5 Memorable Men And Their Facial Hair
Take a look back at 5 memorable gents and their oh so memorable facial hair.
Pogonotrophy (fancy terminology for the growing of facial hair) is a somewhat peculiar event in a guy's life. It symbolizes virility, masculinity and can contribute a major sense of macho pride.
Here’s a short list of memorable facial hair and the memorable men who sported it. Some of these styles are forever linked to periods of time, some to gifted entertainers and one style, a reminder of a man’s accomplishments.
If you were a child of the late 70's or early 80's, you will totally remember the iconic Tom Selleck 'stache! Your best friend's dad or your neighbour had a Magnum P.I.-inspired 'stache and, as a boy, you may have wondered if you'd ever be manly enough to grow one of your own. Until you did grow up and that particular look was completely... uncool.
Clark Gable oozed sophistication and refinement! This gent's pencil thin moustache can be spotted throughout his entire career... from his role as the charming and brusque Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind to his final role as the aging cowboy Gay Langland in The Misfits. The memorable mustache is synonymous with the dashing Hollywood star, and, as much slack as the chevron shaped 'stache has gotten over the years, five spouses and countless affairs would probably leave Gable quoting his own line: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
General Ambrose Burnside
Throughout his life General Ambrose Burnside sported a clean shaven chin with full, bushy chops that grew into his mustache. It was a questionable look that was eventually named after him... the term "sideburns" is a take on the infamous Union Army General's last name. Seriously. Now, if that doesn't solidify you as an icon of men's facial hair, nothing does.
The varying incarnations of Prince's facial hair spans decades. There was his crazy "Horseshoe" moustache that morphed into the ever popular "Van Dyck" – the moustache and goatee, unattached. There was also that "Hollywoodian" look with his thick beard attached to a thin moustache. Of course, Prince's most memorable look was when he rocked his squint and you'll see it five o'clock shadow moustache.
It's a full on, manly beard of epic proportions! Back in the day Kenny Rogers was known for his well-trimmed facial hair... not too grizzly, but not so immaculate that you would think him a fashion plate. Please note, we are definitely talking about Mr. Rogers' early days. Not the latest incarnation, in which the country crooner now rivals Cher for copious amounts of plastic surgery.