Sexiest Man Alive 2014

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The Oscar winner, 57, is already garnering positive reviews for his gripping performance as a pilot with inner demons in Flight. A consistent star, 1996's Sexiest Man Alive is equally proud of his other achievement – his 28-year marriage to wife Pauletta Pearson, with whom he has four children. So what's the secret? "Do what your wife tells you and keep your mouth shut," Washington told PEOPLE.