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The World’s Most Famous Teeth

For nearly a century, movies have been capturing our hearts and imaginations in a way no other medium could. From fantastic wardrobes to stunning makeup effects, so much can be conveyed about a character without that person ever speaking a word of dialogue. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of the most memorable teeth in Hollywood history! 


1. Julia Roberts

Sure, she’s a real person and not a character, but when you think about a perfect smile, is there anyone else who comes to mind faster? Maybe that’s why she’s won People Magazine’s coveted "Most Beautiful Woman in the World" title a record five times!

2. Austin Powers

Though his teeth aren’t exactly attractive, Powers’ yellowed buckteeth are comedy gold. The prosthetic teeth donned by Mike Meyers were designed to play into a bad stereotype about British teeth, but studies have since proven that British people have better oral hygiene habits than we do in the United States.

3. Sloth from The Goonies

Chances are if you’re a millennial you’re familiar with Sloth Fratelli, the unlikely hero of the 1985 adventure film The Goonies. Sloth didn’t have many teeth, but what he lacked in pearly whites he made up for in bravery.

4. Ed Helms as Stu in The Hangover

Anyone who’s seen the 2009 comedy The Hangover surely remembers the scene where Ed Helms’ character, a dentist named Stu, wakes up missing his front tooth after supposedly pulling it out himself the night before in an effort to prove his efficacy as a dentist. Believe it or not, there was no movie magic involved in Stu’s missing tooth. According to Helms, he never actually had a tooth in that space, thanks to a condition called hypodontia, and he had the dental implant he’d gotten in its place removed for the movie!

5.  It, aka Pennywise the Dancing Clown

In the 1990 miniseries It, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Tim Curry played Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a demon hiding in a clown’s body. In addition to having terrible teeth, Pennywise is believed by some scientists to have ushered in a wave of cases of a condition known as coulrophobia, or fear of clowns. How’s that for memorable?

6. Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin on Stranger Things

Fans of last year’s Netflix hit Stranger Things may have wondered what’s up with character Dustin Henderson’s missing teeth. As it turns out, actor Matarazzo has a rare genetic condition called cleidocranial dysplasia, which causes those affected to be born without collarbones and affects the growth of the bones and teeth. Matarazzo’s character had no teeth in the first season of the series, but trailers for season two show him sporting a full set. Unfortunately, they didn’t miraculously grow in during hiatus. According to Matarazzo, he has a full set of dentures. Viewers will have to wait and see if the same applies to Dustin when season two is released this coming Halloween - or if stranger things are responsible...

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