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.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing...
“ Fell in love with him in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Another one of those problematically handsome men who can act. I fell for him late in the game, but now that I have, I can appreciate his films on a whole new level. His portrayal of Brick in that film is heart-wrenching and brutal. Strangely, it is that movie, where I realized he was more than just a pretty face, that made me aware of his pretty face. ” - headlessannie
 
3.
Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,"...
“ Fell in love with him in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I am so impressed by his comedic abilities and timing, along with his dancing technique. I find him quite hot. ” - headlessannie
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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. ” - headlessannie
 
10.
Kevin Spacey
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
“ 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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Peter Cushing
Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was attracted to acting...
“ Fell in love with him in The Curse of Frankenstein and The Horror of Dracula. He has, at the same time, such quiet, charming reserve and lightning-quick agility, that I couldn't help becoming intrigued. I never thought, when I only knew him as Grand Moff Tarkin, that I would one day be hopelessly devoted to him. ” - headlessannie
 
12.
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
 
13.
Roddy McDowall
Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family, playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother of sisters played by Jessica Tandy and Glynis Johns...
“ Fell in love with him in The Legend of Hell House. He's in some of my favorite movies, like Evil Under the Sun and Return of the King (as a voice), and he lends an earnestness and sensitivity to everything he undertakes. I realized that I had loved him in everything I'd ever seen him in. ” - headlessannie
 
14.
Anthony Perkins
Actor, Psycho
Anthony Perkins was born April 4, 1932 in New York City to Janet Esselstyn (Rane) and Osgood Perkins, an actor of both stage and film. His paternal great-grandfather was noted engraver Andrew Varick Stout Anthony. Perkins attended the Brooks School, the Browne & Nichols School, Columbia University and Rollins College...
“ Fell in love with him in Psycho. He is certainly not the Norman Bates that Bloch had envisioned, but he was perfect to play the tortured soul in Hitchcock's vision. So sweet and handsome, thoroughly likable...and then deliciously twisted. He won me over immediately. ” - headlessannie
 
15.
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
 
17.
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...
“ 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
 
18.
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
 
19.
Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the younger son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers. He 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
 
20.
Zach Braff
Actor, Scrubs
Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, to Anne Hutchinson (Maynard), a clinical psychologist, and Harold Irwin Braff, a trial attorney. His father is from a Jewish family (from Russia and Austria), while Zach's mother, who is from a Yankee family with deep roots in New England, converted to Judaism...
“ Fell in love with him in Garden State. Come on! The man wrote, directed, starred in and set the music to a fantastic movie! He is amazing. ” - headlessannie
 
21.
Lee Marvin
Actor, M Squad
Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his wife Courtenay Washington Davidge...
“ Fell in love with him after seeing a clip of him in Point Blank. See, I'd appreciated his comic roles in Paint Your Wagon and Cat Ballou, but I'd never seen him looking so suave and smooth like he did in that film. It was then that I realized he was truly an actor, and I was smitten by his willingness to play the fool. Plus, that deep gravelly voice...mmmmmmm. ” - 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
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
Ian McKellen
Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (Sutcliffe) and Denis Murray McKellen, a civil engineer. He is of Scottish, Northern Irish, and English descent. During his early childhood, his parents moved with Ian and his sister Jean to the mill town of Wigan...
“ 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
 
26.
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
 
27.
Donald O'Connor
Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain, in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as the companion to Francis the Talking Mule in that film series.
“ Fell in love with him in Singin' in the Rain. Such style and grace! His dancing is phenomenal. ” - headlessannie
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
George Sanders
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
“ Fell in love with him in Call Me Madam. I had appreciated his rich voice before seeing that film, but I hadn't really heard him sing. That's what pushed me over. ” - headlessannie