Yesterday it was “Scruffalicious”, with photos of 7 handsome men (in the public eye in one way or another) who sometimes appear with scruffy faces. Then it occurred to me to wonder why the portmanteau wasn’t spelled scruffilicious, with an I that would represent the Y of scruffy and also the I of delicious. Well, it turns out that this spelling occurs, but the spelling with A predominates heavily: scruffalicious with 436,000 raw ghits, scruffilicious with 69,500. And the hits scarcely overlap: scruffilicious pulls up a large number of dogs, plus hot young actors and singers; scruffalicious yields a number of older men, plus a different set of young actors, singers, and models. This presentation of the male body is very much in style, but under two different spellings.

First, four more scruffAlicious men: The King of Scruff himself, George Michael; two further men from the early days of Scruff Style, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in Miami Vice; and Robert Downey, Jr., who appears clean-shaven, scruffy, and with light beard and mustache, depending on the occasion.


George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panagiòtou … 25 June 1963) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. His first solo single, “Careless Whisper”, was released when he was still in the duo and sold about six million copies worldwide.

As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. (link)


Donnie Wayne “Don” Johnson (born December 15, 1949)[1] is an American actor and recording artist perhaps best known for his lead role as James “Sonny” Crockett in the 1980s television series, Miami Vice. He also played the lead role in the 1990s cop series, Nash Bridges. Johnson is a Golden Globe winning actor for his role in Miami Vice, a winner of the APBA Offshore World Cup, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also a singer, songwriter, producer, and director. (link)


Philip Michael Thomas (born May 26, 1949) is an American actor. Thomas’s most famous role is that of detective Ricardo Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice. His first notable roles were in Coonskin (1975) and opposite Irene Cara in the 1976 film Sparkle. After his success in Miami Vice, Thomas appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and advertisements for telephone psychic services. He served as a spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones, and supplied the voice for the character Lance Vance on the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. (link)

And Downey:

Here, Downey is on the borderline between scruffy and bearded.

Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor who made his screen debut at the age of five, appearing in his father’s film Pound. He has appeared in roles associated with the Brat Pack, such as Less Than Zero and Weird Science. Other films he has starred in include Air America, Soapdish, and Natural Born Killers. [and, notably, on Ally McBeal on tv] (link)

Now to six men labeled scruffIlicious on the net, mostly repeatedly and sometimes with enormous admiration. I’ll start with two presenting themselves with light scruff, more like five o’clock shadow or just past it. From Wikipedia on this sort of facial hair and on maintaining stylish stubble:

Stubble is the regrowth of shaven hair, when it is short and has a rough, abrasive texture.

During the 1980s, facial stubble on men became fashionable, partly due to being popularized by the singer George Michael, as well as the popular television show Miami Vice. This was also known as the “designer stubble” and was groomed, shaped, and maintained as a regular beard. Electric clippers can be used to maintain stubble on the face as a men’s fashion style. Companies such as Wahl and Philips manufacture trimmers that are designed to maintain facial stubble. Removing the guard from most trimmers will give the user a stubbly look.

The British term five o’clock shadow refers to beard stubble that is visible late in the day, usually around 5 o’clock, on men who have shaved their faces that morning. … The term was popularized in the 1930s in the marketing department of the Gem Safety Razor Company. While dreaming up a new advertising campaign, they decided to try and convince previously unsuspecting men that they suffered from ‘ugly, afternoon beard growth’ and that this could only be countered by the purchase and use of ‘Gem Micromatic Blades’. Needing a snappy name for this late-afternoon ailment, which would of course bar sufferers from any genteel ‘five o’clock dinner’, they chose to call it ‘five o’clock shadow’.

On to “Daniel Jackson”, a fictional character played by Michael Shanks. Here’s Shanks (who mostly appears clean-shaven) with very light scruff:

On Jackson:

Daniel Jackson, Ph.D., is a fictional character in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, which is about a military team exploring the galaxy via a network of alien transportation devices. Daniel Jackson is first introduced in the 1994 film Stargate, and is played by James Spader. In the ensuing television series the character is played by Michael Shanks. Daniel Jackson is a civilian archeologist and linguist, who works with the Stargate military project and therefore holds no military ranking. (link)

Fans seem to routinely refer to Shanks *as* Daniel Jackson. On Shanks:

Michael Garrett Shanks (born December 15, 1970) is a Canadian actor who achieved international fame for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in the long-running Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. (link)

Then James Kirk (not Capt. Kirk from Star Trek), with somewhat heavier scruff:


James Nichol Kirk (born May 2, 1986) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his role of Sebastian in She’s the Man. (link)

Then to the star of this set of six, Robert (or Rob) Pattinson, shown here twice (in one intense shot and one smiling one), but with significant scruff in both cases:

He often appears clean-shaven (and shirtless).

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor, model, musician and producer. Pattinson started his career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He later landed the leading role of Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, and came to worldwide fame, thus establishing himself among the highest paid and most bankable actors in Hollywood. (link)

Speaking of shirtless, here’s scruffy Charlie Hunnam in a shirtless shot:

Charles Matthew “Charlie” Hunnam (born 10 April 1980) is an English actor and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Pete Dunham in the film Green Street Hooligans, Nathan Maloney in the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk, Jackson “Jax” Teller in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Lloyd Haythe in the Fox comedy series Undeclared. (link)

And from the world of song, David Cook:

David Roland Cook (born December 20, 1982) is an American rock singer-songwriter, who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of the reality television show American Idol. Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled Analog Heart, followed by his post-Idol major-label debut David Cook which was released on November 18, 2008 and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA. (link)

Finally, Taylor Kitsch, who appears clean-shaven in an AZBlogX posting on underwear models, now seen with scruff:

Taylor Kitsch (born April 8, 1981) is a Canadian actor and model. He is known for his role as Tim Riggins in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights and for his role as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). He also starred in the films John Carter, Battleship, and Savages (all in 2012). (link)

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