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  • People's Sexiest Man Alive From 1985 - Present

    People magazine has named Adam Levine 2013's 'Sexiest Man Alive'.
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  • People's Sexiest Man Alive of 2012

    Actor Channing Tatum - who had audiences swooning when he appeared as a stripper in the 2012 film "Magic Mike" - has been named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2012. The actor joins the select club of Hollywood heartthrobs who have taken the title since the magazine first began bestowing it in 1985.
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    Mel Gibson put sexy on the map as People magazine's inaugural cover hunk in 1985. At the time, the azure-eyed actor was best known as the gritty and gorgeous star of "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome."
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Another pioneer hottie, actor Mark Harmon, was selected as Sexiest Man Alive in 1986 when he was known to swooning viewers as Dr. Robert Caldwell on the Emmy-winning series "St. Elsewhere." His long and varied acting career has included a role as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the TV drama "NCI" since 2003.
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    Gone is the three-piece suit that drew gasps of admiration for actor Harry Hamlin during his "L.A. Law" days, when he was deemed Sexiest Man Alive. In its place is whatever garb will get him through the day on his new reality show on TVLand, "Harry Loves Lisa," co-starring soap opera actress Lisa Rinna, his third wife.
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    Images of John F. Kennedy Jr., whose toddler's salute to his father's casket has a place in American photographic history, made it onto plenty of college dorm walls when he was recognized as the Sexiest Man Alive in 1988. A journalist, magazine publisher and pilot, Kennedy's life was cut short at 38 when he died with his young wife in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in 1999.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    At age 60, Sean Connery was the oldest – and possibly the baldest -- cover stud to win the title Sexiest Man Alive. The Academy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayal of Agent 007 James Bond has since been knighted by the Queen of England and named People magazine's Sexiest Man of the Century.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Back in the days of box-office hits like "Top Gun" and "Risky Business," the S-word most associated with actor Tom Cruise was "sexy." Today it might be "Scientology," tied to the controversial church he follows, or "Suri," his daughter with actress Katie Holmes, his third wife.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    The star of classic chick flicks like "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," heartthrob Patrick Swayze was a natural for Sexiest Man Alive in 1992. His 30-year television and film career ended after he was diagnosed in January 2008 with late-stage pancreatic cancer. His death in September 2009 broke the hearts of fans worldwide.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Gravel-voiced, square-jawed Nick Nolte earned his sexy crown by wowing audiences with such films as "Prince of Tides" and "48 Hours." His more recent professional life has included minor roles in such films as "Hotel Rwanda" while his personal life has been marked by three marriages that ended in divorce and an ongoing struggle with substance abuse.
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    Actor Richard Gere was the male half of the Sexiest Couple of the Year in 1993, sharing the title with his then-wife supermodel Cindy Crawford. At the time, Gere was best known for his star turn in "Pretty Woman." Today he continues his film work amid his ongoing high-profile activism to promote a free Tibet and raise awareness of AIDS/HIV.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Since being declared Sexiest Man Alive in 1995, Brad Pitt has been on a successful roll in Hollywood. As an actor and producer, he has starred in such critically acclaimed films as "Fight Club," the three "Oceans" films, "Troy," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Once married to actress Jennifer Anniston, Pitt is raising six children with actress Angelina Jolie.
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    The only African American to be named Sexiest Man Alive, actor Denzel Washington was best known at the time for films including "The Pelican Brief " and "The Philadelphia Story." Today, he has broadened his Hollywood experience to include work as a screenwriter, director and producer but still shines as an actor, winning an Academy Award for the cop thriller film "Training Day" in 2001.
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    Early watchers of the TV medical drama "ER" knew George Clooney as the cute bad boy Dr. Doug Ross and a well-deserving recipient of the 1997 Sexiest Man Alive award. Clooney has enjoyed an explosively successful career as an Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He also has used his celebrity status to promote awareness on Darfur, Haiti and more.
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    Action icon Harrison Ford wasn't resting on his "Indiana Jones" laurels when he was named Sexiest Man Alive in 1998. The year before, Ford, then well into his 50s, starred in the hit film "Patriot Games." In 2010, Ford married "Ally McBeal" actress and longtime girlfriend Calista Flockhart.
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    1999 was a banner year for Richard Gere in more ways than one. Besides being named Sexiest Man for the second time, the actor also reunited with his "Pretty Woman" costar Julia Roberts for the film "Runaway Bride."
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Brad Pitt reclaimed the Sexiest Man title in 2000, the year after the actor slugged it out with Edward Norton in "Fight Club." Most of the men named "Sexiest Man" are actors.
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    In 2001, Pierce Brosnan followed Sean Connery in becoming the second "Bond" to wear the "Sexiest Man" crown. The Irish-born Brosnan, who first gained fame in the U.S. for his TV role in the 1980s detective series "Remington Steele," starred in "Golden Eye" six years earlier. He went on to make three more Bond sequels.
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    Ben Affleck burst onto the Hollywood scene as one-half of the Oscar-winning acting-writing duo, along with Matt Damon, behind 1997's "Good Will Hunting." His good looks helped pave the way for more screen roles along with the 2002 Sexiest Man award. Today, the actor is married to "Alias" alum Jennifer Garner, with whom he has two daughters.
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    Once best-known as the lead in the TV series "21 Jump Street" and the title character in the offbeat "Edward Scissorhands," Johnny Depp's fame went mainstream following his portrayal of the stumbling, flamboyant pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Depp was named Sexiest Man in 2003, the year the film debuted. He went on to play Captain Jack in two sequels.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Jude Law played the titular ladies man in 2004's "Alfie" and, fittingly, was bestowed the Sexiest Man title that same year. The English actor's stateside appeal grew thanks to roles in films such as 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and 2001's "Artificial Intelligence" and, 2009's "Sherlock Holmes," where Law played Watson opposite Robert Downey Jr.'s Holmes.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Matthew McConaughey's breakout role was in 1993's "Dazed and Confused", but there's nothing confusing about the famously broad-chested Texas native's sex appeal. Named Sexiest Man in 2005, McConaughey has appeared in a string of romantic comedies alongside such leading ladies as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    In the decade after George Clooney first won the Sexiest Man title, he solidified his superstar cred – thanks to films such as "Ocean's 11,", "Syriana", which he also produced, and "Good Night and Good Luck," which he also directed -- and returned to "Sexiest Man" status in 2006.
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Five years after buddy Ben Affleck was named Sexiest Man, it was Matt Damon's turn in the sexy spotlight. In addition to his work with Affleck on "Good Will Hunting," Damon has shared screen time with "Sexiest" honorees George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Ocean's trilogy of caper films and Jude Law in "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Damon's 2007 award came the same year he starred in "The Bourne Ultimatum," the third in a hugely successful action series. <p></p><p></p> <b><a href="http://abc.go.com/watch/25-years-of-sexy-people-magazines-sexiest-man-alive/SH5598279/VD5598659/25-years-of-sexy-people-magazines-sexiest-man" target="external">Watch "25 Years of Sexy: People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive!" here.</a></b>
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    Hugh Jackman got jacked to play the adamantium-clawed Wolverine in Marvel Comics' "X-Men" films and in 2008, that superhero physique helped him win Sexiest Man. The brawny Aussie has also had his share of romantic and dramatic roles and, in 2003, took a musical turn in Broadway's "The Boy From Oz."
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  • People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

    Johnny Depp returned to "Sexiest" form in 2009, the same year he swashbuckled his way into a third "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, "At World's End", and took the murderous lead role in the movie musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
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  • People's Sexiest Man Alive

    Ryan Reynolds, star of this year's thriller "Buried" and last year's comedy "The Proposal," is People magazine's pick for 2010 Sexiest Man Alive. Reynolds joked with ABC's Chris Connelly that if he didn't work out, his body would look "a mirror image of Dick Van Dyke."
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  • Bradley Cooper Named People's Sexiest Man Alive of 2011

    Actor Bradley Cooper is People Magazine's pick for the 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. Known for "The Hangover" movies and "The A Team," the 36-year-old actor's blue eyes, alluring smile and all-American feel would make any woman swoon.
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