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Sexiest Man Alive Quiz

Name the celebrities chosen as "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine.
Last updated: November 11, 2018
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Year
Clue
Age
Sexiest Man
2018
British actor
46
Idris Elba
2017
U.S. country
singer
41
Blake Shelton
2016
U.S. actor
44
Dwayne Johnson
2015
English athlete
40
David Beckham
2014
Australian actor
31
Chris Hemsworth
2013
U.S. pop singer
34
Adam Levine
2012
U.S. actor
32
Channing Tatum
2011
U.S. actor
36
Bradley Cooper
2010
Canadian actor
34
Ryan Reynolds
2009
U.S. actor
46
Johnny Depp
2008
Australian actor
40
Hugh Jackman
2007
U.S. actor
37
Matt Damon
2006
U.S. actor
45
George Clooney
2005
U.S. actor
36
Matthew McConaughey
2004
English actor
31
Jude Law
2003
U.S. actor
40
Johnny Depp
Year
Clue
Age
Sexiest Man
2002
U.S. actor
30
Ben Affleck
2001
Irish actor
48
Pierce Brosnan
2000
U.S. actor
36
Brad Pitt
1999
U.S. actor
50
Richard Gere
1998
U.S. actor
56
Harrison Ford
1997
U.S. actor
36
George Clooney
1996
U.S. actor
41
Denzel Washington
1995
U.S. actor
31
Brad Pitt
1992
U.S. actor
51
Nick Nolte
1991
U.S. actor
39
Patrick Swayze
1990
U.S. actor
28
Tom Cruise
1989
Scottish actor
59
Sean Connery
1988
U.S. publisher
28
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
1987
U.S. actor
36
Harry Hamlin
1986
U.S. actor
35
Mark Harmon
1985
Australian actor
29
Mel Gibson
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level 44
Nov 16, 2012
Major flaw QM, it's Channing Tatum, not Tatum Channing... And either way, it really should be spelt RYAN GOSLING :)
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level 34
Nov 17, 2012
I agree
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level ∞
Nov 17, 2012
Fixed. I guess I'm just not really up on my sexiest men.
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level 44
Nov 18, 2012
Not to worry, neither is People
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level 59
Nov 13, 2018
I think he had hottie Carol Channing on his brain.
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level 66
Oct 14, 2018
I still can't hear "Channing Tatum" without mentally cycling through Stockard Channing, Carol Channing, and Tatum O'Neal before remembering who we're talking about.
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level 44
Nov 17, 2012
orlando bloom! leonardo dicaprio! jake gyllenhaal! heath ledger! i'm going to sue
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level 64
Nov 21, 2013
Jake Gyllenhaal > everyone
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level 79
May 16, 2014
No Charlie Hunnam nor Ian Somerhalder and no Shemar Moore either..
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level 75
Nov 23, 2014
Who?
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level 34
Mar 13, 2015
The lack of Shemar Moore is extremely disheartening.
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level 59
Nov 23, 2015
Orlando Bloom deserved to be on this years ago. And where's Viggo Mortensen?? Are people blind? At least they got Johnny Depp.
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level 53
Jan 22, 2017
DiCaprio ? NO WAY
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level 74
Jan 12, 2013
Nick Nolte??????
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level 40
Jan 14, 2013
Darn... that's exactly what I was thinking. Nick Nolte?? What the heck were chicks thinking? :)
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level 21
Feb 3, 2013
Lol if only they could have seen into the future.
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level 74
Mar 21, 2013
I dunno... in 1992 I think you'd have only had to see into the present to know Nick Nolte wasn't sexy, but maybe I'm missing something.
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level 69
Nov 21, 2013
As Katherine Hepburn said to him while they were working on "Grace Quigley" in 1984, "Spencer may have come to the set drunk, but at least he knew his lines." Nolte was a washout even then.
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level 78
Nov 21, 2013
Hey, it was the early 90s. Anything was possible.
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level 33
Jun 15, 2015
He was sexier in 1992, but not sexier than John Stamos or Mario Lopez for sure. Kind of weird...
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level 31
May 31, 2013
Something's wrong with this quiz. It doesn't accept my name.
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level 15
Oct 21, 2013
Nick Nolte??? Who was High and voted for him??????????????? REALLLY HE IS UGLY
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level 64
Nov 21, 2013
And Mark Harmon is STILL sexy, 27 years later. Take note, gentlemen!
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level 79
May 16, 2014
Oh yes he is! -- I am a bit ashamed for totally forgetting Johnny Depp though.
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level 39
May 2, 2015
Are you hot? DO NOT ANSWER THIS (at least, not on any other quiz...) ;)
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level 74
Nov 23, 2015
Mark Harmon - sexiest man on the list, even now, although I'm not really sure if it's Mark Harmon who's so sexy or Jethro Gibbs - a deep man of mystery with a past, a gentleman, brave, intelligent, true-blue, and if he ever loses his job he's got a second career to fall back on - boat-building. ;)
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level 80
Nov 21, 2013
Embarrassed that I knew as many as I did (over half), but I think it has more to do with knowing who the big movie stars were in that time period than recognizing them for their good looks. I guess it's true that sex sells, since this list indicates having a successful movie career = being sexy.
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level 57
Jun 29, 2018
Are you implying that being rich and famous makes a man more attractive to women? Never.
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level 44
Nov 23, 2013
People should just rename this list "White Guys + Denzel" so I can narrow down my guesses
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level 56
Nov 23, 2015
Ha-ha!
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level 74
May 11, 2018
::eyeroll::
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level 72
Nov 22, 2018
You can add Idris Elba now. I met him once. Incredibly gracious person.
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level 45
Nov 25, 2013
Interesting...3 presidential names!
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level 76
Nov 17, 2017
4 now - Kennedy, Ford, Johnson, and Washington
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level 44
Mar 19, 2014
disappointed i wasn't in there
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level 69
Apr 29, 2014
Could not for the life of me spell Mccaunneghey
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level 53
Aug 12, 2014
What a load of crock. Who votes for these guys? Ben Affleck sexy? Per-lease…..
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level 45
Nov 20, 2014
Why doesn't this quiz accept my name??
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level 75
Nov 23, 2014
Someone beat you to this joke by a year and a half.
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level 70
Nov 20, 2014
LOL. I don't know if I'm the only one it happened to, but while I was taking this quiz, both ad banners at the top and right sidebar advertised the upcoming People issue and the front page said in huge font"Chris Hemsworth, Sexiest man alive!!". Well, thank you ad-ons for giving me the 2014 answer!
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level 25
Mar 13, 2015
Why am I not on this list?
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level 9
May 30, 2015
What about Justin Timberlake? Or what about zac efron?
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level 9
May 30, 2015
Oh and Leonardo DiCaprio people!
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level 9
May 30, 2015
I got Chris Hemsworth really easily I mean, come on look at them! and I am a little annoyed at myself that I didn't think Brad Pitt at anytime during the qui
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level 72
May 30, 2015
In 80's, the sexiest man was Helmut Berger. All proofs on the french photographe Xavier Martin's website !
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level 44
Sep 6, 2015
Well, it is sexiest American man alive, so that sets the bar really low.
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level 57
Sep 28, 2015
Another award that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win..
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level 67
May 11, 2018
This time I think it's completely fair. His heartthrob days are long past, and even back then I would argue that others were more deserving.
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level 44
Nov 23, 2015
I just finished reading the newest People magazine two days ago and I couldn't remember who was on the cover as sexiest man 2015. lol
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level 52
Nov 23, 2015
Not a single person from any non-anglophone country? Weird ranking...
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level 59
Nov 23, 2015
Considering most of them became known through their roles in English-language movies, speaking English seems to be a prerequisite here (otherwise I doubt the film would get much viewing by the populous). I was going to respond and say that Idris Elba probably has a good chance in coming years, but he was born in the UK, which of course, is an (THE) anglophone country. Parents were non-anglophone, though, if that counts. I tried Antonio Banderas, because obviously, but no luck, and considered Bruce Lee (but realized the years didn't allow for it). Other than that, yeah, most men considered "sexy" in our culture are going to be very "anglicized".
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level 57
Nov 15, 2018
Excellent prediction on Idris Elba, Deus!
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level 70
Nov 17, 2017
It's an American magazine for American readers. Stars from non-anglophone countries won't be considered unless they make it big in the US and that's pretty normal. Despite the title I don't think anyone believes the men picked are actually the sexiest on the whole planet.
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level 66
Nov 23, 2015
No Kim Jong-Un?
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level 45
Nov 23, 2015
They should have included Kim Jong-Un! When I typed in sexiest man on Google Images, his picture is there only a few scrolls down. People Magazine is wrong!!!!! hahaha.
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level 21
Sep 30, 2016
Only?
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level 58
May 17, 2016
Proud to say I got LESS than average on this one. :)
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level ∞
Nov 15, 2016
I ran the numbers. Sexiest men have an average age of 38.6, with a standard deviation of 8 years.
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level 79
Nov 15, 2016
They should totally have added Sam Heughan too.
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level 64
Nov 15, 2016
My sister agrees with the pick of this year.
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level 80
Nov 16, 2016
Didn't they go back and retcon the list to add Keanu Reeves for 94?
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level 43
Sep 15, 2017
Something must be wrong... It wouldn't accept Joe Pesci
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level 70
Nov 17, 2017
How is it there's nobody for 1993 and 1994?
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level 67
May 11, 2018
Apparently there weren't any sexy men those years.
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level 57
Nov 15, 2018
I think they switched it to "Sexiest Couple" for those two years. They definitely tried that at some point, at least.
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level 74
Nov 15, 2018
There was a sexy boycott
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level 65
Mar 13, 2018
Amazing how George Clooney was sexiest man alive twice, 9 years apart!
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level 56
Nov 15, 2018
He had a rough 8 years in the middle, then cleaned it up for the repeat.
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level 68
May 11, 2018
I can't breathe with how hard I'm laughing at BLAKE SHELTON
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level 66
May 11, 2018
I realise that I am a man, but apart from that, I don't find any of these blokes sexy.
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level 72
Nov 22, 2018
Lots of men find men sexy, and lots of other men not sexy.
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level 67
May 11, 2018
How the hell has Ryan Gosling never won this? I'm a straight man, but even I know he's sexy.
+1
level 42
May 11, 2018
david beckham is a footballer not a athlete but he is english
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level 71
Nov 11, 2018
Athlete=sportsman, in at least a part of the anglophone world.
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level 74
Jun 19, 2018
How Australian is Mel Gibson? He was born in the US, didn't move to Australia until he was 12 and since the time he was 30 he's been more or less living in America. He was born an American citizen and as far as I know never renounced his citizenship. Interestingly enough he is currently an Irish citizen which he clams from his mother as well not Australian which he is only a permanent resident. I understand leaving that since most people would say at first say he's Australian but he only lived there for about a third of his life.
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level 74
Nov 15, 2018
The year he won he'd been Australian for more than half his life.
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level 57
Jun 30, 2018
I always thought Harry Hamlin's political accomplishments were underappreciated. Glad someone finally recognized him, even if it was 220 years late. Also surprised Kevin Costner didn't win between '87 and '94. He was *everywhere.*
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level 64
Aug 31, 2018
So, age-wise speaking, I'm soon the sexiest man alive. Pretty cool.
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level 59
Sep 2, 2018
Pleased to have scored 1/28 in this so arbitrary and ridiculous quiz. The judges have around 4,000 million options to choose from and the fact that they've hardly strayed from the acting profession indicates that they haven't been checking them all out.
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level 28
Sep 28, 2018
I cannot believe that Kevin Costner never made the list when other nominees who were not as hot as he was made the cut.... he's still hot!!
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level 79
Nov 12, 2018
Why is one British, but there's also English and Scottish mentioned?
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level 59
Nov 13, 2018
Donald Trump for 2019. Orange wave.
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level 57
Nov 15, 2018
I heard they wanted to pick him for this year, but he turned it down.
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level 74
Nov 15, 2018
So it helps a lot to be American or else cast as James Bond.
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level 52
Nov 15, 2018
I’m sorry but Mel Gibson is definitely not Australian. He may be of Australian descent but he was born in New York and neither of his parents are from Australia sooooo...
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level 74
Nov 15, 2018
His grandparents were Australian. He was born in New York but he moved to Australia as a kid and spent his formative year there. He first worked as an actor in Australian movies before coming back to work in Hollywood.

However, he's never had Australian citizenship. He's got dual American and Irish citizenship. I'd say you're sort of right and sort of wrong.
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level 69
Nov 15, 2018
Guessing Burt Reynolds paid unexpected dividends.
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level 22
Nov 16, 2018
That's weird, I don't see my name there
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level 76
Nov 16, 2018
Yeah, that joke stopped being funny a long time ago...