The Classic Mullet: Who Wore It Best?

Actor and wrestler Hulk Hogan didn’t just have any kind of mullet; he had what some call a “skullet,” and it’s become the hairstyle everyone knows him for. A skullet forms when the wearer has either a receding hairline or a shaved scalp, allowing the rest of the typical mullet to grow in the back.

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Hogan rocked a skullet throughout his wrestling career, sometimes accompanied by signature bandanas or headbands. He wore it throughout the 80s and kept it well beyond its peak in hair fashion, leaving some to wonder whether Hogan was struggling to leave his wrestling life behind him.

34. Hogan and His New Challenges

Many credit Hogan for putting professional wrestling on the map in the 80s and 90s, and with his signature look and wild wrestling persona, it’s easy to see why. He won two championships and is part of the WWE Hall of Fame, but these days, Hogan is wrestling with a different sort of challenge, his health.

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Hogan has struggled with health issues over the years, particularly with his back, and some feel that he may no longer be able to return to the ring. However, Hogan is working hard to get back in shape and hopes to return in some capacity. While some have seen him around town with a cane, he’s nothing but smiles and bulging muscles on his Instagram.

33. Kiefer Sutherland, the Inventor of the Mullet?

Kiefer Sutherland has apologized for “inventing” the mullet, which he sported during the 80s classic comedy-horror film The Lost Boys. He shared that his look was a combination of the director wanting him to have long hair and inspiration from Billy Idol. This ultimately became a mullet.

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Sutherland said in an interview, “I actually think I might’ve been responsible, or at least partially responsible, for creating the mullet. And for that, I’ll apologize to the death.” While some appreciated the apology, others pointed out that Sutherland did not invent the mullet, as the film came out in 1987, and the hairstyle was already popular by that point.

Sutherland, Beyond the Mullet Days

Sutherland has risen above his mullet days and went on to have a very successful career in film and television. He has won numerous awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. He’s become known for his roles in shows such as 24, Designated Survivor, and The Fugitive.

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In 2019, Sutherland stepped outside of his acting world to launch a singing career with a solo album, which has proved fairly successful. Some of his songs reflect the ups and downs of his past, including stints and jail and struggles with alcohol, as well as how far he has come. He has said that he is proud that he is “still here.”

32. Rod Stewart Was Early to the Style

While the mullet enjoyed quite a popularity boost in the 80s, some celebrities, like Rod Stewart, paved the way for the polarizing hairstyle long before. Stewart was seen with his mullet as early as 1970 when his career as a rockstar was taking off.

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Stewart’s 1970 mullet evolved a bit over the years, and in the 80s, it began to include the iconic spiked hair Stewart has become recognized for. While some went out of their way to create the mullet look, Stewart’s original one was 100 percent natural and happened just from growing out his hair.

Stewart Kept the Spikes, Lost the Length

These days, rock star Rod Stewart has kept the spiky hair on top but shortened up the rest of his hair and bid a fond farewell to the mullet. He’s had tremendous success in his career with songs such as “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “Maggie May,” and “You’re in My Heart.” He’s still going strong at age 77.

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Stewart has been married three times and has had eight children with five women. He married Penny Lancaster in 2007 but was spotted in February 2022 at a reunion with his first wife Alana Stewart to celebrate their daughter’s engagement. Rod Stewart has a big world tour planned for summer 2022.

31. Corey Feldman, the Ultimate 80s Kid

Corey Feldman was an iconic child actor of the 80s, known for classics such as The Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys. So, it was hardly a surprise that he joined the mullet trend with some of his co-stars, like Sutherland, and his best friend Corey Haim.

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Feldman most famously sported his classically styled mullet during his time on the film License to Drive, which he starred in with Haim. “The Two Coreys” defined the 80s with their films and style, and the hair was certainly included in that.

Feldman’s Conflict With Hollywood

As an adult, Feldman’s relationship with Hollywood was a lot more tumultuous than in his teen years. He had a very public battle with addiction and struggled to re-establish himself afterward. Feldman also started a band called Corey’s Angels, which has sparked some controversy for its content.

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Feldman became an advocate against child sex abuse and has been outspoken in his belief that it is a rampant problem within Hollywood. In 2017, he started a campaign to finance a film on the issue, and in 2020 began to showcase his documentary, “My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys.”

30. John Travolta’s Multiple Mullets

Actor John Travolta has had multiple mullets over his career. While probably not a style he chose himself, some of Travolta’s most iconic characters sported one. He was a bit late to the trend in the 90s, starting with his character in the cult classic film Pulp Fiction in 1994, as well as the film Michael in 1996.

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After many years, fans were shocked to see Travolta’s mullet return in 2015, when he sported the style for the series American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson. The mullet made a final appearance in 2018 as Travolta worked on the film Moose leaving fans to wonder if it’ll crop up again in the future.

Travolta Stayin’ Alive

Travolta is an acting legend with myriad iconic roles in films such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Get Shorty. He was married to Kelly Preston from 1991 until she died in 2020, and they had three children. Sadly, their son died in 2009, and Travolta has since begun a charitable foundation in his name for special needs children.

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Travolta remains close with his other two children, has continued his acting career, and has even passed down the acting gene to his daughter, Ella. As of 2021, rumor has it that he is working on a film called Paradise City with former co-star and fellow screen icon Bruce Willis.

29. Larry Bird’s Lucky Mullet

Actors and singers aren’t the only celebrities to have rocked the iconic hairstyle. Basketball superstar Larry Bird had quite the curly-haired mullet during his prime playing years with the NBA’s Celtics. And some have questioned if perhaps that mullet was one of his lucky charms.

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During Bird’s mullet days, he was one of the best players in the league. He was also known as the nemesis of Lakers star Magic Johnson, and the two had a longstanding rivalry, with Johnson frequently glaring at Bird’s golden mullet.

Bird After the NBA

After 13 seasons with the Celtics, Bird retired from basketball in 1992. He coached the Indiana Pacers from 1997-2000 and is the only person to be named Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, , , , and .

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From 2003-12, Bird was president of operations for the Pacers and returned to the position from 2013-17. Afterward, Bird stepped away from basketball, feeling that at 60 years old, he needed to have a life outside the sport and spend more time with his family.

28. Dolly Parton and Her ‘Mississippi Mudflap’

Country legend Dolly Parton has had many iconic hairstyles over the years, with her signature big blonde hair always front and center, so of course, a mullet has also been in the rotation. Parton had big, curly hair in the 80s, so her mullet came about later on.

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Parton waited on her mullet until the 2000s and beyond. Some have questioned her wig choices, as she’s debuted many looks when appearing on numerous tv shows, films, and concerts, but her sparkling personality and beautiful songs allow for her fans to forgive any sort of fashion choice.

All Hail Parton, the Queen of Country

Parton made a name for herself as the undisputed queen of the country music scene. Her songs have transcended genres and earned her worldwide acclaim and a career that has spanned decades. Her songs, such as “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You,” continue to play on radio stations.

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In addition to her successful career, Parton is also heavily involved with philanthropy work, particularly with helping childhood literacy through her Dollywood Foundation. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dolly donated $1 million to vaccine research and continues to support various causes.

27. Jerry Seinfeld, What’s the Deal with the Mullet?

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has made audiences laugh for decades, and some might feel the need to poke fun at his retro hairstyle on his television series Seinfeld. While his mullet wasn’t quite as pronounced as other classics in the 80s, it fit the 90s vibe of the show.

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However, some have questioned whether Seinfeld’s was truly a mullet or just the fashionably longer hair that was popular during the 90s. Others argue that it fits the mullet definition with the short hair on top and long(er) hair in the back.

The Post-Seinfeld Years

The show Seinfeld certainly put Jerry Seinfeld on the map, and it’s continued to grow in popularity. After the show ended, Seinfeld returned to his career as a stand-up comedian and has also participated in a few series, including some of his own.

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Seinfeld created several stand-up comedy specials, including one released with Netflix in 2020 entitled 23 Hours to Kill. He has also created several seasons of a unique talk show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He married Jessica Sklar in 1999, and the couple has three children.

26. Chris Waddle and the Superstitious Mullet

British footballer Chris Waddle’s mullet became as well-known as his top-notch skills on the pitch. Some people teased him for how pronounced it was, but he later revealed that the reason for it came down to superstition.

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Waddle shared that earlier in his career when he had short hair, he was frequently injured and missed opportunities to score goals. Once his hair began to grow out, Waddle’s luck changed, and he resolved to keep it going as long as possible. Given how successful his career was, it certainly paid off!

Waddle Beyond the Field

Waddle had a very successful career, playing for several well-known clubs including Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique de Marseille, and Sheffield Wednesday. After he retired, he had a brief stint as a manager for Burnley before moving on to other ventures off the field.

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Waddle ultimately turned to a career in the media and has mostly done work for BBC Radio, as well as stations like ESPN, Setanta Sports, and talkSports. He provides insightful commentary for the Premier League and Champions League and has earned a reputation for speaking his mind.

25. Richard Dean Anderson and the MacGyver Mullet

It would be impossible to talk about mullets without bringing up the iconic MacGyver mullet sported by actor Richard Dean Anderson. MacGyver was a popular series that ran from 1985-92, and Anderson was its star. Some even credit the show for making the mullet even more mainstream.

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Many feel that when it comes to famous mullets, Anderson’s is the king of them all. Many of his fans mourned the loss of the hairstyle, which Anderson cut when MacGyver ended. Anderson had other shows to move on to, and the mullet just didn’t fit those roles, no matter how beloved it was.

Anderson, a Television Icon

While Anderson might have initially been famous for MacGyver, he solidified his spot as a television icon when he joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 and its various spinoffs. He played the lead from 199-2005 before stepping aside and reducing his role to guest appearances.

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Fans were initially surprised when Anderson stepped down from his lead role in Stargate SG-1, but something major had changed in his life: the birth of his daughter. Anderson later shared that he found himself eager to leave set so he could spend time with his child and ultimately felt the right decision was to semi-retire so he could devote himself more to his family.

24. Michael Bolton’s Charity Mullet

Singer Michael Bolton had long, luxurious locks that formed the ultimate mullet throughout the 80s and 90s. Some might have mocked his ‘do, but many fans admired it and even lusted after it, a trait Bolton ultimately decided to use to his advantage.

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In 1998, after having the mullet for much of his career, Bolton decided it was time to chop it off, but not without making it an event. He chose to auction off his famous mullet, and it was ultimately bought by two fans for $6,000. Some thought this a bit creepy, but Bolton maintains that it was the right decision.

Bolton, Beyond the Hair

Bolton’s musical career goes far beyond just the aesthetics that the hair brought him. He has won six American Music Awards and two Grammy Awards and is well-known for his pop-rock ballads as well as his prolific songwriting skills.

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Outside of music, in 2013, Bolton published his autobiography, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. He also started The Michael Bolton Foundation and has a particular passion for charity work that benefits at-risk women and children and prevents abuse and poverty.

23. Pat Sharp Fondly Remembers the Mullet

British television and radio personality Pat Sharp is still remembered for the mullet that graced his career during the 80s and early 90s. He remembers it fondly and is always amused to hear it still discussed decades later, particularly since removing it wasn’t even his idea.

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During his radio career for Sky Channel, Sharp met his Norwegian wife, Monica, who decided in 1994 that the mullet had to go. He later recalled that Monica called him on his new car phone, insisted he return home right away, and when he arrived, she sat him down for a serious talk about how his mullet days had come to an end.

Radio Royalty

Sharp has had a successful career as a television presenter, but his radio career allowed him to shine. He has worked as a presenter and a DJ, and when it comes to the British entertainment industry, he’s something of an unassuming legend.

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When asked about the secret to his success, Sharp believes he’s successful because he never chased fame and just did what he loved regardless of whether it made him a celebrity. He began a show on Greatest Hits Radio in 2019, and he continues to make guest appearances on television as well.

22. Neil Patrick Harris and the ‘Mini-Mullet’

Actor Neil Patrick Harris stole everyone’s hearts when he broke onto the television scene as the adorable Doogie Howser, MD, in 1989. Playing a child genius, some have questioned throughout the years how genius that hairstyle he sported was, but an actor does as he’s told.

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Beyond the hairstyle fashion, some have also questioned whether Harris’ look was a full-blown mullet, with some referring to it as a “mini-mullet,” which perhaps makes it more forgivable. However, as young Harris grew up, so, too, did his hairstyles.

Harris, the Ultimate Entertainer

While audiences might have been introduced to Harris through Doogie Howser, he has since made a name for himself as the ultimate triple threat in the entertainment industry. He can act, sing, and dance, and he has put these skills to use in his career on television and Broadway.

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Harris has starred on shows such as How I Met Your Mother, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, in addition to his memorable hosting gigs. He also starred in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won him a Tony Award in 2014. He is married to David Burtka, and they have two children.

21. Ellen DeGeneres and Her Tiger King Mullet

Comedian and television personality Ellen DeGeneres joined others in rocking a mullet during her stand-up career in the 80s. While her particular mullet might not have been high fashion for women of the time, DeGeneres wore it proudly during her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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In April 2020, DeGeneres decided to poke fun at her former hairstyle by posting a throwback photo of herself from 1987, alongside Tiger King star Joe Exotic’s mullet. She asked fans, “Who wore it better?” which sparked a lot of laughter and comical back-and-forths over the iconic look.

DeGeneres Kept the Short Hair

Eventually, DeGeneres removed the mullet from the equation, but over the years has ultimately decided to keep her short hair, a look she has become known for on The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003. She also had a sitcom, Ellen, and has continued her stand-up comedy career.

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Forbes estimated that Ellen is the world’s 15th highest-paid entertainer. She made headlines in 1997 when she came out as lesbian, and in 2004 she began a relationship with her now-wife, Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres is also an outspoken advocate for humanitarian issues and animal welfare.

20. Charlie Sheen From Bangs to Mullet

Actor Charlie Sheen shot to teen heartthrob status in the 1980s, with appearances in films such as Platoon, Young Guns, and more. Fans knew him by his curled bangs draped on his forehead in the 80s, but eventually, even Sheen could not escape the mullet craze.

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In the early 90s, Sheen grew out his hair into a proper mullet, and it was on full display for films like Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux. However, Sheen eventually decided the hairstyle wasn’t for him, and he cut it off not long after, preferring a shorter, cleaner look.

Sheen’s Fall from Grace

Sheen had a successful acting career for many years and starred in numerous movies and TV shows. He was probably best known for his role in the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, and at one point was the highest-paid actor on television.

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However, it all came crashing down when Sheen began exhibiting erratic and aggressive behavior while battling continuous problems with substance abuse. His behavior became quite public, and he was ultimately fired from the show in 2011. Since then, he has struggled to rebuild his career.

19. Chuck Norris’ Mullet of Steel

Nothing in the known universe can defeat Chuck Norris, including the controversial mullet. Norris wasn’t just a successful actor and action star, he is also a master of several martial arts styles, something he incorporated into many of his roles and stunts.

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Norris rose to Hollywood fame during the 80s and early 90s and became known for high-action films that ultimately led to his iconic role on Walker, Texas Ranger. His mullet made some appearances in the early days and has led to many jokes about it being made of steel.

Norris: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

Norris’ reputation has taken on a life of its own outside of his acting career. Not only is he proficient at several martial arts, including Judo, Tang Soo Do, and Ju-Jitsu, he even invented his own called Chun Kuk Do. His workouts and “toughen-up” attitude have become legendary.

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Norris has had five children with three women, and 13 grandchildren as of late 2021. He has also been very public about his religious views and authored several Christian-themed books. Norris is also passionate about teaching martial arts to children.

18. Jared Allen’s Mullet Lifestyle

NFL football star Jared Allen made headlines, not just for his skills on the field, but for the trademark mullet he rocked long after it had gone out of style. A defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings, Allen used to say that his mullet was more of a lifestyle than a fashion choice.

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However, jaws dropped in 2010 when Allen cut it off for a very specific reason: his wedding. Deciding to give his bride a more clean-cut look that we’re sure she appreciated, Allen let go of his beloved mullet, stating, “The things men will do for love.” But that doesn’t mean the lifestyle was forever gone.

Allen, a Viking to the Core

Allen played with several teams during his NFL career, including the Chiefs, Bears, and Panthers. However, the Vikings held a particularly special place in his heart, and at his retirement, he returned to them for a day so he could “retire a Viking.”

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After Allen retired from football, he decided to learn curling and joined a team of former NFL players. In 2021, he participated in the U.S. Men’s Curling Championships. Outside of sports, he is also very passionate about advocating for juvenile diabetes research and assisting injured military veterans.

17. Toby Keith Embraced the Style of the Times

Country music artist Toby Keith isn’t known for his hair the way other country stars, like Parton or Billy Ray Cyrus, are, but he certainly tends to embrace the fashion trends of the times. This ultimately led to Keith sporting a mullet in the early 90s.

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On his self-titled album cover in 1993, Keith is rocking a truly classic mullet. He’s sporting the ‘do in his music video for “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” as well. Keith has since abandoned that trend and instead prefers to cover his head with a cowboy hat.

How Do You Like Keith Now?

Keith is well-known for his songs such as “How Do You Like Me Now,” “I Love This Bar,” and “Red Solo Cup.” However, he has also made headlines for his outspoken political views, public feuds in the country music industry, and unapologetic songs with patriotic messages.

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Keith famously feuded with the band The Dixie Chicks, over political views and statements. He also caused controversy with a song he wrote after Sept. 11, 2001, titled “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue,” which many felt was militaristic and politically charged. In 2017, he again made headlines when he chose to play this song at the pre-inaugural event for President Donald Trump.

16. Andre Agassi, Real or Fake Mullet?

Tennis superstar Andre Agassi was nearly as famous for his super mullet on the court in the early 90s as he was for his tennis skills. Fans couldn’t help but notice how outrageous it was, and it wasn’t until years later that Agassi confessed his mullet had been a wig the whole time.

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Agassi began going bald at the young age of 19 and was very self-conscious about it, so he chose to wear a wig. This all changed in 1995 when his wig began slipping and led to him losing a Grand Slam final. Agassi ditched the wig after this incident, rocked the bald look, and said he’d never felt so free.

Agassi, Tennis Legend

Agassi is one of the all-time tennis greats. He won several major championships, a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics, a career Grand Slam, and is the only man to ever win a career Super Slam. During his career, he became known by his nickname, “The Punisher.”

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Agassi retired from professional tennis in 2006, although he continued to participate in charity tournaments. He has also started a line of fitness equipment with longtime trainer and friend, Gil Reyes. In 2009, Agassi published an autobiography titled “Open: An Autobiography,” in which he revealed the details of the famous wig.

15. Joan Jett, Mullet or No?

Rock superstar Joan Jett is the undisputed Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but that hasn’t stopped fans from pointing to her mullet in the 70s and 80s. Some give Jett credit for spreading the mullet’s popularity since she wore one during the height of her career.

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However, some have pushed back on the mullet assertions and insist her hair was not a mullet at all. Alternatively, some fans prefer to classify Jett’s hair as a “shag” haircut, which was also a popular look in the 70s and consisted of short, cascading layers.

Jett, Rock ‘n’ Roll Superstar

Jett is best known for performing with the Runaways and as the frontwoman for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She’s responsible for iconic songs such as “Cherry Bomb,” “Bad Reputation,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” In 2015 she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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There has been a lot of speculation into Jett’s personal life, but she has largely refused to comment on it, particularly regarding her sexuality. Jett has caused controversy in the LGBT community by never publicly being “out” about her sexuality, but she maintains she never felt she needed to be.

14. Billy Ray Cyrus, King of the Mullet

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus might not have invented the mullet, but he has arguably become one of the most famous and recognizable of all time. It made its big debut in the early 90s when Cyrus released the music video for his hit song “Achy Breaky Heart,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Cyrus dedicated many years to his mullet, playing around with various versions of it, but ultimately it had to go. However, his mullet was never forgotten by Cyrus or anyone else. In 2017 he released a new single titled, “I Want My Mullet Back,” and the song was fairly self-explanatory.

Cyrus Beyond the Mullet

Cyrus achieved huge worldwide success with “Achy Breaky Heart” and his feature role in Lil Nas’ “Old Town Road.” He has also dabbled in television including the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana that featured his daughter, Miley. His work with Lil Nas won two Grammy Awards and other nominations.

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Cyrus has had some ups and downs in his personal life, particularly his marriage. In 1993, he married Tish Finley in secret against the advice of his record company, and the couple had three children together. They have filed for divorce three times but dropped it twice. In 2017, a judge dismissed the divorce when the couple failed to appear in court.

13. Mario Lopez, Saved by the Mullet

Mario Lopez made many a teenage heart flutter with his role in the iconic hit series Saved by the Bell, and who could deny that his mullet was part of that? Lopez sported a mullet for his role as the popular AC Slater, and it only made sense for such a hip character to have a classic 80s hairstyle.

Mario Lopez, as A.C. Slater, from Saved By The Bell.
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Lopez wore his recognizable mullet for Saved by the Bell’s entire run, from 1989-93. In 2018, he took the time to look back on his former hairstyle with DeGeneres and mostly looked at it with humor. While it might be embarrassing to look back on, it was certainly all the rage in its heyday.

Lopez, on to Better Hair

Since his Saved by the Bell days, Lopez has moved on to better and trendier hairstyles over the years. He continued acting on screen and stage and eventually moved on to hosting, becoming a popular host for Extra and Access Hollywood, as well as several other shows.

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In 2020, Lopez reunited with his former Saved by the Bell co-stars, reprising his role of AC Slater in a reboot of the series. Lopez is also a very big proponent of health and fitness. In 2012, he married Broadway star Courtney Mazza; the couple has three children.

12. David Hasselhoff and ‘The Hoff’ Mullet

Actor David Hasselhoff is considered one of the ultimate mullet-wearing hunks of his day, and the quintessential 80s television superstar. Many fans feel that not only did Hasselhoff play a role in popularizing the mullet in the 80s, but he also showed how masculine and attractive the look could be.

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Hasselhoff rocked his gloriously curly mullet in the hit series Knight Rider, which he starred in from 1982-86. The mullet continued with him into the beginning of his well-known role in the popular series Baywatch in 1989, which is what helped to solidify his place as a pop-culture icon.

Hasselhoff Post-Baywatch

Hasselhoff enjoyed huge success from Knight Rider and Baywatch and continued to appear in various movies and shows afterward. He also participated in the Comedy Central special, The Roast of David Hasselhoff, has landed several hosting gigs, and dabbled in some stage acting.

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In 2010, Hasselhoff starred alongside his family in a reality series centered around them, titled The Hasselhoffs. The family had difficult relationships resulting from his earlier struggles with alcoholism, which he has since sought treatment for. He has also done motivational speaking at colleges in the UK and conventions in Germany, where he has a huge fan base.

11. Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Mullet from Brussels

Known as the “Muscles from Brussels,” action star Jean-Claude Van Damme further proved that tough, muscular guys could pull off the mullet as well as anyone. His long mullet garnered attention when he starred in the 1993 action film Hard Target, where he punched and kicked his way to heartthrob status.

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While the mullet was trimmed up after Hard Target, Van Damme sported a smaller, more Seinfeld-esque mullet in the 1994 film Timecop. After that, Van Damme bid farewell to the mullet for good and moved on to a much shorter haircut that never goes out of style.

Van Damme, Action Star Extraordinaire

The Belgian actor Van Damme made a name for himself as one of the top action stars of the generation. Learning martial arts at a young age, he was able to use that in his career and has bonded with co-star Chuck Norris over their shared love of martial arts.

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Van Damme starred in such films as The Expendables 2, Enemies Closer, Pound of Flesh, and more. He has also done work as a filmmaker and a fight coordinator. In 2012, a monument was erected in his honor in Anderlecht, Belgium, depicting one of his famous fight stances.

10. Kurt Russell’s Long-Running Mullet

Actor Kurt Russell earned a reputation for not just having a classic mullet in the 80s, but for having various iterations of a mullet throughout his career. While some actors might look back on their mullets in embarrassment, Russell not only embraced his but thinks they look cool.

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Russell made his big, fluffy mullet debut in the 1981 film Escape From New York. The mullet trend continued for films like Big Trouble in Little China, Overboard, Escape From L.A, and Death Proof. His mullet tends to grow in naturally, and no one knows when he’ll next break it out.

Russell, a Hollywood Staple

Russell got his start in Hollywood at the young age of 12 and has since made his mark and become a staple in the industry. He’s been in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Miracle, Tombstone, The Hateful Eight, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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In 1983, Russell began a relationship with actress Goldie Hawn, and the two have been together ever since. The couple chose not to get officially married, feeling it would be an unnecessary step for their relationship. They have a son together, and Russell played a significant role in raising Hawn’s daughter, actress Kate Hudson.

9. Scott Baio’s Happy Days

Actor Scott Baio is probably best known for his role as Chachi on the classic hit sitcom Happy Days, and he sported a mullet on that very show. Happy Days aired from 1977-84, and the spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, from 1982-83.

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Given the years of his Chachi fame, the mullet fit right into the fashionable hairstyles of the era. However, many mocked Baio for his mullet, stating that it was incredibly unfashionable and unflattering. Nevertheless, the look now lives forever in television infamy.

Baio, from Chachi to Adult

While Baio remains known for his time on Happy Days, he has since gone on to other projects such as Charles In Charge, Baby Talk, and Diagnosis Murder, as well as numerous guest appearances on shows. He married Renee Sloan in 2007, and they have a daughter together.

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Baio has faced a lot of controversy in his adult life, some of which is connected to his views. He made disparaging marks about then-President Barack Obama and promoted controversial beliefs about the Sandy Hook shooting. He has also faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

8. Paul McCartney Mullet of Yesterday

Paul McCartney skyrocketed to fame as part of The Beatles, and from there has had an incredible music career over the years, which of course could not be complete without embracing the mullet. While he may have initially been known for the sleek Beatles haircut, he eventually transitioned to the mullet during the 70s and 80s.

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McCartney made the mullet his style of choice for many years, beginning with a straightened version that had a flap in the back, before embracing the fluffier hair fashion of the 80s. No matter how he wore his mullet, he still managed to always look like a rock star.

McCartney Got Back

After The Beatles broke up, McCartney enjoyed a successful solo career. He remains known for creating big hits like “Yesterday”, “Let It Be”, “Hey Jude”, and “Get Back”. He is credited with changing the face of rock and pop music and has dabbled in many different styles.

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McCartney has won numerous awards, was knighted by the Queen of England in 1997, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2022, at the age of 80, he continues to perform and create music, and will soon become the oldest headliner at Glastonbury.

7. David Bowie’s Mullet is Full of Stardust

For rock superstar David Bowie, the mullet wasn’t just a fashion choice. Indeed, it became part of his entire stage persona as Ziggy Stardust. Starting in the 70s, Bowie has had a larger-than-life personality on and off the stage, and the mullet became an integral part of the look.

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Complete with big hair and makeup, Bowie embodied the Ziggy Stardust look and showed off the mullet for a large chunk of his career. Besides his stage look, he also kept the mullet for his foray into acting when he played the goblin king in the film Labyrinth.

Bowie’s Legacy

Bowie’s status as a musical legend continues, and he is often regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. In addition to his unique performance style, he was known for songs such as “Fame,” “Under Pressure,” “All the Young Dudes,” and “Ashes to Ashes.”

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Bowie was fairly open about his sexuality and came out as bisexual in the 80s, although he later regretted that decision, and felt it had negative effects on his career in the U.S. Sadly, in 2016, Bowie passed away after a battle with liver cancer, but his legacy remains.

6. Mel Gibson’s Mullet Stands the Test of Time

Actor and director Mel Gibson rocked a mullet for a significant portion of his movie career, beginning with the Lethal Weapon franchise in the 80s. Some have even gone so far as to call him a “mullet ambassador,” since the hairstyle tended to flatter him.

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Gibson’s suave mulleted look was not just a signature of his own for the 80s, some fans believe that his style of mullet was the inspiration for Waddle and Sharp, both of whom we discussed earlier on this list. Decades later, Gibson’s mullet is still looked upon fondly.

Gibson’s Many Controversies

At the height of his career, Gibson was considered an A-List actor in Hollywood, known for blockbuster hits such as Braveheart, The Patriot, Mad Max, and We Were Soldiers. However, several controversies and public outbursts made him persona non grata in many Hollywood circles.

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Accusations of homophobia followed Gibson throughout the 90s. He also struggled with alcoholism and was arrested for DUI in 2006. Video footage surfaced of Gibson going on an antisemitic tirade during his arrest, which he has since apologized for, and he has sought treatment for his addiction issues.

5. Rob Lowe, the Bad Boy of Mullet

Actor Rob Lowe of the list of 80s teen heartthrobs, and undoubtedly his lustrous mullet played a role. Lowe was famously part of the Brat Pack, and many considered him to have the bad boy reputation of the group.

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Lowe is probably best remembered for his mullet in the classic coming of age film, St. Elmo’s Fire, which premiered in 1985. His career continued to grow in the 80s, and he starred in films such as Youngblood, About Last Night, Square Dance, and Masquerade.

Lowe Only Gets Better with Age

Lowe has shed his bad-boy image over time, but he’s still considered by many to be a heartthrob. His career further soared with roles in series such as The West Wing, Brothers and Sisters, Parks and Recreation, and 9-1-1: Lone Star. In 2021, he began preparing to film a Netflix film titled Dog Gone.

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After drinking heavily in his teens, Lowe resolved to get sober in 1990 and has stayed sober since, something he believes was one of the best decisions of his life. In the summer of 2020, Lowe started a podcast titled “Literally! With Rob Lowe,” and in September 2021, he started a second podcast recapping Parks and Recreation, titled “Parks and Recollection.”

4. George Clooney Pulls it Off

Even the most ardent haters of the mullet have to admit, George Clooney can still pull it off. Clooney’s acting career was still in its early stages in the 80s, and he hadn’t quite hit it big yet, although that can hardly be blamed on his glorious mullet.

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At the time of Clooney’s mullet, he was slowly booking guest appearances on various shows and posing for photoshoots. He made a splash when he scored a recurring role on the hit series The Facts of Life, mullet and all, and then had another break with an 11-episode guest spot on the hit family comedy series Roseanne.

Clooney, from Mullet to Influencer

Clooney’s career stayed on a positive trajectory after Roseanne, and once he landed a role on the medical drama ER, his fame and fortune began to skyrocket. He went on to star in films such as Oceans 11, Syriana, Up in the Air, and Michael Clayton.

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Clooney has been named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world and does a lot of work outside of his film career. He is involved in political activism, particularly when it comes to international conflicts and relations, and has worked with the United Nations on several projects.

3. Nobody Puts Patrick Swayze in a Corner

Actor Patrick Swayze had the classic puffed-up mullet, and he wasn’t afraid to show it off. If the hit film Dirty Dancing taught audiences anything, it’s that a mullet can look good when it’s bouncing up and down during a dance and that it certainly doesn’t belong hidden away.

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Swayze and his mullet had a broad appeal that crossed the gender barrier in the 80s and early 90s. He could switch between the soulful romantic movies like Ghost, and then be rocking a masculine-looking mullet as a tough guy in the film Point Break. Swayze never fit any kind of mold.

Swayze Had the Time of His Life

No one can deny that Swayze made his mark on the film industry, and his roles in films like Dirty Dancing and Ghost have become iconic in pop culture, with references made in shows and songs long after their release. He also started in films such as Road House, Icon, and Letters From a Killer.

Patrick Swayze accepts the Independent Career Achievement Award.
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In 2008, Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He preserved and continued to work on the show The Beast as his condition slowly worsened. In 2009, Swayze passed away at the age of 57, but his legacy of memorable characters and charisma lives on.

2. John Stamos Wishes He Had Been Warned

When it comes to mullets of the 80s, there is no better representation than that of America’s favorite uncle, John Stamos. When Stamos began playing his signature role of Uncle Jesse on the hit series Full House, the large-and-in-charge mullet was in full force.

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However, looking back on his hair choices 30 years later, Stamos shared that he wished someone would have told him to cut his hair. He has referred to his former mullet glory as looking “like a crow died” on his head, and it’s safe to say he has no intention of returning to his old hairstyle.

Stamos’ Life Outside Full House

While fans still fondly remember Stamos from Full House, he’s managed a successful career beyond the show. He’s also known for shows such as General Hospital, ER, Grandfathered, Fuller House, and You. Outside of the screen, Stamos put his voice to use, starring in Broadway musicals.

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Stamos is also an accomplished musician, something the Full House writers incorporated into his character. He’s performed with John Fogerty and The Beach Boys over the years. In 2018, Stamos married actress and model Caitlin McHugh; the two have a son.

1. Brad Pitt Brought the Mullet Back

Brad Pitt is well-known in Hollywood for his versatile roles, hair included, through the years. Like many others, he had a classic mullet in his younger days in the 80s, but a mullet was also part of his role in the film The Devil’s Own in 1996.

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Pitt took a break from the mullet for many years, and fans were shocked when it looked like he was bringing the retro style back. He was first spotted with a small mullet in 2019, but he really let it shine when he walked the red carpet at the Oscars in 2020. He received criticism for the look, but it was of no concern to the superstar.

Pitt, the Ultimate Hollywood A-Lister

Pitt has made a name for himself in his career and became the ultimate Hollywood A-Lister. He’s known for starring in blockbuster hits such as Fight Club, Seven, Oceans 11, Moneyball, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He’s won two Academy Awards, as well as several other awards and accolades.

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Pitt is regarded as one of the most influential and powerful individuals in the entertainment industry. He has also made headlines over the years for his relationships, including his public divorce from actress Jennifer Anniston, and his second divorce from actress Angelina Jolie, with whom he shares six children. As of 2022, Pitt remains locked in legal battles with Jolie stemming from their divorce.

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