2005's Sexiest Men Alive

It's a feast for the eyes: 14 of PEOPLE's sexiest men of the year, including cover star Matthew McConaughey, Patrick Dempsey and more

DENIS LEARY

The star of the FX firefighter series Rescue Me knows how to generate his own heat: "No matter what anybody says, relationships are based on physical attraction. The first time I saw my wife, it was pure animal whatever," he says. But he's a tough guy with a soft heart – the 48-year-old actor has raised $5 million since 2000 to benefit fire departments across the country.