If this was the “Wizard of Oz,” he’d play the scarecrow. He adds some brains to the list of Hollywood hunks who traditionally dominate the magazine’s picks.
He follows last year’s winner, Ryan Reynolds, who recently divorced actress Scarlett Johansson.
Also on this list of 123 men singled out by the magazine are “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz, Liam Hensworth, Chris Evans and musicians Justin Timberlake and Tim McGraw.
Actors Josh Duhamel, Taye Diggs, Ryan Gosling and James McAvoy as well as Justin Theroux, also made the list.
The magazine began the special issue in 1985, and it has since become a pop culture icon.
Cooper married actress Jennifer Esposito in late 2006, but the union lasted lest than a year. They split in May 2007. Since then he’s dated Renee Zellweger and was romantically linked to Jennifer Aniston.
Although he’s a little weak in the relationship department, the magazine noted that Cooper is a bit of a renaissance man.
“He’s more than just a good-looking guy,” People senior writer Alexis Chiu told “Good Morning America,” this morning, announcing the pick.
“This guy speaks fluent French, he cooks … he rides a motorcycles, went to Georgetown, loves his mommy a lot and still opens the door for women,” she said.
Aptly enough, Cooper, 36, launched his career on the HBO series “Sex and the City,” and was a regular as Will Tippin on the successful television drama “Alias.”
He also did a turn on Broadway in 2006, starring in Three Days of Rain with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
But he really burst into pop culture consciousness in 2009, after starring in “He’s Just Not That into You,” and the wildly successful “The Hangover.”
Cooper credits his mother for his adorable traits.
He was recently spotted wooing Jennifer Lopez, 42, but told the magazine he is single and stops short of calling himself a ladies’ man.
“If you’re a single man and you happen to be in this business, you’re deemed a player. But I don’t see myself as a ladies’ man,” he said.