Hair Club for Men Founder - and Client - Sy Sperling Dead at 78

February 20, 2020

Sy Sperling, founder of the Hair Club for Men, who became famous for the company’s TV commercials in the ‘80s, died on Wednesday. He was 78.

Sperling passed away in Boca Raton, Florida “after a lengthy illness,” reported NBC News.

The hair restoration company’s wildly popular television ads featured Sperling showing before and after photos of men who used the follicle restoration system.

He would then admit his own use of the product by stiffly reciting the infamous line, "I'm not only the Hair Club president but I'm also a client." Sperling would finish off by revealing a shot of himself without any hair.

The commercials first began airing in 1982 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon as The Hair Club for Men garnered over 10,000 phone calls within the first month, according to the company. It was viral before being viral was even a thing.

The commercials would go on to be spoofed on programs like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."

The company’s success led Sperling to open over 40 franchises around the country as scores of men paid $2000 - $3500 for the hair growth process and $65 for touch-up appointments, reported the New York Post.

In 1995, the company expanded to address female hair loss and changed its name to simply The Hair Club.

Sperling sold The Hair Club to a private equity firm in 2000 and retired.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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