9 legendary beards of Hollywood

If there was an annual award for 'Best Beard,' these actors would win every time.

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The Force Awaken Beard The Force Awaken Beard (Photo: The Force Awakens)

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Mark Hamill in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Despite only having a few seconds of screen time at the end of "The Force Awakens," American actor Mark Hamill still delivered an epic cameo as the bearded, grizzled Luke Skywalker.

"That is what I call my contractually obligated beard," Hamill told Yahoo Movies. "I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them."

When it came time to start filming "Star Wars: Episode VIII," helmed by American director Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, a prolific Israeli producer, Hamill again grew out the whiskers. Once wrapped, however, he took to Twitter to ceremoniously reveal his face again.

"Haven't seen my chin since May '15, so #FarewellFacialFur & #ByeByeBeard," he tweeted, adding, "at least til #EpisodeIX."

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