When Jackie C. wrote me to suggest Kurt Russell, I was sure I had already featured him. Kurt Russell’s beard in The Thing is arguably the greatest cinematic beard of all time. Clearly, this post is long overdue.
While watching Animal Kingdom (which you probably haven’t seen, and should) I was struck by the greatness of Joel Edgerton’s beard. That is a hall of fame beard. A beard like that validates the continued existence of this blog.
The baseball player, not the Beach Boy. While searching for bearded pictures, Giants pitcher Brian Wilson has been popping up a lot. I guess it’s a pretty well-known beard. And indeed, aside from the fact that the dark black dye makes it look weirdly fake, it is an impressive beard.
Like his Office co-stars John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms can grow a pretty decent beard. And yet all three are almost always clean-shaven. What a mixed-up world we live in. [Bearded photo courtesy KCRW]
Stanley Kubrick (who, sadly, passed away twelve years ago today) is arguably the greatest director of all time. He also had a pretty sweet beard, which he grew at some point in the ’60s and kept until his death. If a cinematic god like Stanley Kubrick thought beards were awesome, who are we — mere mortals — to argue?
Like Casey Affleck, Zac Efron is just not quite there in terms of beard growing ability. Efron is 23, and if it’s any consolation to the man, beard growth continues to mature well into your twenties — so perhaps he can give it another shot in a few years. And if that doesn’t console him, then he’ll just have to make do with his piles of money and legions of adoring fans.
Most actors just dabble in beards; they grow one for a month or two between jobs, then shave it off. Not Zach Galifianakis. He knows he’s got an awesome beard. Only a fool would squander something so great. Zach Galifianakis is no fool.
Here’s a really young, bearded Stephen Colbert (reportedly photographed during his days as a student at Northwestern University). The man hasn’t been bearded in a long, long time, but clearly needs to rethink his current stance on beardedness. The beard suits him (as it suits pretty much everyone).
You may not realize that Phil Collins (who is, sadly, retiring from music) at one point had an enormous beard. Clearly, Phil Collins does not mess around when it comes to beards — that thing is serious. [Thanks, Eric K]
Wyatt Cenac is the only Daily Show correspondent rocking a beard (notwithstanding Jon Stewart’s short-lived goatee experiment). Notice how in one picture he’s holding a microphone, and in the next he’s holding an Emmy. Thanks, beards!
Jason Sudeikis can grow a pretty sweet beard, and yet he was clean-shaven for Hall Pass, which didn’t exactly light the box office on fire over the weekend. Could a bearded Sudeikis have saved that film? Yes. The answer is yes.
Christian Bale showed up at the Oscars this year with a shaggy, questionable beard that, at first, gave me pause: does this disprove my thesis that every man looks better with a beard? No, of course it doesn’t. Just because you have a bad haircut, doesn’t mean you’d look better bald. Some simple beard maintenance, and Bale will be looking tip-top in no time at all.