While Movember has come and gone, that’s still no excuse to shave your stache.
If you’re looking for an awesome look for your facial hair, whether for Movember, just the heck of it or by joining the World Beard and Mustache Championships, then the Fu Manchu deserves some serious consideration.
The Fu Manchu mustache was named after the fictional character of the same name from the stories of British author Sax Rohmer. However, the villain never rocked the mustache until he was brought to life on film in 1923.
Since then, guys have attempted to grow the devious look. Of course, that includes celebrities. Here’s ten celebs who have sported the Fu Manchu.
10. Boris Karloff
Many of us remember Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, but in 1932 he stared as Dr. Fu Manchu in The Mask of Fu Manchu, which is considered the most infamous adaptation of the character.
9. Ted Nugent
The Motor City Madman rocked a Fu Manchu on the cover of his 1977 album Cat Scratch Fever.
8. Nicolas Cage
Nic Cage brought back the character of Dr. Fu Manchu in the fake trailer Werewolf Women of the SS, directed by Rob Zombie, which was part of the 2007 double-feature Grindhouse.
7. Max von Sydow
The Swedish actor, who’s been in films like The Exorcist, Dune, Judge Dredd, Minority Report and Shutter Island, had a very epic Fu Manchu in the 1980 flick Flash Gordon as Ming the Merciless.
6. Chow Yun-Fat
The Hong Kong badass sported another epic Fu Manchu as Captain Sao Feng in 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
5. John Travolta
Travolta experimented with something like the Fu Manchu look for the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123.
4. Robert Downey Jr.
Iron Man himself sported a Fu Manchu in the recent sequel to Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows, as one of the detectives many disguises.
Athletes love to grow some unique facial hair, but we’re intrigued by the fact that NFL QBs seem to dig the Fu Manchu. These have included legends like Joe Namath and Joe Montana and current players like Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers.
2. Hulk Hogan
Of course when you think of a famous Fu Manchu, the Hulkster naturally comes to mind.
1. Christopher Lee
How could Christopher Lee be number one? Let’s see. The dude has only be a part of two of the most popular geekest franchises in film history, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. But, years before all that he stared as Dr. Fu Manchu in five films beginning in 1965.