We generally applaud facial hair on men, well, pretty much always. But November gives us even more of a reason to love on all kinds of daddies because it’s for a great cause. The Movember campaign asks men to have fun with facial hair and grow a mustache to raise awareness and help fund men’s health programs that assist guys living with prostate or testicular cancer. So whether you’re inspired by your high school gym teacher or anyone from Teddy Roosevelt to Charlie Chaplin, we encourage you to get that pencil, horseshoe or handlebar growing!

While every Depp, Pitt, and Smith has sported a mustache lately, there are some icons who were not only the sexy beasts of their day, but were known for their facial hair. We scoured the archives for the hotties who not only had facial hair, but who have defined it for generations to come. So get onboard with the movement for men’s health this Movember, and let these sex symbols show you the way.

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

You couldn’t shake a stick in the ’70s and ’80s without hitting (on) a man with a mustache, and the Magnum P.I. star epitomized everything that was hot about it. His above-the-lip hair became nearly as famous as the character himself.


Clark Gable

The King of Hollywood was also the godfather of the mustache. During his long career starring in classics such as Gone With The Wind, Gable invariably rocked some version of his signature pencil-thin mustache.

Billy Dee Williams In

Billy Dee Williams

A sex symbol for the ages, Williams was the epitome of cool whether he was shilling Colt 45, loving and losing Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues or kicking Empire ass as Lando Calrissian.


Freddie Mercury

Yes, his over-the-top performances and soaring vocals might be what many remember the incomparable Mercury for most, but his mustache is all a part of the unforgettable package.

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Burt Reynolds

You might recall him sans stache in his Deliverance days, but after that, and for all eternity, Reynolds was pretty much all mustache all the time, and it became as much a part of his image as his Smokey and the Bandit grin.

Pete Kuzak

Pete Kuzak

You could generally pluck any stud from the Colt lineup, and he’d fit the bill (and ignite our fantasies), but Kuzak was the face (okay, and the body) many a gay man sees when he brings his Tom of Finland art books to life.

Francois Sagat

Francois Sagat

Probably best known for his tattooed hair and his overall buff-bod, but his beard and ‘stache have become trademarks, as well. Besides,  on what other list will you ever see Sagat’s beneath Clark Gable’s?


Idris Elba

Maybe he’s not known for his mustache but he’s had it or a goatee for nearly every role he’s played. Plus, we needed a star from this decade to worship…er, emulate for a good cause. So case closed.

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