Better with a beard

Every man looks better with a beard. Here's proof.

Adrian Pasdar

I can’t believe I haven’t featured Adrian Pasdar sooner.  The man is clearly a skilled beard-grower.  It’s pretty magnificent. [Thanks, Simon M.]

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl went from being in one huge band (Nirvana) to starting another (Foo Fighters).  Thanks again, beards!

Brian Wilson

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.

Jack Black

Jack Black has a pretty middle-of-the-road beard: it’s not the greatest beard ever, nor is it the worst.  But it’s still better than no beard at all. [Thanks, Nicole K.]

Ed Helms

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]

John Slattery

Though his beard isn’t quite as lustrous as fellow Mad Men castmember Jon Hamm, John Slattery still has a pretty spiffy beard. [Thanks, Finch]

Zachary Levi

That’s an especially great beard.  It’s no contest.  If you think the beardless Zachary Levi looks better, then you clearly need to start reconsidering the way you’re living your life.

Stanley Kubrick

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?

Zac Efron

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.

Zach Galifianakis

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.