Robert Hofler's 12 Hottest Hollywood Hunks of All Time

By: Michael Musto

I couldn’t even narrow my personal list down to the 120 hottest Hollywood hunks of all time, I’m that enamored of so many people’s, you know, work. So I turned to Robert Hofler, who has written thoroughly researched books about Hollywood and sexuality, most recently Sexplosion (which focuses on the crucial period in the culture from the late 1960s through the early ‘70s). Hofler was quick to name 12 delectable pieces of cinematic cornea candy, and he was kind enough to throw in a few extra ones too, way in advance of Halloween. Here are his all-time faves:

Chris Hemsworth (Australian-born ‘throb. 1983-)

“Whoever directed Thor has to be straight,” says Hofler. “In one scene, you see him just with a towel around him and it lasts about 30 seconds. There’s no way a gay director would let that body go by so quickly.” Not to mention even having the dumb towel there in the first place.


Gary Cooper (two-time Oscar winning leading man. 1901-1961)

Says Hofler, “If you go back to those early ‘30s movies, Gary Cooper has it all over Cary Grant. There’s something feminine about him, particularly in Morocco. He has a flower behind his ear and he’s very sly and hot. Cary Grant always had tragically narrow shoulders. He had a strange body. He had a sunken chest, and he was sloped. They used to put him in all these great suits, so you generally didn’t notice. Cooper became stolid and dull — even John Wayne did—but right then, he had an incredible grace; and Elizabeth Taylor eyelashes.” To summon some of Coop’s film titles: I bet he was blessed with a “Hanging Tree”—you know, a “Springfield Rifle” — that gave him a certain “Naked Edge.” Talk about a “Bengal Lancer” — and that “Ball of Fire!” OK, I’ll shut up now.


Guy Madison (An accidental movie star and an undeniable visual feast. 1922-1996)

Guy Madison represented beauty undiluted with talent,” says Hofler. “That body, it was perfect. In 1944, when he did Since You Went Away, it was amazing. When I went through all those photographs [while researching a book on gay talent agent Henry Willson], there was not a bad photograph of Guy. He was the consummate model.” And who cared if he couldn’t act to save his life?