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What The Sexiest Man Alive Has Looked Like Every Year Since 1985 And What They Look Like Now

Some of these are so random.

Mel Gibson when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1985:

at the out of africa premiere clean shaven and in a suit
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Mel Gibson now:

Mel at a black tie event in 2019 with a full beard
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Mark Harmon when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1986:

in the movie lets get harry clean shaven in a suit and tie
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Mark Harmon now:

Mark with grey hair in a suit
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Harry Hamlin when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1987:

A young Harry holding a door open
Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Harry Hamlin now:

Harry wearing glasses at the television humanitarian awards
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John F. Kennedy Jr. when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1988:

a portrait of him in a striped shirt and tie
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He passed away in 1999.

Sean Connery when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1989:

Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

He passed away last year.

Tom Cruise when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1990:

with michelle pheiffer posing with their golden globes
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Tom Cruise now:

Tom on a film set holding a walkie talkie
Alberto Pizzoli / AFP via Getty Images

Patrick Swayze when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1991:

Patrick sitting on the ground cross-legged with people lying around him
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He passed away in 2009.

Nick Nolte when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1992:

Nick holding up his golden globes award
Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Nick Nolte now:

Nick filming while wearing a coat and a plaid shirt
Gilbert Carrasquillo / Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images / Getty Images

Richard Gere when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1993:

Richard at an event wearing a shirt and blazer
Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Richard Gere now:

Richard rocking grey hair at the three cities premiere
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Keanu Reeves when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1994:

Keanu waving to the crowd at the premiere of the movie Speed
Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Keanu Reeves now:

Keanu, with a beard, filming john wick in the rain
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Brad Pitt when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1995:

Brad at the legends of the fall premiere in a sweater, jeans, and a jacket
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Brad Pitt now:

Brad at the academy awards in a tuxedo
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Denzel Washington when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1996:

Denzel poses with whitney houston at an event
Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic, Inc / Getty Images

Denzel Washington now:

Denzel at an event in a suit and tie
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George Clooney when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1997:

George smiles at the camera on a red carpet
Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

George Clooney now:

A bearded George at an event in a suit and tie
Mike Marsland / Mike Marsland / WireImage / Getty Images

Harrison Ford when he was People's sexiest man alive in 1998:

Harrison with short hair at the peoples choice awards
Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Harrison Ford now:

Harrison smiles at a conservation conference in france
Ludovic Marin / AFP via Getty Images

Richard Gere when he was People's sexiest man alive (again) in 1999:

on the walk of fame
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Richard Gere now:

Richard accepting an award in poland
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Brad Pitt when he was People's sexiest man alive (again) in 2000:

Brad arm-in-arm with jen aniston at an event
Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Brad Pitt now:

Brad holding his Oscar at the academy awards
Kurt Krieger - Corbis / Corbis via Getty Images

Pierce Brosnan when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2001:

Pierce in a suit and tie at the crystal awards
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Pierce Brosnan now:

Pierce with radical facial hair including a handlebar mustache
Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

Ben Affleck when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2002:

Ben poses with jlo at a red carpet event
Tom Kingston / WireImage / Getty Images

Ben Affleck now:

Ben still with jlo but exiting a vehicle
Gotham / GC Images / Getty Images

Johnny Depp when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2003:

Johnny in a blazer and eyeglasses at once upon a time in mexico premiere
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Johnny Depp now:

Johnny at the puffins premiere
Srdjan Stevanovic / Getty Images

Jude Law when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2004:

Jude in a blazer and jeans at the closer premiere
L. Cohen / WireImage / Getty Images

Jude Law now:

Jude at a puppet walk pointing at something
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Matthew McConaughey when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2005:

Matthew on a hotel balcony in florida
Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images

Matthew McConaughey now:

Matthew with his head resting on his hands during a zoom call
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George Clooney when he was People's sexiest man alive (again) in 2006:

George sitting next to former President Obama
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George Clooney now:

George on the red carpet at the london film festival
Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

Matt Damon when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2007:

Matt sitting on a bench at the bourne ultimatum presser
Vera Anderson / WireImage / Getty Images

Matt Damon now:

Matt at the last duel premiere
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Hugh Jackman when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2008:

Hugh in a tux at a moma film benefit
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Hugh Jackman now:

Hugh in a suit and tie at the premiere of reminiscence
David M. Benett / Dave Benett / Getty Images for Warner Bros

Johnny Depp when he was People's sexiest man alive (again) in 2009:

Johnny in a suit at the public enemies premiere
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Johnny Depp now:

Johnny wearing a fedora, scarf, and embroidered jacket at the puffins premiere
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Ryan Reynolds when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2010:

Ryan sitting on a couch on the today show
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Ryan Reynolds now:

Ryan in a corduroy suit at a red carpet event
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Bradley Cooper when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2011:

at the hangover part 2 screening
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Bradley Cooper now:

Bradley walking in soho
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Channing Tatum when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2012:

Channing on the jay leno show
Nbc / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Channing Tatum now:

Channing with a shaved head and rocking a tuxedo at the met gala
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Adam Levine when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2013:

Adam smiles as he sits in the judge's chair on the voice
Nbc / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Adam Levine now:

Adamat an oscar after party
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Chris Hemsworth when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2014:

Chris in a t-shirt and a vest at comic con
Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

Chris Hemsworth now:

Chris in a dress shirt and blazer at the critics choice awards
Getty Images / Getty Images for the Critics Choice Association

David Beckham when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2015:

David in a tuxedo at the royal opera house
Danny Martindale / WireImage / Getty Images

David Beckham now:

David poses on the red carpet at the who cares awards
Samir Hussein / Samir Hussein / WireImage / Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2016:

Dwayne smiles at moana premiere
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Dwayne Johnson now:

Dwayne in a turtleneck and jacket onstage
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Blake Shelton when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2017:

Blake smiles on a red carpet at a pandora party
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Blake Shelton now:

Blake with his hands in his pocket as he poses at a Voice event
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Idris Elba when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2018:

Jeff Spicer / Getty Images

Idris Elba now:

Idris at a podium giving a speech at the UN Climate Change Conference
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John Legend when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2019:

John sitting on a couch for a press pic for the voice
Nbc / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

John Legend now:

John sitting front row at a fashion show in dubai
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Michael B. Jordan when he was People's sexiest man alive in 2020:

Michael sitting on a couch for an interview
Randy Holmes / ABC via Getty Images

Michael B. Jordan now:

Michael walking with his girlfriend lori harvey
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Paul Rudd as People's sexiest man alive in 2021:

Paul poses for paparazzi at the shrink premiere in a suit and striped tie
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