Beards & Stache’s of History and the Men Who Wore Them

We know men by what they do, their contributions to society, and their wisdom. However, some men of history have become a household name due to their facial hair. Today, we are talking about some of the most notable facial hair ever to grace the faces of some of history’s most distinguished men.


Abraham Lincoln may have never worn his famous beard if it wasn’t for the persuasive abilities of an 11-year-old girl. In a letter, a young girl told Lincoln that his face was too thin and desperately in need of some whiskers. Our 16th president took the advice to heart and grew the notable chinstrap-style beard, we know him by.


John “Grizzly” Adams was a mountain man know for his ability to tame and train grizzly bears — essentially he was a badass. Though we know this man’s man for his bear training abilities, he soon became synonymous with Dan Haggerty’s portrayal of the mountain man and Haggerty’s man-beard. To don such a beard, however, you must be careful when drinking flaming drinks — it may catch fire! Haggerty learned this lesson the hard way.


Charlie Chaplin, one of America’s great early entertainers, was recognizable by his bowler hat and his minimalist mustache. Why did he wear such a small mustache? He thought it looked funny and it didn’t hide his facial expressions — which was especially important for silent films. Unfortunately, the style isn’t regarded as an option for modern beard growers due to a man by the name of Adolf Hitler who sported a similar stach.


We don’t just know Mr. Salvador Dali for his surrealist “trippy” paintings of melting clocks or his interesting personal life. Dali has a style all unto his own and his mustache was no different. His mustache was waxed and curled upward. He is quoted as saying “Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache — it’s better for my health.” We’re not going to argue with that type of logic!


Yosemite Sam isn’t a real fresh-and-blood person of history, but his facial hair has become iconic. No one can mistake the red-whiskered hot-head of the Looney Tunes Show. Yosemite Sam isn’t the only fictional character to have notable facial hair: Mario, Luigi, and Papa Smurf all sport unmistakeable facial hair.


Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top are easily recognized by their iconic chest-long beards. Both grew their beards while the band was on hiatus and have had them ever since. It is said that it wasn’t until the music videos of their songs “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man” where they are wearing their beards that ZZ Top found commercial success. A coincidence? We don’t think so.


Whether you know Tom Selleck for his stint on Friends, Magnum P.I., or his iconic roles portraying characters of the Old West, his stache is equally as legendary. What would Selleck be without his facial hair? Like others such as Burt Reynolds and Keith Hernandez, Selleck wouldn’t be quite the man we all have come to know him by without his smooth stache.

These aren’t the only men of history of notable facial hair: Rollie Fingers, Walt Frazier, and Elvis Presley’s facial hair is unforgettable. If you are looking for essential male grooming products, shop Chopperhead’s hair and beard products. We have designed our line for men who aren’t afraid to embrace their masculine style.