Favorite Men

These are the men I find especially enticing. I don't expect everyone to agree, and that's fine. More for me. These fellas resonate with me because of their level of talent more than anything. I usually fell in love with them because of a specific performance, and although I find them very easy on the eyes, I was often aware of them for a while before they won me over in a particular film. Classically handsome doesn't cut much ice with me. I need more before I can give my heart away.
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1.
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Fell in love with him in Shallow Grave. He has topped my list ever since. The man is almost problematically handsome along with being a tremendous actor. Plus, he sings, dances, isn't afraid to be naked, and plays gay with a fervor and commitment to be admired and savored. There's nothing sexier than being comfortable in your own skin. Add to that the fact that he comes across as such a genuinely pleasant fellow in interviews, and he just has it all. I think he is the best of everything, and I don't anticipate that anyone will knock him out of the top slot. He's that good. ” - headlessannie
 
2.
Rupert Graves
Born in a seaside resort town, Britain's Rupert Graves was born a rebel, resisting authority and breaking rules at an early age. In his teens he became a punk rocker and even found work as a circus clown and in traveling comedy troupes. In 1983 he made his professional stage debut in "The Killing of Mr...
“ Fell in love with him in Different for Girls, and was lost forever when I saw him in Maurice. Again, a man comfortable in his own skin. That goes a long way with me. ” - headlessannie
 
3.
John Krasinski
Actor, The Office
Tall, handsome American film and television star John Krasinski is probably best known for his role as sardonic nice guy "Jim Halpert" on NBC's popular TV series, The Office, for which he won a 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series...
“ Fell in love with him in The Office. He is just so thoroughly likable and endearing in everything he acts in. He's an absolute button. ” - headlessannie
 
4.
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. His parents ran a restaurant (his father is a chef)...
“ Fell in love with him in Shame, and first became intrigued by him in Inglourious Basterds. It is a difficult undertaking to play a character we are meant to be both attracted to and repelled by, but he pulled it off with finesse and mastery. I also enjoyed him thoroughly in A Dangerous Method, where, to a lesser extent, he played a character of similar duality. Finally, he solidified himself in Jane Eyre, balancing the gruff, and again, sometimes repellent, qualities of Mr. Rochester with the desperate, love-starved parts. ” - headlessannie
 
5.
James McAvoy
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ Fell in love with him in Penelope. He was so earnest and bluntly passionate, qualities that he also brought to his role in Atonement. He bring intensity and vulnerability to his heroes, and I'm completely sold. ” - headlessannie
 
6.
Viggo Mortensen
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
“ Fell in love with him in The Prophecy. He brought nuance to a character that, in the hands of a lesser actor, would come across as either merely scary or just plain silly. Everything else I've seen him in has distinguished him as an actor equal to any task. I'm deeply smitten. ” - headlessannie
 
7.
David Wenham
Actor, 300
“ Fell in love with him in Van Helsing and Better than Sex. I saw him first as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings, but when I saw that he was willing to make himself ridiculous I was completely won over. Then, when I saw him in Better than Sex, I could appreciate him even more. ” - headlessannie
 
8.
Tom Hiddleston
Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory school...
“ Fell in love with him in War Horse. He was just so tender and earnest, so even though he has a very small role, he distinguished himself in no time. Since then I've been very pleased with a variety of his performances. ” - headlessannie
 
9.
Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ Fell in love with him in Pride and Prejudice. His Mr. Darcy is absolutely flawless, and now I'll see anything he's in. Very handsome and very talented. ” - headlessannie
 
10.
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in...
“ Fell in love with him in The Usual Suspects. His transformation at the end from a sniveling little flunky to a capable and confident crime lord was very sexy. After that, I loved him in everything I saw him in. He is completely believable as the quiet sensitive type or as the boorish extravert. And if you really want to melt, watch him do impressions. ” - headlessannie
 
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Robby Benson
Director, Friends
“ Fell in love with him in Ode to Billy Joe and Jeremy. He has a passion and intensity that is irresistible, and he is just so remarkably cute. Late in life he grew into a beautiful man, and in interviews he seems like a truly kind and grounded individual. ” - headlessannie
 
12.
Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base around the US until finally settling in Duarte...
“ Fell in love with him in The Right Stuff. After seeing that, I had to go back and re-watch all of the movies I'd seen him in before that somehow hadn't been convincing enough. Further viewing showed me I should have been in love with him much sooner. ” - headlessannie
 
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“ Fell in love with him in Different for Girls. He was the perfect match for Graves in that movie. Very vulnerable. He practically disappears into the character. ” - headlessannie
 
14.
Hugh Dancy
Actor, Hannibal
Talented British actor Hugh Dancy is one of the UK's most up-and-coming talents. Hugh Michael Horace Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, to Sarah Ann (Birley), who works in academic publishing, and Jonathan Peter Dancy, a philosophy professor and writer. He has a brother, Jack (b. 1977), and a sister, Kate (b. 1980). He was raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme...
“ Fell in love with him in Evening. The rest of the film I could take or leave, but he impressed me deeply with his tortured performance. I had seen him in other films before that, but hadn't given him much thought one way or another. His portrayal in that film, however, won me over completely. ” - headlessannie
 
15.
Steven Weber
Actor, Wings
This Queens-born actor has certainly proven himself adept at everything from quirky comedy to flat-out melodrama. Born on March 4, 1961, to a Borscht Belt comic and a nightclub singer, Weber was already appearing in TV commercials by elementary school age. He later studied at the High School of the Performing Arts in New York and graduated from New York State University...
“ Fell in love with him in The Shining. I had no idea until that role that he was such a gifted actor. I think he was the perfect fit to play Jack Torrence, a good yet flawed man who loses his sanity but ultimately not his humanity. ” - headlessannie
 
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Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the son of Cookie (Early) and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers, and has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta...
“ Fell in love with him in Firefly. I am completely on the journey if Malcolm Reynolds is captain of the ship. ” - headlessannie
 
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“ Fell in love with him in Havoc. I'd seen him in other things before that, and had appreciated him in Six Feet Under, but I was mesmerized by him in that particular film. He disappeared inside that character. He had such charm and charisma, then turned around and became utterly despicable, and managed to be completely believable either way. His status was further solidified when I saw him in Bottle Shock. He was so earnest and passionate. So intriguing. ” - headlessannie
 
18.
Adrian Pasdar
Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Rosemarie Pasdar (née Sbresny), who owns a travel agency, and Homayoon Pasdar, a prominent heart surgeon. His father is Iranian and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of German, and some Polish, descent. At the age of 2, his father moved the family to Powelton...
“ Fell in love with him in Torn Apart. And then he stole my heart when he played a vampire in Near Dark. He is absolutely scintillating. ” - headlessannie
 
19.
Michael Praed
Michael Praed was born in Berkeley, England to Derrick and Kay Prince, but spent his early years in Iran because his father worked as an accountant for a petroleum company. Michael was sent back to England for a public school education, which he did not enjoy. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London...
“ Fell in love with him in Robin of Sherwood. He has the most astounding mullett, and yet I find him incredibly hot. ” - headlessannie
 
20.
Ian McKellen
Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen...
“ Fell in love with him when I recognized him in Bent after seeing And the Band Played On. Imagine my glee when I heard that he would play Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He can be so smooth one moment, and then so playful in the next. The epitome of charming. ” - headlessannie
 
21.
Tom Wilkinson
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...
“ Fell in love with him in The Full Monty and Normal. He can play heroes and villains with equal credibility, and my heart swelled when I watched him struggle with his identity in Normal. ” - headlessannie
 
22.
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ Fell in love with him in Dummy. He's so sweet and endearing in that role, and since then I've seen him show his range. Plus, I have to admit that the nose really gets me. ” - headlessannie
 
23.
Owen Wilson
Self-proclaimed troublemaker Owen Wilson was born in Dallas, to Irish-American parents originally from Massachusetts. He grew up in Texas with his mother, Laura (Cunningham), a photographer; his father, Robert Andrew Wilson, an ad exec; and his brothers, Andrew Wilson (the eldest) and Luke Wilson (the youngest)...
“ Fell in love with him in Behind Enemy Lines. Most of his other roles are not my cup of tea, but ever since seeing him in that film I am willing to give him a chance in whatever he chooses to act in. And, there's the nose factor as well. ” - headlessannie