61 Best Celebrity Beards with Starworthy Styling Tips

Tom Hardy buzz cut hairstyle and beard

Every man has rocked facial hair before, whether as an esoteric experiment or a simple style upgrade from clean shaven.

Celebrity actors, musicians, artists, and legends of old have all grown a beard. From Sean Connery to Jason Momoa to Andy Samberg, famous celebrities have created various Hollywood beard styles through the ages.

The best celebrity beards match with the style and personality of the beardsman and artist. Some types of beards we see include:

  • Thick beards with soul patches
  • Goatees and soul patches
  • Stylized mustaches with anchor beards
  • Van Dyke beards
  • Ducktail beards

We looked at 61 iconic celebrity moments to find the “best” looks (but remember there are many beard styles to try).

Hollywood Actors with Beards

We’ve built an extensive look at some of our favorite beards. While some featured are thicker or longer hair than others, we also looked for unique beard styles and trends from years past. Like us, celebrities change their facial hair all the time, but we can all aspire to have a red carpet beard.

Celebrity beard styles span all kinds of looks, from neat and trim to unruly, wildly thick beards. We’ve gathered the best-looking beards in Hollywood to show you how to groom and inspire your no-shave aspirations.

(Numbered in no certain order of greatest; we reveal our top pick at the bottom!)

1. Tom Hardy

We’ve seen Tom Hardy’s haircuts go from a buzzed, clean-shaven style to undercut looks with a thick beard. Like any true chameleon in Hollywood, this actor has a variety of cool beard looks to try.

2. Jason Momoa

Everyone knows Jason Momoa for his iconic long locks and bushy, thick beard.

3. Johnny Depp

From clean-shaven to scruffy to a stylish Van Dyke beard, Johnny Depp loves to grow out his facial hair. To get this Pirates of the Caribbean’s beard style, we recommend checking out our Johnny Depp beard guide.

4. Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has ruled Hollywood for many decades. Women swoon over his natural good looks, and perfectly trim beard styles. Here’s one of his classic beard styles.

5. Chris Hemsworth

The Thor actor truly makes women melt when he sports a beard.

6. Chris Pine

Pine became a legend for his role as a young Captain Kirk in the Star Trek film series, but his beard has become even more famous after his role in Outlaw King.

Chris Pine beard

7. Samuel L. Jackson

There’s no doubt that Samuel L. Jackson has mastered the bald and fully grown beard look.

Samuel L. Jackson Beard Style

8. Jake Gyllenhaal

The baby-faced actor has gone through a transformation and now rocks long hair with an incredible thick beard. He’s also buzzed his head and gone clean-shaven in the past, only to show up to the red carpet with a full beard overnight.

9. Robert Downey, Jr.

The Tony Stark beard is a classic look for Robert Downey, Jr. who’s continued to sport a unique Van Dyke style beard even after his role as Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. beard

10. Patrick Swayze

One of my favorite actors and I still re-watch Roadhouse whenever I get the chance.

11. Andre 3000

Andre 3000 Beard Style

12. Ryan Reynolds

Let’s face it. Ryan Reynolds is another chameleon who can change up his hair and beard on the fly.

13. Kanye West

The rapper, fashion mogul, and pop culture icon Kanye West has always had a thing for thick goatee styles and full beards.

14. Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam Beard Style

See our ducktail beard guide on how to get this look.

15. Sean Connery

Sean Connery Beard Style

16. Christian Bale

Dark Knight star and legendary actor Christian Bale has perfected the Van Dyke beard.

Christian Bale Beard

17. Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges Beard Style

18. Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill Berad

19. Idris Elba

Known for his roles in The Wire and Thor, Idris Elba likes to keep his goatee trim but thick.

Idris Elba beard style

20. Chris Pratt

From Parks and Recreation to the big screen, the Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has a legendary beard.

Chris Pratt Beard Style

21. David Beckham

His wife may be a fashion icon, but David Beckham is a beard icon.

David Beckham Beard

22. Leonardo DiCaprio

The Wolf of Wall Street star has a classic look that has only gotten better with age and a beard.

Leonardo DiCaprio Goatee Beard

23. Jason Statham

One of our favorite bald and beard celebrities is Jason Statham, who’s always rocked a stubble beard.

Jason Statham beard style
Jason Statham Buzz Cut

24. Hugh Jackman

The Marvel star Hugh Jackman seems to embody Wolverine in real life with his fully grown variation of the mutton chops beard.

Hugh Jackman beard
Sporting the classic Wolverine Beard Style.

25. Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves has maintained a thick beard since starring in the John Wick series, and now he’ll be sporting his unique beard in the long-awaited video game Cyberpunk 2077.

Keanu Reeves Beard
See more Keanu Reeves beard styles.

26. George Clooney

George Clooney Beard Style

27. Jared Leto

Jared Leto Beard

28. Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg Beard

29. Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum Beard

30. Zac Efron

Zac Efron Beard

31. Jon Hamm

The Mad Men star often keeps his beard short and tight, but it’s clear that he can grow a thick beard, too.

Jon Hamm Beard

32. Oscar Isaac

As Poe from the latest Star Wars series, Oscar Isaac truly stole the spotlight, as does his beard whenever he hits the red carpet.

Oscar Isaac Beard

33. Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix Beard

34. Ricky Martin

For many years, Ricky Martin has been a style icon, but he’s also a beard icon. His neat and trim beard is inspiring for those who want to go for a professional look while growing out a beard.

Ricky Martin Full Stubble Beard

35. Bradley Cooper

Who isn’t envious of Bradley Cooper’s hairstyle and naturally thick beard?

Bradley Cooper Beard

36. Nick Offerman

The legendary Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman often sports a thick, long beard on the red carpet.

Nick Offerman Beard

37. Benicio Del Toro

The Sicario star loves to sport a salt and pepper goatee or fully grown beard on the red carpet.

Benicio del Toro Beard

38. Donald Glover

The Atlanta creator and musician Donald Glover has one of the thickest and sickest beards in Hollywood.

Donald Glover Beard

39. Ben Affleck

Another male actor to take on a Batman role is our favorite beardsmen, Ben Affleck. His natural scruffy beard and brooding good looks seem perfect for the role.

Ben Affleck Beard

40. Paul Rudd

Funnyman and Ant-Man star Paul Rudd likes to grow a full beard and mustache when he’s not sporting a clean-cut look.

Paul Rudd Beard

41. Chris Evans

Captain America isn’t so clean-shaven in real life.

42. Kit Harington

The Game of Thrones star as Jon Snow.

Kit Harington Beard

43. Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen Beard

44. Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas has always been a beard icon.

Antonio Banderas Beard

45. Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis Beard

46. Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel Beard
See Travis with his Viking Beard Style.

47. Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston Beard

48. Will Smith

Will Smith beard

49. Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul Beard

50. Adam Levine

Adam Levine’s dark, brooding looks made him one of the most attractive men in Hollywood, according to People magazine.

Adam Levine Beard

51. John Stamos

The actor was a star on Netflix’s You, and so was his beard. We can’t believe how Uncle Jesse has transformed with his latest thick beard look.

John Stamos Beard

52. Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan’s clean-cut look for Fifty Shades of Grey is completely gone with this bushy beard look.

Jamie Dornan Beard

53. Ryan Gosling

Women have been falling in love with him and his beard since The Notebook, but the star has gone on to such iconic roles in films like Drive and Blade Runner 2049.

Ryan Gosling Soul Patch
See more Ryan Gosling beard styles.

54. Questlove

The legendary frontman for The Roots has always had a long, thick beard.

Questlove Beard

55. Zach Galifianakis

We can’t get over how different Zach Galifianakis looks with a fully styled, bushy beard.

Zach Galifianakis

56. Joe Manganiello

Hardly ever seen without his thick facial hair, Joe Manganiello has gone from werewolf origins in HBO’s True Blood to playing Flash Thompson in Spider-Man.

Joe Manganiello Beard

57. Justin Timberlake

The musician-turned-actor used to sport curls and a clean-shaven baby face, but all of that’s gone away. He was hiding this epic beard the whole time.

Justin Timberlake Best Celebrity Hair

58. Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is one of the best comedians of our time, and his beard is pretty epic too.

Kevin Hart Beard

59. John Krasinski

From Jim to A Quiet Place to Jack Ryan, John Krasinski is another chameleon who’s foregone shaving his beard.

John Krasinski Beard

60. Michael Fassbender

From Jim to A Quiet Place to Jack Ryan, John Krasinski is another chameleon who’s foregone shaving his beard.

Michael Fassbender Ginger Beard
Fassbender also grew out his red (ginger) beard to walk the red carpet.

61. Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik Best Celebrity Hair

Who Has the Best Beard?

Who has the most famous beard of all in Hollywood? We think a full, well-maintained beard shows the pure tenacity, patience, and style of the man. For that reason, we’ve to give it to Tom Hardy.

We also love how Daniel Day-Lewis styles his facial hair, creating an iconic style that combines new and old. This man transforms his entire look depending on the way he grooms his facial hair.

There are so many beards on this list that are remarkable, too. We think Brad Pitt has also varied up his look over the years, and the Tony Stark beard that Robert Downey, Jr. rocks is also an on-trend for men today.

Does Everyone Look Better With a Beard?

Beards complement your face shape, accentuating features like your cheekbones or chin while also creating new angles. Some people look completely different (or even better) with a beard. It honestly depends on your own preferences and what makes you feel confident when you look in the mirror.

Here are the main benefits of growing a beard:

Are Beards in Style 2020?

Beards are trending higher than normal for 2020. Perhaps it’s because of staying inside during quarantine, but most men have been growing a beard since the beginning of 2020.

Looking at actors with beards, you’ll see each has a unique facial hair style. Whether it’s a slight goatee, full beard, or stylized beard, most men are trying something new with their look.

Hollywood Beard FAQs

What is a Hollywood beard?

A Hollywood beard at one time was a slang term, but we like to use for a celebrity facial style. For example, we often attribute the Van Dyke beard to musician Frank Zappa and Johnny Depp.

To get your Hollywood beard, try different products and tools, including:

  • Electric trimmer with multiple guards (Philips Norelco)
  • The Beard Black – Beard Shaping Tool
  • Viking Revolution Beard Oil Conditioner
  • Boar Bristle Brush
  • Badass Beard Care Beard Balm
  • Scotch Porter Beard Conditioner
  • Regenix (See Matthew McConaughey’s hair growth recommendation – below)

See our guides on beard conditioners, oils, dyes and washes.

How to get a Celebrity Beard?

Start by invest in a quality electric razor, beard trimmer and barber shears. Then learn about shaving, trimming, and fading your beard, including tools and techniques.

We have great guides to help you get your own celebrity beard:

If you’re struggling with beard issues like dandruff or itch, see our beard growth tips or try a good beard oil to help.

How long to grow a beard?

Studies show beard hair roughly grows ¼ of an inch every two weeks, but some men grow a full inch of hair in a month, equating to ¼ inch weekly. If you’ve never grown your beard out, then you’ll know after 7 days whether your beard stands against this hair growth study.

See our new Long Beard Style Guide

How do you get a Tom Hardy beard?

To get the Tom Hardy look, we recommend the following beard grooming steps:

  1. Trim along the neckline without your electric razor guard
  2. Square off your neckline and trim neatly up past the ear
  3. Use a #4 to even out overall length of longer hair
  4. Fade your beard to match Tom Hardy’s sideburns
  5. Clean shave around the soul patch (See our soul patch styles)
  6. Trim around your mustache and connecting hairlines
  7. Let hair grow into the cheek hollows or fade with a #2 to a #1

How do you get Jason Statham stubble?

Jason Statham rocks the stubble beard and sometimes grows it out just ½” to 1”. We think it’s his most iconic look:

To get it, we recommend the following beard grooming tips:

  1. Trim your neckline first
  2. Use a #3 to even out overall length of longer hair
  3. Want shorter? Then go for a true stubble beard with a #2 or #1
  4. Clean shave around your soul patch and connector lines

Wrapping Up: What Will Your Beard Look Like?

Can you grow a beard like these celebrities? Yes! Don’t let a slow growing or patchy beard get in your way. There are many ways to increase your beard growth.

So, if you’re looking to grow a Hollywood beard, then follow our advice, read our guides and get growing. Here’s to your new look!