This is the second in a series of Best Mustaches we put together in Celebration of Movember! The first list, The Top 10 Mustaches In American History, was posted last week.
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event and donations can be made at Movember.com
This week we are looking at the Best Mustaches of the 1980s!
10 Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams epitomized cool in the early 80s! From his role as the smooth talking ‘scoundrel’ Lando Calrissian to his iconic Colt 45 Malt Liquor commercials, Billy Dee was the man!
9 Geraldo Rivera
Prior to the internet and the 24 hour news cycle, we had to get our daily intake of celebrity trash content in small doses. Usually hour long “talk shows” that simply went for ‘shock and awe.’
Enter the thickly mustached Geraldo Rivera! Initially an investigative reporter, Geraldo later pretty much did whatever he could to keep him on TV.
8 Alex Trebek
UPDATE: This post was written prior to Alex Trebek’s passing on November 8th from his long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The acronym G.OA.T. (Greatest Of All Time) has been thrown around a lot in the sports world the past couple years, but there is no doubt who the G.O.A.T of the game show world is!
Longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek rocked some upper lip hair for the majority of the 1980’s.
7 Mike Ditka
It is often said that a team takes on the personality of their coach and Mike Ditka was a tough, stubborn, hard-nosed defensive minded coach.
Which I guess explains why the 1985 Chicago Bears were such a tough, stubborn, hard-nosed defensive minded team
And does an picture represent the 1980s better than Ditka with his stache’, sunglasses, whistle and Daisy Dukes?
6 Eddie Murphy
Casting Eddie Murphy in a movie in the 1980s was the cinematic equivalent of simply printing money.
Graduating from SNL to the big screen with hits like Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop (lets pretend only the first one actually happened) and Coming To America, the only thing more distinctive on the screen than Murphy’s mustache was his distinctive laugh.
5 Inigo Montoya
The movie The Princess Pride had no shortage of iconic characters, but none more memorable than or favorite Spaniard with our favorite introductory line who was looking to avenge the murder of his father by the six-fingered man: Inigo Montoya!
4 Freddie Mercury
Lead singer of the mega hit band Queen, Freddie Mercury (real name Farrokh Bulsara) had a unique voice and over-sized personality.
Queen’s music has appeared in numerous movies over the decades, but nothing more 80s than Flash Gordon, where the band recorded all new awesome material for the soundtrack. Including the immortal “FLASH! AHHHH!”
Our favorite mustached Italian plumber Mario busted into North American living rooms in 1985 and has been a perineal presence ever since.
It does make you wonder though how many kids grew up thinking that consuming mushrooms would allow you to rescue princesses that are being held captive by evil turtles in the sewers…
2 Burt Reynolds
If Eddie Murphy had the most distinctive laugh of the 1980s, then Burt Reynolds had the second most distinctive laugh of the age of excess!
Between the Smokey and the Bandit movies and the Cannonball Run movies, it was hard to picture 1980s Burt Reynolds not inside a car….so here you go.
1 Tom Selleck
Speaking of dudes with mustaches and fast cars, enter #1 on our Best 80s Mustache list: Tom Selleck!
My father never missed an episode of Magnum P.I. when I was a kid. I still remember how disappointed he was when he found out that Tom Selleck was originally supposed to play the part of Indiana Jones but CBS wouldn’t allow him to because of filming schedule conflicts with Magnum.
But at least he got to star alongside Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson in 3 Men and a Baby! Take that un-mustached Harrison Ford!
Honorable Mentions: Wilford Brimley, Ron Jeremy, Sam Elliot, Lionel Ritchie, Ravishing Rick Rude.
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