During November each year, Movember is responsible for moustaches appearing on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world.
The aim of the event is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
I shall be participating in Movember along with my colleagues at RBS, Brindley Place, Birmingham (click here for more info). To commemorate the occasion, here I’m highlighting some of the most memorable and prominent moustaches from the history of cinema. If you think of any obvious omissions from the list, please leave a comment below.
1. WILFRED BRIMLEY: Probably most famous for his role as Ben Luckett in Cocoon, Wilfred Brimley’s facial hair has graced the screen many times in films such as The Firm, The Natural and Hard Target.
2. TOM SELLECK: Brimley appeared in the Kevin Kline comedy In and Out, which could have resulted in mustachio-overload if Tom Selleck had not gone for his out-of-the-ordinary clean-shaven look. Otherwise, the moustache is what Selleck was famous for on the small-screen asMagnum P.I., and it also featured in his big-screen outings like Three Men and a Baby.
3. BURT REYNOLDS: After stamping his name on the 1970s and 1980s with roles in the classic Deliverance and crowd-pleaser Smokey and The Bandit, Reynolds gained critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Horner in 1997’s Boogie Nights.
4. SAM ELLIOTT: Another man you rarely see without a moustache is the classic vision of the American cowboy that is Sam Elliott. With his commanding deep voice, he observed The Dude’s misadventures in The Big Lebowski, assisted Patrick Swayze as a nightclub bouncer in Road House, played a renegade cop in Blue Jean Cop and was Wyatt Earp’s brother, Virgil, in Tombstone.
5. MANDY PATINKIN: Currently appearing as Saul Berenson in the consistently brilliant Homeland, Mandy Patinkin’s mustachio mention is courtesy of what he says is his most favourite of all the characters he’s played; the Spaniard in The Princess Bride, where he utters the ever-quotable line, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
6. DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: The moustache has been a prominent accompaniment to Day-Lewis’ dramatically emotional performances as the intimidating and domineering characters Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting inGangs of New York and oilman Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.
7. BEN STILLER: Sporting a handlebar to behold in Dodgeball as White Goodman, Stiller previously had a mustachioed cameo in Anchorman as Arturo Mendes in the fight between local news teams that escalated quickly. I mean, it really got out of hand fast!
8. PAUL RUDD: Another character from Anchorman is one of Ron Burgundy’s colleagues on the Channel Four news team, Bryan Fantana. Of course, Burgundy’s moustache merits a mention, but Fantana is listed due to his link to Movember. He names his parts; specifically The Octagon, flanked by James Westfall and Kenneth Noisewater.
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