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The 21 Sexiest Men Over 50

Blair, Brad, Jimmy and other stars who make our hearts beat faster

  • George Clooney

    Born: May 6, 1961 It was a bummer for many single ladies when the world’s most drool-worthy bachelor married leggy lawyer Amal Alamuddin in 2014. The talented actor — who manages to look even sexier with gray hair — is No. 1 in our book. — Goncalo Silva/Alamy

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  • Denzel Washington

    Born: Dec. 28, 1954 The A-list Oscar winner, crowned People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1996, has lost none of his heat (even with that Old West mustache he grew for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven).  — Alamy

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  • Brad Pitt

    Born: Dec. 18, 1963 Unforgettable as the outlaw hitchhiker in his first big movie, 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Pitt is simply gorgeous — and generous. He and wife Angelina Jolie donate millions to charities worldwide. — Samir Hussein/Getty Images

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  • Robert Downey Jr.

    Born: April 4, 1965
    The Iron Man star is mesmerizing on-screen, due in part to his intensity. As one Washington Post writer put it: He “radiates the tangled electricity of a man who could make an emotional connection with a lamppost.” — TIZIANA FABI/Getty Images

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  • Kevin Bacon

    Born: July 8, 1958 Long married to actress Kyra Sedgwick, the actor has hardly seemed to age since bringing dance to the heartland in 1984’s Footloose. And you gotta love his ads for the American Egg Board. (Get it? Eggs with Bacon.) — MJ Kim/Getty Images

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  • Jimmy Smits

    Born: July 9, 1955 Famous for his work on L.A. Law, NYPD Blue and The West Wing, Smits more recently played a seductive bad guy on TV’s Sons of Anarchy. He aced the role of Nero Padilla, a heavily-tattooed pimp. — Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

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  • Jeff Bridges

    Born: Dec. 4, 1949 The Big Lebowski icon is an all-around cool guy: He’s a musician, one of the least self-absorbed stars in Hollywood and a family man who’s been married to his wife, Susan, since 1977. “The Dude” abides. — Michael Tran/Getty Images

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  • Jon Bon Jovi

    Born: March 2, 1962 His namesake band’s megahit album Slippery When Wet came out in 1986, and the Jersey boy is still packing stadiums (and still married to his high school sweetheart) 30 years later. Bonus: He no longer has big hair.
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  • Liam Neeson

    Born: June 7, 1952 The actor who often stars in action flicks is, as Time magazine once put it, “a mature, real man in an era of superhero fantasy.” And he has a lovely Irish accent and gorgeous blue eyes to boot. — Getty Images

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  • Lenny Kravitz

    Born: May 26, 1964 Kravitz is an electrifying funk-rock musician and sometime actor (The Hunger Games and Precious). He also happens to have spectacular pecs, shown off on the cover of his 2014 album Strut.
    — Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

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  • Antonio Banderas

    Born: Aug. 10, 1960 The Spanish-born heartthrob, famous for films such as 1995’s Desperado and 1996’s Evita, continues to throb many hearts — minus one. He and Melanie Griffith split in 2014 after 18 years together. — Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images

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  • Daniel Day-Lewis

    Born: April 29, 1957 It’s easy to fall for this masterful actor, winner of no less than three best actor Oscars — not to mention his lyrical Irish-English accent and the soulful intelligence he projects on- and off-screen. — Jemal Countess/Getty Images

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  • Blair Underwood

    Born: Aug. 25, 1964 Known for roles on TV’s L.A. Law and In Treatment, he’s also generous to many charities — inspiring one fan to post on Facebook: “Your hotness is just a bonus to your beautiful soul and humanitarianism.” — Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

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  • Alan Jackson

    Born: Oct. 17, 1958 The beloved traditional country star has sold gazillions of records since his first, 1990’s Here in the Real World, and is “liked” (alas, there’s no “love” option) by some 4.5 million Facebook fans. — NBC NewsWire/Getty Images

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  • Bruce Springsteen

    Born: Sept. 23, 1949 Rock’s incomparable troubadour for working-class America, “The Boss” is still on fire — performing his legendary marathon shows and countless good works. What’s not to love? — Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

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  • Christopher Meloni

    Born: April 2, 1961 Perhaps his isn’t yet a household name, but fans of Law & Order: SVU and Oz can attest that Meloni’s one of the hottest stars around. He even looked good with fangs during his stint on True Blood as Roman the vampire. — Jason LaVeris/Getty Images

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  • Ken Watanabe

    Born: Oct. 21, 1959 The Last Samurai actor is respected on both sides of the Pacific. Later this year he’ll costar in The Sea of Trees, set in his homeland of Japan. Watanabe has said, “I have no sense of myself as a sex symbol at all” — but fans beg to differ. — Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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  • Pierce Brosnan

    Born: May 16, 1953 Having starred as James Bond on the big screen and Remington Steele on the small screen, this striking Irish actor is also a painter and a save-the-whales activist. In 2014, he revealed to GQ the words he lives by: “Be kind. Be good.” — Francois G. Durand/Getty Images

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  • Mark Harmon

    Born: Sept. 2, 1951 It’s hard to believe that the NCIS star, long married to Pam Dawber (Mork & Mindy), is in his 60s. Famously humble, he’s a real-life hero: He once rescued two teens from a burning car that crashed near his home. — Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images

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  • Michael Jordan

    Born: Feb. 17, 1963 Many say he’s the greatest basketball player of all time, but MJ’s also one of the world’s best pitchmen: The guy could sell ice to an Eskimo. He married model Yvette Prieto in 2013 and now is the dad of young twin daughters. — Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

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  • Richard Gere

    Born: Aug. 31, 1949 He’s been on countless “sexiest men” lists since Looking for Mr. Goodbar hit theaters in 1977. But Gere once laughed when a reporter asked about his sex-symbol status. “I always thought it was silly,” he said. — Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images

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