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!

RISING STAR

After dropping out of the University of Vermont – and later L.A.'s Occidental College – Ben joined the big leagues in 1992, going to bat with Damon (left) and Chris O'Donnell in School Ties, his first major feature film role.