Cool Guys

by petlopez | created - 10 Dec 2010 | updated - 26 Sep 2011 | Public

1. Jon-Erik Hexum

Actor | Voyagers!

In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing...

2. Paul Walker

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...

3. Jon Bon Jovi

Soundtrack | Young Guns II

Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey.

Family: Jon's mother, Carol Sharkey, was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the ...

4. James Marsden

Actor | X-Men

James Paul Marsden, or better known as just James Marsden, was born on September 18, 1973, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Kathleen (Scholz) and James Luther Marsden. His father, a distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University, and his mother, a nutritionist, divorced...

5. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

6. Ryan Phillippe

Actor | Crash

Ryan Phillippe was born on September 10, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware, to Susan (Thomas), a nurse, and Richard Phillippe, a chemical technician. He has three sisters, Kirsten, Lindsay, and Katelyn, and attended New Castle Baptist Academy. Ryan's acting career began with the soap opera One Life to ...

7. James Franco

Actor | 127 Hours

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...

8. David Chokachi

Actor | Soul Surfer

David Chokachi was born on January 16, 1968 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA as David Al-Chokhachy. He is an actor and producer, known for Soul Surfer (2011), Baywatch (1989) and Beyond the Break (2006).

9. Rob Lowe

Actor | St. Elmo's Fire

Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke ...

10. Brad Pitt

Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...

11. Ben Affleck

Producer | Argo

American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has...

12. Ryan Reynolds

Actor | Deadpool

Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen (1990), a ...

13. Chris Pine

Actor | Star Trek

Chris Pine was born in Los Angeles. His parents are actors Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford, and his maternal grandparents were Max M. Gilford, a president of the Hollywood Bar Association, and actress Anne Gwynne. His sister, Katherine Pine, has also acted. Chris's ancestry is Russian Jewish (from ...

14. Nick Zano

Actor | The Final Destination

Born in Nutley, NJ, Nick Zano's passion for the movies began when he first watched Goodfellas (1990) at the age of 12. He had long dreamed of becoming a Navy Seal, but all that changed in one afternoon at the cinema. Shortly after that, Zano and his family moved south to West Palm Beach, Florida, ...

15. Lorenzo Lamas

Actor | Grease

Lorenzo Fernando Lamas was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actors Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas. His father was Argentinian and his mother was American, of Norwegian descent. Lorenzo was raised in Pacific Palisades, California. In 1968, his family moved to New York. He attended ...

16. Shane West

Actor | A Walk to Remember

Shane West was born Shannon Bruce Snaith in 1978 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the son of Leah (Launey), a lawyer, and Don Snaith, a drugstore owner. Shane began to pursue an acting career at the age of fifteen, gaining bit parts on various television shows, but it was not until 1999 when West ...

17. Adrian Grenier

Actor | Entourage

Adrian Grenier was born on July 10, 1976 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA as Adrian Sean Grenier. He is an actor and producer, known for Entourage (2004), Entourage (2015) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

18. Jerry O'Connell

Actor | Stand by Me

Jerry O'Connell was born in New York City, to Linda (Witkowski), an art teacher, and Michael O'Connell, a British-born advertising agency art director. He spent his early years in Manhattan, with his parents and younger brother, Charlie O'Connell, who is also an actor. He is of one half Irish, one ...

19. Christian Kane

Actor | Just Married

Christian Kane was born in Dallas, Texas. Christian and his family moved around a lot throughout the South before settling down in Norman, Oklahoma. Christian attended the University of Oklahoma where he had plans to major in Art History. However, Christian wanted to try out acting, so he took his ...

20. Johnathon Schaech

Actor | Legends of Tomorrow

Tall, dark, and handsome, Johnathon Schaech has all of the physical attributes one would expect of a leading man. Despite his appearance, however, true stardom has eluded Schaech, as he appears in films that allow him to showcase his talent without providing the opportunity for the actor to make a ...

21. Thomas Jane

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

Thomas Jane was born on February 22, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Thomas Elliott. He is an actor and producer, known for Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Thin Red Line (1998) and The Mist (2007). He was previously married to Patricia Arquette and Ayesha Hauer.

22. Casper Van Dien

Actor | Starship Troopers

Casper Van Dien's breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi film Starship Troopers (1997). Still one of the most talked about films of 1997 that has one of the largest cult followings in film history. He was also in Tim Burton's critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow (1999), as ...

23. Dermot Mulroney

Actor | My Best Friend's Wedding

Dermot Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Ellen and Michael Mulroney, a law professor at Villanova. Since being discovered at Northwestern University by a Hollywood talent agent 28 years ago, Mulroney has been seen in over 70 films. Mulroney is a classically trained cellist who began ...

24. Brendan Fraser

Actor | The Mummy

Brendan James Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Canadian parents Carol Mary (Genereux), a sales counselor, and Peter Fraser, a journalist and travel executive. He is of Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian ancestry. As his parents frequently moved, Brendan can claim ...

25. Mark Ruffalo

Actor | The Avengers

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, ...

26. Tom Cruise

Actor | Top Gun

In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...

27. Brian Bloom

Actor | The A-Team

Brian Bloom was born on June 30, 1970 in Long Island, New York, USA as Brian Keith Bloom. He is an actor and writer, known for The A-Team (2010), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014).

28. Joe Penny

Actor | Riptide

Joe Penny was born on June 24, 1956 in London, England as Joseph Edward Penny Jr. He is an actor, known for Riptide (1984), The Gangster Chronicles (1981) and Cold Case (2003).

29. Jason Priestley

Actor | Beverly Hills, 90210

Jason Priestley was born on August 28, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Jason Bradford Priestley. He is an actor and producer, known for Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Call Me Fitz (2010) and Cas & Dylan (2013). He has been married to Naomi Lowde-Priestley since May 14, 2005. They ...

30. Grant Show

Actor | The Possession

Only son of Ed and Kathleen Show. Raised in San Jose, California with older sister, Kelly Show. He studied acting at Samuel Ayer High School, and then majored in theater arts at UCLA. His first professional role was "Rick Hyde" in Ryan's Hope (1975) from 1984 to 1987. He then took a year sabbatical...

31. William Levy

Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

William Levy was born on August 29, 1980 in Havana, Cuba as William Gutiérrez Levy. He is an actor and producer, known for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), Addicted (2014) and The Single Moms Club (2014).

32. Aaron Eckhart

Actor | The Dark Knight

Aaron Eckhart was born on March 12, 1968 in Cupertino, California, USA as Aaron Edward Eckhart. He is an actor and producer, known for The Dark Knight (2008), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and In the Company of Men (1997).

33. Antonio Sabato Jr.

Actor | The Big Hit

Antonio Sabato Jr. was born on February 29, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio G. Sabato Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Hit (1998), Shark Hunter (2001) and General Hospital (1963). He has been married to Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes since September 25, 2012. They have one child. ...

34. Josh Brolin

Actor | No Country for Old Men

Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin. He has played roles as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States.

Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California, to Jane Cameron (Agee), a Texas-born wildlife activist,...

35. Simon Baker

Actor | The Mentalist

Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia's prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential (1997).

36. Jensen Ackles

Actor | Supernatural

Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, ...

37. Anthony Addabbo

Actor | All My Children

Although born in Florida, Anthony Addabbo was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech. His original plans were to become a tree surgeon in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He moved to New York when he was 21 to begin a modeling career. In 1987 he had his first role in a western, The...

38. Gerard Christopher

Actor | Superboy

Gerard Christopher was born on May 11, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as Gerard Christopher Dinome. He is an actor and writer, known for Superboy (1988), Sunset Beach (1997) and Tomboy (1985).

39. John Allen Nelson

Actor | 24

John Allen Nelson was born on August 28, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for 24 (2001), Crisis (2014) and Friends (1994). He has been married to Justine Eyre since September 23, 2007. He was previously married to Åse Samuelsson.

40. John Newton

Actor | Alive

John Newton was born on December 29, 1965 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA as John Haymes Newton. He is an actor, known for Alive (1993), The Christmas Card (2006) and Melrose Place (1992). He has been married to Jennifer Newton since October 7, 2006. They have one child.

41. Michael Bergin

Actor | The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy

Michael Bergin, also known as "Jack 'J.D.' Darius" on the internationally renowned hit series Baywatch (1989), returns this year for his third season. An actor and model, Bergin has been featured in magazines and on billboards around the world. Growing up in the small town of Naugatuck, Connecticut...

42. Richard Dean Anderson

Actor | Stargate SG-1

The future MacGyver (1985) and Stargate SG-1 (1997) star was born on January 23, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Stuart Anderson, was a teacher at a local high school and his mother, Jocelyn, was an artist who was talented in both sculpting and painting. He and his three younger ...

43. Jason Simmons

Actor | Sharknado

Jason was first introduced to worldwide audiences as Logan Fowler in the hit TV series Baywatch, a Show viewed by a billion people across 142 countries. After 3 years on the show he walked away from Hollywood, and returned to stage school to study theatre, to complete his training with renowned ...

44. David Charvet

Actor | Melrose Place

David Charvet, who rose to international fame on the hit shows Baywatch (1989) and Melrose Place (1992), is now moving into the feature front, having completed production on starring roles in two films this year.

In the sports feature Green Flash (2008), Charvet plays "Cameron Day", a star ...

45. Paul Gross

Actor | Passchendaele

Paul Gross is the elder of two brothers. He was an Army brat; his father, Bob Gross, was a Tank Commander in the Canadian Army. As a consequence Paul and his family moved around a lot: he has lived in Canada, the U.S, England and Germany. Paul was introduced to acting in his early teens, while the ...

46. Sean Maguire

Actor | Meet the Spartans

Sean was born on 18 April 1976 in Ilford, Essex, England. He made his acting debut at the age of five in Voyage Around My Father with Sir Laurence Olivier. Many TV roles for UK television followed including, Tegs in Grange Hill, Aiden Brosnan in Eastenders, Marty in Dangerfield and Lee in Sunburn (...

47. Steven Eckholdt

Actor | Friends

Steven Eckholdt was born on September 6, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Friends (1994), The Wraith (1986) and Message in a Bottle (1999).

48. John James

Actor | Dynasty

John James Anderson is most well known for his ten-year role as 'Jeff Colby' on the 1980's prime time TV soaps Dynasty (1981) and The Colbys (1985). John was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of radio broadcaster Herb Oscar Anderson, and brother of actor Herb Anderson.

He first starred in ...

49. Steve Burton

Actor | General Hospital

Steve Burton was born on June 28, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Jack Stephen Burton. He is an actor and director, known for General Hospital (1963), Fainaru fantajî sebun adobento chirudoren (2005) and The Last Castle (2001). He has been married to Sheree Gustin since January 16, 1999...

50. Dan Gauthier

Actor | Teen Witch

Dan Gauthier was born on December 2, 1963 in Prineville, Oregon, USA as Daniel Lester Gauthier. He is an actor and director, known for Teen Witch (1989), Tour of Duty (1987) and One Life to Live (1968). He has been married to Lisa Fuller since April 22, 1990. They have one child.

51. Kyle Chandler

Actor | Argo

Kyle Chandler was born in Buffalo, New York, to Sally Jeanette (Meyer), who bred dogs, and Edward Chandler, a farm owner. He is of German, English, and Irish descent. Kyle grew up in the small town of Social Circle, Georgia (population 4,500). On the family farm, the only TV station they got was ...

52. Ethan Hawke

Actor | Training Day

Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the ...

53. Mark Wahlberg

Actor | The Departed

American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to acclaimed actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed (2006) who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter (...

54. Christian Slater

Actor | True Romance

Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...

55. Channing Tatum

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum was born in a small town, Cullman, Alabama, 50 miles north of Birmingham. He is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who worked in construction. Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in ...

56. Matt Dallas

Actor | Kyle XY

Matthew Joseph "Matt" Dallas born October 21, 1982 is an American actor, best known for playing the title character on the ABC Family series Kyle XY. Dallas was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Arizona School for the Arts. He has two younger brothers and one younger sister. He became ...

57. Michael Paré

Actor | Gone

Michael Kevin Paré was born on October 9, 1958 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Joan (Moroney) and Francis Paré, who owned print shops. His father died of leukemia when Paré was five, leaving his mother to raise their large family of children. Paré was working as a chef in New York City when an agent...

58. Cary Elwes

Actor | Saw

Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended ...

59. Gabriel Garko

Actor | Senso '45

Gabriel Garko was born on July 12, 1972 in Turin, Italy as Dario Oliviero. He is an actor, known for Senso '45 (2002), Callas Forever (2002) and Non è stato mio figlio (2016).

60. Wesley Morgan

Actor | The Rocker

Wesley first enjoyed an international spotlight as a model for the famous photographer Bruce Weber. Wesley has been a feature model for both Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister stores. Wesley can be seen in national print campaigns for many Canadian retailers. Wesley's passion for acting came in ...

61. A Martinez

Actor | Longmire

A Martinez was born on September 27, 1948 in Glendale, California, USA as Adolph Larrue Martinez III. He is an actor and writer, known for Longmire (2012), Santa Barbara (1984) and Powwow Highway (1989). He has been married to Leslie Bryans since July 17, 1982. They have three children. He was ...

62. Josh Duhamel

Actor | Transformers

Joshua David Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota. His mother, Bonny L., is a retired high school teacher, and the Executive Director of Minot's Downtown Business & Profession Association, and his father, Larry Duhamel, is an advertisement salesman. Josh has three younger sisters: Ashlee, ...

63. David Boreanaz

Actor | Angel

David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually ...

64. James Denton

Actor | Desperate Housewives

The second of three children born to a dentist and his wife in Nashville, Tennessee, Denton grew up in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, attended Goodlettsville High School, briefly played basketball at a junior college, then went on to graduate with honors from the (national champion) University of ...

65. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

66. Ryan Kwanten

Actor | True Blood

An Australian actor, Ryan Kwanten was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He appeared on several TV shows Down Under, including a five year stint on the popular series Home and Away. After graduating from business school at the University of Sydney, he came to Los Angeles for what was supposed to...

67. Chris Hemsworth

Actor | The Avengers

Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ...

68. Paul Telfer

Actor | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Paul Telfer was born on October 30, 1979 in Paisley, Scotland. He is an actor and writer, known for NCIS (2003), Miss Conception (2008) and The Vampire Diaries (2009). He is married to Carmen Cusack.

69. Scott Speedman

Actor | Underworld

Scott Speedman was born in London, England, to Scottish parents, Mary (Campbell), a primary school teacher, and Roy Speedman, a department store buyer. He grew up in Toronto, Canada. He was an aspiring swimmer and held a record amongst the best for distance freestyle, unfortunately, an accident put...

70. Ryan Doom

Actor | The Roommate

Ryan Doom is an actor, known for The Roommate (2011), Circle of Eight (2009) and Most Likely to Die (2015).

71. Ross Thomas

Actor | Shelter

Ross Thomas was born on August 21, 1981 in Stockton, California, USA as Ross Schuler Thomas. He is an actor and producer, known for Shelter (2007), Soul Surfer (2011) and The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006).

72. Trevor Donovan

Actor | Texas Rising

Trevor Donovan was born in Mammoth Lakes, California. Trevor grew up skiing and snowboarding and, during his teens, was on the US teen ski team. Trevor is a true renaissance man, aside from being proficient at most sports, he can play guitar, sing, and has a bachelors degree in graphic design. ...