In 1969, a man was paid $1,000 to cut a then 24-year-old Michael Douglas' hair, but Douglas didn't foot the bill. The actor who in those preGordon Gekko days was still just Kirk Douglas' son had grown out his hair for his motion-picture debut role in Hail, Hero! As a plot twist in the antiestablishment film, the teen-idol hero gets his locks chopped off by his movie father, Arthur Kennedy, who earned $1,000 (the equivalent of roughly $6,000 today) for filming the scenes.
Douglas, "shorn and forlorn," was reportedly unhappy that it would take at least six months to grow his hair back, but he won a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer for the role. And that's nothing to snip at.