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Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:22 am

For male action heroes, it’s all about the hair

EDITOR

Susan Campbell

 

With “Game of Thrones” not returning to the small screen until 2019, viewers of prestige dramas may be wondering where to turn for their Sunday night entertainment.

Well, I have just the answer. “Outlander” premieres its third season tonight (Sunday) on the Starz Network, followed by “Poldark” on Oct. 9 on PBS.

“Outlander,” based on Diana Gabaldon’s extremely successful book series about time travel, Scottish rebellion and true love, hits the small screen for its season three premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday. This swashbuckler takes viewers on a thrill-induced ride from the highlands of Scotland

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser

to Paris, Jamaica and, finally, the New World.

The books and series are anchored by a larger-than-life hero, Jamie Fraser, and the time-traveling woman he adores, Claire Randall.

Alas, “Outlander” travel is limited to horseback, wagon, boat or foot. There are no dragons in the Scottish Highlands.

The Masterpiece series “Poldark” follows a wounded British soldier during the American Revolutionary War who returns to his Cornish home to find his girlfriend married, his mines bankrupt and his father dead. Unlike the so-called “perfect Jamie” in “Outlander,” Ross Poldark’s character flaws are clearly visible.

Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark

“Poldark” is also based on a popular book series by the same title written by Winston Graham between 1945 and 1953.

“Game of Thrones” is purely fantasy, while “Outlander” combines fantasy with historical fiction and “Poldark” is straight-up historical fiction.

While varied, however, these series have one major thing in common – a male lead with long, flowing locks of hair.

Jamie Fraser’s hair is red and curly, often tied back with a colored ribbon as befitting mid-18th-century style. Ross Poldark and Jon Snow (aka Aegon Targaryen) both have unruly, long, dark hair that makes them look as if they have just come through a windstorm, snowstorm, or have just fought a battle against the undead.

These action heroes are following a tradition in many cultures in which hair is believed to be a gift of nature that helps increase vitality, intuition and tranquility. Native Americans are often recognized by the length and glory of their hair. They have long held that the cutting of

Kit Harington as Jon Snow

hair by oppressors represents submission and defeat.

Long-haired male action heroes on the big or small screen are often portrayed as conquerors – whether in getting the girl or physically dominating an opponent on the battlefield.

These heroes are often passionate, short-tempered and stubborn. Think Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” or Mr. Rochester in “Jane Eyre.”

So, in honor of the return of my favorite show “Outlander” after more than a year off the air, here is a list of the best hairy hunks to ever grace the screen.

 

Aragorn

Played by Viggo Mortensen in the “Lord of the Rings” series, Aragorn’s hair, usually stringy and dirty, was his defining feature.

 

Capt. Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp sported dreadlocks in his unforgettable portrayal of Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

 

Khal Drogo

Who can forget Jason Momoa’s long, thick ponytail in season one of “Game of Thrones?”

 

Severus Snape

Far from long and luscious, Alan Rickman’s dark, lank hair was a trademark in the “Harry Potter” series.

 

Inigo Montoya

Mandy Patinkin and his long curls were perfect in “The Princess Bride.”

 

Thor

Chris Hemsworth with long, flowing blond locks. Need I saw more?

 

Tristen Ludlow

Brad Pitt with luxurious flaxen-colored hair. Too bad ‘Legends of the Fall” was reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.

 

Rambo

Sylvester Stallone as the perfect action hero – compete with long, flowing locks.

 

Natty Bumppo

Daniel Day-Lewis with perfect hair, perfect cheekbones and immense talent in “Last of the Mohicans.”

 

William Wallace

Mel Gibson sported some luscious locks for his portrayal of the Scottish hero in “Braveheart.”

 

The Dude

jeff bridges the big lebowski

Jeff Bridges’ career-defining portrayal in “The Big Lebowski” comes with plenty of hair.

 

Patrick Verona

Who can forget Heath Ledger’s curly locks in “10 Things I Hate About You?”

 

Legolas

UNITED STATES – DECEMBER 01: “The Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the ring” In United States In December, 2001-Orlando Bloom as Legolas, one of nine in the Fellowship. (Photo by 7831/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Orlando Bloom had some seriously long hair and pointy ears in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Let us know who your favorite, long-haired action hero is by emailing Susan Campbell at tnedit@lcs.net.