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!

GOOD-HEARTED

He may have friends in high places, but Affleck also looks after the little guy. After befriending Joe Kindregan, who was watching Affleck film a scene from 1999's Forces of Nature at Washington's Dulles Airport, Affleck last year urged Congress to increase funding for research into ataxia-telangiectasia, a degenerative disease from which Kindregan suffers.