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''Sexiest Man'': A Movie Guy Again

By RD Heldenfels Published: November 16, 2005

As I mentioned in a previous post, TV stars have had a tough time being declared People magazine's ''Sexiest Man Alive.'' So it is again, as the 2005 winner is Matthew McConaughey. You can read more about him here, including a profile that makes McConaughey sound very Playboy Playmate-like. An excerpt: ''McConaughey is fluent in Spanish, cites the dictionary as his favorite book ('I love to look up words') and calls his mom, Kay, every Sunday.'' I didn't read far enough to see if it listed his turn-ons and turn-offs.

As for TV, the magazine does have a list -- and photos -- of 13 runners-up for SMA: Patrick Dempsey, Terrence Howard, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn, Nick Lachey, Heath Ledger, Daniel Dae Kim, Keith Urban, Ian McShane, Matt Damon, Denis Leary, Anderson Cooper and Clive Owen.

Fair number of TV folk there -- Dempsey, Kim, Cooper, McShane (because of ''Deadwood'') and Leary (for ''Rescue Me''). You could also make an argument for Lachey, thanks to ''Newlyweds,'' and Howard, who besides making movies is a presence on TV (''Lackawanna Blues,'' ''Their Eyes Were Watching God'').

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