Tom Selleck Mustache (Detailed Look & Gallery)

Written By Bakes

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When it comes to iconic facial hair styles in Hollywood, few names are as synonymous with a specific style, Tom Selleck Mustache, need I say more?

For decades, Tom Selleck’s mustache has been a hallmark of his image, which he has used to portray characters on screen whilst using the look for his personal brand.

Our editorial details each stage of his mustache, how it looked in the 70s, 80s, its appearance in TV, film and how it looks today.

Tom Selleck Mustache Gallery

70s Mustache

One of the first notable appearance of the mustache can be seen on the “The Rockford Files,” series as he portrayed detective named Lance White.

Tom Selleck Mustache in the 70s
Image: ©MGM/UA

The 70s mustache marked the inception of what would become a facial hair legacy, a testament to Selleck’s ability to turn even the smallest details into memorable character traits.

80s Mustache

It’s the 1980s we see Tom Selleck’s most iconic role, Thomas Magnum in the hit TV series Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck Mustache in the 80s
Image Credit – Magnum PI Show

Whilst the Hawaiian shirts and adventurous escapades that left an impression it was certainly propped up with mustache that became synonymous with the character.

Thick, well-defined lines and impeccable grooming, the mustache elevated Magnum’s persona to a league of its own, the hair and make up department made sure he looked great every episode.

It became a visual cue that hinted at Magnum’s penchant for adventure, his quick wit, and his endearing flaws.

Outside of the 80s stache we saw various other men’s 80s hair and beard styles gain popularity.


The transition between the moustache and beardstache is seamless which explains the look appearing throughout his career.  

Images – Rex Features

In order to maintain the mustache facial hair needs to remain shaved down, any signs of growth and boom! You have the beardstatche.

So this could be intentional as well as unintentional.

The beardstache demonstrated Selleck’s willingness to experiment with his look while still maintaining the essence of his signature style.

Tom Selleck Mustache with Long Hair

The contrast between long hair and a mustache establishes a captivating visual look on any man, I mean try it, see how many looks you get.  

Tom Selleck Mustache with Long Hair

Long hair, cascading down from the scalp, creates a sense of movement and fluidity, while the mustache  just above the upper lip, adds definition and structure to the face, In layman term it stops and makes you look!

Dr. Richard Mustache

In the 1990s, Tom Selleck made a memorable guest appearance on the iconic TV show “Friends” as Dr. Richard Burke.

Image Credit – Friends TV Show

Once again, the mustache took centre stage, this time resembling the Magnum mustache that had became his trademark in the 80s.

The look was a nod to his earlier days and a reminder of the timeless influence he had on the world of facial hair.

Grey Mustache

Tom Selleck’s mustache gracefully aged along with him which we see having traces of white and black, normally referred to as salt and pepper beard.

Outside of that having sported the mustache we see the grey hair look on various other bearded styles form the actor such as the goatee, full beard and bushy look.

Here’s How to Maintain a Beard

Regular Grooming

Setting a routine is important as this is what will keep your grooming habits a part of your lifestyle.

Use a good quality beard trimmer to maintain an even length and shape. Not all beards are made the same BUT, they will all follow the same principles so make sure you keep it groomed!

Nourish and Hydrate

It’s very easy to forget the skin under your facial hair as its not exposed as it used to be. Ensure your hydrating this area.

This not only prevents itchiness but also tames any unruly strands.

Massage beard oil into your beard and skin for that extra dose of care oh and ensure the beard oil doesn’t irritate you. I found out the hard way when I used castor oil.

Comb and Brush

Regularly comb or brush your beard to distribute natural oils, prevent tangles, and give it a neat appearance.

When you’re aiming for a big, full beard, these tools are your best friends. Just remember, gentle strokes are the way to go – treat your beard like the treasure it is!

Final Words

From its origins in the 70s to its present-day influence, Selleck’s mustache has left in pop culture. Every year on Halloween were reminded just how impactful the look was.

It’s a testament to the fact that even the smallest details can leave the most lasting impressions, and in the case of Tom Selleck’s mustache, its influence will forever remain etched in the annals of pop culture history.

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