Jun 26 2009

20 Undeniably Awesome Beards in Movies

Published by at 9:00 am under Lists,Movies

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Last month, Natty brought you 20 undeniably awesome mustaches in movies.  I’m a big fan of mustaches and in the past have sported one myself.  That said, a good beard blows away a good mustache any day of the week.  There’s two types of beards in Hollywood: the hair that covers a man’s face and a Katie Holmes/Kelly Preston.  To be clear, this gallery is dedicated to the former.

I’ve had a beard in the past, and the benefits are glorious.  Sure, it itches, but women love it.  My bosses no longer told me to do things; instead they politely asked.  Everyone respects a good beard.  And we’re talking about thick, awesome beards that you have to trim with scissors before shaving off.  Goatees and those stupid line beards don’t count.  That’s high school stuff.

After the jump, enjoy the gallery of 20 undeniably awesome beards in movies.

Kevin Smith in most of his movies

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Hart Bochner in Die Hard

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Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks

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Sean Connery in many of his movies

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Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover

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George Clooney in Syriana

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Viggo Mortenson in The Road

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Lou Ferrigno in Hercules

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Pat Roach in Willow (and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

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Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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Tom Hanks in Cast Away

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Terrence Stamp and Jack O’Halloran in Superman I and II

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Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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Jack Black in Orange County

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Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith

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Sir Alec Guinness in Star Wars

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Harrison Ford in The Fugitive

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Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall

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Patrick Cranshaw in Old School

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Tommy Chong in the Cheech & Chong movies

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40 responses so far

  • Gill

    Kevin Smith’s beard is embued with unearthly magic, much like Steven Spielberg’s or Chuck Norris’s (where’s Chuck on this list, eh?).

    Oh, and I do believe it’s “Revenge of the Sith”, not “Return”.

  • Korinthian

    I deny that most of those are awesome. Beards are pretty ugly most of the time.

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  • http://fookhar.dk Marcus

    Zach Galifianakis rocks a mean fucking beard.

  • Madison

    @ Korinthian

    You are wrong. It must be beard envy.

  • Madison

    @ Gill

    How could I forget Chuck???? Please forgive me.

  • espensor

    viggo had a good one in return of the king as well

  • Madison

    @ espensor:

    Indeed he did. And it was a good one. His beard in The Road, however, is just killer.

  • LordChristo

    I’m forced to agree, this new movie with Viggo looks like it could be the greatest thing ever. . . because of that beard.

  • Madison

    @LordChristo

    I actually have very low expectations for The Road, but man, Viggo’s beard will make it worth watching. That does it, I’m growing a beard again. Starting….now.

  • Laura

    What about Martin from Knocked Up??

    “I think it’s Matisyahu”

  • Madison

    @ Laura

    Awesome, awesome call on Marty. I should have included him for sure. I did remember, though, to put him in my memorable movie stoners article.

  • Jeremy

    You forgot arguably the most awesome beard ever seen on the silver screen. Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson.

    http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/253-215

    The fact that his hair is blonde, and his beard is very dark, makes it all the more intense.

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  • Madison

    @ Jeremy

    That’s a great link you attached. You’re right, there’s something very intense about that very impressive beard. Nice find.

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  • diocan

    and what about:
    THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

  • Madison

    @diocan

    Ha! Man, I hated that movie, but you’re right – a very thick, masculine beard, fit for a king.

  • http://www.obeseamerica.com sankofa

    Kenneth Branagh is the beard king.

    Long live the beard king!

  • Andrew

    What about Jonathan Frakes and his Riker beard from the Star Trek movies?

  • Abe Frohman

    Hart Bochner was awesome in Die Hard…and I’ve never seen him again. Anyone know what happened to him?

  • Madison

    @ Abe Frohman

    Bochner definitely went on to appear in a number of films after Die Hard, though none of his roles were nearly as memorable as that of Ellis. I don’t like thinking that an actor played Ellis; I prefer to believe he was a real life, incredible bearded douchebag.

  • Anthony

    Davy Jones Pirates?
    Borat?

  • Madison

    @ Anthony

    Uh, you sure that Borat has a beard?

  • Laura

    Oooh Hagrid from HP

  • http://fookhar.dk Marcus

    Well, that one’s fake.

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  • Tom

    Jeff Daniel’s deserved his Oscar nomination for The Squid and the Whale based on his beard alone.

  • Pete

    No Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting or The Fisher King? See http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1517525248/nm0000245

    I would have to say that his beard growing is stronger than his acting these days…

  • Gary Slaughter

    Maybe it’s just my age, but one of the best was Steve Reeves’ beard in ‘Hercules’ and ‘Hercules Unchained’. I’ve trimmed my beard to approximate Sean Connery’s in ‘The Rock’, ‘Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Rising Sun’. It’s getting gray in the right places.

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  • Jesus

    Whistler in Blade!

  • Jade

    Also, Jack Black in School Of Rock. Man I love that movie

  • stewy

    WHAT?!? No beards from the awesome LOTR series??? I see we have gandalf but what of all those other incredible viking beards!!

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  • Linn

    What about Davy Jones?? :)

  • beardardo

    Kurt russell in the thing. Hands down best movie beard.

  • Craig

    What about the beards sported in both Boondock Saints movies. Billy Connolly & David Della Rocco in the first and Norman Redus & Sean Patrick Flannery with the previous two as well. Awesome beards.

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