As hairy symbols of masculinity, beards grace many chiseled faces. From sturdy lumberjacks to trend-setting celebrities, beards endure as timeless and low maintenance accessories. On this list are exceptional examples for inspiration or just appreciation of bold celebrity beards that made the cut.
Sporting a plush full beard, Zach modeled the classic facial hair configuration. Note the dense coverage, even color, and flattering length. He named his beard "Shelly" prior to shaving Shelly into a more modest mustache and goatee arrangement. At the May 2013 French Premiere of The Hangover III, Shelly's more conservative cut still drew stunned stares. Though Shelly's trademark full-bodied frame will be missed, she has shown herself as an exceptional example of growth.
Brad Pitt represented the extended goatee with a basic soul patch, with special emphasis on the goatee. Emphasizing length over breadth, he opted for a more casual style. The multifaceted actor began cultivating his scruff in August 2007. His beard has since gone through as many changes as the popular actor's roles. Why did he keep it? "It's boredom," he said. His beard pictured here illustrates its most prosperous time.
This triple threat actor, singer, and dancer showcased his well-known cleft chin with a unique cutout beard. John Travolta dabbled in other curious facial hair compositions such as a tiny goatee and slim chin strip. True to his impressive range of movie roles ranging from the gritty cult hit Pulp Fiction to the gender-bending musical Hairspray, John also boasted a diverse facial hair collection.
He sported a messy boxed beard variation at the May 2013 Cannes. Generally an avid scruff practitioner, Ryan Gosling has consistently sported much-admired facial hair. His respectable beard has its own considerable following of thousands. Women and men appreciate his garnished jawline. Ryan shows that messy beards can still be smooth.
Like his velvety voice, Morgan Freeman's beard acts as a distinguishing and distinguished characteristic. Silvery and well maintained, the prolific actor's beard remains classic. Morgan's beard has aged as elegantly as the esteemed actor.
John Lennon and his beard were and are much beloved. Though the press described his beard as "unkempt", John Lennon responded with "I'd like to know what a kept beard is," in a 1969 interview regarding his non-violent protest in bed in Montreal. John Lennon's beard not only insulated his chin but also functioned as a symbol of counter-culture. Truly a revolutionary beard.
This accomplished actor, musician, and social activist boasted generous beard coverage with an impressive ratio of facial hair to face. This full, heavy, and wide beard spanned from cheekbone to cheekbone. Since his beard's remarkable appearance in 2008 when Joaquin announced his retirement from acting, the celebrity has since resumed acting. His beard, unfortunately, did not fully return with his critically-acclaimed acting career.
These bewhiskered celebrities show the best of extravagant and humble beards. Some iconic, others outlandish. Fortunately, beards are a renewable and timeless facial statement for many men. Those who are capable of cultivating a fine one have endless possibilities of personal, hairy expression.