Sexiest Men Alive: Then and now

Paul Rudd is People's 2021 Sexiest Man Alive

Stars Insider

10/11/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Every year, People magazine pays keen attention to all the famous men who stride down red carpets, gathering notes and taking votes to select which star will be given the honor of Sexiest Man Alive. The list, like the title, is impressive, with some predictable entries, some long forgotten, and some controversial. There's even a woman somewhere along the way! But is sexiness something inherent that lasts, or does it fade away along with the melanin in your hair?

This remains to be seen for 2021's winner, Paul Rudd. The comedy actor was shocked to receive the title at age 52 after a lifetime of playing the funny guy. Now, People have deemed him the sexy guy! Rudd plans to milk it for all its worth, even joking "I'm getting business cards made."

Click through to see the first men to receive the award, starting back in 1985, and find out whose charms stood the test of time (and whose, perhaps, did not...).

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