The honor this year goes to Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who co-stars with Nicole Kidman in the upcoming epic "Australia."
The 40-year-Jackman is best known for playing gruff superhero Wolverine in the "X-Men" films, but has no trouble playing song-and-dance man when duty calls, having won a Tony Award in 2004 for his work in Broadway's "The Boy From Oz."
Jackman has been married to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness for 12 years. The couple has two children together. Furness describes her hard-bodied hubby as "the Body of Doom," then adds, quote, "but I like what's inside: a romantic who sings ballads at home and makes pancakes for eight-year-old Oscar and three-year-old Ava."
Former "Sexiest Man Alive" title holders Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney also appear in the pages of the 2008 edition of the annual "People" issue.
Other hunky stars who made the cut this year include, James Bond star Daniel Craig, Jon Hamm of TV's "Mad Men," "High School Musical" star Zac Efron, Blair Underwood of ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money," Olympic superstar Michael Phelps, country music stars Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley, R&B stars Chris Brown and Usher, Jonas Brothers singer Kevin Jonas, "American Idol" winner David Cook, Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Robert Pattison, star of the new movie "Twilight," and soccer stud David Beckham.
"People's Sexiest Men Alive" issue hits newsstands Friday.