Looking For Bald Geeks Fictional/Nonfictional
October 18, 2006 12:13 PM   Subscribe

Can you list any bald famous (semi-famous is OK) geeks? Could be fictional or nonfictional. Must be bald for other reasons then making a statement, character role or health reasons.....

Geek defined as "A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest". Could be with computers, math, music, science, art...etc

This is a good list, but looking for others.

posted by bleucube to Society & Culture (32 answers total)
Professor Xavier (X-men). I'd say being completely devoted to the education and protection of mutants would qualify.
posted by jamaro at 12:18 PM on October 18, 2006

Karl Pilkington
posted by grumblebee at 12:21 PM on October 18, 2006

Vin Diesel is a pretty big D&D geek. He goes to conventions, plays regularly, and DMs.
posted by ChazB at 12:22 PM on October 18, 2006

The bald dude with the stupid Walrus moustache on MythBusters. I'm not sure if he's ACTUALLY bald though.
posted by spicynuts at 12:24 PM on October 18, 2006

Just to clarify, Vin does shave his head, but he has some serious male pattern baldness going on when he doesn't, so he qualifies in my mind.
posted by ChazB at 12:27 PM on October 18, 2006

Dr. Evil. Lex Luthor.
posted by callmejay at 12:28 PM on October 18, 2006

Grant Morrison, comics and magic geek. Remember when he asked the readers of Invisibles to magically wank to save the series?

Spider Jerusalem, fictional journalism geek. In Transmetropolitan, he threw away his life and health to bring down the sitting president.
posted by infinitewindow at 12:31 PM on October 18, 2006

Wally from Dilbert
posted by thirteenkiller at 12:35 PM on October 18, 2006

James Gosling. Ken Thompson. Donald Knuth. Ben Wing is famous to me and in some circles I hang around in, but it may well be that you've never heard of him. It may well be, of course, that you've never head of the others, but Ben's the only one of the four that I would hesitate about mentioning in passing to the programmers I respect, expecting them to have heard of the dude.
posted by Aidan Kehoe at 12:35 PM on October 18, 2006

Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (See also: Professor Xavier, mentioned above.)
posted by GaelFC at 12:56 PM on October 18, 2006

"Knights of the Dinner Table," as a comic about gaming and gamers, has a cast consisting almost entirely of geeks. Several of them are bald or balding. Bob Herzog and "Weird" Pete Ashton come immediately to mind.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:59 PM on October 18, 2006

How about the hologram doctor from Star Trek Voyager? Not sure if he is devoted to being a doctor so much as programmed to be one, but I think he counts.
posted by vorfeed at 1:13 PM on October 18, 2006

Ken Wilbur? Gandhi?
posted by gnutron at 1:20 PM on October 18, 2006

David Cross.
posted by MegoSteve at 1:41 PM on October 18, 2006

P.S. I should have read that list linked above before posting. Let my mistake be a lesson for you.
posted by MegoSteve at 1:42 PM on October 18, 2006

You might also include those who try to hide it.
posted by grateful at 1:54 PM on October 18, 2006

Former astronaut Story Musgrave, BS, MBA, MD.
posted by Fat Guy at 2:23 PM on October 18, 2006

Hunter S. Thompson. "We're friendlies; hired geeks." One of his interests was politics. From a Thompson obituary, "In 1970 Thompson ran for sheriff in Pitkin County, Colorado, losing by a handful of votes after campaigning for drugs to be decriminalised and Aspen to be renamed Fat City. Since his Republican opponent had a crew cut, Thompson shaved his head entirely and peppered his speeches with the phrase 'my long-haired opponent.'" You don't get more outside of the mainstream than Thompson.
posted by adipocere at 3:18 PM on October 18, 2006

Author Nick Hornby, who's famously geeky about football and music.
posted by of strange foe at 3:27 PM on October 18, 2006

Isaac Asimov?
posted by Happy Dave at 3:34 PM on October 18, 2006

Steve Ballmer! Steve Ballmer! Steve Ballmer!
posted by Rock Steady at 4:13 PM on October 18, 2006

Keith "Jerry" Holkins aka Tycho Brahe of Penny Arcade fame.
Video game web comic geekery!
posted by killjoy at 4:36 PM on October 18, 2006

Marvin Minsky, Zippy the Pinhead.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 5:10 PM on October 18, 2006

Ron Howard (and his brother Clint)
posted by maloon at 7:44 PM on October 18, 2006

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is rather awesome, although I'm not sure of his celebrity status outside of Australia. wikipedia
posted by cholly at 8:51 PM on October 18, 2006

If the object of Geeklust counts, consider Persis Khambatta.
posted by rob511 at 9:58 PM on October 18, 2006

Does Allen Ginsburg count?

Um, if you want to include those who bite the heads off of chickens, Tyrone Power doesn't apply, since he had a full head of hair in Nightmare Alley. ;-)
posted by brujita at 10:38 PM on October 18, 2006

The Emergency Medical Hologram on Star Trek: Voyager :)
posted by Lucie at 4:36 AM on October 19, 2006

Do animated characters that are in the process of going bald count? If so, then Jeff Albertson, aka Comic Book Guy.
posted by sephira at 5:20 AM on October 19, 2006

Animated characters definitely count!

Thanks everyone!
posted by bleucube at 8:33 AM on October 19, 2006

Sir Clive Sinclair, the ultimate British boffin/geek.
posted by essexjan at 10:04 AM on October 19, 2006

Charles Thompson IV, better known as Black Francis of Pixies fame.
posted by infinitewindow at 3:25 PM on October 19, 2006

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