50 Years Of Billy Ray Cyrus: A Life In Haircuts

Today marks 50 fabulous years of William "Billy" Ray Cyrus, the man who gave us 1992's smash single "Achy Breaky Heart," and spawned from his loins naughty teen sensation Miley Cyrus, star of Disney sitcom Hannah Montana and secret folder on many men's hard drives. Her 2009 hit ""Party In The U.S.A." is quickly becoming the unofficial national anthem of the land, even two years after its release. Francis Scott Who?

When you think of Cyrus, or BRC as we will refer to him from here on out, one immediately thinks of the trademark mullet he sported when he first came on the scene in 1992, and for a brief shining moment held a tight grip on the world's line-dancing community. The hair, the vests, the oh-so-tight jeans, and that dangerous, mischievous grin all made for a bold image, and one that has followed him for 20 years now.

He still sings and even acts, co-starring on Montana with his daughter. Soon BRC will also be a grandfather, as his son Trace and his girlfriend Brenda Song, another Disney alum, announced that they are expecting. BRC has had a prosperous past few years, albeit fraught with family strife. It hasn't been all hearts and star-shine, though.

When Miley's drug use went viral, he took to GQ's pages to admit he was afraid for his family and daughter, and he and his wife Tennessee have had their own troubles, with tabloids swirling with accusations that she cheated on him with Poison's Bret Michaels. Ew, who just fucks Bret Michaels?

Honestly, he doesn't look to have aged too badly these past two decades. Maybe it's plastic surgery, maybe it's all the smiling, or maybe he's a famepire, sucking the fame from his daughter Miley's aura (or neck) to keep himself young and beautiful We picked a few pictures of BRC through the years, and added commentary. Enjoy.

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