Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hunk Du Jours: Magazine's Picks May Not Match Your Own

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hunk Du Jours: Magazine's Picks May Not Match Your Own

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CARY GRANT, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, Eric Clapton, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Newman.

Quick. Which one of those men has never been dubbed "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine?

Sorry, trick question. None of these men has ever made the list. Not even Newman. That's right. People, in its infinite wisdom yet limited space, has sent up white puffs of smoke nine times in the past 11 years, elevating hunk du jours to the magazine's highest holy place. We must now genuflect in front of the unwashed-yet-I-can-think-of-worse-to-shower-with Brad Pitt, 1995's SMA.

For the record, no man generated enough heat to be dubbed SMA in 1994. In 1993, the award was renamed and shared by Sexiest Couple Alive, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, now split and fighting over custody of the doodad that People gave them in honor of their Coupleness.

Pitt is the latest SMA since Nick Nolte beat out Newman et al. in 1992. Harry Hamlin also has been deemed worthy. Ditto Patrick Swayze and that guy who used to do Coors commercials. You know, uh, uh. Help me here. Nice smile.

Give me a minute. Uh. Uh. Mark Harmon.

He's at home in California now with his wife, Pam Dawber, and their two children. Exploring projects.

A few SMAs have fared quite a bit flashier since their coronation. Most, if we were being generous (and we are), have managed to hold onto what made them so SMAish in the first place.

Here's the list so far:

1985: The first-ever SMA Mel Gibson. Still around, of course, but if Jodie Foster had to fake it in "Maverick," are the rest of us far behind?

1986: Mark Harmon. For those who find fatherhood sexy - and, yes, Bill Cosby, some do. …

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