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!

BECOMING BEN

When most preteens were hitting the batting cages or chasing skirts, 12-year-old Ben Affleck was honing his acting chops. One of his first roles was as C.T. Granville in the short-lived educational 1984 TV series The Voyage of the Mimi, which followed adventures aboard a research ship.