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World Beard Day, celebrated each Sept. 1, is an opportunity to appreciate the splendor of people with beards. George Clooney, here, is an example. Although best known for clean-shaven roles, he's rocked an increasingly-more-salt-than-pepper beard in recent years.
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A beard can become a signature look. Michael Groover is the 2018 winner of The Hemingway Look-Alike contest in Key West, Florida. Ernest Hemingway himself, of course, wore an iconic beard.
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Indian actor Ranveer Singh chopped his then-thick beard live for his fans on Instagram. He has been seen with this more closely cropped look since then.
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Chris Hemsworth wears a beard in his best-known role as Thor, one of Marvel's Avengers.
Actor and perennial-James-Bond-candidate Idris Elba is nearly unrecognizable without his own signature beard.
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US basketball star James Harden of the Houston Rockets is an Internet meme star. He sets the bar high for his fellow ballers with the league's thickest beard.
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You knew Captain America best as a clean-shaven supersoldier, but you sat up straighter in the theater when Cap appeared in "Avengers: Infinity War" and Chris Evans was bearded.
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Like many young men, baby-faced rapper-actor Drake occasionally embraces the glow-up a full beard can bring to someone who wants the world to take him more seriously.
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Korean singer-actor Choi Siwon thrilled many fans with his short beard for the drama "She Was Pretty."
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Soccer star David Beckham began wearing a bit of stubble during his playing days.
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Oscar Isaac may be clean-shaven when he portrays Poe Dameron in the "Star Wars" movies, but he's sported beards for roles in films such as "Ex Machina" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."
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Actor Ken Watanabe wore a beard in the film "The Last Samurai," and sometimes since then. The facial hair just adds to his distinguished style and demeanor.
Jason Momoa's Aquaman, unlike the version of the character in the popular cartoon from the late 1960s, is a brooding, reluctant superhero with a bad-boy edge -- and an impressive beard.
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