Look, no one's arguing with a young Paul Newman. And #21 is going to make any musical-lover's heart go pitter-pat. But we've got some important additions to Life's list of the Sexiest Men of the '50s, '60s and '70s:

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Sidney Poitier. Serious actor? Of course. Stone-cold fox? Yup. His omission is criminal!


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Serge Gainsbourg. You really can't use the word "sexy" in any context and not think of Serge.


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Kerouac/Cassady. Assholes? Surely. Overrated? Maybe. But this is about mid-century "sexiness," people - and the Beats had that down.


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Marcello Mastroianni Have you seen 8 1/2? Then you won't question this.


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Jimi Hendrix. Another no-brainer.


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Jean-Paul Belmondo. You don't need to be a student of the New Wave to appreciate that no list would be complete without a healthy dose of insolent JPB.


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Howard Keel. Who? You say. Adam Pontipee! Say I. To say nothing of Fred Graham, Frank Butler, Gaylord Ravenel...


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Yves Saint-Laurent. The man was the cologne of the 1970s for a reason.


Sexiest Men Of The '50s, '60s, '70s [Life]

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