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!

CIVIL SERVANT

Although a major movie star, Affleck stays true to his working-class roots (mom Chris is a schoolteacher and dad Tim is a custodian). Between film roles during the 2000 presidential race, he campaigned for Vice President Al Gore at a midnight rally in Miami's South Beach.