Having a beard has its perks. First, don’t be fooled, women love beards! Secondly, if you’re an actor growing a beard on a TV series, apparently, it’s considered the opposite of “jumping the shark.” Well, at least to Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jonathan Frakes, growing a beard is the best thing you can do for your TV series.
According to Blastr.com, while promoting the release of the upcoming Blu-ray restoration of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Two, Frakes, along with LeVar Burton, appeared on Attack of the Show on G4 to discuss all things TNG. Frakes disclosed that the reason he grew a beard was out of laziness and comfort, but the reason he kept the beard on the series was due to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future. “Jonathan, I love the beard. It’ll be nautical. We’ll shape it and, that way, it’ll be decorative,” said Roddenberry. Watch the segment below (the Riker’s beard talk begins around 1:40).