Wednesday, May 5, 2010
New toupless photo.
We've managed to come across a new and exciting toup-less picture of Bill Shatner (above). The image is from 1957 and forms part of a publicity photo shoot undertaken by the National Screen Service for the 1958 MGM picture The Brothers Karamazov. This and the two images lower down this page were all likely taken on the MGM lot, with Bill Shatner aged 26 at the time.
Bill Shatner wore a bowl-shaped wig in The Brothers Karamazov, his first major movie performance. In television appearances of the time, he was still going toup-less - albeit with an increasing reliance on careful styling, sprays and the like - but by 1958 this would begin to change. The three images provide a rare example from this period when the hair was not so heavily styled.
The particular image we present here for the first time is the only one of the three to provide an overhead view of Bill Shatner's head. This unique view provides some pretty strong evidence of severe thinning taking place across the top of the head, particularly at the rear crown. The hair, already very sparse, thin, light and fragile is combed across (a partial comb-over of sorts) to provide the maximum possible illusion of thickness. Toupologically speaking, it's a remarkably revealing image and one that a mere few years later would have never been photographed for public consumption sans toupee.
UPDATE: Our top toupologists tell us that they are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the above photo is indeed Bill Shatner toupless. For more on the methodology used by our toupologists, particularly for the crucial year of 1957, see our "Shatner and toupology" post.