Now for a blog about one of my favorite subjects…(drum roll) sexy men! Well, in this case, sexy men in the opinions of People magazine readers…or editors? I honestly don’t know OR care how they decide who gets to wear the “sexy” sash for a whole year. I imagine the sash is like the one Mayor Quimby wears on The Simpsons.
In my universe, all elected officials would have to wear sashes like these.
I wouldn’t even bother trying to commit this list to memory if it weren’t something that COULD be asked about in a…I dunno…trivia tournament coming up this coming Saturday! If nothing else, writing this helped me look at each of these guys individually – film credits, Oscars, etc. My trivia team fails on so many Denzel Washington questions that it couldn’t hurt to learn more about him! He has EIGHT Oscar nominations! I think that is more than any other dude on this list.
All of the men on this list were alive when they won the “sexy” honors. Two of them have died since then – John F. Kennedy Jr. – and Patrick Swayze. If you’re a celebrity, there’s no more surefire way to bring sexy back than to die!
The pictures I’ll be including with this blog won’t be the same ones used by People. They’re going to be photos from some of my favorite things I’ve seen these guys in. And some may be really, really unflattering…or downright silly (Pierce Brosnan) – or make NO sense whatsoever (vis a vis Channing Tatum)! The numbers next to the men’s names are the ages that they were when dubbed “Sexiest Man Alive.” Any Oscar/Emmy wins/nominations will be noted. Highest-grossing films will be listed for film actors (if there is a listing for the actor on box office mojo). Nick Nolte did not have a box office mojo listing.
1985 – Mel Gibson (29)
Tina Turner as “Aunty Entity” and Mel Gibson as Mad Max in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Mel Gibson is the owner of two Oscars, both for the film Braveheart (not for acting). His highest-grossing films are Signs, What Women Want and Lethal Weapon 2. I was absolutely fascinated with Ms. Turner’s earrings in this movie when I first saw it!
1986 – Mark Harmon (34)
Men in chains ARE sexy! Here’s Mark Harmon as serial killer Ted Bundy in the TV movie The Deliberate Stranger.
1987 – Harry Hamlin (35)
I have honestly never watched anything with Harry Hamlin in it. But I guess he was a big star of a Doctor, Cop Lawyer show in the mid 1980s called L.A. Law, which was created by the late Steven Bochco and his co-star was Laurie Partridge, whom was played by Susan Dey (JK)! The only other thing I know about him (besides his being an AP student in brooding) is he is married to Lisa Rinna, who was on a soap opera I used to watch. He owns no Emmy Awards, though was nominated for Mad Men as a guest actor.
1988 – John F. Kennedy Jr. (27)
How hot was he? Hot enough for Elaine Benes on Seinfeld to lose “the contest!” No question – former George publisher, part-time playboy and aspiring politician John F. Kennedy Jr. got his looks from his mama Jacqueline! She filled out his college application to Brown University, which you can read about here.
1989 – Sean Connery (59)
Sean Connery as Jim Malone in The Untouchables, for which he won an Oscar for best supporting actor. His highest-grossing films are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock, and The Hunt for Red October. He is the oldest “sexy” man on this list, and is one of two actors on this list who have played James Bond (Pierce Brosnan is the other).
1990 – Tom Cruise (28)
Tom Cruise trying out his pimp game with prostitute Rebecca DeMornay in Risky Business. Cruise has three Oscar nominations – best leading actor in Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, and supporting actor in Magnolia. His highest-grossing films are War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Mission Impossible II.
1991 – Patrick Swayze (38)
I honestly never thought Patrick Swayze was all that hunky. But I do love the campiness of Road House. Why don’t you play the Road House drinking game sometime? Rules are simple – take a drink every time a bar brawl breaks out! The real “hottie” of Road House (IMHO) was Sam Elliott (seen below)… Swayze’s highest-grossing films are Ghost, Dirty Dancing and Point Break.
Why am I not on this “sexy man” list? Said in Sam Elliott’s voice…Did you know he’s married to Katharine Ross, who played Dustin Hoffman’s girlfriend in The Graduate?
1992 – Nick Nolte (51)
Robert DeNiro and Nick Nolte in Cape Fear. Nolte’s Oscar nominations include best leading actor for Prince of Tides and Affliction, and best supporting actor for Warrior. He also has an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a limited series for Rich Man, Poor Man.
1993 – Richard Gere (44) AND Cindy Crawford (27)
Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford have the distinction of being the only “sexiest couple alive” on this list. Get your minds out of the gutter, people – Cindy and Richard are the couple, not Cindy’s…(I’ll stop here)! Gere’s sole Emmy nomination is for outstanding supporting actor from a miniseries or special for And the Band Played On. Gere’s highest-grossing films are Pretty Woman, Chicago and Runaway Bride.
1994 – Keanu Reeves (30)
William Hurt and Keanu Reeves in I Love You to Death. Reeves’ highest grossing films include The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix, and Matrix Revolutions. Oh what the HELL…William Hurt is a far superior actor, so…here goes! William Hurt won best leading actor for Kiss of the Spider Woman, and received Oscar nods for lead actor for Children of a Lesser God and Broadcast News and supporting actor for A History of Violence.
1995 – Brad Pitt (31)
Ever wonder what Brad Pitt looks like during “No Shave November?” Here he is in Kalifornia, in which he played a serial killer. His Oscar nominations include supporting actor for Twelve Monkeys, lead actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and lead actor for Moneyball. He also has producing nominations for Moneyball, 12 Years a Slave and The Big Short. His highest-grossing films include Deadpool 2, World War Z and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Kalifornia is the only movie that my friend Michelle thinks Brad Pitt is “hot” in…
1996 – Denzel Washington (41)
Denzel Washington in Glory, for which he received best supporting actor Oscar. This is from a scene where he gets whipped. And…I’m going to confess something really, really dark here. I think whipping scenes are HOT! But only when men are getting whipped. I don’t have any desire to whip anyone myself. I also liked when Casper van Dien got whipped in Starship Troopers. I know that means that I must be pretty f—ed up psychologically or something. What else? Oh yes…best lead actor nomination, Cry Freedom; best leading actor nomination, Malcolm X; best leading actor nominee, The Hurricane; winner, best leading actor winner, Training Day; nominee, best leading actor nominee, Flight; nominee, best leading actor, Fences; and finally (whew) best leading actor nominee, Roman J. Israel, Esq. He also has a nomination as a producer for Fences. Washington’s highest-grossing films are American Gangster, Safe House, and Remember the Titans.
1997 – George Clooney (36)
George Clooney as the Nippled Crusader in Batman and Robin. His Oscar nominations/wins include: nominee, best original screenplay, Good Night and Good Luck (also best director nomination for same film); winner, best supporting actor, Syriana; nominee, best leading actor, Michael Clayton; nominee, best supporting actor, Up in the Air; nominee, adapted screenplay, The Ides of March; nominee, lead actor, The Descendants and winner, best picture (producer), Argo. He also has two Emmy nominations for acting in ER, one acting nomination for outstanding variety, music or comedy special (Haiti relief concert) and a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. And I’m not 100 percent certain, but I’m pretty sure he’s the only guy on this list who has ever owned his own tequila company (Casamigos). His highest-grossing films are Gravity, Oceans Eleven, and the Perfect Storm. Clooney is one of two actors on this list to play Batman, the other actor is Ben Affleck.
1998 – Harrison Ford (56)
Jesus…could this photo be any hotter? Chains… AND a practically shirtless Harrison Ford? Survey says? Ahem…This photo is from Witness, for which he received his only Oscar nomination (best leading actor). His three highest-grossing films are Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
1999 – Richard Gere (50)
Sorry, I don’t like Richard Gere enough to use TWO photos of him in this blog. Instead, here’s a photo from Unfaithful, a comedy film in which he starred with Diane Lane. She plays his wife in this movie, and cheats on him with the guy in the picture. [SPOILERS AHEAD] Hot guy in the picture winds up getting killed by Gere’s character, and his body gets wrapped up in an area rug. Maybe I just have a sick sense of humor…but I thought it was HILARIOUS that Gere’s character drove all over town with this…corpse wrapped up in an area rug – in the back of his grocery-getter. He even goes to his kid’s play at school….WITH THE CORPSE IN THE CAR! Why was this labeled as a “thriller?” This is PURE comedy! Seriously…go see it! Or (sigh) just read the synopsis!
2000 – Brad Pitt (36)
Advanced placement brooder Brad Pitt in World War Z, which was written by EGOT owner Mel Brooks’ son Max Brooks. To be clear, Mel Brooks is the one who owns an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award – not his son Max! I LOVED Brad Pitt’s hair in this movie! See previous Brad Pitt entry if you want to know about his Oscar nominations and stuff.
2001 – Pierce Brosnan (48)
Actor Pierce Brosnan provided the voice of the “Ultrahouse 3000” on a Treehouse of Horror (Halloween) episode of The Simpsons. Come on – you all know what Pierce Brosnan looks like! British, dark haired, blue-eyed, British…His highest-grossing films are Mrs. Doubtfire, Die Another Day and Mamma Mia! He is one of two actors on this list to have played James Bond, doing so in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day. The other James Bond actor on this list to play Bond was Sean Connery.
2002 – Ben Affleck (30)
Ben Affleck asserting his dominance over Jason Lee in Mallrats. His Oscar bang-for-buck is pretty strong! He has been nominated twice – and has won both times – screenwriting for Good Will Hunting, and producing for Argo. His highest-grossing films are Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. He is one of two actors on this list to have played Batman (the other is George Clooney).
2003 – Johnny Depp (40)
Al Pacino and Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco. Here, Depp is showing the advanced brooding skills required to snag a “Sexiest Man Alive” win from People magazine. Depp has three Oscar nominations, but no wins – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl; Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. His highest-grossing movies include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
2004 – Jude Law (31)
Jude Law as John Watson in Sherlock Holmes. In this movie, he plays the “ugly” guy to Robert Downey Jr.’s hot lead role. This is something that has ALWAYS bugged me. RDJ and Charlie Sheen are essentially the same age. And they have abused their bodies in the same ways (drug abuse, heavy smoking, drinking, whoring) – yet RDJ still looks so hot – and Charlie Sheen looks like he’s been run over by a steam roller. But I digress, let’s let back to Jude Law, shall we? He has been nominated for two acting Oscars – supporting actor, The Talented Mr. Ripley and lead actor in Cold Mountain. His highest-grossing films include Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. A movie of his to keep an eye on if you follow high-grossing films is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
2005 – Matthew McConaughey (36)
Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused. His only Oscar nomination/win is for lead actor in Dallas Buyer’s Club. His highest-grossing films are Sing, Interstellar and Wolf of Wall Street.
2006 – George Clooney (45)
See previous entry for George Clooney…here’s a pic from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2007 – Matt Damon (37)
Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Or maybe he’s just being himself here. I honestly don’t know. But…hello, Mr. Brooding! He has several Oscar nominations but only one win – a shared writing win with Ben Affleck for Good Will Hunting. He also received a lead actor nod for Good Will Hunting, supporting actor nod for Invictus and lead actor for The Martian. He received an Oscar nod as a producer for Manchester by the Sea. His highest-grossing films are The Martian, The Bourne Ultimatum and Saving Private Ryan.
2008 – Hugh Jackman (40)
Hugh Jackman in The Prestige, a movie about dueling magicians that has jokingly been dubbed Batman Vs. Wolverine (because the other magician is Batman actor Christian Bale). Thankfully, since my fingers are getting a bit tired (yawn), he only has one Oscar nomination – lead actor for Les Miserables. Jackman’s highest-grossing films include X Men: The Last Stand, X Men: Days of Future Past and Logan.
2009 – Johnny Depp (46)
See previous entry for Johnny Depp…
2010 – Ryan Reynolds (34)
Ryan Reynolds’ sexiest role by far (IMHO) is Deadpool. I don’t care if his face and body is disfigured – he’s fearless, he’s deadly with a turn of phrase, he has the whole tragedy thing going with the raging cancer (kind of like Doc Holliday and his TB) and…he and I could talk all day about pop culture references alone! It certainly doesn’t hurt that he can rock a bodysuit… Sure, he’s not as “broody’ as some of the other hunks on this list, but hey…you need to laugh every now and then, don’t you? Reynolds’ highest-grossing films include Deadpool 2, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Life (2017).
2011 – Bradley Cooper (36)
I may have zero desire to see ANY version of A Star Is Born, but I certainly don’t mind seeing the “No Shave November” version of Bradley Cooper (or the long hair)! Cooper’s Oscar nominations include leading actor in Silver Linings Playbook, supporting actor in American Hustle and lead actor in American Sniper (he also received a producer nomination for this one). His highest-grossing films are Avengers: Infinity War (voice), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and American Sniper.
2012 – Channing Tatum (32)
I REFUSE to post a photo of Channing Tatum in this blog! My crazy fan theory is that he’s the love child of Carol Channing and Tatum O’Neal (pictured in the movie Little Darlings). His name should be TATUM CHANNING! Oh all right…Tatum Channing’s highest-grossing films are The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
2013 – Adam Levine (34)
I’m not going to pretend I know anything about Adam Levine. He’s a singer…that’s all I know!
2014 – Chris Hemsworth (31)
Chris Hemsworth in Thor. His highest-grossing films are Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
2015 – David Beckham (40)
English footballer David Beckham wearing his Manchester United kit. He served as captain of Manchester United, and played as a midfielder. He was deadly when he had a chance at a set piece – and even more deadly with his hair styles (showboat)! He’s married to a former Spice Girl. The Posh one.
2016 – Dwayne Johnson (44)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence. His highest-grossing films are Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Furious 7 and Moana (voice). My husband has a “man crush” on Mr. Johnson. Possible future blog topic? Hmmmm…
2017 – Blake Shelton (41)
Blake Shelton. He’s a singer…or something. Reality show judge?
2018 – Idris Elba (46)
Elba as Heimdall, who guards Rainbow Brite’s bridge in Thor (JK)! His highest-grossing films are Avengers: Infinity War, Finding Dory (voice) and Avengers: Age of Ultron.