Beard-Free Ben Affleck Steps Out for First Time Since Oscars

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Hey look – it’s a beardless Ben Affleck!

Days after making headlines for shaving off his “lucky” beard at an Oscars afterparty, the 40-year-old actor and director was spotted out for the first time on Thursday when he attended an event in Long Beach, California.

Dressed casually in jeans, a gingham shirt, and sport coat, Affleck’s thick “Argo” beard was definitely gone, but he wasn’t exactly smooth-faced. He was sporting some serious stubble.

Perhaps he hasn’t shaved since late Sunday night, when – at the urging of his wife Jennifer Garner, who hated his face fur – he buzzed it off with clippers that had been brought to a private party for “Argo” at Craig’s in West Hollywood.

[Related: Ben Affleck’s Beard Goes Bye-Bye in Post-Oscar Shaving Session]

“The family wanted him to shave,” a source at the party told omg!. “It took place in the hallway.”

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Affleck had the thick facial hair to portray real-life CIA operative Tony Mendez in “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, and is said to have deemed it a good luck charm as he rolled through award show season with many accolades.

The highlight no doubt was winning Best Picture for “Argo” on Sunday – 15 years after winning his first Oscar, with pal Matt Damon, for the “Good Will Hunting” screenplay.

[Related: 2013 Oscar Winners: ‘Argo’ Takes Best Picture]

Affleck’s beard wasn’t his only good luck charm during awards season. His two older children – daughters Violet and Seraphina — also frequently scribbled messages of love on his hands. Oscar night was no exception when he carried with him the message: "I heart Papa."

[Related: Ben Affleck’s Hand Bore Love Notes from Daughters]

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