5 legendary celebrity mustaches

Celebrating the greatest manscaping trendsetters

Joshua Nichols, Staff writer
POSTED: 12:31 AM Nov 15 2011   UPDATED: 9:52 AM Nov 25 2013
Hulk Hogan and Geraldo Rivera mustaches

Mustaches have made such a comeback in Hollywood these days that you'd think male celebrities were trying to bring 1975 back.

Celebs like Johnny Depp, Prince and Robert Downey Jr. have made so-called "soup strainers" and "crumb catchers" part of their personal style for years.

But few celebrities have shown that ability to grow a truly special mustache the likes of Geraldo Rivera's distinctive, trademark, borderline sleazy mustache or Hulk Hogan's platinum horseshoe.

No, all of today's mustachioed celebrities owe a debt to those trendsetters who blazed a manscaping trail before them.

So put down that razor and join us in recognizing the five best celebrity mustaches of all time ...

Rollie Fingers in San Diego uniform

No. 5: Rollie Fingers

We don't have any proof that former major league pitcher Rollie Fingers ever tied a damsel in distress to some railroad tracks while maniacally twirling his mustache, but we have our suspicions.

Fingers actually started growing his unmistakable handlebar mustache before the 1972 MLB season to win a $300 mustache-growing contest launched by Oakland Athletics' owner Charles O. Finley.

The mustache stuck past opening day -- as did similar 'staches grown by Fingers' teammates -- branding the team the "Mustache Gang." Finley even offered "Mustache Day" at the ballpark, allowing every mustached fan in for free.

Once Fingers' time was up in Oakland, he took the mustache with him on stops in San Diego and Milwaukee over his 18-year Hall of Fame career. In fact, he still sports it today, nearly four decades after it started sprouting on his upper lip.

Our next celebrity mustache isn't nearly as big as Rollie's, but it's just as impressive ...

John Waters promotional photo

No. 4: John Waters

Director John Waters just may be better known for his pencil-thin mustache than any film he directed or his camp personality.

Waters, whose movies include "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "Cry Baby," has said he first grew the mustache at the age of 19 as a tribute to Little Richard.

"I wanted to be the only white man in America who had one, and I still might be, really," he said in a 1998 interview.

Waters went on to say he simply shaves the area between his nose and his "mouthbrow" from the top every day and trims it from the bottom once a week. If he misses, he "just draws it on," he said.

And to think, such minimal effort for such an unforgettable look.

Sure, it might look like Waters fell asleep and somebody took a Sharpie to his lip, but how can you hate on a mustache that has its own <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Waters-Moustache/109445531317?v=info" target="_blank">Facebook fan page</a>?

Our next celebrity mustaches is possibly the most famous mustache of the 1970s ...

Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit

No. 3: Burt Reynolds

The Bandit makes this list because, let's face it, any list of best mustaches without him just ain't worth its weight in mustache wax.

Any conversation about 1970s mustaches begins and ends with Reynolds. His swatch of lip hair -- seemingly in perpetual motion as he smacked an everlasting piece of gum -- could almost serve as shorthand for everything that was cool about the decade.

Now in his 70s, Reynolds -- and his mustache -- just keeps on truckin'. After glory days that saw him star in such films as "Deliverance," "White Lightning" and "Smokey and the Bandit," he hit some rough patches before making a comeback with 1997's "Boogie Nights," a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination.

You can make an argument he was robbed for not winning that Oscar, but the real loser was his mustache, which should have had a nomination all to itself.

The owner of our next celeb 'stache knows a thing or two about blue-eyed soul ...

Hall and Oates album cover

No. 2: John Oates

Two men, six No. 1 hits, seven platinum albums … and one amazing mustache.

That would be the blue-eyed soul duo Hall &#38; Oates of course. And while Daryl Hall captured much of the attention as the main vocalist, the real star was John Oates' mustache.

How iconic is this 'stache? So much so that casual fans who can't keep the two straight often refer to Oates simply as "the one with the mustache."

Find any picture of the duo in their prime -- a span that included such hits as "Rich Girl" and "Kiss on My List" -- and see what your eye goes first. If it isn't Oates' mustache, you're either lying or we owe you a dollar.

The caterpillar-like mustache was so amazing that it would have landed Oates the top spot on our list if he hadn't shaved it off in recent years.

Without that trademark mustache, we just don't know who you are any more Oates -- and we mean that literally.

Our top celebrity mustache was so awesome, it helped solve crimes ...

Tom Selleck Hawaiian shirt as Magnum PI

No. 1: Tom Selleck

The rest of the world might have largely turned its back on the mustache sometime after 1980, but Tom Selleck never abandoned on his lip sweater.

Throughout the 1980s we welcomed Selleck into our homes as the suave Hawaiian-shirt sporting, Ferrari-driving, Detroit Tigers-cap-wearing private eye on "Magnum, P.I."

The show was actually a haven for mustachioed masculinity between Magnum, Higgins and T.C. All of them looked at their razors and said, "That's enough."

But it's Selleck's mustache that stands out amongst the cast and all other mustachioed celebrities.

In fact, some say that Selleck's mustache holds so much power that if you look closely at a photo of the actor, his "flavor saver" seems to follow you around the room. Eerie.

Selleck's career since the late 1980s has been lackluster at best, but two decades later he'll always be Magnum to us. And for that, he can thank one awesome mustache.