How 18 Celebrities Who Won “Hottest Man Alive” Aged Gracefully Through the Years

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The annual tradition of declaring one male celebrity as the “Hottest Man Alive” was started by People magazine back in 1985. And we thought it would be fun to look back on the younger pics of the famous men who held that title. So here are some then-and-now photos of these dashing gents, which show how far they’ve come and how much they’ve transformed over the years.

1. Mel Gibson, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1985

Photoshot / REPORTER / East News, MEGA / Mega Agency / East News

2. Tom Cruise, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1990

LFI / / REPORTER / East News, CHRIS DELMAS / AFP / East News

3. Denzel Washington, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1996

East News, LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/East News

4. Harrison Ford, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1998

Mary Evans / AF Archive / Graham Whitby Boot / East News, Invision / Invision / East News

5. Richard Gere, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1999

EAST NEWS, Mary Evans / Allstar / Cinetext / Mark Liley / East News

6. Brad Pitt, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1995 and 2000

East News, Invision/Invision/East News

7. Pierce Brosnan, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2001

© Featureflash Photo Agency /, LCLA/Broadimage/Broad Image/East News

8. Ben Affleck, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2002

9. Jude Law, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2004

Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection / EAST NEWS, Invision / Invision / East News

10. Matthew McConaughey, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2005

EVERETT COLLECTION/EAST NEWS, © Rick Kern / WireImage / Getty Images

11. George Clooney, “Hottest Man Alive” of 1997 and 2006


12. Hugh Jackman, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2008

Mary Evans/Allstar/Graham Whitby Boot/East News, 0000554/Reporter/East News

13. Ryan Reynolds, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2010

14. Chris Hemsworth, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2014

© Tinseltown /, Invision/Invision/East News

15. David Beckham, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2015

© John Peters / Manchester United / Getty Images, DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/East News

16. Dwayne Johnson, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2016

© therock / Instagram, CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/East News

17. Paul Rudd, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2021


18. Chris Evans, “Hottest Man Alive” of 2022

© Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images, zz / Dennis Van Tine / STAR MAX / IPx / Associated Press / East News

In your opinion, what is the secret that makes some people look better with age? Who would you add to this list?

Preview photo credit Photoshot / REPORTER / East News, MEGA / Mega Agency / East News


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