20 of the Best Celebrity Mullets of All Time
by John Thome
Some call it “The Kentucky Waterfall,” others “The Mississippi Mudflap,” but this hairstyle is universally recognized as the “Mullet.” The short-on-top, long-in-back hairstyle is universally known for its versatility, which allows you to handle business during the day and be ready to party in a moment’s notice. It’s silly and charming, and for a time it was everywhere. Do you remember these celebrity mullets?
Billy Ray Cyrus
Being the possessor of the most renowned and recognized mullet of all time, one cannot craft a “celebrity mullet” list without Billy Ray Cyrus. Billy Ray’s mullet came to prominence in 1992 when “Achy Breaky Heart” exploded onto the music scene. And while his song was popular, it bumped his hairstyle down to being his second-biggest embarrassment.
Just behind Jamie Lee Curtis as the world’s second-most–famous yogurt lover, John Stamos and his mullet rose to fame as bad boy brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis on “Full House.” When Stamos’s hairdo would come on-screen every #TGIF, millions of fans simultaneously screamed, “Have Mercy!”
Before dancing around on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and before her groundbreaking sitcom in the ’90s, Ellen was a very funny stand-up comedian … with a mullet. Was her mullet the catalyst to her future success? Probably not.
Now bald, tennis great Andre Agassi had a mullet that reminds us that the flame that burns brightest burns half as long. Gone but not forgotten, Andre’s mullet will always be part of his image.
Pro-wrestling legend Hulk Hogan used to remind kids to say their prayers and eat their vitamins; now, he’s battling public scrutiny after making racist remarks on a sex tape. The one thing that’s remained consistent in the Hulkster’s life has been his mullet or, more specifically, his skullet (bald on top, party in the back).
This angry American’s mullet comes courtesy of the red-white-and-blue. It will be forever immortalized on his 1993 debut country album Toby Keith.
Current defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, NFL player Jared Allen didn’t just rock a mullet—he made it a lifestyle. Of his mullet, Allen said, “If someone asks if you want extra mayonnaise, you have to say yes because that’s part of it.”
Actor Mel Gibson is famous for many things; Braveheart, the original Mad Max, directing The Passion of the Christ, racist rants, etc. But his most Lethal Weapon in the 1980s was his magnificent hair.
Perhaps most remembered as A.C Slater in Saved by the Bell, Mario Lopez showed off muscles that weren’t the only part of him that glistened. His mullet shone almost as much as his celebrity star power.
The versatile star of Road House danced into our hearts in the ’80s classic Dirty Dancing and made us laugh as the Chippendales dancer alongside Chris Farley on “SNL.” Sadly, Swayze died in 2009 due to pancreatic cancer, but he, and his mullet, will live on in his beloved movies.
Fact: Chuck Norris has never had a bad hair day. Ever.
Hollywood wild child Charlie Sheen thinks he’s “winning” today, but he’ll never win as much as he did in the ’80s and early ’90s when he donned this stellar mullet.
Described as one of the most handsome men in the world, Clooney proved that brandishing a mullet won’t send your career to the “ER.” George described his mullet days as an “awkward phase,” but fortunately for his many admiring fans, he has moved on to sexier pastures.
Whether performing as his glam rock alter ego Ziggy Stardust or playing Nikola Tesla in the 2006 drama The Prestige, this English-born singer, songwriter, actor, and painter has been making a statement since the ’70s. His music may have brought him fame, but his mullet is immortal.
Maybe I’m amazed at Paul McCartney’s sweet mullet. Of course, Paul’s hair has changed throughout the years, but now I long for yesterday because Paul’s mullet is dead. Too much?
Barbados-born Rihanna isn’t afraid to try risky looks, and she proved it in 2013 when she unveiled her new mullet. Some loved it, others hated it, but she continued to live her life.
This soft-rock singer is known for his bellowing ballads and, well, his long, flowing mullet. Bolton chopped off his blonde locks in the late ’90s and auctioned off the hair for charity. I was, unfortunately, too young to make a bid.
Neil Patrick Harris
NPH came into our lives in 1989 as teenage doctor Doogie Howser. Howser sported what can only be described as a “mini-mullet” but a mullet nonetheless. NPH has done a lot since then, but it can still be debated that his mini-mullet will always be his greatest accomplishment.
Known today as the star of “24” and for multiple legal troubles, Kiefer was once known for playing the vampire David in The Lost Boys. Folklore says the way to kill a vampire is to put a stake through its heart, but Sutherland’s mullet certainly broke millions of hearts all on its own.
Hi. I’m Rob Lowe, and I have DirecTV.
And I’m ’80s Rob Lowe, and I have a mullet.