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Some classic movies feature actors with such phenomenal beards that it’s almost as if the beards themselves have made the films so popular. Whether scraggly or neatly trimmed, graying or youthful, these six actors have sported some of the most iconic beards in big screen history.

six iconic 1Sir Ian Mckellen as Gandalf

A bare-faced Gandalf is utterly incomprehensible. A long, silvery beard was so integral to Sir Ian Mckellen’s character that he’s actually nicknamed Gandalf the Grey. Somehow, this “The Lord of the Rings” star convinced us that a man’s wisdom could be measured by the length of his facial hair.

 

 

 

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Clint Eastwood as The Man With no Name

Clint Eastwood’s beard for his role in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” lent him that rugged, aloof quality that women fall for every time. Not too full but not too small, his bearded mug and trademark squint were manly enough to make up for the fact that he was actually named Blondie. Any guy looking to achieve this can do so with a high-quality razor and a good mens shaving brush.

 

 

 

 

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Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland

Tom Hanks’ beard in “Cast Away” was practically an essential character itself, growing and changing throughout the film. Since an island castaway wouldn’t have access to any essentials like shaving cream or a mens shave brush, an unkempt beard was mandatory in order to make his character believable.

 

 

 

 

 

six iconic 4Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Maybe Johnny Depp’s two chin braids barely qualify as an actual beard, but it did give him the eccentric look that personified his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. This bizarre look is definitely not for everyone, so please don’t try this one at home.

 

 

six iconic 5David Spade as Joe Dirt

Nothing says trailer trash like a mullet and some carefully coiffed mutton chops, which is just what David Spade delivered in his memorable role as Joe Dirt. The Joe Dirt look is characterized by meticulously manicured sideburns but only a little bit of scruff on the chin, so that road kill dinners never wind up caught in beard hair.

 

 

 

six iconic 6Kurt Russell as R.J. MacReady

The set of the 1982 classic “The Thing” was so incredibly cold that Kurt Russell needed his bushy beard just to keep his face from freezing. Men can replicate this look and keep their faces toasty warm all winter by lifting hair away from the face and trimming only the ends of the beard.

 

 

 

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