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Lifestyle: All 29 guys who have been named People's Sexiest Man Alive

Since 1985, People magazine has selected 29 different men for the coveted title of "Sexiest Man Alive."

Here they all are in chronological order.

1985: Mel Gibson

1985: Mel Gibsonplay

1985: Mel Gibson

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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

1986: Mark Harmonplay

1986: Mark Harmon

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Mark Harmon received the second annual honor — largely thanks to his starring roles on two hit shows, "St. Elsewhere" and "Moonlighting."

1987: Harry Hamlin

1987: Harry Hamlinplay

1987: Harry Hamlin

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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.

1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.play

1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.

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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 and his sister-in-law Lauren.

1989: Sean Connery

1989: Sean Conneryplay

1989: Sean Connery

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

1990: Tom Cruise

1990: Tom Cruiseplay

1990: Tom Cruise

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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

1991: Patrick Swayzeplay

1991: Patrick Swayze

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In 1991, Patrick Swayze had become one of Hollywood's favorite leading men thanks to "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost." The actor died in 2009.

1992: Nick Nolte

1992: Nick Nolteplay

1992: Nick Nolte

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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

1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawfordplay

1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford

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In 1993, People forwent the Sexiest Man Alive cover in favor 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 was retroactively named 1994's "Sexiest Man Alive."play

Keanu Reeves was retroactively named 1994's "Sexiest Man Alive."

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

But the magazine's Editorial Director retroactively bestowed the "Speed" star with People's honor in 2015.

1995: Brad Pitt

1995: Brad Pittplay

1995: Brad Pitt

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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

1996: Denzel Washingtonplay

1996: Denzel Washington

(Jenny Anderson/Getty Images / People)

Denzel Washington became the first man of color — and the first of only three total — to grace the Sexiest Man Alive cover.

1997: George Clooney

1997: George Clooneyplay

1997: George Clooney

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

1998: Harrison Ford

1998: Harrison Fordplay

1998: Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford's 1998 cover recognized his role as a blockbuster heartthrob, thanks to "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."

1999: Richard Gere

1999: Richard Gereplay

1999: Richard Gere

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When Richard 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

2000: Brad Pittplay

2000: Brad Pitt

(Jason Kempin/Getty Images / People)

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

2001: Pierce Brosnan

2001: Pierce Brosnanplay

2001: Pierce Brosnan

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

2002: Ben Affleck

2002: Ben Affleckplay

2002: Ben Affleck

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

"Chicks gravitate to him," Affleck's friend, director Kevin Smith, 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

2003: Johnny Deppplay

2003: Johnny Depp

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In 2003, Johnny Depp had charmed the world as Captain Jack Sparrow in "The Curse of the Black Pearl."

He has since fallen out of favor 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

2004: Jude Lawplay

2004: Jude Law

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Another future "Harry Potter" film star scored People's most famous cover in the early 2000s.

"[Law is] the most beautiful man who ever walked the earth — an absolutely perfect oil painting," Naomi Watts told People in 2004.

2005: Matthew McConaughey

2005: Matthew McConaugheyplay

2005: Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey scored the cover for People's 20th anniversary of Sexiest Man Alive.

2006: George Clooney

2006: George Clooneyplay

2006: George Clooney

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Clooney became the second man to win People's honor twice.

2007: Matt Damon

2007: Matt Damonplay

2007: Matt Damon

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

2008: Hugh Jackman

2008: Hugh Jackmanplay

2008: Hugh Jackman

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

2009: Johnny Depp

2009: Johnny Deppplay

2009: Johnny Depp

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

2010: Ryan Reynolds

2010: Ryan Reynoldsplay

2010: Ryan Reynolds

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Ryan Reynolds' forthcoming role in "Green Lantern" — and his self-deprecating humor — 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

2011: Bradley Cooperplay

2011: Bradley Cooper

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"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," said "The Hangover" star.

2012: Channing Tatum

2012: Channing Tatumplay

2012: Channing Tatum

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

2013: Adam Levine

2013: Adam Levineplay

2013: Adam Levine

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Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine became the second non-actor — out of only four total — to grace People's Sexiest Man Alive cover.

2014: Chris Hemsworth

2014: Chris Hemsworthplay

2014: Chris Hemsworth

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Chris Hemsworth has stolen hearts as Thor throughout the litany of Marvel's "The Avengers" franchise, which made him a natural pick for 2013's Sexiest Man Alive after "Thor: The Dark World" hit theaters the year before.

2015: David Beckham

2015: David Beckhamplay

2015: David Beckham

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Despite being the first athlete to be honored with this annual cover, David Beckham told People: "I never feel that I'm an attractive, sexy person."

2016: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

2016: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsonplay

2016: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson became the second man of color to be named "Sexiest Man Alive" after his celebrated voiceover role in "Moana."

2017: Blake Shelton

2017: Blake Sheltonplay

2017: Blake Shelton

(Jason Kempin/Getty Images / People)

Blake Shelton is only the second musician ever to be given People's highest honor (after his co-star on "The Voice").

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

2018: Idris Elba

2018: Idris Elbaplay

2018: Idris Elba

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Idris Elba is the second black man ever and third man of color to be given the honor. He rose to fame for his role as Baltimore drug kingpin Stringer Bell on HBO's "The Wire" in the early 2000s.

The 46-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-fueled campaign to crown him as the next James Bond.

"I was like, 'Come on, no way. Really?'" Elba told People. "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."

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