2004's Sexiest Men Alive

Take a peek at some of the hottest of the hot – 16 of PEOPLE's sexiest men of the year, including Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and more

JIMMY SMITS

You probably remember him as Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue, and now the 49-year-old is back on the small screen as The West Wing's smoldering Texas congressman Matthew Santos, after performing Shakespeare in New York's Central Park and shooting Star Wars: Episode III. "Being back onstage reminded me why I became an actor," says Smits. "It's kind of helped my aura in a lot of ways."