Sexiest Man Alive 2014

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See the 2012 Sexiest Man Alive – and get a first look at the other hot honorees in PEOPLE's annual special issue

CHRIS HEMSWORTH

In less than four years, Hemsworth, 29, went from Aussie soap star to Norse god, fabled Huntsman and, next up, leader of a guerrilla-style resistance group in the remake of Red Dawn. With the rise came working alongside today's hottest actresses – including Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron – but it's Hemsworth's Thor director Kenneth Branagh who best summed up the rugged star's appeal to Out magazine: "[Chris] is built like a concrete shipyard and looks very fetching with his shirt off."