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Jan 01 2013
History's Hottest Movie Actors: My List (#50—#26) Comments (7)
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Above, bonus gallery of some of the guys shirtless

Here is part 2 of 3 covering my personal list of History's Hottest Movie Actors. (Here's where to find #100—#51.) This group feels more resolutely macho and has fewer pretty-boy types, but let's see how the Top 25 shakes out when I post that next week. Enjoy. Again, I think the point of my list is that all 100 of them are "10"s who could easily be somebody's #1—it's just degrees of hotness.

Cullen-Landis-hot-sexy-silent-movie-actorHe looked good in a suit—even those of the bathing variety

Sexy-hot-Cullen-Landis-silent-star#50 Cullen Landis (1896—1975) A silent star with a debonair quality not dissimilar to Valentino's, he was actually, IMHO, better-looking than his far more famous peer. He'd been more interested in directing but fell into acting when a male lead he'd been working with fractured his leg. Lucky break—he went on to star in the first all-talking movie.

Sexy Sampler: Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo—what's left of it (1926), The Devil's Skipper (1928), Lights of New York (1930)


Gerard-Butler-hot-bicepsIf the Butler didn't do it, I wish he would

Sexy-#49 Gerard Butler (1969—) This Scottish sizzler didn't really ping by hunkdar until he popped up in the ludicrous and ludicrously sexy (at least in stills) 300, but it's not surprising he'd had a crazed fan following for years before that. It's all about the raw machismo and that gravelly voice.

Sexy Sampler: Tale of the Mummy (1998), Dracula 2000 (2000), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005), 300 (2006), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), Coriolanus (2011)


Robert-Wagner-Publicity-Photo-classic-movies-6400784-629-532I "Hart" his outfit

Robert-Wagner-shirtless#48 Robert Wagner (1930—) This devilish-looking charmer was able to pull off a deeply American brand of "debonair," later becoming (twice) a part of Hollywood royalty thanks to his union(s) with Natalie Wood. Fresh-faced and virile, he brightened his mostly forgettable movies in the '50s and '60s and has lately been trying hard to sell me on the concept of the reverse mortgage.

Let's Make It Legal (1951), Titanic (1953), Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), Prince Valiant (1954), Broken Lance (1954), A Kiss Before Dying (1956), The True Story of Jesse James (1957), Stopover Tokyo (1957)


Michael-ontkean-1Staring at the hair too long can induce spontaneous orgasm

Michael-Ontkean#47 Michael Ontkean (1946—) He's really more of a TV guy, what with The Rookies (1972—1974) and Twin Peaks (1990—1991) and others, but I reserved him for my movies list because I am still so deeply in love with him from Making Love, where it's so much fun to watch him being seduced (by his own desires, ultimately) that I, to this day, would very much like to make a baby with him in the natural way.

Sexy Sampler: Slap Shot (1977), Willie & Phil (1980), Making Love (1982), The Allnighter (1987), Maid to Order (1987)


William-Holden-ArizonaMan enough to make even Barbara Stanwyck want some cock

WilliamHolden#46 William Holden (1918—1981) Sardonic to the hilt, he was the cinema's perfect sarcastic tough guy. As far as sex appeal, "Norma Desmond" sure knew a prime cut when she saw it. He was from the "don't overthink it" school of acting, but his performances never felt workmanlike even if he apparently saw acting as a profession and not an art and his animal magnetism was never less than present.


Golden Boy (1939), Our Town (1940), Arizona (1940), Young and Willing (1943), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Born Yesterday (1950), Stalag 17 (1953)


Tumblr_m1eli4eixV1r5hg4ko1_500New Heights of handsomeness

Tumblr_m4fd9ixGgm1qkm0pwo9_250#45 Laurence Olivier (1907—1989) Arguably the finest male actor who ever lived, the British bisexual was clearly at least one of the finest. That strong jaw and clefted chin, the accent, the huge eyes. Suave and gifted both intellectually and physically, this is a case of, "Yes, Sir!" I wonder if working with Harry Hamlin while the latter was basically in a skirt drove him to distraction during Clash of the Titans (1981)?

Sexy Sampler: As You Like It (1936), Fire Over England (1937), The Divorce of Lady X (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941)


Johnny-weissmuller-tarzan-the-ape-man-na1716-5330-pPerfect "10!"

Johnny-Weissmuller#44 Johnny Weissmuller (1904—1984) He isn't the highest-ranking movie "Tarzan" on my list, but Weissmuller is certainly the ultimate to play the role. Seeing him nearly nude in those '30s movies on TV was pretty thrilling to me, even if they were in black-and-white and even if that darn "Jane" and "Cheetah" hogged up to much screen time. He didn't do much in films other than "Tarzan" and related roles, but the former Olympics star didn't need to—that one role made him an early icon of male beauty.

Sexy Sampler: "Tarzan" movies (1932—1948)


Bruce-Lee-bruce-lee-26727445-502-485They called him Bruce

#43 Bruce Lee (1940—1973) Another athlete who parlayed his physical prowess into a film career, Lee (like Weissmuller before him) never made any pretense to be an actor and never attempted to branch out from his specialty—in his case, mainly because he never had a chance. After a successful stint on TV and filming a couple of karate movies that would go on to help instigate the martial arts craze in the West, the iron man ironcially died a young from a cerebral edema after taking some aspirin.

Bruce_lee_practiceIt would be hard to enter that dragon unless he wanted you to

Sexy Sampler: Fists of Fury (1971), The Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973)


Christian-Bale-hot-and-sexyKiller body

#42 Christian Bale (1974—) Not many Oscar winners on my list of 100, but Christian Bale avoided being boxed in as a pretty boy even after breaking into movies as, literally a pretty boy, by carefully selecting roles that would at times challenge our perception of him as a hero or as a sex object. Even his sexiest role came with a major caveat—who's looked hotter than Bale in American Psycho, and yet...there's all that blood. As a bonus, he's one of those guys who looks perfect all cleaned up or scruffy. Or covered in red corpuscles.

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Sexy Sampler: Newsies (1992), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), American Psycho (2000), Laurel Canyon (2002), Batman Begins (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


Sterling-haydenCome sail away

Sterling-hayden-1941_opt#41 Sterling Hayden (1916—1986) This almost (okay, all the way) comically blunt tough guy is a B-movie fave. All six-and-a-half feet of him were lovingly captured in quite a few noir and western genre flicks. Definitely enjoyed him opposite Joan Crawford...wonder who was the better hung? He's another of those guys who you can just tell thinks movie-making is for pussies. It probably is.

Tumblr_m8hv62Fb481rtb4hfo1_500Driving me crazy with that whole daddy/private dick thing

Sexy Sampler: Virginia (1941), Bahama Passage (1941), Blaze of Noon (1947), El Paso (1949), Mandhandled (1949), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Flaming Feather (1952), Hellgate (1952), Naked Alibi (1954), The Killing (1956)


Kerwin-MathewsSinbad to the bone

Kerwin-Mathews-hairy-chest#40 Kerwin Mathews (1926—2007) Supervirile and handsome as a model, hairy-chested, clean-shaven Mathews perfectly straddled the line between pretty boy and sexy man. Though he displayed flashes of sensuality in his earlier roles, his clean look also afforded him the ability to play a wholesome swashbuckling hero in the kinds of cheesy drive-in flicks that Spielberg later lovingly homaged with Harrison Ford standing in as the dude. Mathews lived a long life (and aged handsomely), eventually moving into selling antiques in San Franciso with his partner, Tom Nicoll (not sure if Mr. Nicoll survives today). They were together nearly 50 years, a wonderful piece of info to have when watching him tearing up the bad guys in his old movies. With the fascination for fantasy and horror at an all-time high, it's surprising to me how unknown Mr. Mathews remains.

Kerwin-Mathews-is-hot-sexy-gayUnambiguously gay superhero

Kerwin-Mathews-Octaman (4)Sexy Sampler: 5 Against the House (1955), The Garment Jungle (1957), Tarawa Beachhead (1958), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Last Blitzkrieg (1959), Man on a String (1960), The Warrior Empress (1960), The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960), The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961), Jack The Giant Killer (1962), Maniac (1963), Panic in Bangkok (1964), The Viscount (1967), Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), Octaman (1971)



Buster-crabbe#39 Buster Crabbe (1908—1983) The ultimate B-movie body, Buster Crabbe was an Olympic hero who played not only "Tarzan" but "Buck Rogers" and "Flash Gordon" (his most famous role), too, in movies and serials of the '30s and '40s. When Richard Lamparski, he of the Whatever Became Of...? book series, approached Crabbe in the '60s about speaking of his movie career, the semi-retired star was flabbergasted that anyone would care. But how could his fans be expected to forget the guy who played the three biggest, larger-than-life heroes of the era? For good measure, he was also "Billy the Kid" and "Billy Carson" in a series of low-budget pictures. Pulp friction.

Sexy Sampler: King of the Jungle (1933), Tarzan the Fearless (1933), Man of the Forest (1933), Flash Gordon (1936), Buck Rogers (1939), "Billy the Kid" western movies (1941—1943), "Billy Carson" western movies (1943—1946)


Ed-FuryMovies are where I'd rather Fury go naked


#38 Ed Fury (1928—) One of the most famous beefcake models of all time, all-American Fury edged into films and TV via bit parts, such as playing the "Perfect Man" for Abbott and Costello or a gigolo in the Joan Crawford camp classic Female on the Beach. None of his roles called for anything more than showing off his Muscle Beach-bred bod and smiling. The only acting involved was acting surprised when the other actors were called on to drool over his rather obvious perfection.

Ed-Fury-shirtless-hotMajor Ursus

Sexy Sampler: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954), Athena (1954), Female on tbe Beach (1955), The Wild Women of Wongo (1958), Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960), Ursus (1961), The Seven Revenges (1962), Macise contro lo sceicco (1962)


Errol-FlynnLikin' Flynn?

#37 Errol Flynn (1909—1959) The ultimate Hollywood cocksman—stand aside, Warren Beatty—Flynn was said to swing both ways, but it was his penchant for the very teenage girls who idolized him that led tarnished/burnished his image as a cad. This A-list star of swashbucklers used his rakish handsomeness (on which his boozing and drugging took a toll as time rolled on) as expertly as his character used their blades. En garde!

Tumblr_mf4p2xgIx21r3i95ho1_500Robin Hood, thief of hearts

Sexy Sampler: Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Essex and Elizabeth (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940), Santa Fe Trail (1940)


Gordon-Scott-shirtlessGreat Scott!

Gordonscott125#36 Gordon Scott (1926—2007) It may seem odd that there are so many "Tarzan" actors on this list, but then again, they were all chosen for their physical beauty—and were chosen well. It doesn't get much prettier than bodybuilder Gordon Scott, who was "Tarzan" #11 and very little else in the movies. But he did manage a few other skin-baring appearances, including one opposite Steve Reeves...could you die?

Sexy Sampler: "Tarzan" movies (1955—1960), Duel of the Titans (1961), Kerim, Son of the Sheik (1962)


Adam_Garcia_cosmo_01Tile be seeing you...

#35 Adam Garcia (1973—) An Aussie stage actor known for his dancing, Garcia first came to my attention (and I first came upon paying attention to him) when he was the star of the UK production Tumblr_mbqdambyc51rob81ao4_250of Saturday Night Fever. Since then, he's continued on the stage and TV, but has never clicked in movies the way I feel his acting talent and charisma would seem to dictate he should. His biggest break was playing Drew Barrymore's son, which was, as it sounds, a double-edged sword. His sexiness comes not only from his arousing features but from how comfortable he seems to be with his body—even when posing nude.

Sexy Sampler: Coyote Ugly (2000), Bootmen (2000), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002), Love's Brother (2004), Fascination (2004), Standing Still (2005)


Tony-Curtis-hotNobody's perfect, but this comes close

TonyCurtis#34 Tony Curtis (1925—2010) A constant presence on the scene beginning with his earliest '50s films, this Jewish godling with the fake Italian name was simultaneously adorable and the epitome of "going Hollywood." There was a larger-than-life air about him that went well with his comedic roles (you know the main one I'm thinking of) but that often butted heads with his efforts in the drama department ("Yonda lies da castle of my fodda!" is an urban legend, but was invented as a reaction to his perceived lack of polish and chops). Still, he was so fine you just wanted to polish him and put him in a curio cabinet to show off for all your friends. Became remarkably flamboyant in his later years despite fairly believable protestations that he was only into pussy.

Sexy Sampler: The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951), Flesh and Fury (1952), Son of Ali Baba (1952), Houdini (1953), Johnny Dark (1954), The Black Shielf of Falworth (1954), The Purple Mask (1955), Trapeze (1956), The Vikings (1958), The Defiant Ones (1958), Some Like It Hot (1959), Operation Petticoat (1959), Spartacus (1960), Goodbye Charlie (1964), Sex and the Single Girl (1964)


Liam-hemsworth-empire-state-imageQuit playing Hunger Games with my heart

Liam-Hemsworth-shirtless#33 Liam Hemsworth (1990—) If you're not jealous of Miley Cyrus for having become a multi-millionairess before she was 16 or for being famous or for having had her own show, then be jealous that she has a milkshake that brought this boy to the yard. Liam Hemsworth, who I like to imagine in a home-nudism situation with his brawling brother Chris, has a modern-hunk look with retro-hunk eyes, a seductive accent and a body that won't quit—nor should it be asked to.

Sexy Sampler: Knowing (2009), The Last Song (2010), The Hunger Games (2012), The Expendables 2 (2012)


Tyrone-PowerI've got the Power! 

Tyrone-power-movies-and-films-and-filmography#32 Tyrone Power (1914—1958) One of the biggest movie stars (box-office-wise) on this entire list, Power found overnight fame in his first starring role and worked steadily throughout the late '30s and all of the '40s—whenever he wasn't busy fighting with distinction in WWII. His flawless face was his calling card, but he was also a terrific actor and had great success on the stage here and abroad before his career sank under the weight of too many cheesy genre movies and he dropped dead of a heart attack at 44. His namesake son, born two months after Power's death, was a looker, too—remember him in Cocoon (1985)?

Tyrone-Power-1642561_oRavishing while ravishing

Sexy Sampler: Lloyd's of London (1936), In Old Chicago (1937), Love is News (1937), Second Honeymoon (1937), Marie Antoinette (1938), Suez (1938), Jesse James (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940), Blood and Sand (1941), The Black Swan (1942), The Razor' Edge (1946), Nightmare Alley (1947), Captain from Castile (1947)


Georgenader37Bi George

George-Nader#31 George Nader (1921—2002) Nader was most famous as Rock Hudson's boyfriend and, later, his lifelong and constant (if no longer sexual) companion. Nader was pure beefcake (loved that shaggy chest!) and while semi-successful, was never as profitable to the studios as Hudson was, and so found himself in the unenviable position of being a possible chink in Hudson's carefully crafted armor—and don't think those '50s tabloids wouldn't out a bitch, 'cuz they would and did. Nader left acting and took up writing, later inheriting most of Rock Hudson's possessions.

Rock-Hudson-George-NaderA piece of the Rock: They were each other's personal pinups

Sexy Sampler: Robot Monster (1953), Sins of Jezebel (1953), Carnival Story (1954), Four Guns to the Border (1954), Six Bridges to Cross (1955), The Second Greatest Sex (1955), "Jerry Cotton" movies (1965—1968)


Horst-BuchholzThe "German James Dean"

Horst-Buchholz-hot#30 Horst Buchholz (1933—2003) This is the only actor in The Magnificent Seven you've never heard of, but he's the one you can't take your eyes off of all the same. A German, his initial splash in American cinema was so great that he was dubbed the "German James Dean," but he definitely didn't have the same impact even if he, like Dean, had an eye for guys.

Sexy Sampler: Teenage Wolfpack (1956), King in Shadow (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Fanny (1961), One, Two, Three (1961), Marco the Magnificent (1965), Johnny Banco (1967)



Johnpayne1#29 John Payne (1912—1989) This straight-up stud was, in my opinion, a surprisingly a versatile actor, though not as versatile as in real life, where along with being a thespian he was a real estate tycoon and war hero. He wanted to play "James Bond" in the '50s, even owning the rights to one of the novels one year; never happened, but he had good and smart taste. I was blown away to discover that a friend of mine is responsible for that famous image of Payne in the ring with his legs apart, having discovered the original negative and commercializing it. What a hunk of man he was, eh? For me, he typifies the ideal, non-musclehead, masculine build of his era.

John-Payne-shirtless-studThe body beautiful

Sexy Sampler: Fair Warning (1937), College Swing (1938), Wings of the Navy (1939), Kid Nightingale (1939), Star Dust (1940), King of the Lumberjacks (1940), The Great Profile (1940), Tin Pan Alley (1940), To the Shores o Tripoli (1942), Iceland (1942), Sentimental Journey (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)


Warren_beatty_60559-1600x1200"Is that a gun in your—oh, is."

Warren-beatty-1962#28 Warren Beatty (1937—) One of the silver screen's most durable leads, he managed a run of about 40 years as a viable box-office star by working infrequently, largely retaining his good looks along the way. Dreamy as a youngster, dangerously handsome as a man and a dapper older gent, he also—behind only Errol Flynn—must be considered one of Hollywood's greatest lotharios. Who hasn't he slept with, other than myself?

Sexy Sampler: Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1960), All Fall Down (1962), Lilith (1964), Mickey One (1965), Promise Her Anything (1965), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Only Game in Town (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), The Parallax View (1974), Shampoo (1975), Heaven Can Wait (1978), Reds (1981), Dick Tracy (1990)


GeneKelly4Step right up

Gene-Kelly#27 Gene Kelly (1912—1996) I've always found this broad-chested dance man (perhaps the greatest dancer ever, in the running with Fred Astaire) to be devastatingly handsome and in possession of a body that just won't quit. There's something about the mixture of the masculine with the feminine (his artistic side and his balletic devotion to dance) that makes him uniquely appealing. That and starring in some of the most physically challenging roles of all time.

Gene-Kelly-gifYou better wink

Sexy Sampler: For Me and My Gal (1942), Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), Thousands Cheer (1943), Cover Girl (1944), Anchors Aweigh (1945), Ziegfeld Follies (1945), The Pirate (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), On the Town (1949), Black Hand (1950), Summer Stock (1950), An American in Paris (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Brigadoon (1954)


Brad-DavisThe Brad and the beautiful

Querelle#26 Brad Davis (1949—1991) It shouldn't be surprising that Fassbinder used Davis for his deliriously homosexual Querelle—the Floridian had a European look to him that was not out of place amidst the subtitles and Gallic phallic symbols. Sexy hairy dude through and through. He starred in Querelle-brad-davis-6571552-232-320Larry Kramer's first production of the AIDS drama The Normal Heart and would die with (but not of) the disease a few years later; a former intravenus drug user, he kept his condition a secret and ended it on his own terms with his wife's help. As with many actors, his sad ending informs his work if you look back at it now, which is sometimes a plus and sometimes a distraction.

Sexy Sampler: Midnight Express (1978), Querelle (1982), Heart (1987), Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989)