5 Badass Bald Characters in Film And Television

Sunday, November 20 by Joshua Wade

Portrayed by legendary tough guys like Bruce Willis, Telly Savalas and Samuel L. Jackson, these characters are some of the greatest badass bald characters in film and television history and have gone on to become some of the most memorable badasses ever conceived. Brash, cool, classy and sometimes downright evil, characters like The Gunslinger and “The Shield” antihero Vic Mackey challenged or killed anyone who stood in their way and offered nothing by way of sympathy, leading to immortal characters and fame for the actors who portrayed them.

The Gunslinger Portrayed by western superstar Yul Brynner in the 1973 science fiction thriller “Westworld,” the character known only as “The Gunslinger” is a merciless robotic gunman programmed to start and lose gunfights in a futuristic amusement park where customers pay to play out their fantasies amid a world of androids. Without a doubt one of the most badass bald characters in film and television ever created, the Gunslinger malfunctions and goes on a rampage, killing anyone and everyone in his path, even after being blasted in the face with hydrochloric acid.

Detective Vic Mackey Portrayed by “The Commish” star Michael Chiklis, Vic Mackey led the elite anti-gang task force known as the Strike Team in the FX’s “The Shield.” Violently efficient in his efforts to clean up the streets of the fictional Farmington district of Los Angeles, Mackey was one of the most lovably corrupt cops ever depicted on screen. Mackey danced the line of good and evil for seven seasons, branding himself as a cop with zero tolerance for rape and pedophilia, yet nonetheless allowing drug dealers free reign in exchange for bribes, orchestrating the Money Train heist in the show’s second season and killing fellow team member Terry Crowley after realizing that he was a snitch.

Butch Coolidge The hero of “The Gold Watch,” a chapter of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic “Pulp Fiction,” Coolidge was portrayed by “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis at the height of his fame. Without a doubt one of the most badass bald characters in film and television history, Butch is a boxer who begins his story by beating a fellow boxer to death in a match, then goes on to defy mob boss Marcellus Wallace by killing his men and running down Wallace in his car. Coolidge ends his badass story by saving Wallace’s life by slaughtering a group of racist pawnshop owners with a samurai sword.

Lt. Detective Theo Kojak Portrayed by Telly Savalas who built his career on playing badasses like Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in “His Majesty’s Secret Service” and Bible-thumping lunatic Archer Maggott in “The Dirty Dozen,” Kojak was the lead character of the television series of the same name which ran for five seasons from 1973 to 1978. Dapper, cynical and sarcastic, Kojak had an affinity for lollipops, could bring any career criminal to their knees without breaking a sweat and had the ability to coolly bust the balls of his own detectives and get away with it. The show garnered a few Emmy nominations in its time and even scored Savalas two wins for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in 1975 and 1976.

John Shaft Draped in a black, leather trench coat and portrayed by one of the greatest bald badasses ever to grace the screen, Samuel L. Jackson played John Shaft in the 2000 film “Shaft.” Taking up the mantle from Richard Roundtree who played the character in 1971, Shaft made a name for himself by sticking it to the man and defying the rules. His awesome antics include gunning down scores of drug dealers and other criminals without batting an eye, knocking out wealthy racist Walter Wade Jr. in a single punch (portrayed by a pre-“Batman” Christian Bale) and throwing his own badge into a wall in an act on defiance so hard that it stuck into solid rock.