Top 10 Most Famous Mustaches


If you are male (and a probably a few females), at one time or another you have sported a mustache. While most of us don’t have the testosterone to do the ‘stache proud, here are few individuals, both real and imaginary, who have pulled off the the mustache with great aplomb. As a matter of fact, you probably can’t picture any of these personalities without a mustache and with that I give you the top ten mustaches.

10. Salvador Dali Mustache

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Being great artist and a little weird (or eccentric

, if you are a great artist) usually go hand in hand. It was said that Dalí wore mustaches because he was inspired by dictators who wore them. Dalí was a colorful and imposing presence in his ever-present long cape, walking stick, haughty expression, and upturned waxed mustache, famous for having said that “every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí.”

9. Rollie Fingers Mustache

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A baseball hall-of-famer, Rollie Fingers was one of the first players groomed in his minor league career to be a relief pitcher once he reached the majors. Thankfully, his mustache was also groomed and he delivered a entertaining handlebar mustache along with a great pitches. To his credit he won the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1981 besides rocking the handlebars.

8. Charlie Chaplin Mustache

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This toothbrush mustache is most famous for having been worn by Adolf Hitler, although it was already well-recognized due to movie star Charlie Chaplin wearing it as part of his Little Tramp costume. Chaplin did not wear the mustache in daily life. Chaplin said he added the mustache to his costume because it had a comical appearance and was small enough so as not to hide his expression. Chaplin took advantage of the noted similarity between his on-screen appearance and that of Adolf Hitler in his film The Great Dictator, where he again wore the mustache as part of two new characters that parodied Hitler.

7. Gene Shalit Mustache

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Gene Shalit is the film and book critic on NBC’s The Today Show. And, wow, he really looks like an owl in that picture. He is known for his frequent use of puns, his over-sized handlebar mustache, and for wearing colorful bow ties. During major league baseball spring training in 1994, Shalit was run over by a car. To the disappointment of many Hollywood movie-producers, he recovered.

6. Yosemite Sam Mustache

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Was there any man who was more mustache and less face than Yosemite Sam? Two eyes, a bun shaped nose and red hair was the sum total of his his face. With a mustache longer than his arms, the only thing bigger was his cowboy hat. Bugs Bunny may have gotten the better of Yosemite Sam, but as a hairy red fashion statement, he couldn’t be beat.

5. Badamsinh Juwansinh Gurjar Mustache

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A simple Indian villager, Badamsinh wears his mustache here on February 29, 2004. Badamsingh displayed his 12.5 feet long mustache, which he said he had not cut for 22 years, in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World records.

4. Groucho Marx Mustache

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Groucho’s glasses, nose, and mustache have become icons of comedy—to this day, glasses with fake noses and mustaches (referred to as “Groucho glasses”and other names) resembling Groucho Marx are still sold by novelty and costume shops. Although his mustache started out a simple grease paint, by the time he was hosting “You Bet Your Life” he had grown a real mustache which he kept for the rest of his life.

3. Adolf Hitler Mustache

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I can’t think of any other list that you would find both Tom Selleck and Adolf Hitler to be members of. Is it any wonder the “Hitler” mustache went out of style about the same time Hitler went of style? As one man, he had the power to throw the world into war…and forever end the fashion statement of the “toothbrush” mustache.

2. Tom Selleck Mustache

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As my wife will tell you, there is a lot to like about Tom Selleck, not the least is his iconic mustache. Tall, dark, handsome and hairy, Tom Selleck has made a living at being easy on the eyes and he pulls off a mustache better than any other male. The legend of his mustache was illustrated wonderfully during his appearance on the hit sit-com, “Friends” when Joey and Chandler both tried growing mustaches in order to be more like Tom’s character, Richard. Needless to say, they paled in comparison.

1. Fu Manchu Mustache

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Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present … Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man. – The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu

Reading this you might say, “How could the author Sax Rohmer forget to mention his incredible mustache.” Actually, he didn’t forget, Fu Manchu didn’t originally have a mustache when he was in print. It was added when Fu Manchu made the leap from book to film. So popular was this mustache that Fu Manchu’s name evolved into the actual name for his type of mustache–A “fu manchu” is a full mustache that extends downward past the mouth and on either side of the chin. Often, the ends of the mustache will hang past the jaw line with pointed or tapered ends. If this inspires you to grow a mustache, use a quality shaving brush and a sharp blade.

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  1. noone important on

    Missing from the list:
    Hercules Poirot

    Errol Flynn

    Semen Budenny

    Friedrich Nietzsche/Jozef Pilsudski (same style, equally iconic)

  2. Peter Boucher on

    Rollie Fingers played for the Oakland A’s in the early 70’s under the eccentric owner Charles O. Finley. Finley told his players that if they had well groomed facial hair, he would award each player a $300 dollar bonus. Hence the reason for the facial hair on all of the players for that team (Catfish Hunter, Joe Rudi, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, Vida Blue and of course Rollie). You mentioned that Rollie had an MVP and a Cy Young award, but don’t forget that he is also in the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first relief pitcher to have had 300 saves in a career (341 total). Speaking of sports, an artist just recently died who had quite a mustache……..LeRoy Neiman.

  3. And a more modern runner up but still worthy mustache, Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation.

  4. WHAT!?!? NO GERALDO RIVERA!?!?! C'mon man, the guy cracked open Al Capone's vault and you know what he found? Nothing. The look on his mustached face was priceless.

  5. Freddie Mercury?

    Theodore Roosevelt?

    Wilford Brimley?

    Cheech Marin?

    …Mario Mario and/or Luigi Mario?!

  6. terry bigham on

    Writers Rudyard Kipling and Friedrich Nietzsche were renowned for their "walrus" mustaches. And the "pencil" mustache was popular for a time, thanks to such celebs as Ronald Colman and Errol Flynn.

  7. The $20 Sommelier on

    General Ambrose Burnside. He's the namesake for the sideburn, but his "moustache" went from his hair line down and to his upper lip….and was thicker than most full beards.