The first ever Sexiest Man Alive was Mel Gibson in 1985.
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John F. Kennedy Jr., 27 at the time, was the youngest winner ever to receive the title in 1988.
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Patrick Swayze is the second member to have since died (in 2009 - also JFK Jr. in 1999). Swayze won the prize in 1991.
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Pierce Brosnan won in 2001, and was the second actor to have played James Bond (also Sean Connery, in 1989)
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Denzel Washington is the only non-white winner, taking the prize in 1996
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Richard Gere has won two awards from People: first, in 1993, as one half of the Sexiest Couple (when he was married to Cindy Crawford) and the Sexiest Man Alive in 1999.
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Matthew McConnahey took the award in 2005.
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Brad Pitt has won the honour twice, in 1995 and 2000.
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George Clooney has won twice, in 1997 and 2006.
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Hugh Jackman was the first Aussie to win the award, in 2008.
Johnny Depp has also won twice - taking the honour in 2003 and 2009.
The first and only Canadian on the list: Ryan Reynolds was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2010.
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