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!

Saving the World

Affleck went beefcake in 1998's Armageddon. Director Michael Bay had his star's teeth capped and hired a trainer to bulk him up. The result? More than $500 million in worldwide earnings and a major career boost for Tinseltown's newest sex symbol.