All 32 guys who have been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive

People’s Sexiest Man Alive has come a long way. Ron Galella Collection / Rich Fury/Getty Images

Since 1985, People magazine has selected 32 different men for its coveted title of Sexiest Man Alive.

From Mel Gibson to 2020’s honoree Michael B. Jordan, here they all are in chronological order.

1985: Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson in 2017; Gibson’s People cover in 1985. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images / People

Mel Gibson was named People’s first-ever Sexiest Man Alive after his star-making turn in the original “Mad Max” trilogy.

In the years since, of course, Gibson has become a controversial figure thanks to rampant anti-Semitism, racist rants, and a recording of him making a death threat against his ex-girlfriend.

1986: Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon in 2010; Harmon’s People cover in 1986. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images / People

Mark Harmon received the second annual honour – largely thanks to his starring roles on two hit shows, “St. Elsewhere” and “Moonlighting.”

1987: Harry Hamlin

Harry Hamlin in 2017; Hamlin’s People cover in 1987. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images / People

Harry Hamlin made the cover during his five-year stint on the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law” as attorney Michael Kuzak.

The “Clash of the Titans” actor is now married to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Rinna.

1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.

John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996; Kennedy’s People cover in 1988. Anne Sherwood/Getty Images / People

John F. Kennedy Jr. – known in 1988 as political royalty, but something of a rebel – is one of only two winners to have died in the years since his cover. Kennedy was killed in a plane crash in 1999 with his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette.

1989: Sean Connery

Sean Connery in 2007; Connery’s People cover in 1989. Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images / People

Sean Connery was 59 when he scored the coveted cover, making him the oldest Sexiest Man Alive to date.

1990: Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in 2018; Cruise’s People cover in 1990. Shannon Finney/Getty Images / People

By 1990, Tom Cruise had already starred in a string of blockbusters, including “Top Gun,” “Risky Business,” “Rain Man,” “Cocktail” and “All the Right Moves.”

1991: Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze in 2004; Swayze’s People cover in 1991. Kevin Winter/Getty Images / People

In 1991, Patrick Swayze had become one of Hollywood’s favourite leading men thanks to “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost.” The actor died in 2009.

1992: Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte in 2012; Nolte’s People cover in 1992. Kevin Winter/Getty Images / People

In 1992, People explained Nick Nolte’s appeal as his being a “big-lug Adonis with the heart of gold.”

1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere had been together for four years before they tied the knot in 1991. Brenda Chase/Stringer

In 1993, People forwent the Sexiest Man Alive cover in favour of naming a Sexiest Couple Alive. The magazine chose newly married couple Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, who split one year later.

Keanu Reeves was retroactively named 1994’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Keanu Reeves at the premiere of ‘John Wick’ in 2014. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Keanu Reeves never technically scored a cover; People never picked a Sexiest Man Alive in 1994.

But the magazine’s editorial director retroactively bestowed the “Speed” star with People’s honour in 2015.

1995: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt in 2018; Pitt’s People cover in 1995. Michael Kovac/Getty Images / People

A long-haired Brad Pitt made the 1995 People cover after his much-celebrated starring roles in “Legends of the Fall” and “Interview With the Vampire.”

1996: Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington in 2018; Washington’s People cover in 1996. Jenny Anderson/Getty Images / People

Denzel Washington became the first man of colour – and the first of only four total – to grace the Sexiest Man Alive cover.

1997: George Clooney

George Clooney in 2018; Clooney’s People cover in 1997. Kevin Winter/Getty Images / People

George Clooney secured his first Sexiest Man title while portraying the brooding Dr. Doug Ross on “ER.”

1998: Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford in 2017; Ford’s People cover in 1998. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images / People

Harrison Ford‘s 1998 cover recognised his role as a blockbuster heartthrob thanks to “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.”

1999: Richard Gere

Gere in 2017; Gere’s People cover in 1999. Rich Polk/Getty Images / People

When Gere was named the Sexiest Man Alive in 1999, his ex-girlfriend Diane Von Furstenberg spoke glowingly of the decision.

“He walked like a biker, and that attracted me,” she told People. “I knew I was going to get my hands on him.”

2000: Brad Pitt

Pitt in 2017; Pitt’s second People cover in 2000. Jason Kempin/Getty Images / People

In 2000, Pitt was already a movie star – but coming off his wedding to Jennifer Aniston and his iconic role in “Fight Club,” People decided to bestow Pitt with his second Sexiest Man Alive title.

2001: Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan in 2017; Brosnan’s People cover in 2001. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images / People

Pierce Brosnan was known as James Bond when he landed on People’s coveted cover.

2002: Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck in 2017; Affleck’s People cover in 2002. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images / People

The world couldn’t stop talking about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in 2002.

“Chicks gravitate to him,” Affleck’s friend Kevin Smith, a director, told People at the time. “The word on the street is that he’s the ideal man, chatty, gorgeous, generous and intelligent.”

2003: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp in 2017; Depp’s People cover in 2003. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images / People

In 2003, Johnny Depp had charmed the world as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

He has since fallen out of favour with many fans – though, considering his starring role in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise,not with Hollywood. In 2016, Depp was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard, a claim that she continues to maintain. He denies it.

2004: Jude Law

Jude Law in 2018; Law’s People cover in 2004. Charley Gallay/Getty Images / People

Jude Law, another future “Harry Potter” film star, scored People’s most famous cover in the early 2000s.

“He’s the most beautiful man who ever walked the earth – an absolutely perfect oil painting,” Naomi Watts told People in 2004.

2005: Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey in 2018; McConaughey’s People cover in 2005. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images / People

Matthew McConaughey scored the cover for People’s 20th anniversary of Sexiest Man Alive after he became known for starring in popular romantic comedies, like “The Wedding Planner” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”

2006: George Clooney

Clooney in 2018; Clooney’s second People cover in 2006. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images / People

Clooney became the third man, after Pitt and Gere, to win People’s honour twice.

2007: Matt Damon

Matt Damon in 2018; Damon’s People cover in 2007. Araya Diaz/Getty Images / People

Matt Damon was given the title after his third “Bourne” movie rocked the box office.

2008: Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman in 2018; Jackman’s People cover in 2008. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images / People

Hugh Jackman was named Sexiest Man Alive after his turn as Wolverine in “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

2009: Johnny Depp

Depp in 2017; Depp’s second People cover in 2009. John Phillips/Getty Images / People

Depp landed on his second cover on the heels of his role in “Alice in Wonderland.”

2010: Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds in 2018; Reynolds’ People cover in 2010. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images / People

Ryan Reynolds’ forthcoming role in “Green Lantern” – and his self-deprecating humour – helped him become the first Canadian Sexiest Man Alive.

“The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers,” he told the magazine.

2011: Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper in 2018; Cooper’s People cover in 2011. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

“I think it’s really cool that a guy who doesn’t look like a model can have this,” Bradley Cooper told People after being named Sexiest Man Alive.

I think I’m a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying,” the “Hangover” star said.

2012: Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum in 2018; Tatum’s People cover in 2012. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images / People

Channing Tatum nabbed the cover after his star-making turns in “Magic Mike,” “The Vow,” and “21 Jump Street.”

2013: Adam Levine

Adam Levine performing with Maroon 5 in 2016; Levine’s People cover in 2013. Kevin Winter/Getty Images / People

Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine became the first musician and second nonactor – out of only five total – to grace People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover.

2014: Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth in 2018; Hemsworth’s People cover in 2014. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images / People

Chris Hemsworth has stolen hearts as Thor throughout the litany of Marvel’s “The Avengers” franchise, which made him a natural pick for 2014’s Sexiest Man Alive after “Thor: The Dark World” hit theatres the year before.

2015: David Beckham

David Beckham in 2018; Beckham’s People cover in 2015. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images / People

Despite being the first and only athlete to be honoured with the annual cover, David Beckham told People, “I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person.”

2016: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson in 2018: Johnson’s People cover in 2016. Jeff Spicer/Getty Images / People

Former professional wrestler and current actor Dwayne Johnson became the second man of colour to be named Sexiest Man Alive after his celebrated voiceover role in “Moana.”

2017: Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton performing in 2018; Shelton’s People cover in 2017. Jason Kempin/Getty Images / People

Blake Shelton is the second musician ever to be given People’s highest honour (after his costar on “The Voice”).

The decision to pick Shelton, however, did not go over well.

2018: Idris Elba

Idris Elba attends a 2018 premiere; Elba’s People cover in 2018. Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage / People

Idris Elba is the third man of colour to be given the honour. He rose to fame for his role as Baltimore drug kingpin Stringer Bell on HBO’s “The Wire” in the early 2000s.

The 47-year-old actor also appeared in multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films as the keeper of the Asgardian bridge, Heimdall. There has even been a fan-fuelled campaign to crown him as the next James Bond.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'” Elba told People of being named Sexiest Man Alive. “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise – an ego boost for sure.”

2019: John Legend

John Legend performing in 2019; Legend’s People cover in 2019. Paras Griffin/Getty Images / People

John Legend is only the fourth man of colour to be chosen and the third-ever musician – all three of whom have starred as coaches on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The “All Of Me” singer has released five critically renowned R&B albums, two of which have been certified platinum. His Sexiest Man Alive title came shortly after the release of “A Legendary Christmas Deluxe,” the deluxe edition of his sixth studio album and first Christmas album.

Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, had an extremely on-brand reaction to her husband’s announcement: “all downhill from here,” she tweeted.

“She’s proud of me,” Legend told his fellow coaches on “The Voice.” “You know, she makes fun of me almost all the time, but she hasn’t even been snarky about this. She’s like legit proud of me. I finally impressed my wife!”

2020: Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan speaks at a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020; Jordan’s People cover in 2020. Rich Fury/Getty Images / People

Michael B. Jordan is the fifth man of colour to receive People’s honour.

He first rose to fame playing quarterback Vince Howard on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” but his Hollywood breakthrough came in 2013, when he starred in Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut, “Fruitvale Station.”

That same year, at 26 years old, he was featured in People’s first annual Ones to Watch portfolio.

He has since starred in major blockbuster films, including the 2015 “Rocky” sequel “Creed” and the MCU’s 2018 masterpiece “Black Panther.”

Jordan has also made his name as a passionate activist and marched in Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020.

At 33, he described his new Sexiest Man Alive title as “a cool feeling.”

“When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mum naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” he told People. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”