Johnny Depp named People's "sexiest man alive"

Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:24am EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Johnny Depp was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" on Wednesday, reclaiming a title he first won in 2003.

Depp, whom People described as "the king of cool with the killer cheekbones," succeeded 2008 winner Hugh Jackman. Other stars who have received the honor twice include George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

"Whether it's onscreen in roles like Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or at home with his family on their private Bahamian island, the 46-year-old father of two with 25 years in show business still reigns as Hollywood's most irresistible iconoclast," People said in a statement.

Past winners include Matt Damon in 2007, George Clooney in 2006, Matthew McConaughey in 2005, Jude Law in 2004, Ben Affleck in 2002, Pierce Brosnan in 2001 and Brad Pitt in 2000.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Patricia Reaney)

<p>Cast member Johnny Depp poses at the premiere of the movie "Public Enemies" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California in this June 23, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>