We don’t know if there’s something special about December, 9 but there are a lot of beard-related birthdays today. Here are some of our favorite celebrities with beards.
Emmett Kelly (1898–1979) may just have been wearing makeup, but his famous circus clown had one iconic (fake) beard.
World B. Free turns 63 today. Born Lloyd B. Free, he was also known as the “Prince of Midair” and “All-World.” This muscular guard, known for his incredible vertical leap and 360 dunks, played for 6 teams in his career and made the all-star team in 1980. Today he works as director of player development for the 76ers. His facial hair has run the gamut from all out 70s craziness to pencil thin ‘staches.
Dick Butkus turns 73 today. People first saw his mustache on the gridiron (off and on) for 9 years when he played for the Chicago Bears, making the Pro Bowl his first 8 years. After that his mustache was seen all over TV and in movies, every from The Longest Yard with fellow mustache-icon Burt Reynolds to Magnum P.I. with fellow mustache-icon Tom Selleck.
Redd Foxx (1922–1991) made his way from playing washboard in a band to putting out legendary comedy albums and starring in the awesome 70s sitcom Sanford and Son. Fun trivia: he once worked with Malcolm X, who called him the “funniest dishwasher on this earth.” He was known as “Chicago Red” and Malcolm was known as “Detroit Red.”
Dalton Trumbo (1905–76) was a novelist and arguably the top Hollywood screenwriter of his time. He was also one of the “Hollywood Ten,” a group blacklisted during the McCarthy era when they banded together and refused to testify before Congress. But Trumbo continued to write major Hollywood films by giving the official credit to other writers until Kirck Douglass publicly announced that Trumbo wrote Spartacus.
Deacon Jones (1938–2013), owner of yet another classic mustache, was known as “the Secretary of Defense.” He is a Hall of Famer and was the leader of the famed Fearsome Foursome in LA. He made the Pro Bowl in 8 of his 14 seasons in the NFL. He went on to do some acting on class 70s shows like the Brady Bunch and the Odd Couple, and founded a charity for inner city kids.
John Malkovich turns 62 today. The famed actor has won or been nominated for numerous awards and has done work on stage, television, and mostly famously in film. He doesn’t always wear a beard, but he seems to more and more these days, which we like to see. Maybe the weirdest thing about him is that he did a movie called Being John Malkovich where, naturally, he played (a fictionalized version of) himself.
Michael Dorn turns 63 today. What more do you need to say than that this is the guy who played Commander Worf on Star Trek: the Next Generation? The only Klingon serving in Starfleet, he could be just as lethal with phasers or a bat’leth. Fun trivia: Worf appeared on more episodes of Star Trek TV shows than any other character (he appeared on both TNG and Deep Space 9).