"I'm out of the closet," the star about embracing his baldness and salt-and-pepper hair on screen in 2006 with the ABC sitcom, 'Help Me Help You.'
Ted Danson's coiffure has always been a topic of interest for the public. In fact, the actor's hair probably got more limelight with the tabloids at one point in time than anything else he did. The Cheers star's hairstyle became the talk of the town in the '90s after the media-fuelled speculation that he was hiding bald patches by resorting to wigs.
Speaking to Deseret News in 2006, Danson addressed the allegations about his hair and opened up about finally embracing his hair in all its gray glory. "My hair became a topic of conversation in the beginning of 'Cheers,'" he said, explaining that he had a small bald spot when the show began and that he used to hide it with brown coloring "and comb my hair over it."
Although Danson never fanned the speculations by adding his remarks to it, the buzz around his hair refused to die down. "And then the tabloids said that I'm wearing a huge hairpiece. And I couldn't go, 'No, no — 'I just color it in,'" he shared. "I indeed did have to wear a little divot hairpiece for Sam Malone... And then one of the tabloids airbrushed my entire head and said that I'm one of the people who is totally bald. And I, once again, couldn't say, 'No, no, I just wear this little..."
The actor finally decided to embrace his baldness and salt-and-pepper hair on screen in 2006 with the ABC sitcom, Help Me Help You. Talking about his decision to do so, the Emmy nominee and television personality shared that he felt very proud to flaunt his hair in its natural state. "I'm out of the closet. It's very nice not to sit around with a bunch of ladies with silver things in my hair getting dye jobs. So I'm happy to be gray," he said.
Danson’s charm was unparalleled among female fans back when he portrayed Sam Malone in Cheers. However, the actor shared during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers that he was nothing like Malone in real life. "Playing Sam Malone was an anathema to me for the longest time," he admitted.
However, Danson's wife of nearly three decades, Mary Steenburgen, cannot get enough of him even today. "I would sign up for many more lifetimes with this one. I'm very blessed. I'm pretty obsessed with him, actually," the actress said in an interview, reports Mail Online. Gushing about her husband on the occasion of their 25th anniversary, Steenburgen wrote on Instagram: "Happy 25th Anniversary! Thank you for making me laugh today and every single one of the last 9,125 days. You are the goofiest, wisest, kindest, dreamboat in the world... I can’t believe how lucky I am. Happy Anniversary, Ted. Love, Mary."
Since Cheers, Danson has been part of a myriad of television shows including Becker, CSI, Mr. Mayor, The Good Place, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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