Who is People’s Sexiest Man Alive of the last 25 years?

This topic has absolutely nothing to do with motherhood other than maybe to prove that we’re not numb and dead just because we had children. I thought it would be fun to look back through People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and  talk about our favorite ones. (It’s Fun Friday Ya’ll!)

Ryan Reynolds was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive this week. I’m all on board with that call. We loved him in “Two Guys and Girl and Pizza Place” in 1998 (not the show just him) and also loved him in “Van Wilder” in 2002. He was super cute in “The Proposal.” Here is a link to all his work.  Here is a link to his photos from People.com for the Sexiest Man Alive honor.

Also honored this year:

Jon Hamm – I’m totally into! His longtime girlfriend is the sister of Michael’s friend and everyone says what a spectacularly nice guy he is!

Kellan Lutz – Really young and I have no idea who he is.

Drake – Have heard of him and think he’s OK.

Matthew Morrison – I think he’s very cute. Love him on “Glee.”

Jon Bon Jovi – Didn’t like him growing up but ever since he cut his hair I totally think he’s hot.

Joe Manganiello – He’s from “True Blood.” He’s OK.

Robert Downey Jr.  – Can’t decide on him.

Jesse Williams – No idea.

Justin Timberlake – I think he’s very talented (singer, actor, comedian) but I’m not that into him.

Vin Diesel – OK.

Jake Gyllenhaal – I am totally in. I am loving his naked ads with Anne Hathaway! I want to see the movie just to see him naked.  His eyes and beard are doing it for me. Look at the Entertainment Weekly cover. I will be hiding it under my pillow at night!

(The AJC has put together it’s own gallery of sexy men.)

I thought Joe Jonas was on this list but he isn’t. He’s on the sexy at any age list. I have to say I am grateful he is 21 because I do think he is soo hot. I love it when he wears his glasses. I feel bad watching the show with my Rosie thinking impure thoughts about a Jonas.

So here are your choices for Sexiest Man Alive from the Last 25 years of People Magazine (You can see all the old covers at this link):

1985: Mel Gibson

1986: Mark Harmon

1987: Harry Hamlin

1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.

1989: Sean Connery

1990: Tom Cruise

1991: Patrick Swayze

1992: Nick Nolte

1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (”The Sexiest Couple Alive”)

1994: None

1995: Brad Pitt

1996: Denzel Washington

1997: George Clooney

1998: Harrison Ford

1999: Richard Gere

2000: Brad Pitt

2001: Pierce Brosnan

2002: Ben Affleck

2003: Johnny Depp

2004: Jude Law

2005: Matthew McConaughey

2006: George Clooney

2007: Matt Damon

2008: Hugh Jackman

2009: Johnny Depp

I love George Clooney and actually like his photo better from 2006 than in 1997. He’s aged that well. I think Brad Pitt looks awful in both photos even though in general I think he’s good looking. The one that just makes my heart flutter is John F. Kennedy Jr. I once interviewed for a job at “George” magazine and was terrified of meeting him. I met with the editor in chief instead of him. Kind of a bummer but she was much easier to talk with.

So of this list of the past Sexiest Men Alive, who is the most Sexy??? Who do you like the most on the current list? Who are your favorites from past years?

- by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania blog

78 comments Add your comment

Valary

November 19th, 2010
1:23 am

All the candidates are amazingly sexy men. Nonetheless, John F Kennedy, Jr. was our American “prince.” He conducted himself with dignity and grace; and this country was proud to claim him as the heir to Camelot. I believe he should be the Sexiest Man. He may no longer be with us, but his memory does not fade.

If not JFK, George Clooney is aging beautifully and carries the humor and intrinsic elegance of Cary Grant.

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deidre_NC

November 19th, 2010
1:58 am

channing tatum makes my heart flutter…:)

Common Sense

November 19th, 2010
2:06 am

Jon Bon Jovi. Out of all of the pictures, I had the most natural gasp, heart flutter with him! Go figure! That is the only man that both men and women, gay or straight are enamored by. I have seen the most butch man scream like a teenage girl at a concert he played at. Priceless.

DB

November 19th, 2010
6:41 am

They’re all easy to look at, but I have to admit, Mark Harmon, then and now on “NCIS” makes me happy just to look at him — in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, he’s ALSO a nice guy and devoted to his family. That’s the sexiest part of all, to me. :-) Pierce Brosnan and George Clooney come in tied for second.

I can’t help but think, though, if People showed a spread of women with low-cut tops and drooled over their boobs, women would scream bloody murder!

Nadia74

November 19th, 2010
7:14 am

Oh, my. Sean Connery.

ABC

November 19th, 2010
7:49 am

Jon Hamm…’nuff said!

motherjanegoose

November 19th, 2010
8:05 am

I have never been about heart throbs…not as a teenager and not now at 51.

I rarely watch TV but was watching with my husband last night. I also like NCIS and know it is on Tuesday night but really have no idea what days other shows are on. Hubby was scrolling the screen and I saw The Mentalist. I asked him, “Isn’t that the guy with the curly hair?” He just looked at me….LOL. Simon Baker is kinda cute…to me.

Did anyone here catch what the burned guy said at the very end of the show last night? Hubby was snoring and I did not hear it…so I missed the whole point….stinks. Guess I could find it online.

JJ

November 19th, 2010
8:20 am

Paul Newman is my NUMBER ONE!!!! Those beautiful blue eyes…….I could get lost in them…..

then George Clooney (I’ve been in love with him since he was on The Facts of Life)
Harrison Ford – Indiana Jones baby,……
Sean Connery – He’s just georgeous!

I don’t know if he’s ever been on of People’s sexiest, but Shemar Moore makes me VERY weak in the knees………He could eat crackers in my bed…

Paige

November 19th, 2010
8:23 am

Sean Connery is 1st in my book, He got more handsome with age. Mark Harmon is a close second!

fred

November 19th, 2010
8:24 am

does people also put out a sexiest woman of the year?? I dont think I have ever seen that list. Hmmm might that be considered a bit sexist?? What would the popular media do if a magazine that was so widely distributed in the mainstream objectified women like that. Double edged sword anyone??

Go back to bed, Fred...

November 19th, 2010
8:33 am

…this a “Mom’s” fantasy…

JJ

November 19th, 2010
8:34 am

Alright guys – who’s your sexiest woman? And why?

YUKI

November 19th, 2010
8:40 am

I agree with the Channing Tatum comment. He is a beautiful man. Ryan Renolds is very attractive but I think what makes him even sexier is that he is funny. To me, that is attractive. I like Ben Affleck as well. Tom Cruise? You have got to be kidding. He is Cruisazy. I guess he made it before all of his nonsense, though!

Mr. Ed

November 19th, 2010
8:44 am

@Fred

Sports Illustrated magazine has got the sexual objectification of women covered with the annual swim suit issue.

RJ

November 19th, 2010
8:53 am

Denzel would be favorite on the list. I used to think Brad Pitt was hot but not anymore. He hasn’t aged well. Sean Connery is the hottest old dude on the planet. The hottest guys to me have never made the list – Tyson Beckford, Wentworth Miller and Dwayne Wade!

Spacey

November 19th, 2010
9:06 am

Why wasn’t there one in 1994?

JJ

November 19th, 2010
9:07 am

Dwayne Johnson, aka THE ROCK..

Hannah

November 19th, 2010
9:17 am

Jake Gyllenhaal, hands down. Can’t wait for the new movie.

really

November 19th, 2010
9:20 am

Johnny Depp = SEXIEST MAN EVER!

sexiest woman is definitely angelina jolie. she is beautiful inside and out…

Anonymous

November 19th, 2010
9:24 am

Not a very diverse list. It’s a FACT that Spanish (from Spain) and Latin (from So. America) men are the hottest, sexiest men on the planet! With the exception of Mel, Pierce, & Sean, this list is all American, and except Denzel it’s all-white. I’m assuming it’s not just American men that are “alive”, right?

Hannah

November 19th, 2010
9:26 am

Actually, if we’re saying people who didn’t make the list as well, I have to go with Ryan Gosling.

Anonymous

November 19th, 2010
9:32 am

Idris Elba, Dwayne Johnson, Blair Underwood, Boris Kodjoe, Morris Chestnut, Braylon Edwards, Henry Simmons, Michael Ealy, Usher, Larenz Tate, Tyson Beckford, Terrance Howard, Reggie Bush, Laurence Fishburne, Djimon Honsou, Will Smith, Lamman Rucker, Billy Dee Williams… are none of these men sexy???

ABC

November 19th, 2010
9:35 am

@Anonymous, definitely Idris Elba, Blair Underwood (he looks great on The Event) and Morris Chestnut. Unfortunately I don’t know some of the names on the list, but of the ones I know, you’re spot on!

"Ronnie"

November 19th, 2010
9:38 am

Definitely Denzel Washington is georgeous ; but Sean Connery is one ” sexy” old man. Wow!

Hannah

November 19th, 2010
9:38 am

I totally agree with Blair Underwood, Boris Kodjoe, and Tyson Beckford. Tyson’s basically a supermodel though, so maybe that’s why he’s not considered? Oh, and what about Taye Diggs!

Hannah

November 19th, 2010
9:39 am

My boyfriend’s got a man crush on Sean Connery. I don’t really understand it.

Becky

November 19th, 2010
9:43 am

Brian McNamara from Army Wives…Nathan Fillion from Castle…
Jon Bon Jovi..Makes my heart pump peanut butter…~:)
Love Mark Harmon, have always thought he is(was) a doll..

@Anonymous..Love your list and agree with some, not sure who 2 or 3 of them are though..

Bobby Flay..To me, you gotta love a man that cooks and is funny..

White Man

November 19th, 2010
9:52 am

I would have to say the sexiest woman currently is still Angelina. I really like Jennifer Anniston as well. DAMN Brad had both of them!!

motherjanegoose

November 19th, 2010
9:52 am

LOL…true Becky…I could forgo looks if I had a man that cooked!

My daughter is all over my husband about how he grills now. It is too cute. He has always had this macho grill thing going on and it turns out he is probably doing a lot wrong…according to Food Network and Food Science st UGA. Funny to be on the sidelines.

SUNNY

November 19th, 2010
9:53 am

ANONYMOUS…………
Thank you FOR THAT POWERFUL LIST OF MEN.

White Man

November 19th, 2010
9:54 am

What about women….who do women think are the sexiest women?

motherjanegoose

November 19th, 2010
9:54 am

I just read that Mark Harmon graduated cum laude ( sp?) UCLA. Do the others have brains to match their looks?

White Man

November 19th, 2010
9:55 am

Motherjane…..Nice spelling.

Kate

November 19th, 2010
10:07 am

Honestly, most of the men on this list are not what I would call sexy. Handsome yes, but way too sissy to be sexy. Sean Connery would definitely be an exception, but Tom Cruise? Jude Law?! I rest my case. I actually think Brad Pitt is way better looking now than he ever was when he was younger. Now that he has wrinkles he actually looks like a guy. Harrison Ford was extremely handsome back in the day, but when I saw that last Indiana Jones movie I was horrified to see he has turned into my dad. The only actor I would have voted for as “Sexiest Man Alive” would be Russell Crowe, but only during his “Gladiator” days. He’s so bloated looking now I don’t think they could fit all of him on the cover!

Ryan Reynolds isnt sexy

November 19th, 2010
10:13 am

Ryan Reynolds doesnt deserve to be the sexiest man alive and he is going to SUCK as Green Lantern!

And how is it that Chris Pine was never even in consideration for Sexiest Man or GL?

batgirl

November 19th, 2010
10:18 am

My #1 would also be JFK, Jr. I once heard one of the editors of People say that if it were up to her, he would be #1 every year.

Next would be either Clooney or Mark Harmon and then Harrison Ford.

As for this year, where is Chace Crawford?

Terry Malloy

November 19th, 2010
10:19 am

Good lord,dirty old fat women swoon over a collection of cretins. Go feed your upchucking brats.and return to your pathetic reality.

RJ

November 19th, 2010
10:30 am

@Anonymous, I’m with you girl.

JJ

November 19th, 2010
10:49 am

Thank you Terry Malloy for your truly insightful comment. Wow….here’s some sunshine for your otherwise BLEAK outlook……

JATL

November 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Mmmmm -Ryan Reynolds is a NICE eye-full! The others that do it for me from the list are Brad Pitt and Pierce Brosnan. I like George Clooney and Justin Timberlake as the people they evidently are -and I enjoy them in movies and on tv, but neither of them does it for me at all.

I agree with anonymous -Blair Underwood is sizzlin’ hot! My sexiest faves though are Josh Holloway -(Sawyer from LOST) and Naveen Andrews -also of LOST (Sayid). Naveen has been doing it for me since “The English Patient” when he played the Sikh bomb diffuser. OMG -when he took that turban off and his long hair spilled out of it during the love scene with Juliet Binoche -ahhhhhh -I could think about that all afternoon…

I tell you another little hottie that sometimes I forget about, but I always enjoy in movies and just to look at is Mark Wahlberg. YUM!

JATL

November 19th, 2010
11:08 am

And I do concur -JFK Jr. was the kind of man that would make your heart stop and your knees give out if you met him in person. He was just about a perfect specimen!

I also have to add -Anthony Bourdain! Not sexy-looking necessarily in the usual way, but his whole persona exudes quite a bit of sexiness and sensuality.

And -tying into our topic on Wednesday -I used to find Prince William amazingly sexy and felt like a dirty old woman for it, but he’s lost some of that in the last few years. However, Prince Harry -his younger brother has blossomed into quite a stud!

JJ

November 19th, 2010
11:13 am

Mike Rowe. I could get dirty with him….

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November 19th, 2010
11:37 am

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Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 19th, 2010
11:39 am

JATL — there is something about Bourdain – you know he’s a bad boy — but I also bet he smells and tastes like smoke and I just can’t deal with that — it’s interesting though how domesticated he became when got married and had a kid — it’s interesting how he talks about it now –s eems much less dangerous!!!

Can you imagine the possibility of actually meeting JFK Jr. — I was in his office — my boots were shaking — i bought a $200 suit just in case!!

JATL

November 19th, 2010
11:54 am

@TWG -Bourdain actually quit smoking a few years ago -right after his child was born. SO now the only impediment to a Giarrusso-Bourdain hook up is the fact that you both have spouses and young children ;-)

NO -It’s actually hard for me to imagine the gut-hitting-the-floor weakness I would have felt being in JFK Jr.’s office! Good thing it wasn’t me interviewing -I would have had the nervous silly giggles the entire time. Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode about Elaine and JFK Jr.? Hilarious!

FCM. on my cell

November 19th, 2010
12:11 pm

Gerard Butler. He outsts McConoughy on my list.

Off to see my fav wiz trio…

Becky

November 19th, 2010
12:14 pm

@JATL..I’m with you on Clooney and Timeberlake..Neither one of them do anything for me..I googled Idris Elba and oh my is all I can say about him..He lives here in Atl. (at least part time), I’d like to go find him..

John Gidding from HGTV..Yeah, I know that he’s gay, but he sure is fine..Neil Patrick Harris, yummy..

James & Josh Brolin are both hot..Andrew McCarthy..

@White Man..Women I think are hot..Sandra Bullock, Diane Lane, Kim Delany..

@MJG..I think most of these guys are smart to go along with the looks..

FCM. on my cell

November 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

Imax tix cost same as popcorn & drink. WOW

JOD

November 19th, 2010
12:30 pm

@JJ – Okay, so I had to google it, but I just love Shemar Moore. If you had said ‘the hot guy on Criminal Minds’ I would have known immediately :o) My husband thinks I like the plot on Criminal Minds, but that’s not all! He is one of my favorites, but I also like Gerard Butler and Dwayne Johnson.

Trivia moment: Do you remember George Clooney from the Golden Girls episode? He was a rookie cop :o)