From Dud to Stud

Sure, they're sizzling and sexy now – but stars such as Jim Carrey, Ricky Martin and Cuba Gooding Jr. weren't always so hunky. Check them out before they were swoon-worthy, and see just how far they've come.

GEEK NO MORE

After years of playing dweeby dudes such as Bryce in 1984's Sixteen Candles (left, with Anthony Michael Hall), John Cusack (right, in L.A. in October) has graduated to his current state of coolness. "He's charming, handsome and funny," country singer Jo Dee Messina told PEOPLE in 2000, "all the things you could ask for in a man."