Well, here are the Top 25 guys. Hope you will agree with some of my choices, or at least enjoy the eye candy. Above are 25 bonus shots of each one of these guys shirtless (not in exact order). In case you missed them, the other installments are here 'n' here. Note: I went all out on styling the Top 25 for maximum eyeball stimulation.
How did I do on the guys and the rankings?
#25 Garrett Hedlund (1984—) Ever since Troy, I've been in a polyamorous relationship—at least on paper—thanks to spotting Garrett Hedlund. Which was hard to do with Brad Pitt running around half naked. Hedlund is a total newcomer compared to most on this list, but that face! He was shown off to great advantage in that dreadful Disney remake of a dreadful Disney film, but he's reached a new level of desirability playing feckless fuck machine "Dean Moriarty" (aka Neal Cassady) in the otherwise mostly dreary On the Road.
Want some Hedlund?
Sexy Sampler: Troy (2004), Friday Night Lights (2004), Georgia Rule (2007), Country Strong (2010), TRON: Legacy (2010), On the Road (2012)
#24 Jonathan Bennett (1981—) I've had a schoolboy crush on "Aaron Samuels" from Mean Girls from the moment I met him—and he is one of the few on my list of 100 that I've met in real life. Twice! I said hello when he was in my office being interviewed to plug Mean Girls and did a lengthier one-on-one in his trailer as he filmed a Dukes of Hazzard straight-to-video prequel. They made him play the blond one, but as his generous costume change in front of me would've reminded anyone else had we not been alone, he was born brunet. (Thanks again for that free show, JB! Even if you kept it professional by leaving your boxers mostly on.) Kidding aside, for me, it's hard to top an actor with piercing brown eyes and a generous brow, but I'd be willing to try. He has a quirky sense of humor and has been winningly outspoken about working with some of the biggest divas of the post-teen set—Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes. Charm is not something that should be taken for granted, so check him out the next time he gets hired to be in something decent—he's really good. I am holding out hope for a major TV series or movie breakthrough.
Sexy Sampler: Season of Youth (2003), Mean Girls (2004), Lovewrecked (2005), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), The Assistants (2009), The Mean Bean (2010), Memorial Day (2011), Cats Dancing on Jupiter (2011), Music High (2012), Divorce Invitation (2012)
(Hot) Body and Soul
#23 Paul Robeson (1898—1976) Tragically underused in the cinema thanks to his race and, later, thanks to his unrepentant empathy with Communism and fierce advocacy of social issues, Robeson was a charismatic stage presence and popular singer who worked on a mere baker's dozen movies in the twenties, thirties and forties. A strapping presence with African features, he was a rarity on the screen in a time when black actors were often treated like props—an uncommonly sensual figure. Nudes that he posed for during the early part of his life reveal a manly, fleshy physique of which the silver screen could have used more.
Bow tie me up, bow tie me down
Sexy Sampler: Body and Soul (1925), Emperor Jones (1933), King Solomon's Mines (1937)
In his heydey, he was nearly as big as Charlie Chaplin
#22 Wallace Reid (1891—1923) This handsome devil of the silents was one of the industry's most tragic, a tall, physically fit young man who was kept out of WWI due to his box office duties and who was later severly injured in a train accident that resulted in his becoming hooked on morphine to match his previous drug of choice, booze. The matinee idol died in the throes of addiction, which led his widow to produce an anti-drug movie and tour the nation with it in order to spread the word—if it could happen to a matinee idol, it could happen to you. At the time of his death, Reid—as a star, director and in other behind-the-scenes capacities—had been responsible for or participated in the creation of at least 100 films and shorts.
One of Hollywood's first tragic drug addicts; his young widow never remarried
Sexy Sampler (if you can find any!): The Deerslayer (1911), His Only Son (1912), Valley of the Giants (1919), The Roaring Road (1919), Excuse My Dust (1920), The Affairs of Anatol (1921), Hell Diggers (1921)
Dreaming of diplomatic relations
#21 John Gavin (1931—) This Mexican-American, square-jawed lead of the '50s and '60s is often cited for his impossibly handsome mug even though he later became famous as Reagan's ambassador to Mexico after ditching his acting career in favor of one in business. For me, and for many, the six-footer's most indelible for having appeared in Psycho as the stud who bangs Janet Leigh just before she takes that last shower. I've heard that for years he has steadfastly refused to answer fan mail or sign autographs.
Hottest guy in history?
Sexy Sampler: Imitation of Life (1959), Psycho (1960), Spartacus (1960)