37 Years, 32 Guys: Sexiest Man Alive by the Numbers

All the facts, figures and 411 you need to know about the Sexiest Men Alive of years past

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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 was 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 five people who aren't actors have ever won the title: Kennedy, Adam Levine, David Beckham, Blake Shelton and 2019's winner, John Legend.

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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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Three Sexiest Men Alive have died since receiving the honor: John F. Kennedy Jr., Patrick Swayze and Sean Connery.

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1994 is the only year since its founding that a Sexiest Man Alive wasn't awarded. In 2015, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, PEOPLE editors selected Keanu Reeves as the 1994 winner.

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A total of 32 men have scored the Sexiest Man Alive title.

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The franchise has been around for 37 years.

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