Other famous beards besides ‘Duck Dynasty’

08/16/2014 6:15 PM

08/16/2014 6:27 PM

The Duck Dynasty boys may have brought facial hair into fashion, but they didn’t invent it.

Here are five famous beards, from a wide cross-section of celebrities.

ABE LINCOLN: The 16th president of the United States, Lincoln brought whiskers to the White House. He began growing his beard in the fall of 1860 when he was on the campaign tour and a young girl wrote him a letter, saying his face was too thin and that he’d look better with a beard. Lincoln followed the advice and grew his famous facial hair.

BRIAN WILSON: Relief pitchers are supposed to be a little intimidating. And Wilson certainly looks the part. When he was leading the San Francisco Giants to the World Series championship in 2010, he sprouted a beard that looked a shrub growing on his face. Signs reading “Fear the Beard” became popular, and Wilson became famous. Now with the Los Angles Dodgers, he still has his famous beard.

ZZ TOP: How could any list of famous beards not include the rock group ZZ Top? Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill grew chest-long beards and never touched the shaver. As their music became popular in the 1980s, they gained widespread attention for their long unshaven look.

JACOB PULLEN: Fear the Beard, Part II. When Pullen, a point guard for the Kansas State basketball team, rocketed to national attention in the 2009-10 season, he grew a chin-strap beard that became well-known. K-State even had a “Fear the Beard” promotion in which students came to a game dressed in fake beards.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS: Zach who? You remember the actor who played Alan Garner in the hit movie “The Hangover.” He played the eccentric brother of the bride who got to go with the guys on a wild adventure to Vegas. The bushy beard was perfect for the part.

| Brent Frazee, bfrazee@kcstar.com

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