The moustache has appeared on the silver screen in so many styles that it might as well have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From the distinguished and dapper to the downright creepy and lascivious, a number of memorable characters have sported moustaches that have left a lasting impression.
These top five moustaches have taken on a life of their own and will go down in history as the most mesmerising, memorable and iconic ones.
Possibly the most famous moustache in the history of film, Tom Selleck’s lustrous above-the-lip facial hair is so well known that it has earned him the moniker of “The ‘Stache”. Selleck’s thick, brown moustache shot to fame in the 1980s when he took on the role of Magnum, P.I. and has stuck around ever since, even appearing with a dapper middle parting in the movie 3 Men and a Baby.
Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen is the master of reinventing himself, and his thick and rather alarmingly straight moustache in the Borat movies was almost as memorable as the films themselves. Cohen would have needed a variety of moustache combs to keep his coarse, wiry, almost handlebar-style moustache neat and tidy, and he would have probably invested heavily in wax and other similar products available at a store such as Henry Tibbs.
When Clark Gable uttered those famous words of “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” in the famous film Gone with the Wind, women everywhere swooned. Gable’s thin upper lip adornment was both suited to sneering sarcasm and effortless style and it encompassed masculinity and good grooming.
Will Ferrell played anchorman Ron Burgundy so well that his thick ‘70s-style moustache is now available from fancy dress shops. Playing the perfect representation of a testosterone-fuelled male who loves scotch and leather-bound books and thinks of himself as a ladies’ man, Burgundy’s moustache became a legend in its own right, and Ferrell cemented his status as a fictitious 70s TV god.
When Dustin Hoffman played Hook, his expressive curled moustache almost stole the show. As the titular villain, his thin, perfectly manicured moustache contrasted brilliantly with his long curls, and Hook was immortalised as not only having a curled hand but also impressive, imposing facial hair that curved menacingly upwards.