Thank you for joining me on this Movember journey of moustaches. We have studied many moustaches throughout history in all shapes, colours and sizes. No matter what kind of fuzz is growing on your upper lip I hope that you have all been inspired. By wearing your moustache this month you have helped raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. So without further ado, the final moustache of the month is none other than the man of Movember himself.
Day 30: Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, writer, and carpenter. He is best known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Offerman credits his success to his moustache stating, “I’m sort of the vehicle for my facial hair. I mean I’m sort of happy to ride the coattails of my [moustache].”
Offerman is also a professional boat builder and has a side business as a wood craftsman. Offerman makes furniture and other wooden structures such as canoes and boats at his woodshop. He released an instructional DVD in 2008 entitled Canoe Building with Nick Offerman. The director’s pay for shooting the DVD was a canoe, the second one Offerman has built.
His moustache is an inspiration to us all.
Day 29: Lanny McDonald
Lanny King McDonald is the king of moustaches. He is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Calgary Flames of the NHL. He played over 1,100 games during a 16-year NHL career in which he scored 500 goals and over 1,000 points. His total of 66 goals in 1982–83 remains the Flames’ franchise record.
His giant, walrus-style moustache is McDonald’s most defining physical characteristic and helped him become an iconic figure in the sport. He developed it in 1974, spending the summer seeing what kind of beard he could grow. Knowing that the Maple Leafs did not allow players to maintain beards at the time, he settled on what he described as a “normal moustache” once he returned to Toronto. Some time later, he was inspired by baseball player Sparky Lyle’s moustache and chose to grow one in a similar style. It became a symbol for the Flames as some fans took to wearing fake red moustaches during playoff runs. Razor manufacturers offered endorsements if he would shave it, which he refused.
Lanny McDonald has also invested in a craft brewery in the community of Lakeside, Montana. The brewery considers McDonald its inspiration, and produces “Old ‘Stache Porter” in his honour.
Here’s to you Lanny!
Day 28: Ron Burgundy
A five-time (local) Emmy award-winning journalist, he was the main anchor for the KVWN Channel Four News Team from 1964 to 1977. Always confident, well-dressed, and well groomed, he is nevertheless ignorant, egotistical, misogynistic, narcissistic, and not very intelligent. He has a great fondness for a good glass of scotch whisky, poetry, and his best friend/pet dog Baxter. He also plays a mean jazz flute. He refers to his fists as Jack Johnson and Tom O’Leary, calls his arms “guns”, and is most definitely not afraid to resort to fisticuffs.
You stay classy San Diego.
As we near the end of our journey of mo’s we recognize one of the most iconic moustaches in history.
Day 27: Charlie Chaplin
Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his toothbrush moustache and work in the United States during the silent film era. The toothbrush style originally became popular in America in the late 19th century. It was a neat, uniform, low-maintenance style that echoed the standardization and uniformity brought on by industrialization, in contrast to the more flamboyant moustaches typical of the 19th century such as the Imperial, Walrus, Handlebar, Horseshoe, Pencil and Fantastico moustaches.
Charlie Chaplin was one of the most famous practitioners of the toothbrush moustache, first adopting it sometime after 1914 for his Mack Sennett silent comedies. In a 1933 interview, Chaplin said he added the moustache to his costume because it had a comical appearance and was small enough so as not to hide his expression. Adolf Hitler was a fan of Chaplin, but there is no evidence (though some speculation) that Hitler modeled his ‘stache on Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin took advantage of the noted similarity between his on-screen appearance and that of Hitler, such as in his 1940 film The Great Dictator, where he wore the moustache as part of two new characters that parodied Hitler.
Day 26: Robert Goulet
Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Canadian-American singer and actor. He is probably best known for his hit compilation album titled Coconut Bangers Ball: It’s A Rap! On the album Goulet performed Big Poppa by Notorious Big, as well as the Thong Song by Sisqo. Here is a commercial he did to promote the album, http://youtu.be/pamHRy81phw.
Day 25: Hulk Hogan
Hogan was born Terry Gene Bollea in Augusta, Georgia. At the age of 6 he grew his iconic moustache. Having facial hair at such a young age was tough on young Terry as he was often teased about it at school. Rage began to build up inside of him until one day he had enough. He ripped apart his shirt and grabbed a kid in a double-hand choke lift. This was the day he called himself Hulk Hogan. He now holds the world record for most shirts ripped apart by hand in a lifetime.
Earlier this year, tabloids reported the unbelievable news that he was going to shave off his moustache. No photographic proof has surfaced and some reports say he did it for a movie audition. His moustache is his brand and got him where he is today. Without it he will return to being Terry Gene Bollea and the world will slowly forget his very existence.
Today marks the anniversary of the untimely death of a moustachioed rock legend.
Day 24: Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen and having one of the greatest mo’s in rock. Mercury was a Parsi born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions”. In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. On this day, November 24, 1991, Freddie died peacefully at his home in London.
He has been referred to as “Britain’s first Asian rock star”. In 2002, Mercury was placed at number 58 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, and in 2006, Time Asia named him one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years. In 2012, he was listed on the famous Movember themed blog, One Mo A Day, as “having one of the greatest mo’s in rock.” He continues to be voted one of the greatest singers with the greatest moustache in the history of popular music.
Day 23: Donald Frye
Today we celebrate Donald Frye’s birthday. He is an American mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, and actor. Here is a clip of one of his fights, http://youtu.be/G90YcgwAZTM.
With every punch Frye receives to the face, his moustache grows thicker. Scientists have studied this phenomenon quite thoroughly and deduced that Mr. Frye has the most highly evolved piece of facial hair ever known to man. His moustache is able to adapt to its surroundings and can thicken up in anticipation of a hit. He has mastered the art of getting punched in the face.
Happy birthday, Don!
Day 22: Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian was a male human professional gambler, entrepreneur, smuggler, moustache aficionado and general throughout various points in his life. Born on Socorro, he became a gambler and con man early in his life and acquired his own ship, the Millennium Falcon, in a game of sabacc with a man named Cix Trouvee. He went on to have numerous adventures with the Falcon and its piloting droid, Vuffi Raa, during which he ran afoul of a Sorcerer of Tund named Rokur Gepta, whom Calrissian eventually killed. After a series of events led to him losing the Millennium Falcon to a Corellian named Han Solo on Bespin, Calrissian eventually became the Baron Administrator of Cloud City for a time—a position he once again gained through sabacc.