Longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek sparked a media frenzy when he showed up to the 35th season premiere with a full beard. Some fans called it “distinguished” and “debonair,” while others were quick to lambaste his grooming choice calling it “awful” and “dirty” looking.
Trebek sent out a Twitter poll asking the audience whether they support the “Trebeard.” An overwhelming 69 percent of respondents were #TeamBeard, but, all in all, the debate over facial hair—whether it be a mustache, beard, goatee, or scruff—is a divisive subject.
Part of the reason being that facial hair is so transformative. Some men look like entirely different people when they grow a beard, shave a ‘stache, or don a more manicured look. Below, we’ve listed 13 of our favorite celebrity beards, highlighting actors who are nearly unrecognizable with and without their signature stubble.