Nick Nolte at age 77: Iconic Hollywood hunk now rocks a thick Santa Claus beard

Nick Nolte is pulling a Letterman.

The Hollywood heartthrob, now 77, has now taken to masking much of his face with an overgrown Santa-esque beard and matching mustache.

First, take a look at the star back in the '70s and '80s. The then-blonde hunk had every woman's pulse racing (and surely many men as well) as he rose to fame, eventually landing a coveted Golden Globe for Best Actor for "The Prince of Tides," for which he was also nominated for an Oscar.

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Nick Nolte (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte looking at object in a scene from the film 'The Deep', 1977. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Nick Nolte and date (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 13: Nick Nolte at the Sherry Netherland Hotel., (Photo by Anthony Pescatore/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Nick Nolte during 'A Family Upside Down' Premiere - March 28, 1978 at DGA Theater in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Nick Nolte and Wife Sharyn Haddad during American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda, 1978 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Eingeschr�kte Rechte f�r bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Nolte, Nick *08.02.1941-Schauspieler, USA- mit Tuesday Weld in dem Film 'Dreckige Hunde'- 1978 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1979: Nick Nolte circa 1979 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
Nick Nolte (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Nick Nolte and Wife Sharyn Haddad during AFI Salute to James Stewart at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Nolte (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Nolte (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
date and Nick Nolte during 'Hell's Angels Forever' Premiere - October 5, 1983 at Movieland Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Nick Nolte and wife Rebecca Linger at 'Teachers' screening at M.G.M (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor Nick Nolte on January 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
Nick Nolte actor with wife Becky - July 1989. (Photo by Nigel Wright/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Nick Nolte and wife Becky (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
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Nolte's career has continued to flourish through the years, even during personal turmoil. His first major brush with the law was in the 1960s, when he was arrested for selling counterfeit documents and received a 45-year prison sentence. (The sentence was suspended.) Decades later, he would run into more legal trouble in 2002 when driving under the influence of drug GHB, better known as the "date rape drug."

Despite that drama, his career is currently at new highs: Nolte was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2017 for his role in "Graves," and his newest film is due out later this year. Plus, once a Sexiest Man Alive, always a Sexiest Man Alive!

Take a look at his recent transformation:

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Actor Nick Nolte visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Nick Nolte attends the 92nd Street Y Presents 'Reel Pieces' Celebrating The Career Of Nick Nolte on March 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Nick Nolte attends the 92nd Street Y Presents 'Reel Pieces' Celebrating The Career Of Nick Nolte on March 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: SiriusXM host Hoda Kotb poses for a photo with actor Nick Nolte at the SiriusXM Studios on March 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Nick Nolte attends the ceremony honoring him with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on November 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Nick Nolte with his son, Brawley Nolte attend the ceremony honoring Nick Nolte with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on November 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Nick Nolte attends the ceremony honoring him with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on November 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Nick Nolte attends his being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 26: Nick Nolte at the 'Graves' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 25: Nick Nolte of the series 'Graves' speaks onstage during the EPIX portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Nick Nolte arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: 74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor Nick Nolte arrives to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actor Nick Nolte visits SiriusXM Studio on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actor Nick Nolte visits SiriusXM Studio on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 5: (L-R) Nick Nolte and Sela Ward attend the EPIX and Vanity Fair Host the Premiere of EPIX Original Series 'Graves' at Museum of Modern Art on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 30: Actor Nick Nolte attends EPIX's Television Critics Association Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
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