People Magazine's Unsexiest Men Alive: A Look Back at Regrettable Choices

Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

People Magazine's annual quest for the Sexiest Man Alive will come to an end Wednesday when the winner is announced. This year, the editors are taking a lighter approach, launching "funny is the new sexy" campaign which will likely lead to a more unconventionally attractive winner. After 26 years, they've learned a valuable lesson. Brooding five o' clock shadows and bright, blue wild man eyes don't always make for the ideal guy.

See People's very first SMA choice for proof. At least twice a year the magazine doles out praise in the form of "sexiest" and "most beautiful" lists. It's only logical that a few of those list-makers let it get to their head. Here are some of the more regrettable hunks honored by the magazine, long before their rap sheets and tabloid scandals. Hey, everybody makes bad choices sometimes. But if People Magazine ever wants to set you up with a really great guy, do a background check first.

Mel Gibson: Sexiest Man Alive, 1985
The very first SMA ever chosen, he was still Mad Max and not Mad Mel when he was bestowed the title. Over two decades later he's still making Hollywood headlines but for not-so-sexy things like racist, anti-Semitic tirades and tape-recorded threats to the mother of his child.





John Edwards: Sexiest Politician, 2000
Chosen for his "clean-cut boyish charm," Edwards was still a political hopeful and a family man when the magazine's turn of the century sexy list debuted. Posing for his mug-shot, in preparation for his fraud trial, his boyish charm was the only thing hard to spot under those precinct lights.











Andrew Dan-Jumbo: Most Beautiful List, 2003

The former host of While You Were Out earned the honor because of his ability to "wear a tool belt." Everyone loves a Mr. Fix It, until he's arrested on misdemeanor assault charges. Five years after his People Magazine high, he turned himself into cops on charges of assault, petty larceny and harassment stemming from a domestic violence incident. He was later cleared of those charges, but arrested again the following year for driving with a suspended license.







Nick Nolte: Sexiest Man Alive, 1992
He was still whispering "Lowenstein" in the Prince of Tides when he was selected for the esteemed title. 10 years later, that whisper had turned into a slur, the night Nolte was arrested for DUI, and snapped for a mug shot that will haunt him forever.









Keith Clinkscales: Sexiest Businessman, 2001
At the time, he was a 37-year-old magazine mogul, who spent his evenings "vegging out in front of the TV" with his wife. Now he's a top dog at ESPN, mired in a sex scandal that's anything but sexy. He's been accused of "fondling himself on an airplane" while sitting next to ESPN reporter Erin Andrews. Clinkscales vehemently denies the claim and has filed a defamation suit against the ESPN employee who spread the rumor. Regardless of what really happened, this kind of press coverage doesn't exactly make you burn for the guy.




Jesse James: Most Beautiful People list, 2003

This marked the 'rise' part of James' short rise and long fall. He had a hit TV show, a memoir and he'd just started seeing Sandra Bullock of too-good-for-him fame. These days, he's hung his head in shame over his compulsive cheating problem so many times he's practically a human bobble-head. Ex-fiancee Kat Von D claims he cheated on her with 19 other women, which beats his Bullock record by a long shot.









Jude Law: Sexiest Man Alive, 2004

Less than a year after he landed on the cover of People for being sexy, he was back on magazine covers for being sexy with his kids' nanny. Nothing is hotter than a man who cheats on his much younger girlfriend with the caretaker of his three children.







Ashton Kutcher: Most Beautiful, 2008
When he landed on the list three years ago, he told Ellen DeGeneres he was hoping to get the 'sexiest' title next. "Once you're beautiful, you can sort of lean into sexy," he said. He probably shouldn't get his hopes up: after a year of cheating scandals and idiotic tweets, he might not even make the "most intriguing" list.








Britney and Kevin: Most Beautiful Couples list, 2005

They made the list, along with J.Lo and Marc, Jessica and Nick, Gisele and Leo and Ryan and Reese. Not a good list to be on, in hindsight.









O.J. Simpson: Sexiest Male Athletes, reader's poll, 1980
Long before the 'sexiest' or 'most beautiful' lists, People asked, well, other people, who they mooned over. At the start of the

'80s, one of the top jocks to make the cut was none other than the star of the trial of the century.













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Those baby blues turned into crazy eyes by the 2000's.
Those baby blues turned into crazy eyes by the 2000's.
Edwards at a photo shoot in June for the US Marshals Service.
Edwards at a photo shoot in June for the US Marshals Service.
Don't look for this guy on any Most Beautiful Lists moving forward.
Don't look for this guy on any Most Beautiful Lists moving forward.
Not so sexy in his 2002 mug shot.
Not so sexy in his 2002 mug shot.
Keith probably doesn't want to be associated with the word 'sex' right about now.
Keith probably doesn't want to be associated with the word 'sex' right about now.
Jesse's not looking so beautiful these days.
Jesse's not looking so beautiful these days.
Uh oh. Jude's making that Me-Want-Nanny-Face again. Hide your babysitters.
Uh oh. Jude's making that Me-Want-Nanny-Face again. Hide your babysitters.
Remember back a few months ago when Ashton was still sexy?
Remember back a few months ago when Ashton was still sexy?
If these crazy kids can't make it, nobody on that 2005 list can.
If these crazy kids can't make it, nobody on that 2005 list can.
O.J. not in 1980.
O.J. not in 1980.