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In the the opening scene of American Hustle, con man Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale) elevates the quotidian comb over to high art. Watching him tuck, comb, and weave his overgrown side wisps into a rustled rug of a hairpiece gave us a newfound appreciation for this unpopular hairstyle (admittedly, we loved just about everyone’s hair in that movie). Bale got a well-deserved Best Actor nomination at this year’s Academy Awards, but we think his display of craftsmanship is worthy of its own statuette. In honor of his glorious hair, we present our favorite television and movie comb overs of all time.
Photo: Columbia Pictures
The Back to the Future trilogy follows the adventures of young Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) traveling through time, measured partly by the hair density of the villainous Biff (Thomas Wilson). Past Biff combs back; Future Biffs comb over.
The American hustler of Duff beer and glazed donuts doesn’t have a lot to work with, but Homer has the two-strand comb over down pat.
Photo: 20th Century Fox
Colin Farrell plays Bobby Pellitt, horrible boss to Jason Sudeikis’ character Kurt, who schemes of ways to eliminate him completely. Conspiracy to kill is bad enough, but the biggest crime would be depriving us of Pellitt’s scrubby pelt.
Photo: New Line Cinema
Hands down, it’s Big Ern (Bill Murray) and his erratic mess of a mane taking the top prize in this category.
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