The moustache makes the man: Profiling successful men with luscious facial hair

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Walter Cronkite

Length of moustached life: 92 years

What he did with his moustache: Broadcast journalism

Notable accomplishments: Often cited as “the most trusted man in America.” Covered bombings in World War II, the Nuremburg trials, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, the Iron Hostage Crisis, and the murders of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lennon. Also covered many stories from the U.S. space program, including Project Mercury, the Moon landings, and the Space Shuttle.


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Salvador Dalí

Length of moustached life: 84 years

What he did with his moustache: Surrealist paintings

Notable accomplishments: Completed one of his most well-known works, The Persistence of Memory, in 1931. He was also versed in film, sculpting, and photography. He published a book dedicated to his moustache called Dali’s Moustache, which features photo of his moustache in different poses.


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Wyatt Earp

Length of moustached life: 80 years

What he did with his moustache: City policeman in Kansas

Notable Accomplishments: Known as the Old West’s “toughest and deadliest gunman of his day.” Best known for his part in the 30-second gunfight at the O.K. Corral in which three outlaw cowboys were killed.


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Albert Einstein

Length of moustached life: 76 years

What he did with his moustache: Theoretical physicist

Notable accomplishments: Developed the general theory of relativity. Regarded as the father of modern physics and as the most influential physicist of the 20th century. Invented the mass-energy equivalence formula, often called the “world’s most famous equation”, E = mc2.


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Genghis Khan

Length of moustached life: 65 years

What he did with his moustache: Emperor

Notable accomplishments: Founded and ruled the Mongol Empire, which became the largest adjoining empire in history after his demise. He adopted the Uyghur script as the Mongol Empire’s writing system. Promoted tolerance of religion in the empire, and created a combined empire from the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. He is regarded as the founding father of Mongolia by present-day Mongolians.


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Friedrich Nietzsche

Length of moustached life: 55 years

What he did with his moustache: Philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist

Notable accomplishments: His key ideas include the “death of God”, the Übermensch, the Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy, perspectivism, the eternal recurrence, and the will to power.


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Mark Twain

Length of moustached life: 74 years

What he did with his moustache: Author

Notable accomplishments: Wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), which has been called “the Great American Novel.”


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Frank Zappa

Length of moustached life: 52 years

What he did with his moustache: Composed and played music, and directed movies

Notable accomplishments: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Ranked No. 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Produced almost all of the 60 albums released with his band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.


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