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The 8 Greatest Mustaches of the '80s

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As you know, it’s Movember, and we’re looking back at the most outstanding pop culture mustaches of all time.

The 1970s may have ignited the fuzzy upper lip trend, but the 1980s solidified its A-list status. Meet eight ’80s ‘staches whose iconic status have stood the test of time (and shaving cream).

8. Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera, 1987.
According to Geraldo, “70 is the new 50”, but that ‘stache is forever ’80s. From naked selfies to investigating Al Capone’s vault to battling white supremacists, his facial hair has weathered many a media storm.

7. Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan, 1987.
The only feature more prominent than this iconic pro wrestler’s physique is his superior blond “Fu Manchu” mustache. Hulkamania depended on it.

6. Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie, 1987.
Alternately labled the chevron, the batwing or the caterpillar, this former Commodores frontman and father of Nicole Richie had us at “Hello” with his mesmerizing mustache. We could look at it all night long (all night).

5. Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley, 1986.
From commercials to TV shows (Our House) to Academy Award winning movies (Cocoon), Brimley’s senior ‘stache was a fixture of 1980s big and small screens. We wonder which Quaker Oates spokesman’s facial hair came first, Brimley or Cap’n Crunch?

4. Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, 1988.
What is Movember? When the iconic Jeopardy host finally shaved his trademark mustache – after 30 years – in 2001, it was truly the end of a furry era.

3. John Oates

John Oates, of Hall and Oates, 1985.
John Oates, the other half of power duo Hall and Oates, may have had the best supporting ‘stache of the 1980s. While the music videos concentrated on Daryl Hall’s big hair and soulful voice, co-writer and guitarist Oates often played second fiddle – but his iconic facial hair was impossible to ignore. In fact, it made our dreams come true.

2. Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury of Queen at Live Aid, 1985.
Ah, the ultimate rock star ‘stache. The legendary Queen frontman’s facial hair brought him fame and fortune and everything that goes with it. No time for losers, Mercury’s mustache is the champion — well, almost.

1. Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck as “Magnum PI,” 1985.
Who are we to deny the power of Magnum P.I.‘s dominating, manly mustache? Paired with a Hawaiian t-shirt and Detroit Tigers cap (or not), there’s just no escaping Selleck as the ultimate ’80s facial hair sex symbol – nor as a go-to Halloween costume for many decades to come.

Check out more iconic ’70s mustaches here.