Can You Identify the Men Behind the Most Legendary Mustaches in Film?

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By: Bambi Turner

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Can you tell the difference between the iconic mustaches sported by actors like Clark Gable, Richard Pryor, Burt Reynolds or Billy Dee Williams? Could you identify the stars behind classic 'staches like the ones worn by Charlie Chaplin or Groucho Marx? Could you pick out an image of Tom Selleck's perfect chevron-style mustache from a lineup? If you consider yourself a mustache aficionado, take our quiz to see how many of these celeb 'staches you can recognize!

Facial hair can make a really big difference in an actor's appearance. Not only can it help them become a character and get into the role, but the mustache can help viewers distinguish a particular character from the actor's other roles. For instance, would a clean-shaven Rhett Butler, Ron Burgundy or Gomez Addams look the same? Probably not so much. 

And while all facial hair might seem pretty much the same, you might be surprised to learn how much the style of a particular mustache can reveal about the qualities of a character, from the rugged manliness of chevron-style 'staches to the upper-crust air of the parted English mustache to the time-honored traditional of the classic handlebar.

Think you can identify an actor using only an image of his mustache? Take out quiz to find out!

Which actor is sportin' this 'stache

Frankly, you should give a damn about this spectacular 'stache, which was sported by Clark Gable in "Gone with the Wind." Gable played blockade runner and rebel Rhett Butler, who eventually succumbed to the charms of the strong-willed Scarlett.

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Which actor is sportin' this 'stache?

That mustache belongs to Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back." He also sported this 'stache in a series of ultra-cool Colt 45 commercials.

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Burt Reynolds wore this trademark mustache in the 1977 flick "Smokey and the Bandit." It impressed Sally Field, who played a hitchhiker who ended up accompanying Reynolds' character Bo on a wild ride through the south.

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In the 1974 action flick "Death Wish," Charles Bronson played a mustached vigilante determined to get revenge after a brutal home invasion. A 2018 remake of the film featured a mustache-free Bruce Willis.

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Charlie Chaplin sported this mustache in the 1921 film "The Kid." Just 20 years later, this toothbrush-style mustache was pretty much ruined forever after it became Hitler's trademark style.

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Johnny Depp chose a straggly mustache style to fit his scoundrel pirate Jack Sparrow character. He first took on the role in the 2003 film "The Curse of the Black Pearl," which was inspired by the classic Disney ride Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Ben Stiller starred in the 2004 film "Dodgeball" as White Goodman, an arrogant gym owner looking for ways to smash the competition. His stylish horseshoe mustache only added to the character's bad guy persona.

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Danny Glover sported this classic cop mustache in the 1987 buddy cop flick "Lethal Weapon." While his co-star Mel Gibson wore his hair long and loose and appeared clean-shaven, Glover grew an impressive chevron-style mustache for the role.

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As the long-haired Billy in the 1969 film "Easy Rider," it only made sense for Dennis Hopper to sport some serious facial hair. His thick mustache blew in the wind as he and Peter Fonda flew through the southwest on a pair of motorcycles in the film.

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As Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in "Young Frankenstein," Gene Wilder wore this stylish mustache to go along with his wild hair. No word on whether his "monster" grew a matching mustache.

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Aaron Ruell sported this mustache in the role of Napoleon's older, unemployed brother in the 2004 comedy "Napoleon Dynamite." In the film, Ruell's character is in his 30s, but still lives at home, and has dreams of becoming a cage fighter.

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Daniel Day Lewis played William Cutting in the film "Gangs of New York." Lewis grew an impressive handlebar-style mustache to play the role of Cutting, an anti-immigrant gang leader in 1860s NYC.

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Who else but George Clooney could pull off this old-school pencil 'stache? The actor wore this style in the 2000 film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," where he played a prison escapee searching for a lost treasure.

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Billy Crudup starred as rocker Russell Hammond in the 2000 film "Almost Famous." To pull off the role of Stillwater guitarist Hammond, Crudup sported long hair and a spectacular '70s mustache.

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Groucho Marx was known for his tremendous black mustache and impressive eyebrows. In the 1933 film "Duck Soup," he painted the mustache on with greasepaint -- a technique he often employed on stage as well.

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In the 1973 film "Serpico," Al Pacino played moral NYC cop Frank Serpico, who fought against a corrupt force. To play the role of the troubled officer, Pacino donned this horsehoe mustache and beard.

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Josh Brolin wore a thick mustache in the western thriller "No Country for Old Men" in 2008. As character Llewelyn Moss, Brolin finds a suitcase full of money, and is forced to go on the run as some nasty crooks try to track him down.

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Harry Shearer wore a thick horseshoe-style mustache to play Derek Small in the 1984 rock-doc "This is Spinal Tap."

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The 1991 film "Hook" was a sequel of sorts of the classic tales of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Dustin Hoffman took on the role of the pirate Hook in the film, sporting a fabulous handlebar mustache with majestically curled tips.

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You may have seen this fine mustache on Kurt Russell in the 1993 flick "Tombstone," which tells the story of a group of brothers who can't escape trouble in the old wild west.

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In "There's Something About Mary," Ben Stiller plays a man who hires a PI to find his high school sweetheart. That PI, played by Matt Dillon sporting one fine pencil 'stache, ends up falling for Mary himself.

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Which actor is sportin' this 'stache?

In the 1985 classic "Brewster's Millions," Richard Pryor plays a man challenged to secretly spend $30 million in 30 days. Seeing him struggling to spend the cash, viewers might wonder why he didn't dedicate a portion of the dough to trimming that generous mustache.

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In the 1969 film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Paul Newman starred as legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy. Robert Redford donned one fine mustache to play his sidekick the Sundance Kid.

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Forget that stolen suitcase -- "Pulp Fiction" was all about the hair. John Travolta grew his locks long, while Samuel L. Jackson donned this memorable mustache.

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Sam Elliott just might have sported one of the most majestic mustaches to ever appear on the big screen. In the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski," Elliott played a mysterious Stranger with a walrus-style 'stache.

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Tom Selleck donned his signature chevron-style mustache in "Three Men and a Baby" He kept the look when he guest starred on "Friends" as Monica's older boyfriend Richard.

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In the 2004 film "Anchorman," Will Ferrell sported a strong mustache. As Ron Burgundy from KVWN San Diego, Ferrell's mustache might have been a bigger star than the actor himself.

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Bruce McGill sported this mustache to play D-Day in the 1978 comedy "Animal House." Together with his Delta Tau Chi brothers, D-Day and his mustache stood up against a mean dean and his threats of double-secret probation.

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When Ferris Bueller decided to take a day off, Principal Rooney was hot on his trail in the 1986 film. Rooney -- played by Jeffrey Jones -- used his keen sense of detection and the power of this sweet mustache to track down the AWOL student.

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When Carl Weathers stepped into the ring as Apollo Creed in "Rocky," he wore this magnificent mustache. His character was rumored to be inspired by Muhammad Ali.

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Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! This mustache appeared on actor Frank Morgan when he played the Wizard in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz."

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Mel Brooks not only produced and directed the 1987 parody film "Spaceballs," he also starred as President Skroob -- all while wearing this sweet mustache.

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Errol Flynn was responsible for one of the most iconic portrayals of Robin Hood ever put onto film. He starred as the hero in the 1938 classic "The Adventures of Robin Hood," and his character famously wore this pencil mustache.

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Sean Connery has long been known for this bold mustache, but perhaps nowhere was it better represented than his role in the 1974 film "Zardoz." Set in the year 2293, it features Connery sporting his manly mustache while wearing outfits ranging from a wedding gown to a pair of red underwear and over-the-knee boots,.

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Eddie Murphy wore this mustache in the 1984 film "Beverly Hills Cop." In the film, Murphy plays a Detroit cop named Axel Foley who heads to LA to solve a murder.

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This bushy mustache gave Sasha Baron Cohen the style of a true Kazakhstanian in the 2006 flick "Borat."

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The 2006 film "Miami Vice" was inspired by the classic '80s TV series of the same name. Colin Farrell grew this stylish mustache to play Sonny, with Jamie Foxx as fellow Miami detective Rico.

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In the 1991 film remake of "The Addams Family," Raul Julia donned this slim pencil-style mustache to play Gomez. Hey, Morticia must have liked it.

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Jack Black played a monastery cook turned luchador in the 2006 comedy "Nacho Libre." To get into the role, he grew this fine mustache and sported a red cape.

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Nicolas Cage played an ex-con named Hi in the 1987 film "Raising Arizona," in which he also sported this thick mustache.

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