best bearded celebrities and actors list

These fine facial haired gentlemen are currently rocking – or have at some point rocked – magnificent celebrity beards that after looking at them, are quick to make you wish you never shaved.

From Hugh Jackman to Tom Hanks, these actors are either bearded on an everyday basis or rarely appear with the facial fur before going back to their everyday clean-shaven personalities.

Regardless of their reasons, we present you; the top 20 beards of Hollywood

1. Best Beard in Hollywood: Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal with full beard and dark t shirtOne thing is for certain; Jake Gyllenhaal is not afraid of extremes in his roles.

He started by growing a mean-looking mustache to support his sadistic role as Dr. Johnny Wilcox in the movie Okja.

Then continued by bulking up staggering amounts of lean mass (and a chunky beard) for his role in the boxing movie Southpaw.

Only to drop almost 20 lb back down before playing the lead role in the movie Nightcrawler.

As we have learned, most women are scientifically proven to dig bearded dudes, and by no coincidence, Jake Gyllenhaal has been selected as the Sexiest Actor in Hollywood for two consecutive years.

2. Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm with full beard in the OscarsJon Hamm is the familiar face of Don Draper from the hit series Mad Men.

Like many of the big celebrities in Hollywood, Hamm once arrived in LA with nothing more than a car and $150 to his name.

He lived in a house with 4 other looking-to-be actors and as ironic it is, began working as a waiter while running to various auditions around the city.

After 3-years of not finding any major roles, Hamm gave himself a deadline of five years, where he had to make it or break it.

One famous quote of him says

“You either suck that up and find another agent, or you go home and say you gave it a shot, but that’s the end of that. The last thing I wanted to be out here was one of those actors who’s 45 years old, with a tenuous grasp of their own reality, and not really working much. So I gave myself five years. I said, if I can’t get it going by the time I’m 30, I’m in the wrong place. And as soon as I said that, it’s like I started working right away.” – Jon Hamm

Well, the rest is history. After landing a firefighter’s role in Providence, and playing a small part in Space Cowboys, Kissing Jessica Stein, We Were Soldiers, and a role in the Divison followed.

Hamm’s biggest breakthrough, however, has to be his role as Don Draper in AMC’s Mad Men.

Other than his great acting, Hamm sports one of the meanest looking celebrity beards in Hollywood. In fact, we at Beard Resource like to believe that he can easily crack the top 5 of bearded actors to be seen at red carpet events.

3. Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen with a stylish full beard
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Viggo Mortensen is a Danish-American actor who has been in the game for quite a while.

Making his debut in 1985 in the movie Witness, Viggo acted on multiple big productions such as the Indian Runner, Crimson Tide, Daylight, G.I Jane, and 28 Days.

However, in 2000, he was cast to what was arguably his biggest and most remembered role as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings.

Before in his career, Mortensen was usually seen with a clean-shaven look. When playing Aragorn however, his role included a pretty decent beard.

After the Lord of the Rings era, Mortensen was seen at another huge role as the desperate father in the movie The Road, trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic World with his small son. What made his impeccable acting feel even more real was his scraggly untamed beard.

In recent years, whenever Mortensen has made an appearance at the Oscars or any other red carpet event, he tends to sport a well kept, thick, and perfectly styled full-beard that we simply have to agree; is one of the best celebrity beards out there.

4. Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd in a suit with full dark facial hair
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Paul Rudd is a familiar face from many of our favorite comedy movies.

His low-key sardonic humor paired with his sarcastic wit have made him a household name in delivering class-A content to living rooms across the World.

Whether you loved his performance in such great movies as The Role Models, Anchorman, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This is 40, or many many others.

You were probably still used to Rudd being clean-shaven or to rock a sick mustache (like he did on Anchorman)…

…However, in 2018 when the trailer for the new movie Ideal Home launched, the internet went nuts about his magnificent full beard that had just magically appeared on his face.

5. John Krasinski

John Krasinski giving a speech with a microphone and a full beard
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Hey, that’s Jim Halpert from the Office!

9 seasons and 8-years we got used to seeing John Krasinski around the office, pulling pranks on Dwight, clean-shaven and all that.

However, one day, a lot of people (women especially) went absolutely bananas when they realized that Jim Halpe… I mean John Krasinski, suddenly sported a thick, full-beard.

And we can’t blame them. Jim Halpe… John Krasinski’s beard is a great looking full beard style, which makes us wonder why he didn’t grow one sooner

(oh, that’s right, you can’t have beards in the office environment).

Anyhow, Krasinski finally unleashed the beard in a film called “A Quiet Place”, from which you can see a trailer below:

6. Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell in grey hoodie and a beard
Aside from having a hilarious desire to cut off Conan O’Brien’s beard on the live stage, Will Ferrell can actually rock a mean beard and stache himself. It’s rare to see him sporting one, but when the beard is released, Hollywood reporters seem to take note immediately.

7. George Clooney

Comparision with George Clooney shaven and bearded
George Clooney has one of the most well-known salt & pepper style beards in all of Hollywood. It’s rare to see him without it, and just by comparing the pictures, it’s easy to understand why.

8. Jason Momoa

Jason momoa on a talk-show with patchy full facial hair
I’m sure everyone and their dog knows Jason Momoa as the Great Khali from the hit-show Game of Thrones. He sports a surprisingly thick looking beard, considering how patchy it really is from the cheeks. Regardless, the actor has pretty much branded himself with the beard, and at this point, it would be weird to see him clean-shaven. Maybe he should have a quick read at our guide on how to grow a thicker beard naturally.

9. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck smiling in a blue suit with well-kept beard
Ben Affleck rocks one of the arguably most well-groomed beards in all of Hollywood. Especially in recent years, Affleck has been seen more and more often with the facial fur.

10. Tom Hardy

two different beard styles of Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy is a perfect example of what a beard can do to man’s looks. It seems like he realized the greatness of the beard himself and has been sporting it way more often in his recent roles.

11. Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson stroking his big bushy beard
There’s something apocalyptic about Mel Gibson’s monster beard. Well, at least he has something to stroke on when he thinks.

12. Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan looking intimidating with a gun and grey beard
After enjoying years of success as the James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan has continued his career with roles more suited for older men. To pull this off majestically, he has grown a thick beard, which might we say; works in his favor.

13. Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck with his classic thick mustache in Magnum PI
It’s not a full beard, but we simply couldn’t leave Tom Selleck’s mustache out of a list like this. | Photo by Moviestore Collection/REX

14. Nick Offerman

nick Offerman with a full beard on a worn-out background
We’ve all used to seeing Nick Offerman with a strong (perhaps some of the strongest) mustache, but occasionally, he also grows out a gigantic multi-colored full-beard that just demands respect.

15. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman with a scraggly long beard
Hugh Jackman really let his curly beard go in Les Misérables. More often he is seen as the Wolverine with a far more tidier facial hair.

16. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks with two different styles of facial hair in his movies
Possibly two of Tom Hanks’ biggest roles had him at one point in a long beard. We’re not saying anything, but could it really be a coincidence? He may need some help with beard dandruff though, there seems to be some major dryness going on in that mane.

17. Bradley Cooper

bradley cooper with and without a beard
At first glance, you’d think this was Bradley Cooper and his less-handsome brother. But that’s just to show you the effect that facial hair has on a man’s face.

18. Travis Fimmel

travis fimmel in Vikings set with a nice blonde beard
Travis Fimmel’s beard became incredibly popular after the HBO’s hit-series, Vikings first aired. It’s a testament to the fact that your beard doesn’t necessarily need to be tidied up and groomed to look awesome.

19. Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling and his patchy facial hair
To be fair, Ryan Gosling has a pretty patchy beard, especially if you compare it to the gigantic fur of say; Mel Gibson for example. However, the reason we decided to include Gosling in this list is that of the fact that people still “perceive” his beard as one of the best and most popular in Hollywood. Why? Because he can style it to appear much more fuller, something we try to get across in our article about fixing patchy beards naturally.

20. Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds with and without facial hair
Ryan Reynolds is often seen with a tamed short beard. According to scientific evidence, it’s the exact length of facial hair that women go crazy about. Perhaps that is the reason why his beard is constantly ranked high in lists of actors with beards.

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Ali is a published author and a beard grooming expert. To this date, his articles have been read more than 15-million times on various sites, and he has helped thousands of men make their beards look better and grow thicker. His work has been featured and cited in Seeker, Wikihow, GQ, TED, and Buzzfeed.