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32 Years, 29 Guys: Sexiest Man Alive by the Numbers
All the facts, figures and more you need to know about the Sexiest Men Alive of years’ past
By Diana Pearl•@dianapearl_
Posted on November 13, 2017 at 5:10pm EST
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The first Sexiest Man Alive was Mel Gibson. He was given the honor in 1985.
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The youngest ever Sexiest Man Alive was John F. Kennedy Jr., who was 27 years old when he earned the title in 1988.
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The oldest is Sean Connery, who nabbed the title in 1989 at age 59.
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Four men have received the honor twice: Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Richard Gere.
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Only three people who aren't actors have ever won the title: Kennedy, Adam Levine and David Beckham.
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In 1993, the honor went to two people as the "Sexiest Couple Alive": Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford.
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Since 1997 — when George Clooney was dubbed the Sexiest Man Alive — the issue has been released in November, with exceptions in 2002 and 2003, when it was released in the first week of December.
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Only two Sexiest Men Alive have died since receiving the honor: John F. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Swayze.
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1994 is the only year since its founding that a Sexiest Man Alive wasn't awarded. Later, in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the franchise, PEOPLE editors selected Keanu Reeves as the 1994 winner.
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A total of 29 men have scored the Sexiest Man Alive title.
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The franchise has been around for 32 years.