20 Timeless and Iconic Movie and TV Mustaches

Nothing defines a character in a movie or TV series like a mustache. We all remember Tom Selleck in “Magnum, P.I.” because of his impressive chevron mustache. “Pornstache” in “Orange Is the New Black” in completely built around that … ’stache. And of course – what would Borat be without his grandiose mustache? Here’s the 20 best and most famous mustaches in movies and TV.

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Borat (2006)

With a mix of a chevron and walrus mustache, Borat, played by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, has one of the most iconic movie mustaches of all time. The mustache returned in 2020, with the sequel “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to Am… Read full text

Borat (2006)

With a mix of a chevron and walrus mustache, Borat, played by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, has one of the most iconic movie mustaches of all time. The mustache returned in 2020, with the sequel “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”.

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Ben Stiller rocks an impressive horseshoe mustache in Adam Sandlers “Happy Gilmore” from 1996, where he played “Hal L.”, a sadistic nurse at a retirement home. He reprised the role in 2020 in Netflix’s “Hubie Halloween”.

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Ben Stiller rocks an impressive horseshoe mustache in Adam Sandlers “Happy Gilmore” from 1996, where he played “Hal L.”, a sadistic nurse at a retirement home. He reprised the role in 2020 in Netflix’s “Hubie Halloween”.

Orange Is the New Black (2013)

George “Pornstache” Mendez is one of the villains in season one of “Orange Is the New Black”. The actor Pablo Schreiber’s character is built around the impressive “pornstache”, which is a variant of a walrus mustache. The character also appears in… Read full text

“Pornstache” on Orange Is the New Black’s Fandom wiki

Orange Is the New Black (2013)

George “Pornstache” Mendez is one of the villains in season one of “Orange Is the New Black”. The actor Pablo Schreiber’s character is built around the impressive “pornstache”, which is a variant of a walrus mustache. The character also appears in season 2, 3, 5, and 7 of OITNB.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Sam Elliotts character “The Stranger” in “The Big Lebowski” has an impressive walrus mustache, which is part of this famous actors brand. Elliot’s big mustache actually helped the Cohen brothers in the editing, as they were able to move lines arou… Read full text

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

Sam Elliotts character “The Stranger” in “The Big Lebowski” has an impressive walrus mustache, which is part of this famous actors brand. Elliot’s big mustache actually helped the Cohen brothers in the editing, as they were able to move lines around without losing the lip-sync effect.

Anchorman (2004)

Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy has a trademark chevron mustache. Ferrell has said that people believe that the mustache is fake and the hair is real, but actually the opposite is true. He thinks the mustache is fun, “It makes the character”, he s… Read full text

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Anchorman (2004)

Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy has a trademark chevron mustache. Ferrell has said that people believe that the mustache is fake and the hair is real, but actually the opposite is true. He thinks the mustache is fun, “It makes the character”, he said in an interview with NPR.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest hotel features at least 10 different mustache styles. Among them there’s Ralph Fiennes’ “the tidy waiter”, Tony Revolori’s pencil-thin, Adrien Brody’s artistic small handlebar and Bill Murray’s walrus mustache.

Read more about the different mustaches of “Grand Budapest” in Esquire

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest hotel features at least 10 different mustache styles. Among them there’s Ralph Fiennes’ “the tidy waiter”, Tony Revolori’s pencil-thin, Adrien Brody’s artistic small handlebar and Bill Murray’s walrus mustache.

Magnum, P.I. (1980)

One of the most iconic mustaches in television is Tom Selleck’s chevron, which rose to fame in “Magnum, P.I.” He once considered shaving it off for the role as Frank Reagan in CBS’ “Blue Bloods”, but the network said no – he’d better keep that ’stache. Read full text

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Magnum, P.I. (1980)

One of the most iconic mustaches in television is Tom Selleck’s chevron, which rose to fame in “Magnum, P.I.” He once considered shaving it off for the role as Frank Reagan in CBS’ “Blue Bloods”, but the network said no – he’d better keep that ’stache.

Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantinos “Django Unchained” features many different mustaches, any maybe most impressive was Christoph Waltz’s walrus. In an interview with Next Movie he talked about his facial hair in the movie: “It was like a pet. I miss it a little bit.”.

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Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantinos “Django Unchained” features many different mustaches, any maybe most impressive was Christoph Waltz’s walrus. In an interview with Next Movie he talked about his facial hair in the movie: “It was like a pet. I miss it a little bit.”.

Parks and Recreation (2009)

Ron Swanson, played by actor Nick Offerman, is probably best known for his chevron mustache. In one episode of Parks and Recreation Nick Offerman had to shave off his mustache. He’s said it was hard to say dialogue as his character Ron Swanson without t… Read full text

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Parks and Recreation (2009)

Ron Swanson, played by actor Nick Offerman, is probably best known for his chevron mustache. In one episode of Parks and Recreation Nick Offerman had to shave off his mustache. He’s said it was hard to say dialogue as his character Ron Swanson without that impressive ’stache. “Certain consonants didn’t feel right without a huge bristle brush impeding their exit from my mouth.”, he said in an interview with EW.

Marx Brothers: Horse Feathers (1932)

During the early years of his career Groucho Marx used a fake painter’s brush mustache, which was drawn onto his upper lip with grease paint, without any actual hairs. Later, he grew an authentic mustache, which became part of his famous trademark, alon… Read full text

Marx Brothers: Horse Feathers (1932)

During the early years of his career Groucho Marx used a fake painter’s brush mustache, which was drawn onto his upper lip with grease paint, without any actual hairs. Later, he grew an authentic mustache, which became part of his famous trademark, along with the cigar and eyebrows.

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Pat Healy is a sleazy private detective in Peter & Bobby Farrelly’s “There’s Something About Mary”, played by actor Matt Dillon. He has a pencil mustache which really makes his unpleasant character complete.

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Pat Healy is a sleazy private detective in Peter & Bobby Farrelly’s “There’s Something About Mary”, played by actor Matt Dillon. He has a pencil mustache which really makes his unpleasant character complete.

Almost Famous (2000)

In “Almost Famous” teenage journalist William Miller is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about the fictitious 70’s rockband Stillwater, whose members all have substantial facial hair. Maybe most famous, Billy Crudup’s charact… Read full text

Almost Famous (2000)

In “Almost Famous” teenage journalist William Miller is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about the fictitious 70’s rockband Stillwater, whose members all have substantial facial hair. Maybe most famous, Billy Crudup’s character Russell Hammond’s chevron mustache.

The Princess Bride (1987)

In “The Princess Bride” Mandy Patinkin’s character Iñigo Montoya has a painter’s brush mustache. In the “Homeland” TV series, the actor’s facial hair has evolved into a real, salt-and-pepper full-on beard.

The Princess Bride (1987)

In “The Princess Bride” Mandy Patinkin’s character Iñigo Montoya has a painter’s brush mustache. In the “Homeland” TV series, the actor’s facial hair has evolved into a real, salt-and-pepper full-on beard.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

George Clooney’s character Everett has a parted pencil mustache in this classic Cohen brothers movie. Everett even coined real world hair care products when he asked for pomade in a local store and couldn’t get the brand that he wanted, Dapper Dan, whic… Read full text

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

George Clooney’s character Everett has a parted pencil mustache in this classic Cohen brothers movie. Everett even coined real world hair care products when he asked for pomade in a local store and couldn’t get the brand that he wanted, Dapper Dan, which the Cohens had invented for the movie: “I want Dapper Dan! I’m a Dapper Dan man!”. Soon after the premiere of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, two different companies began marketing hair care products with the name Dapper Dan.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield sports a distinctive horseshoe mustache. His look even inspired a new facial hairstyle with long sideburns that doesn’t fully connect to the horseshoe mustache. It’s called the Winnfield beard.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield sports a distinctive horseshoe mustache. His look even inspired a new facial hairstyle with long sideburns that doesn’t fully connect to the horseshoe mustache. It’s called the Winnfield beard.

Flash Gordon (1980)

This is probably not a mustache or beard style you want to recreate yourself. Max von Sydow’s character Ming the Merciless in “Flash Gordon” has a true villain beard with a Fu Manchu mustache.

Flash Gordon (1980)

This is probably not a mustache or beard style you want to recreate yourself. Max von Sydow’s character Ming the Merciless in “Flash Gordon” has a true villain beard with a Fu Manchu mustache.

Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone features a lot of facial hair. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp with a massive handlebar, Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday with a handlebar/Hungarian, Sam Elliott as Virgil Earp with a horseshoe, and Bill Paxton as Morgan Earp with a caterpillar mustache…. Read full text

Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone features a lot of facial hair. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp with a massive handlebar, Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday with a handlebar/Hungarian, Sam Elliott as Virgil Earp with a horseshoe, and Bill Paxton as Morgan Earp with a caterpillar mustache. The filmmakers didn’t want to use fake mustaches, so the actors actually all grew their own facial hair.

Mortdecai (2015)

In “Mortdecai”, Johnny Depp’s handlebar mustache is prominently featured. “The mustache plays a huge part in the film, it’s almost a separate character,” said Depp’s longtime make-up artist Joel Harlow to USA Today.

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Mortdecai (2015)

In “Mortdecai”, Johnny Depp’s handlebar mustache is prominently featured. “The mustache plays a huge part in the film, it’s almost a separate character,” said Depp’s longtime make-up artist Joel Harlow to USA Today.

Gangs of New York (2002)

One of the most impressive movie-handlebars of all time is Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York”.

Gangs of New York (2002)

One of the most impressive movie-handlebars of all time is Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York”.

The Great Dictator (1940)

The toothbrush mustache a.k.a. the forbidden mustache. Worn by Charlie Chaplin and one other historic person, who shall not be named. This is one mustache you shouldn’t try, really.

The Great Dictator (1940)

The toothbrush mustache a.k.a. the forbidden mustache. Worn by Charlie Chaplin and one other historic person, who shall not be named. This is one mustache you shouldn’t try, really.

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