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12 Of The Most Iconic Celebrity Mullets Of All Time

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Photo Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images and Sunset Boulevard / Corbis / Getty Images and Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Party in the front, business in the back. That’s the age-old description of the iconic hairstyle known as the “mullet.” Decades ago, the mullet saw immense popularity, especially among some pretty famous people. Here are 12 people who once sported a mullet of their own. You can decide if they rocked it or not.

Billy Ray Cyrus

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Billy Ray Cyrus helped to make the mullet an iconic look. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Kicking off the list is the one and only Billy Ray Cyrus. A country singer and songwriter, Billy Ray Cyrus rose to fame not only for his music, but for his looks. When most people think of the mullet hairstyle, they often think of this man right here. The buzz on the top with the long length at the back – it was mullet perfection. His mullet was so important to him, he even wrote a song about it!

John Stamos

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John Stamos had a rocking mullet while playing Uncle Jesse in Full House. (Photo Credit: Jeff Franklin Productions / Warner Bros. Television / MoviePics1001 / MovieStillsDB)

Who could forget the funny and charming John Stamos, who iconically played Uncle Jesse in Full House? He was the ultimate cool guy and there was something so warm and comforting about Stamos in that role. Maybe it had something to do with the dark, luscious, wispy locks he wore. You just wanted to get lost in them.

David Bowie 

Headshot of David Bowie performing on stage
David Bowie performing on stage at Wembley Stadium during the Glass Spider tour. (Photo credit: Pete Still / Redferns / Getty Images)

Classic rock legend David Bowie was at the forefront of 1980s style. Everything he did set the fashion world in motion. So when he decided to cut his hair into a mullet, naturally, the rest of the world followed suit. Sporting all sorts of different colors, Bowie showed the versatility of the mullet, inspiring both men and women to adopt the hairstyle for themselves.

Dolly Parton

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Country and western superstar singer Dolly Parton entertains the audience at the Magna Science And Adventure Park on December 5, 2007 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. (Photo Credit: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

Speaking of women who adopted the look, Dolly Parton also dabbled with the mullet. Always a lover of big hair, Parton could tease the top of her mullet as high as she wanted. It makes sense that she would eventually test out the mullet for herself considering she is the godmother of Billy Ray’s daughter Miley Cyrus!

Brian Bosworth

Headshot of Brian Bosworth wearing a football jersey
A close-up of Brian Bosworth, #55 of the Seattle Seahawks, as he looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams. (Tim DeFrisco / Stringer / Getty Images)

The mullet had so much influence, it even infiltrated the world of sports. Former NFL football linebacker, Brian Bosworth, was well known for his aggressive mullet-mohawk hybrid. When Bosworth stepped away from playing football and entered the world of Hollywood, he brought the mullet with him. His rendition of the hairstyle can be seen in his debut film Stone Cold (1991).

Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez in a private photo shoot at Ron Wolfson’s Studio on June, 17, 1990 in Studio City, CA. (Photo Credit: Ron Wolfson / Getty Images)

Saved By The Bell was televised from 1989 to 1993 and throughout the series, Mario Lopez was A. C. Slater, the army kid jock with a curly mullet. There was enough gel in that mullet to make his hair look wet at all times, and the ladies could not get enough of it. Lopez eventually dropped the hairstyle, but kept the dimple.

Meryl Streep

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Meryl Streep sported a mullet in her portrayal as Karen Silkwood in the 1983 film Silkwood. (Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox / murraymomo / MovieStillsDB)

Someone we forget once had a mullet is Meryl Streep. Streep has had no problem cutting her hair short, growing it out long, or dying it for whatever role she is cast in. It only makes sense that she would welcome a choppy mullet. Although she didn’t keep the look for long, Streep sports the hairstyle in the biographical drama titled Silkwood (1983).

Kurt Russell

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The mullet perfectly suited Kurt Russell’s role as Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China in 1986. (Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox / Bane / MovieStillsDB)

Another person who made the mullet part of their brand was Kurt Russell. The hair at the top of his head always had so much volume, flowing into the long, wavy locks at the back. It has become a signature look for Russell, something that he has maintained into his older years. Even now at 71, Russell keeps a bit of length at the back that is reminiscent of his rocking 1980s mullet.

Paul McCartney

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Even Paul McCartney sported a mullet in the past. (Photo Credit: Brian Rasic / Getty Images)

Paul McCartney helped make the mop-top a popular hairstyle during his time with The Beatles. Clearly, he was already influencing men everywhere before the mullet, so when he grew out the back and shortened the front, he really helped to popularize the look.

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson, US actress, admiring photographs in frames on a table with a large mirror which reflects Henderson in a portrait issued as publicity for the US television series, ‘The Brady Bunch’, USA, circa 1972. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

Florence Henderson is best known for her role as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, which aired from 1969 to 1974. During part of that time, she wore her hair in what can only be described as two styles in one. Her pixie cut on top was accompanied by a shoulder bob underneath. It was such a dramatic mullet that only Henderson could really pull it off.

George Clooney

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Actor George Clooney poses for a portrait session in May 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

When George Clooney landed one of his first major roles in the 1984 sitcom E/R (no, not that ER), he did so with a voluminous and curly mullet. Playing a ladies’ man called Ace, Clooney took the character beyond the screen, becoming a ladies’ man in real life. Clooney’s long dark mullet was truly iconic.

Jane Fonda

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American actress Jane Fonda as call-girl Bree Daniels in Klute (1971). (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

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Jane Fonda had been acting for years before she switched up her hairstyle to sport a unique mullet. The bangs are giving Justin Bieber vibes, but the long hair at the back helps date the look to the 1970s. This was the haircut Fonda had for her booking shot when she spent a night in jail following an arrest. When her mugshot went viral, women everywhere were asking for the Klute cut.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!