Mel Gibson was just 29 when he was named People’s first Sexiest Man Alive in February 1985.
“St. Elsewhere” star Mark Harmon, then 34, became the magazine’s second choice.
“L.A. Law” star Harry Hamlin was 35 when he was named.
Political scion John F. Kennedy Jr., then 27, was named Sexiest Man Alive in 1988.
At 59, Sean Connery became the oldest Sexiest Man Alive when he was chosen in 1989.
Tom Cruise, 28, had just opened “Days of Thunder” when he was selected in 1990.
“Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” star Patrick Swayze was 38 when he was tapped.
In 1992, 51-year-old Nick Nolte followed up his performances in “The Prince of Tides” and “Cape Fear” with the Sexiest Man Alive title.
In a departure from tradition, the magazine in 1993 named Richard Gere and model Cindy Crawford as Sexiest Couple Alive.