Rockin’ beards: A whisker look at famous beards in entertainment
A whisker look at famous beards in entertainment
OK. This is getting ridiculous.
Whether it’s in Boston, the Louisiana bayou or backstage on a Hollywood set, it seems men everywhere, particularly men in entertainment, have beards.
We’re not talking about finely trimmed goatees.
We’re talking about the furry, lower face-consuming, full beard defined at beards.org — yes, that’s a website — as “the classic expression of the male beard.”
All About Beards, which manages the site, “strongly recommends the full beard as the best choice for those who can grow” one.
Of course, men aren’t created equal when it comes the ability to grow full beards, but for those who can rock the look, it appears now is a good time to do so.
The proliferation of beards could be attributed to several things.
First, full beards offer protection in colder weather. Second, full beards are good camouflage during hunting season. Third, it has been “No Shave November,” when some men stop shaving for a month to raise awareness about men’s health issues. (This is separate from Movember, a charity for men’s health that encourages men to grow mustaches in November to raise awareness and funds to combat illnesses such as prostate and testicular cancer.)
Of course, and perhaps the most likely explanation for the proliferation of beards, some men just like beards.
As November comes to an end, and some men return to their regularly scheduled grooming routines, we wanted to honor those in entertainment who do not fear the full beard.
The men of the hit A&E TV show “Duck Dynasty” are the current First Family of full beards. Willie, Jase, Jep, Phil and Si Robertson aren’t the first men in entertainment history to grow full beards, but they have popularized the look since “Duck Dynasty” first aired in 2012 and became one of the most popular reality shows on cable TV.
People can catch the Robertsons in a Christmas special on Wednesday, Dec. 11, on A&E.
Honorable mentions: Aaron Kaufman on Discovery’s “Fast N’ Loud”; Todd Hoffman on Discovery’s “Gold Rush”; and Grizzly Adams.
The most famous beards in music history may belong to band ZZ Top, which is technically three musicians: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, who, interestingly enough, doesn’t have a beard.
ZZ Top will perform March 8 at Paramount Theatre in Denver.
Honorable mentions: Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia; My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.
TV AND MUSIC BEARDS
Cole Vosbury is a relative newcomer to the scene but is faring well on this season of NBC’s “The Voice.” His full beard and infectious smile have taken over the Los Angeles stage. His beard even has a Twitter account @Coles_Beard.
Check local listings for airings of “The Voice” on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The 2013 Boston Red Sox will be remembered for two things: winning the World Series and the beards many players grew out during the playoff run.
Now that the World Series is over, MVP David Ortiz and fellow Red Sox player Shane Victorino have shaved off their beards. The trimmings, along with autographs and the Gillette razors they used, will be auctioned off through Saturday, Nov. 30, with all proceeds going to Movember, a men’s health charity tied to mustaches.
Honorable mentions: Free agent (as of Nov. 26) pitcher Brian Wilson, who grabbed headlines when it was revealed he won’t pitch for the New York Yankees because he won’t shave his jet black beard to adhere to the club’s strict no beard policy; Houston Rockets’ basketball player James Harden.
Sir Ian McKellen portrays wizard Gandalf in director Peter Jackson’s grandiose movies that bring the words of author J.R.R. Tolkien to life.
Nothing is more essential to Gandalf’s look than that long beard. It hints of age and wisdom.
Gandalf, and his beard, have been in our lives since 2001 when “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” premiered. Two other “Lord of the Rings” and one “Hobbit” movie later, Gandalf will be back in theaters with the Dec. 13 release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
Honorable mentions: Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies; Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments;” Professor Albus Dumbledore and Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies; and the werewolf in “Teen Wolf.”
These are a few of the bands record producer Rick Rubin has worked with in his illustrious career: Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, Neil Diamond, Adele, Kanye West, Eminem and the Dixie Chicks.
In Steven Hyden’s Nov. 19 article on Grantland.com that is titled “The Wisdom of the Beard,” he argued Rubin’s knowledge and influence “transcends who he is as a person…He’s more like a vibe.”
And that vibe includes a long, flowing, unkempt-looking full beard.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Santa Claus, who spreads an abundance of holiday cheer and brings gifts to good girls and boys this time of year.
No one rocks a full beard like Santa.