REASON BEHIND CELEBRITY TRADEMARKS
(SOURCE: IMDB; Wikipedia)

CELEBRITY: Carol Burnett
TRADEMARK: Tugs on her left ear during all on-camera appearances
REASON: It was a way of saying"Hello" to her grandmother. It was her grandmother who raised her and took her to the movies all the time. As always she signs off a live appearance with her signature ear tug, reminding us all, between the wisecracks and the songs, how glad and lucky we all are to still have some of "this time together".

CELEBRITY: Charles Grodin
TRADEMARK: His petulant loutishness that he employs as a guest on various talk shows. Seemingly miffed or angry, his act is strictly tongue-in-cheek as he lobs offensive verbal attacks at his hosts.
REASON: Admitted in a 2006 interview on Late Show with David Letterman that the surly attitude he adopts on talk shows is an act he developed in order to be a more interesting guest. According to Grodin, he was scheduled to make his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1973, and was to be in the segment immediately following Diana Ross performing a medley of her hits. Realizing that he would bomb if he followed her as himself, he adopted this churlish character who has little patience for the questions of the host. Carson loved it and it became his trademark.

CELEBRITY: Earl Hindman
TRADEMARK: On the series "Home Improvement," he never allowed his face to be seen. He would usually be filmed behind a fence. When that was not possible, he'd either keep his face turned from the camera, or appear behind a conveniently placed object.
REASON: The character Wilson is based on Tim Allen's childhood memories of when he was too short to see over a fence, and was therefore unable to see his neighbor.

CELEBRITY: Fred Rogers
TRADEMARK: Cardigan sweaters and sneakers
REASON: The iconic cardigan sweaters he wore were hand knit by his mother. Rogers began wearing his famous sneakers when he found them to be quieter than his work shoes as he moved about behind the set.

CELEBRITY: George Burns
TRADEMARK: His ever present cigar
REASON: His cigar was mostly used as a stage prop; he was once quoted as saying, "I use the cigar for timing purposes. If I tell a joke, I smoke as long as they laugh and when they stop laughing I take the cigar out of my mouth and start my next joke."

CELEBRITY: Groucho Marx
TRADEMARK: A mustache made of dark greasepaint
REASON: The greasepaint mustache and eyebrows originated spontaneously prior to a vaudeville performance in the early 1920s when he did not have time to apply the pasted-on mustache he had been using (or, according to his autobiography, simply did not enjoy the removal of the mustache every night because of the effects of tearing an adhesive bandage off the same patch of skin every night). After applying the greasepaint mustache, a quick glance in the mirror revealed his natural hair eyebrows were too undertoned and did not match the rest of his face, so Marx added the greasepaint to his eyebrows and headed for the stage.

CELEBRITY: Harpo Marx
TRADEMARK: Rarely spoke in his roles and never in films with his brothers. He would use pantomime and often had a bike horn to communicate with.
REASON: Harpo officially became a mime after a theater critic noted in 1914 that Harpo was brilliant until his character spoke. From then on, Harpo never spoke while in character.

CELEBRITY: Jay Leno
TRADEMARK: His large chin
REASON: His prominent chin has been described as mandibular prognathism. In the book Leading with My Chin he stated that he is aware of surgery that could reset his mandible, but does not wish to endure a prolonged healing period with his jaws wired shut.

CELEBRITY: Margaret Dumont
TRADEMARK: Her screen persona was that of a stolid, wealthy society matron
REASON: Her husband, John Moller, was a millionaire industrialist, and she often commuted to filming locations from her mansions in Palm Springs, California, and Paris, France.

CELEBRITY: Mike Judge
TRADEMARK: The voices of Hank Hill and Boomhauer on "King of the Hill."
REASON: Hank Hill, as well as Mr. Tom Anderson from "Beavis and Butt-Head" are based, in part, on his experiences with his neighbors in Texas. The voice of Boomhauer is based on a message left on Mike Judge's telephone answering machine by an irate viewer of "Beavis and Butt-Head"

CELEBRITY: R. Lee Ermey
TRADEMARK: Best known for playing military drill instructors
REASON: Served in the United States Marine Corps from April 1961 to October 1971. Even though he Was retired as a Staff Sergeant on a medical disability, Ermey was later awarded the Honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He was not intended to be in "Full Metal Jacket." He was hired as a technical advisor for the actor who was to play the drill instructor, but he did such a good job at it that Ermey himself was hired for the part.

CELEBRITY: Richard Dawson
TRADEMARK: Kissed the female contestants, earning him the nicname "The Kissing Bandit"
REASON: On the 1985 "Family Feud" finale, Dawson explained that he kissed contestants for love and luck, something his mother did with Dawson himself as a child. When he replaced Ray Combs as host of Family Feud in 1994, he made a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't do anymore kissing with the female contestants.

CELEBRITY: Seth MacFarlane
TRADEMARK: Among other voices on "Family Guy," Peter, Stewie, and Brian Griffin.
REASON: based the voice of Peter Griffin mostly from a loud mouthed security guard that worked on the campus where he attended college. Big Rex Harrison fan; based his Stewie Griffin voice from Rex Harrison's portrayal of Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady." Brian's voice is simply Seth MacFarlane speaking normally. In addition, many of Brian's personal beliefs, including his generally liberal political views and his atheism, are shared by MacFarlane.

CELEBRITY: Teller
TRADEMARK: Never speaks when he's with his magician partner, Penn Jillette
REASON: Teller's trademark silence originated during his youth, when he earned a living performing magic at college fraternity parties. He found that if he maintained silence throughout his act, spectators refrained from throwing beer and heckling him and focused more on his performance

CELEBRITY: Danny Trejo
TRADEMARK: Usually plays criminals in one form or another (assassins, prisoners, etc)
REASON: A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. Trejo spent much of the 1960s in California prisons--Tracy (1963-1965), San Quentin (1965-1968), and Soledad (1968-1969). Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses, he successfully completed a 12-step rehabilitation program that changed his life. While speaking at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in 1985, Trejo met a young man who later called him for support. Trejo went to meet him at what turned out to be the set of Runaway Train (1985). Trejo was immediately offered a role as a convict extra, probably because of his tough tattooed appearance. Also on the set was a screenwriter who did time with Trejo in San Quentin. Remembering Trejo's boxing skills, the screenwriter offered him $320 per day to train the actors for a boxing match. Director Andrey Konchalovskiy saw Trejo training Eric Roberts and immediately offered him a featured role as Roberts' opponent in the film. Trejo has subsequently appeared in many other films, usually as a tough criminal or villain.
PhillyAutismGuy PhillyAutismGuy
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1 Response Feb 12, 2016

If you ever want to know what wilson's (from tool time) whole face looks like, he's in the movie Silverado. He's only got a few appearances.