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Originally posted 11/16/2011 08:00AM
Sure, he's easy on the eyes, but there's more to 2011's Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper than dazzling baby blues and a killer smile.
Ladies, take note: this Georgetown grad can whip up dinner, take you for a spin on his motorcycle and whisper sweet nothings in French (he's fluent!). Just don't try convincing him what a catch he is.
"I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this [title]," says the Hangover actor, 36. "I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."
Another reason to love him? Cooper, whose father Charles passed away in January, is especially close with his mom, Gloria. When he learned he'd been crowned Sexiest Man Alive, the "first thing I thought," he says, "was, 'My mother is going to be so happy.' "
Originally posted 11/17/2010 08:20AM
Sure, his chiseled abs have caused millions to swoon, but 2010's Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds loves to keep them laughing.
"My body naturally wants to look like Dick Van Dyke," says the 6'2" actor, who suits up as the Green Lantern next year. "When I stop training, I turn into a skin-colored whisper."
We doubt that. From growing up the youngest of four brothers in Canada to being the funny guy in films like The Proposal, Reynolds has learned to take everything in stride. "You just have to go with the flow," he says of his new title. "This gives my family entire into teasing me for the rest of my life."
Originally posted 11/17/2010 08:20AM
You like Vin Diesel. You really, really "Like" him.
The actor, 43, demolished the competition in PEOPLE's first-ever Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook poll, earning 56 percent of the vote in a five-way race, with lots of help from his 18 million Facebook fans.
So, now Vin can brag that he's not just an attractive guy – he's the hottest man in social media.
Originally posted 11/18/2009 07:10PM
As an actor, Johnny Depp is a master at the transformation – changing up his look for each new role – but he remains consistently sexy.
Named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive for the second time, Depp, 46, has portrayed everything from a police officer to a pirate, impressing fans and costars alike. "He really is as sexy as he's cracked up to be," his Public Enemies costar Leelee Sobieski raves.
In light of Depp's latest Sexiest Man Alive title – he received the title first in 2003 – we wonder: What's his sexiest look?
Originally posted 10/31/2009 08:00AM
As the one-year reign of Hugh Jackman as PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive winds down, it's time to pass the crown to a new deserving hunk. So who does the Australian screen star, Oscar host and current Broadway leading man want to see take the title next?
"Me! I want to be the first to have it back to back, buddy," Jackman, 41, told PEOPLE's reporter on Friday in New York, while attending the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert (set to air on HBO Nov. 29). "That would be fantastic!"
Though he would like to reclaim the title, the Steady Rain star (who costars in the Broadway drama with Daniel Craig, certainly another SMA possibility) says it's been quite an exciting year as the Sexiest Man Alive, but also one that's been a little demanding.
"I thought there were thousands of other guys that deserved it, but it's been a great year. But now the pressures off," he said good-naturedly. "I can be a slob again."
– Paul Chi
Originally posted 05/08/2008 05:25PM
Originally posted 11/14/2007 08:00AM
Yes, George Clooney and Brad Pitt have shamelessly campaigned for him since 2001, but this year's winner was Bourne to the title. Named America's most bankable star by Forbes, the golden boy with the crooked smile is smart, charming and humble to boot. "You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime," wrote Damon, 37, in a letter to PEOPLE, explaining why he couldn't possibly accept the crown.
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