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Monday, March 16, 2009

31 Days of Moustache: Charlie Chaplin

Name: Charlie Chaplin
DOB: April 16, 1889
DOD: December 25, 1977
Profession: Actor
Claim to Fame: The Tramp
Prime YAM (Years Active with Moustache): 10s, 20s

Why It's Awesome:
Did you know that Chaplin's moustache was fake? He added it to his appearance to hide his "youthful appearance" early in his career. Chaplin is a true legend of Hollywood and was well ahead of the game in the early days of cinema. He did it all. He not only acted, but also wrote and directed his films.

The amazing thing is that some of his films are better than most today. Watch the above videos for scenes in Chaplin classics The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), and The Great Dictator (1940). He was the first real star of Hollywood and made a name for himself during the silent era.

Final 'Stache Rating (Out of Four Moustaches):

Chaplin sported the toothbrush moustache, which became highly unpopular after the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler. For that reason, very few people wear it today. Still this 'stache is iconic, but I'm giving it three 'staches because it was fake.

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