32 Actors Who Have Grown Facial Hair For A Movie (And What They Looked Like)

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Growing a beard is easy for many people, but growing a really great looking one is not always so easy. When an actor grows a great bit of facial hair for a role, sometimes you just have to admire how much heavy lifting it does for the character. Like these 32 examples of great facial hair actors have grown for movies roles. 

Tom Hanks with a huge beard in Cast Away

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Tom Hanks - Cast Away

Tom Hanks is usually clean-shaven in movies. Unless that movie is Cast Away when he grew one of the greatest beards in Hollywood history. It's easy to admire the commitment not just to the beard, but the wild, unkept nature of that amazing beard. It's truly a work of art in the sloppiest of ways. Sloppy in the best way. 

Hugh Jackman as Logan

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Hugh Jackman - Logan

The amount of work that Hugh Jackman has put in whenever he's starred as Wolverine in numerous movies is amazing. The beard is the easiest thing he has to do, given the shape he has to get himself in at the gym. But let's not discount how great the beard is in each out. It's sculpted just as much as his biceps. 

Kurt Russell with a mustache looking past the camera in Tombstone

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Kurt Russell - Tombstone

The great Kurt Russell has had some amazing facial hair over the years. The Hateful Eight comes to mind, and he's played Santa Claus. You have to say that his finest work came as Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. There may be no better facial hair movie than Tombstone and even then, Russell's amazing mustache is a stand-out. 

Robert Redford with a huge beard in Jeremiah Johnson

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Robert Redford - Jeremiah Johnson

Robert Redford is another actor that, for the most part, stays pretty clean-shaven. Of course, in Jeremiah Johnson, he's goes way in the other direction with one of the greatest, bushiest, most meme-able beards ever. Of course, you can't hide the man's legendary good looks and the beard makes that so much more obvious. It's just spectacular. 

Harrison Ford in The Fugitive

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Harrison Ford - The Fugitive

Harrison Ford hasn't grown a beard for many roles, and you have to say his best was in the The Fugitive. It doesn't make it very far into the movie, as he shaves it when he escapes, but while he has it, it's a true beauty. It's a weird satisfying scene when he shaves it, too. 

Mark Hamill with a beard, taking off a cloak in The Rise of Skywalker

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Mark Hamill - Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

In the original Star Wars trilogy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) was still a baby-faced kid. For the the final trilogy, Luke is a grizzled, worn-down Jedi and has taken on a look much more like his mentor, Obi Wan, than his younger self. It's a shocking moment when he turns around and he's got that beard, but it's wonderful all the same. 

Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games

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Wes Bentley - The Hunger Games

Seneca Crane's beard, grown by actor Wes Bentley, is truly a sculpted work of art. Citizens of The Capital in The Hunger Games have some wild styles and Crane's beard is a perfect example. It almost looks like CGI is so well barbered. You need an artist to shave you to get a look that good. 

Daniel Day-Lewis wrapped in an American flag in Gangs of New York

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Daniel-Day Lewis - Gangs Of New York

Everything about Bill The Butcher's (Daniel Day-Lewis) hair choices is interesting. The greasy, matted-down hair is a perfect match to the handlebar mustache. While many growing a handlebar would look like a clown, it only makes Bill more fearsome. Like, it's terrifying and yet looks so darn good. 

Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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Bill Murray - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

The great Bill Murray usually doesn't act with a beard, but you can't play an undersea explorer without a good-looking beard. As Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Murray has one of the most dignified beards on this list. It's nothing over the top, it's just what you want from the character. 

Al Pacino looking serious with a beard and a knitted hat on

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Al Pacino - Serpico

Serpico's beard sounds like something Will Ferrell would say in an outtake for Anchorman, but really it's Al Pacino's beard as the character of the same name in the movie Serpico. It's a wonderful beard and one of the rare times Pacino has acted with one, especially a full beard. It's a beard that would make any man jealous. 

Tom Cruise with glasses and a beard and a bald head.

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Tom Cruise - Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder is an outrageous movie, due in no small part to Tom Cruise relatively small part. His character as the jerk of all jerks is so amazing and his look is as outrageous as anything else in the movie. It's hilarious and disturbing, just like his character. 

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse

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Robert Pattinson - The Lighthouse

Robert Pattinson claims that he hates having to grow facial hair for a role, but he sure does it well. The Lighthouse is maybe the best example of this, as he sports an amazing mustache in that movie. Not everyone can grow something that beautiful, so he should be proud, even if it annoyed him. 

Joaquin Phoenix with sunglasses and a beard, wearing a suit in I'm Still Here

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Joaquin Phoenix - I'm Still Here

Joaquin Phoenix went all in on his method acting for I'm Still Here, in which he played a fictionalized version of himself. For the "role," he grew out his beard to immense proportions that was reminiscent of Jim Morrison before his death. His bizarre appearance on David Letterman (in character) remains one of Phoenix's finest moments, as viewers didn't know if it was real or fake (and Phoenix might not of either). The beard played a big role. 

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

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Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant

In addition to his immense acting ability, Leonardo DiCaprio's baby-faced good looks are part of what has made him such a bankable star for so long. He rarely looks less than his handsome best. In The Revenant, however, he went all out to look like a grizzled fur trapper in the 19th century. It's not his best look, but it is still very good. 

Rami Malek performing as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

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Remi Malik - Bohemian Rhapsody

Freddy Mercury had an all-time great mustache and to play him, Remi Malik just had to have one similar. It might even be better, but for argument's sake, we'll call it a tie. It's an amazing 'stache and really helped Malik bring the singer back to life. 

A close up of Joe Pantoliano with facial hair in The Matrix

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Joe Pantoliano - The Matrix

Joe Pantoliano's character in The Matrix is really well defined by the actor's facial hair. It looks cool, like a lot of the style choices in the movie, but it also feels like you can't trust him. The mistrust is, of course, well warranted when he betrays the rest of the crew. 

Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October

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Sean Connery - The Hunt For Red October

Sean Connery has had some great facial hair over the years, though the role he is most famous for, James Bond, was always clean-shaven. For this list though, we had to choose just the classic beard he grew for The Hunt For Red October. It's exactly what you expect from a career naval officer from any country. 

Dustin Hoffman in Hook

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Dustin Hoffman - Hook

If you're going to play Captain Hook, you better have a great mustache. Dustin Hoffman certainly does not disappoint in Hook. Sure, it's far from a perfect movie, but you can't say that about Hoffman's awesome curly-cue mustache. 

Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett standing together next to a massive plane engine in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

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Henry Cavill - Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Yes, Henry Cavill's mustache in Mission: Impossible - Fallout is a really great bit of facial hair. That's not the only reason it's on this list though. The mustache is infamous because while filming the movie, the Superman actor had to switch gears and do re-shoots for Justice League. The producers of Fallout didn't want him to shave, so he did the reshoots with the 'stache, then it was CGI'd out. It's not a great CGI job either, though it must have been an almost impossible task, no pun intended. 

Will Ferrell smiles confidently at the news desk in Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

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Will Ferrell - Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

A great mustache was a must in 1970s TV newsrooms and in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's is one of the best ever. There is nothing fancy about it, no handlebars or curly cues, but it is a true beauty. It's a mustache that evokes complete trust in what the talking head is telling his audience. Stay classy, Ron Burgundy. 

John Krasinski running with a flashlight in hand in A Quiet Place.

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John Krasinski - A Quiet Place

The director and star of A Quiet Place, John Krasinski, is often seen sporting a beard these days, but before he filmed that movie, his most well-known parts were usually clean-shaven. It's nothing fancy, like others on this list, but it is impressive. Just a great, full beard that anyone would be proud to grow. 

Jeff Bridges wearing a huge smile in The Big Lebowski.

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Jeff Bridges - The Big Lebowksi

Later in his career, Jeff Bridges has had facial hair for a lot of roles, but early on, he was often clean-shaven. Arguably the best role of his career, The Dude in The Big Lebowski, has the perfect facial hair for the character. It's slightly unkempt with just enough grey to make The Dude look wise and world-weary, and, of course, lazy. And The Dude was most definitely a lazy man. 

Chris Hemsworth looking concerned in cold weather in Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Chris Hemsworth - Thor

The best part about Chris Hemsworth's beard, when he plays Thor, is that it just keeps getting better with each movie. It looks fuller and more impressive with every new movie and it's a beard that we've all become so accustomed to, it's weird to see the actor without it, though before playing Thor in the MCU, he was often without it. 

Bearded Rocky in jacket in Rocky IV

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Sylvester Stallone - Rocky IV

Rocky is one of the most iconic characters in film history. Most of the time, the boxer is clean-shaven, so that makes the awesome training montage in Rocky IV that much better when he grows the beard. You can imagine being stuck in the cold Siberian winter, but you can't imagine it without a beard, right? Neither could Sylvester Stallone while playing Rocky. 

George Clooney in Syriana

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George Clooney - Syriana

George Clooney is an impossibly handsome man, and when he grows beards for roles, it only enhances that. It's literally impossible for the man to not look completely on point no matter what. Even his beards are perfect, as it is in Syriana

Alan Rickman in Die Hard

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Alan Rickman - Die Hard

There is something so magical about a perfectly sculpted beard that doesn't look perfectly sculpted. Such is the case for Alan Rickman in Die Hard. He is the dapper terrorist, who looks good as he does evil. Rickman's performance is legendary, and the beard has to be included in that legacy. 

Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Road

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Viggo Mortensen - The Road

The Road is one of the most intense post-apocalypse movies ever made and anyone who survived the end of the world would certainly have a scruffy beard. Viggo Mortensen grew a beauty for the movie to play a father trying to survive with his son. It looks like he has shaved in weeks, or even slept much in that time. He certainly hasn't bathed in a while. It takes dedication to grow a beard that looks this rough. 

Indigo chatting with the Man in Black in The Princess Bride

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Mandy Patinkin - The Princess Bride

For Homeland, Mandy Patinkin grew a monster beard, but maybe his best facial work came with a much more subtle work of facial art. His mustache in The Princess Pride is truly wonderful. It evokes the great Douglas Fairbanks or Cary Grant with its classic look, perfect for the role. 

Lena Headey watches as Gerard Butler stands stoically in 300.

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Gerard Butler - 300

Everything about Gerard Butler in 300 is over-the-top. His physique, his acting, his fighting, and, of course, his beard. It's as masculine as a beard can get. It's as tough as his character and you almost expect the beard to win the war. 

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk

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Robert Downey, Jr. - Iron Man

Iron Man/Tony Stark has become one of the most iconic movie characters of the 21st Century and the goatee that Robert Downey, Jr. sports is equally iconic at this point. It's the perfect facial hair choice for the ego-driven Tony Stark. It's good-looking and confident, just like Stark. It's also not completely trustworthy, yet reassuring. It a tough line to walk and the beard works. 

Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction

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Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp Fiction

Everything about Samuel L. Jackson's hair choices in Pulp Fiction is amazing. The hair on his head is great, the hair on his cheeks is great, and the handlebar mustache is great. It's hard to imagine Jules Winfield looking any differently. It especially all works together with the black suit he's in for much of the movie. 

Kenneth Branagh stands looking eerily into a mirror at night in A Haunting In Venice.

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Kenneth Branagh - Agatha Christie Movies

This one is a bit of an honorable mention because Kenneth Branagh didn't actually grow this work of art that his character Hercule Poirot has. He tried, but couldn't. It's such an iconic part of the character in the Agatha Christie novels, that it had to be perfect. And it is. So it might be a prop, but it's too amazing not to include. 

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