollywood, he was a rapper who went by the name the Fresh Prince. The name would be reused as part of Smith's first major sitcom where he played a fictional version of himself in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."


Are you familiar with this reality star who has become a cultural icon with thousands of people trying to mimic her look, including her hair?

Kim Kardashian was one of the first huge stars to rise to fame partly through social media outlets. She has millions of followers on Instagram and Twitter, which she uses to promote products — like her clothing line — associated with her name.


It might be a surprise to see this actress with a shaved head. Who is she?

In "The Blind Side," Sandra Bullock played a woman who adopts a teenager from a poor neighborhood and helps him overcome his circumstances. In the real world, Bullock also has two adopted children, Louis and Laila.


Hair or no hair, no one is outworking this performer on stage. Who is she?

Though still a member of Destiny's Child at the time, Beyonce released her first solo album in 2003. It was titled "Dangerously in Love." Two songs from the album, "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy," became No. 1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.


One of the most famous celebrities on the planet, but is she as easy to recognize bald?

Oprah Winfrey's first name is actually Orpah, a reference to a name in the Bible from the Book of Ruth. However, since everyone kept announcing her name wrong, she decided to just go by Oprah.


This NBA star is already trying his best to keep his hair as he ages, but that doesn't work well for him here. Can you name him?

In 2016, LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA title in franchise history. That year in the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers had to defeat the Golden State Warriors, who had won a record 73 games during the regular season.


No hair, don't care! Who is this celebrity who should embrace this motto if he decides to shave his head?

Kevin Hart was set to host the 91st Academy Awards in 2019, but old tweets he released caused controversy, forcing Hart to step down from the role. The Academy Awards decided to continue the ceremony without a host that year.


Name this famous actress who might surprise you with her bald head.

Jennifer Aniston is best known for her role as Rachel Green on the sitcom, "Friends," which aired from 1994 until 2004. She has since gone on to star in several movies, including "The Break-Up" and "Marley & Me."


Do you recognize this famous actor who has taken on both Broadway and Hollywood with a full head of hair until now?

Denzel Washington has two Academy Awards under his belt, one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Best Actor. The acting legend also has won two Golden Globes and a Tony Award, making him one of the most accomplished actors in the business.


Are you familiar with this wrestler who turned to Hollywood as his career in the ring came to a close?

John Cena became the face of WWE after he won the WWE Championship for the first time in 2005. As the face of the company, he was in the main event of WrestleMania five times, taking on The Rock in two of those appearances.


How well do you know this Academy Award-winning actor with his head shaved?

While still a budding actor, Leonardo DiCaprio received his first Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." In the movie, DiCaprio played Arnie, a young boy with a disability.


Is this a celebrity you're familiar enough with that you can identify him even when he doesn't have hair?

As the lead singer of NSYNC, Justin Timberlake found fame, joining the band in 1995 while he was still a teenager. Of the five members in the band, Timberlake has had the most successful solo career since they broke up in 2002.


Do you recognize this bald comedian known for his iconic voice?

As with many comedians, Chris Rock's time on "Saturday Night Live" in the early '90s helped him achieve national fame. During this time, he released his first comedy album, "Born Suspect," which was recorded in Atlanta in 1991.


How familiar are you with this music icon, especially when she doesn't have hair?

Born in Manhattan, New York, in 1984, Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She started playing music at a young age, learning the piano as early as 4 years old. By 13, she was writing her own music.


How familiar are you with this famous singer when she doesn't have hair?

Rihanna has proven throughout her career that she's a versatile musician who can produce music in a variety of genres. She has had various songs reach the top of several charts, including "Diamonds," "What's My Name?" and "Stay."


What's the name of this bald comedian who's known for movies like "Baby Mama" and "Date Night"?

"Saturday Night Live" helped launch Tina Fey into the spotlight, but she got her start on the show as a writer. She later started performing as part of the sketch comedy team, even landing a role as a co-anchor on the show's "Weekend Update."


Wolverine obviously needed hair in "X-Men," but the actor who played him doesn't have it here. Who is he?

Hugh Jackman has never been afraid to take his celebrity success and apply it elsewhere. One way he has used his fame to help others was by starting The Laughing Man Foundation to support coffee farmers and their families.


Bleach blond hair has always been a trademark of this music icon. Will you be able to recognize her without it?

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna is on record calling her home town "little smelly town in northern Michigan." Despite the reference and the controversy it caused, she also stated that she was fond of her hometown.


What's the name of this star actress known for her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Though already relatively established as an actress, Scarlett Johansson went all in on her audition for Black Widow in "Iron Man 2." She even dyed her hair red prior to auditions to show producers she could fit the part.


Known for his iconic voice, are you familiar with this bald celebrity?

Morgan Freeman got into drama as the result of a punishment for pulling the chair out from underneath a girl that he liked in school. The punishment was that he had to take part in the school's drama competition, which he was actually very good at.


Do you know this late-night host with his head buzzed to the scalp?

In 2014, Jimmy Fallon replaced Jay Leno as the host of "The Tonight Show," a late-night talk show that has been airing since 1954. Fallon had previously hosted "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.


This actress has established herself as one of the top names in Hollywood over the past decade. Tell us who she is.

It's rare but not uncommon for a performer to be discovered on the streets, and that's precisely what happened to Jennifer Lawrence when she was visiting New York City at the age of 14. After being approached by someone working for a model agency, Lawrence's mother exchanged numbers with the man, and the rest is history.


A master showman who has sported multiple hairstyles other than going bald, who is this?

Like many artists, Bruno Mars struggled in his early career, and at one point, he was signed then let go by Motown records without having released any music. He would later meet with Atlantic Records, but it took them three years to finally sign the future star.


This celebrity went gray before his head was shaved. What's his name?

Jon Stewart helped popularize news satire with his comedy show, "The Daily Show," which he hosted from 1999 until 2015. Despite it being a satire show, Stewart was often criticized for his outspokenness against other news shows on CNN and Fox because of a supposed false standard he created with his own show.


Batman needs hair, so which actor shown here bald kept his locks to take on the role?

Ben Affleck, along with friend Matt Damon, wrote and played a part in "Good Will Hunting" in 1997. The screenplay won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and helped push Affleck into the spotlight.


What's the name of this music star who is also known for her role on "The Voice"?

Gwen Stefani married her fellow co-judge on "The Voice," Blake Shelton, in 2015. The two of them released a song together in 2016 called "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," which appeared on Shelton's album, "If I'm Honest." Stefani has stated that she wasn't the biggest country music fan prior to meeting Shelton.


Can you identify this action star when he doesn't have hair?

Raised in a Catholic home, Tom Cruise aimed to be a priest during his early life. He even attended a Franciscan seminary, where he received a scholarship. However, he felt that acting was his calling and turned to it instead.


This NFL player has defied Father Time for years, but do you recognize him without hair?

Often considered the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady has won an astounding six Super Bowls in his lengthy NFL career. To add to his greatness, Brady was named the Most Valuable Player for four of those championships.


Will you be able to identify this Canadian rapper with a shaved head?

Drake comes from a family of musicians, which was a major influence for him getting into the music industry. Drake's father, Dennis Graham, was a drummer, and his uncle was a bass player for the San Francisco based band, Sly and the Family Stone.


Are you familiar enough with this comedian that you recognize her even when her head is shaved?

Sarah Silverman found success as a comedian at a young age and was even added as a member of "Saturday Night Live" at the age of 21. However, she wasn't quite ready for the role and was fired shortly after. The strange thing about her firing, though, is that it was done via fax.


A celebrity who interviews other celebrities, who do you see here?

Long before he became the legendary late-night television host that everyone knew him as, David Letterman was a weatherman. He worked in the position for Indianapolis television station WLWI. He was 28 at the time.


Will you be able to identify this actress when her hair is falling out?

Though she had several roles dating back to the '90s, Charlize Theron received widespread recognition when she played Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film, "Monster." For her portrayal of the Florida serial killer, Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress.


Select the name of this singer who has been writing music since the '60s, always with hair, though.

Bob Dylan was one of the primary voices of the counterculture movement in the United States during the 1960s. His music often reflected American displeasure with the Vietnam War as well as race relations in the United States.


Identify this media personality who you'll see all over Instagram, though it's always with hair?

After receiving widespread attention on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Kylie Jenner used her fame to market herself and her image. Using this marketing strategy, she created a cosmetic company called Kylie Cosmetics.


Identify this "Parks and Recreation" actress who has beautiful brown locks when they aren't shaved.

Before she became famous on "Parks and Recreation," Aubrey Plaza was doing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Her time with the theater helped shape her comedy, turning her into one of the top comedic actresses of the past decade.


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