Ben Affleck Soars to Sexy

He's tall, dark and handsome – and, according to those closest to him, he's also funny, smart and loyal to a fault. With all those outstanding qualities – and that killer smile – it's no wonder Ben Affleck is PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive for 2002. Take a peek at his rise to superstardom!

The Advocate

Affleck dealt with the threat of nuclear war onscreen (as Jack Ryan in this year's The Sum of All Fears) – and offscreen as well. In June, he joined Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in calling for President Bush to support nuclear security legislation introduced to Congress that month.