‘The Walking Dead’ Male Cast In Real Life Show How Much The Zombie Apocalypse Can Change A Guy

After they are done fighting zombies, in real life the men of The Walking Dead head back to their trailers and shower off all the dirt and fake blood that has been carefully applied by fabulous makeup artists. What do these Walking Dead guys look like after a shower, though? Fans have been obsessed with Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon for years now, but we haven't really seen them out of their ratty clothes and in their normal day-to-day lives.

Are the actors who play those characters just as attractive or are we simply drawn to the sweaty men who heroically fight off zombies all day? Luckily, the stars (special shoutout to Norman Reedus) look great all the time, so while we patiently wait for the new season of The Walking Dead , there's no harm in checking out our favorite dudes look like in their daily lives.

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by Lindsey Kupfer

Rick Grimes

Rick Grimes was at his worst when he looked like a mountain man. Yes, he has since shaved, but to be honest, I kind of miss bearded Rick.

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Andrew Lincoln

Rick Grimes really knows how to clean up. He is rocking that blue suit.

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Daryl Dixon

There are quite literally no words to describe the perfection that is Daryl Dixon.

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Norman Reedus

Whether covered in dirt or looking dapper on a red carpet, Norman Reedus doesn’t have to try to look good. He’s flawless.


Glenn Rhee

Glenn is pretty much the only guy on the show that is super sweet and caring, so I am dubbing him the best boyfriend of the apocalypse.

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Steven Yeun

Aw, Steven Yeun has the cutest smile. Too bad people don’t get to smile very often during a zombie invasion.

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Carl Grimes

Carl has been rocking his sheriff’s hat for years now. Maybe now that they are in Alexandria Safe-Zone, he will wash it and consider a haircut.

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Chandler Riggs

Alright, so Carl Grimes in real life has a pretty similar hairstyle, but he’s 15 and way more accomplished than me, so who am I to talk?

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Abraham Ford

I don’t know how he manicures that mustache, but Abraham rocks it.

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Michael Cudlitz

It is mind-blowing how much of a difference facial hair can make. Though I kind of wish Cudlitz kept the mustache all year round.


Eugene Porter

There’s no mistaking Eugene’s mullet. It’s business in the front, but a party in the back for this faux scientist.

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Josh McDermitt

Eugene is blonde! Luckily, he doesn’t rock the mullet when he’s not in character. That’s probably for the best.

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Father Gabriel

Ugh, Father Gabriel literally can’t do anything right ever.

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Seth Gilliam

Seth Gilliam is all over TV with roles in other shows including The Good Wife and Teen Wolf, but I’ll always think of him as Father Gabe.

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Morgan Jones

It’s taken a few seasons, but as of the last finale, Morgan Jones is finally with the gang. I hope he decides to stay with Rick for awhile.

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Lennie James

I’ll say this, James might be a badass on the show, but in real life, he’s an even bigger badass. He is working those sunglasses.



We haven’t known Aaron very long, but he looks almost exactly like his comic book counterpart.

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Ross Marquand

This master of impressions knows how to clean up and grow a really sweet beard. Seriously, he’s really good at impressions. Look it up.

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Please come back to us, Noah. He is about as loyal as they come and I am pretty sure his death was the most devastating part of last season.

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Tyler James Williams

Just because he’s not on the show anymore, doesn’t mean that you won’t be seeing him again. Williams recently landed a role on the new Criminal Minds spinoff, and hopefully his character on that series will have much better luck.

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It was a rough day for Sasha (and the rest of the world) when Tyreese left the show, especially because he was so kind and always tried to be the nice guy.

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Chad Coleman

In real life, Coleman doesn’t wear Tyreese’s signature beanie.

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Pete Anderson

Ew, thank god we didn’t have too see too much of this guy.

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Corey Brill

The actor who plays the despicable Pete kind of looks like a blonde Joshua Jackson to me. Anyone else getting that vibe?

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The Governor

You know who else I don’t miss? The Governor. What a creep.

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David Morrissey

The Walking Dead did a great job of making David Morrissey look evil on the show. Maybe it was the eye patch? Who knows, but he’s adorable in real life. Plus, he’s British.

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Shane Walsh

You guys remember Shane, right? Back in the day, he left Rick in a hospital and eventually started a relationship with his wife when the apocalypse began. #Awkward

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Jon Bernthal

You guys, Jon Bernthal is a very good looking man. I don’t know what else to say, I’m mesmerized.

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Hershel Greene

Raise your hand if you miss Hershel — I know I do. He was a very wise man.

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Scott Wilson

Wilson still looks like he would have so much knowledge to drop on us.

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