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Ever since the dawn of cinema (and probably the dawn of man!), there have been toupees, hairpieces and wigs galore. Often concerned with the image of their leading men, the studios made sure their male leads looked perfect in every way, and that included hair. Whether they actually had any was immaterial.

For a young actor, going thin early-on was potentially the kiss of death, so like it or not, the prop department would come up with a suitable rug. Bing Crosby absolutely hated his widow’s peak wig, and it was said that Frank Sinatra, himself a toupee wearer, would arrive at the Pearly Gates and give God a hard time for making him go bald!

Others, like Sean Connery, only wore a hairpiece for a movie and happily walked around in real life au natural without any fear of his thinning pate harming his career.

So for a bit of fun, let's check out the ten stand-out movie thatches that chewed the scenery in their own right...

10: Peter Cushing: Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

Peter Cushing brings his cat to work on the set of 1973's 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell'

Mr. Cushing was never without the familiar (and more convincing) white-haired toupee he used in most of his early seventies horror films (he never wore it in real life), but opting for an awful bouffant rug for his last appearance as Frankenstein was a big mistake. Even he admitted he looked like Helen Hayes! Worse, it was a return appearance: the wig had already plagued him once in And Now the Screaming Starts (1973).

9: Terry-Thomas: Brothers in Law (1957)

Terry-Thomas escapes follical reality in 'Brothers in Law' (1957)

Forever the cinema’s ultimate upper-class cad, bounder and scoundrel (who normally used his own hair), the great TT was cast against type as a cockney spiv in this classic British comedy. For a more convincing look, he is sporting an incredibly shiny wig with a Mount Everest style widow's peak. It must have been one of Bing Crosby’s cast-offs.

8: Rod Steiger: The Kindred (1987)

Rod Steiger's 'Syrup of figs' in 'The Kindred' (1987)

Steiger’s later career had already declined as fast as his hairline when he appeared in this dreadful slasher flick. It’s all very well to wear the type of seventies comb-over wigs used by Mel Ferrer, Cliff Robertson and Brian Keith, but it would have been advisable to find one that actually fitted him properly.

7: Frank Sinatra: Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)

Frank Sinatra sitting under a small animal in 1970's 'Dirty Dingus Magee'

The dodgy toupee-wearer, wearing a toupee dodgier than anything he wore in real life. Playing the title role in this comedy western, ‘Ol' Blue Eyes’ goes for the Beatle-fringe, which in all honesty looks like it was removed from a mop.

6: Ian McDiarmid: Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Ian McDiarmid breaking the gritty realism of the 'Star Wars' prequels with a bad rug

There is nothing wrong with the Scots actor’s toupee - until the end! Arriving on the Planet Naboo, Senator Palpatine turns up wearing a different rug. It’s a darker colour, much smaller, and looked as though it slipped back slightly on his forehead. Can you spot it, folks?

5: Sean Connery: Zardoz (1974)

Mr. Sean Connery shares 1971's 'Zardoz' with an appalling actor. The one above his eyebrows.

Although the Scottish acting legend happily declared his baldness in real life, he continued to wear wigs for his film roles. Most of them are excellent, bar the backcombed pony-tail look from this rather silly slice of John Boorman sci-fi. At least it seemed to find a later home on Steven Seagal’s head.

4: Graham Chapman: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

Graham Chapman and friend in 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life' (1983)

The Monty Python boys always used a variety of comedy wigs for their sketches, but the real stand-out is Graham Chapman’s amazing curly mop for his 'Christmas in Heaven' song and dance routine. It resembles a terminally ill hamster that’s been through the washing machine. And the tombstone teeth complete the 'full cheese' effect.

3: Reece Sheersmith: The Cottage (2008)

Reece Sheersmith recedes unconvincingly in 2008's 'The Cottage'

The League of Gentlemen comedy star is wearing a baldy wig for this hilarious British comedy horror. Makes a change from the norm, even if it does look like a proper wig that has been run over several times by a lawn mower.

2: John Malkovich: Johnny English (2003)

He's almost the wig-f***ing MASTER. But Sam Jackson has got Malkovich beat in the fake follicle stakes...

To match his fake Inspector Clouseau French accent, the great American actor opted for an equally unconvincing collar-length grey mop that's long overdue a bowl of milk. I do object to cruelty to animals in situations like this.

1: Samuel L. Jackson: Pulp Fiction (1994)

He's trying real hard. Not to laugh.

Jackson’s performance is so brilliant, it’s easy to forget his weird-looking, lank afro wig (no doubt given to him by Graham Chapman after one wash too many) and the droopy moustache that gave him his career-defining look. But with John Travolta’s hair extensions from Hell and Uma Thurman's jet black bob, he looks totally at home. But then Sam L. has worn many a strange -looking rug in his long career; anyone see Unbreakable (2000)?

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#1 RE: Wigipedia! The top 10 least convincing hair-pieces in movies Apostate 2011-02-03 04:45
A veritable "wig"-splosion!
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#2 RE: Wigipedia! The top 10 least convincing hair-pieces in movies Jeff M. 2011-02-03 14:38
Any top 10 list that doesn't include a minimum of two Nicolas Cage roles is suspect.
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#3 Nicholas Cage Sam 2011-02-03 15:27
Ole Nick Cage's movie wigs are a top 10 in themselves
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#4 Shallow Hal Who Ha 2011-02-03 18:17
Where's Jason Alexander's rug on this list? That 'toop' was so bad, it looked like the felt they use to make Muppets.
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#5 What about that rat's nest Rusty 2011-02-04 00:26
Shatner had in the Star Trek movies - it was so bad that you could actually SEE it flop forward during the last fist fight in Search for Spock!
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#6 Not an afro Some Guy 2011-02-05 03:11
Sam Jackson's wig wasn't an afro, it was a Jheri curl. Supposedly his character was orginally going to have an afro but he somehow got the wrong wig and Tarantino liked the Jheri curl look so much he decided to go with it.
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#7 Ed Harris in Gone, Baby Gone Carl 2011-03-30 17:00
I just saw this movie, and you can practically see the caked ridge of rubber cement around the baseline of his receding M-pattern top.
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#8 RE: Wigipedia! The top 10 least convincing hair-pieces in movies David 2011-04-08 16:29
Any movie Burt Reynolds was in from the 80s on.
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#9 Worst toupee Sanjo 2013-01-27 21:50
Brian Keith in 70s movie, "A Cause of Anger" wore a two toned job - actually several different ones which changed in texture and color between scenes. It had a pointy tail which combed down the back.
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