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What's the best part of retirement? Growing out the retirement beard. Well, at least that's what the celebrities on this list of the best celebrity retirement beards would say! A number of male actors, talk show hosts, and athletes have taken time after retiring (or in a few cases, being ousted) from their main gigs to grow out a mountain man retirement beard. But who has played the retirement facial hair game the best?

There's something so nice about retiring or taking a break from the silver screen - you don't really need to pay too much attention to being well groomed. It seems that at some point every famous man has let his chin blanket grow. Is it because it's cold? Maybe. For Mo-vember? Maybe. Because they're taking a break, enjoying some well-deserved time off? Most likely.

Regardless of the reasons behind the face fleece, we love all of the famous men who grew beards, including everyone from late night hosts David Letterman and Jon Stewart to soccer player David Beckham. As these celebrities with retirement beards prove, there's no better way to keep your face warm. 

It's time to scroll through the celebrity retirement beard pictures below and upvote the guys who are making the most of their facial hair during retirement.
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David Letterman


David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celebrity Retirement Beards
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The Late Show host filmed his last show on May 20, 2015. Since then Letterman has grown out a thick white beard. He even took it out for a run in the Caribbean in March 2016.

#DavidLetterman spotted out jogging in the Caribbean

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Talk show host, Announcer, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more

Children: Harry Joseph Letterman

Credits: Everybody Loves Raymond, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, The Drew Carey Show, Private Parts, Man on the Moon, + more

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#94 on The Funniest People of All Time

#75 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#14 on The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

#12 on Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert


Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celebrity Retirement Beards
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In between The Colbert Report and taking the reigns of the Late Show in 2015, Stephen Colbert sported what was lovingly referred to as the "Colbeard."

Age: 52

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Television Show Host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Children: Peter Colbert, John Colbert, Madeline Colbert

Credits: The Daily Show, he Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Strangers with Cand

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#37 on The Funniest People of All Time

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Pierce Brosnan


Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celebrity Retirement Beards
Photo: via Twitter
Pierce Brosnan's beard game is strong, but of course it is - he was Bond! It seems Brosnan keeps his beard-game for off-screen though.

Age: 63

Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Artist

Children: Sean Brosnan, Charlotte Brosnan, Christopher Brosnan, Dylan Brosnan, Paris Brosnan

Credits: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough

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#56 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#3 on The Best Irish Actors of All Time

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David Beckham


David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celebrity Retirement Beards
Photo: via Reddit
The retired English professional footballer sported a beard in 2015. Sounds like wife Victoria isn't too happy about it, though. During an interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden he admitted that his wife told him, "There's no way I'm kissing you unless you shave that off."

Age: 41

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Soccer Player, Model, Actor, Athlete

Children: Brooklyn Joseph Beckham, Cruz David Beckham, Romeo James Beckham, Harper Seven Beckham

Credits: The Class of 92, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Goal II: Living the Dream, David Beckham: Into the Unknown

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#57 on The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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#13 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

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