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!

Jackpot!

In the mid-'90s, it was Affleck's skills as a writer that landed him a spot on the Hollywood map. Good Will Hunting, the script he and Damon began in high school, was sold for $600,000 and later made Oscar winners of its writers. The pair, who also starred in the movie, attended the 1998 ceremony with their moms.