Great Job, Internet!: Uncovering the real identity of that middle-aged bald guy in ’80s music videos

The initial batch of MTV videos had plenty of ridiculous recurring tropes—from diaphanous scarves billowing in the breeze to ridiculously hot women lounging in cars. Eagle-eyed writer Christopher Bickel over at Dangerous Minds, however, found an even more interesting bit of repetition in early ’80s clips: a stoic, Santa-esque middle-aged man. This mystery character actor appeared fleetingly in a disproportionate amount of music videos, including Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” Haircut 100’s “Love Plus One,” Billy Joel’s “Pressure,” Squeeze’s “Black Coffee In Bed,” and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “The French Song.”

Intrigued, Bickel tried to find out who the man was by reaching out to various ’80s notables. Original MTV VJ Mark Goodman couldn’t help, although Haircut 100’s Nick Heyward remembered him right away: “He was the wardrobe guy/actor/extra. Nice chap.” Finally, Bickel figured out that all of …

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