Throughout the years, hot men in Hollywood have come and gone. Some were award-winning actors who lived well into old age, others’ lives were cut tragically short. As my sister would gladly point out, all the men on this list are in coffins. The hottest movie stars who are still alive, well that’s a list for another day – stay tuned. But really, does it matter that all the men on this list are dead? They are alive and well on cellulite, where their hotness can be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come. So, join me in celebrating the 10 hottest male movie stars of the past 100 years in A Feast For The Eyes: Hot Men Throughout The Ages – Movie Stars.
10. Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926)
Arguably the first Hollywood sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor during the silent film era of the 1920s. His biggest films were The Sheik, The Young Rajah, Blood And Sand and The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. When he died prematurely, at the age of 31, an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets for his Manhattan funeral.
Ultimate Hotness Level: As a Latin lover in The Sheik (1921).
9. James Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955)
James Dean’s star power was short but sizzling hot. He skyrocketed to fame in the early 1950s, when he appeared in Rebel Without A Cause. He was the ultimate bad boy and became a cultural icon because of it. Dean’s bad boy persona was tragically proven true when he died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24.
Ultimate Hotness Level: Wearing his red jacket and puffing on a cigarette in Rebel Without a Cause.
8. Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973)
In the early 1980s, my first boyfriend was obsessed with Bruce Lee movies. To me, they were mindless flicks with terrible plots. But I sat through them without argument, because a shirtless Bruce Lee kicking ass was damn fine to watch. Lee was an actor, director and martial artist who died tragically at the young age of 33.
Ultimate Hotness Level: I don’t remember the titles, or plotlines, to any of his movies, so I guess I’ll go with just about any film he was in.
7. Paul Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008)
Paul Newman had the most beautiful bright blue eyes of just about any actor who’s ever graced the silver screen. He also had a need for speed and was an accomplished race car driver. Another fact that made Newman very hot was his off-screen philanthropy and his 50-year marriage to his wife, actress Joanne Woodward.
Ultimate Hotness Level: Sprawling around in an open shirt in the 1967 flick, Cool Hand Luke.
6. Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008)
There’s no denying it – Heath Ledger was hot. He had curly blonde hair, big eyes and a rugged jawline. The late Australian actor rose to fame as the ultimate Hollywood heartthrob in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Unfortunately, he died at only 28 years old after taking too many prescription pills.
Ultimate Hotness Level: As the sweet, penniless pauper, who was determined to become a knight, in A Knight’s Tale.
5. Rock Hudson (November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985)
The heartthrob was best-known for his romantic comedies of the 1950s and 1960s including Giant, Magnificent Obsession and Pillow Talk. In 1985, he tragically became the first major celebrity to die from AIDS.
Ultimate Hotness Level: Opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Giant
4. Charlton Heston (October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008)
Heston made quite the name for himself as the buffoonish head of the North American Rifle Association in the 1990s. But before that he had a career as a much-lauded actor, although I think his acting skills were more comedic than dramatic. He was one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was still hot at age 45 when he played Taylor in 1968’s Planet Of The Apes. “It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!”
Ultimate Hotness Level: As Judah Ben Hur (specifically the shirtless slave ship scenes) in one of my favourite comedies of all time, Ben Hur (1959). Honorable mention goes to his role as Moses and the smoking hot love scenes he shared with Nefretiri (Anne Baxter) in The Ten Commandments.
3. Yul Brynner (July 11, 1920 – October 10, 1985)
Speaking of The Ten Commandments, Yul Brynner made bald hot way before it was in fashion. Sure, he was no Moses, but Pharaoh Ramses II was a helluva consolation prize and Nefretiri was a whiner. Brynner was perhaps most famous for his role in The King And I. He also filmed a haunting anti-smoking video just before his death from lung cancer.
Ultimate Hotness Level: As Ramses II. “So let it be written. So let it be done.”
2. Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920– July 23, 1966)
With his thick, wavy, dark brown hair, rugged facial features and piercing green eyes, Montgomery Clift was one of the hottest actors of his generation. I personally think he was hotter than James Dean. Tragically, after starring in several top-rated films, he had a near-fatal car accident in 1957. Already a heavy drinker at the time, this sent him over the edge and he also began abusing prescription pills. All this resulted in a heart attack at age 45 that took his life.
Ultimate Level Of Hotness: Opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters in A Place In The Sun (1951).
1. Cary Grant (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986)
Cary Grant was the ultimate Hollywood classic leading man. He was debonair, suave and incredibly handsome. One of his first romantic leads was opposite Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief. But perhaps one of his most memorable roles was in Charade, with Audrey Hepburn.
Ultimate Hotness Level: In a case of mistaken identity, Grant played a momma’s boy advertising executive who was on the run from thugs trying to kill him in the Hitchcock thriller North By Northwest (1959). What makes him so hot in this movie is how funny he is in it.
So, what do you think? Do you agree with my A Feast For The Eyes: Hot Men Throughout The Ages – Movie Stars list, or is there anyone you disagree with or think I should have added? Let me know in the comments section.