18 Celebrities We Forgot Were So Hot Back in the Day

by Caroline Goddard
Jul 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Celebrities when they were young
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Wowza, people. These 18 celebrities were so hot when they were young that your eyeballs might catch on fire just looking at these photos. Seriously, you might want to keep a glass of water handy. Don't say we didn't warn you. The biggest surprises? Ricky Gervais, James Earl Jones, Ian McKellen and Jeff Bridges were total hotties back in the day (not that they're too tough to look at now!). Alec Baldwin was pretty much the hottest man who ever lived decades before he channeled Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, and LL Cool J was definitely the "type of guy that shows up on the scene/and gets the seven digits, you know the routine." And hello! Who knew Prince Philip was such a royal bae? Most stars are stunning, but if you hop into the wayback machine, these guys were even more gorgeous.

1 /18: Jon Stewart

Celebrities when they were young: Jon Stewart
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1/18 :Jon Stewart

In 1996, three years before he joined The Daily Show, Jon Stewart was a standup comedian making frequent TV appearances.

2 /18: James Earl Jones

Celebrities when they were young: James Earl Jones
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2/18 :James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones stars in The Great White Hope in 1970.

3 /18: Prince Philip

Celebrities when they were young: Prince Philip
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3/18 :Prince Philip

Prince Philip enjoys a game of cricket in 1947.

4 /18: Richard Gere

Celebrities when they were young: Richard Gere
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4/18 :Richard Gere

Richard Gere in 1972, a year before his very first IMDb credit for a small role in the TV movie Chelsea D.H.O.

5 /18: LL Cool J

Celebrities when they were young: LL Cool J
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5/18 :LL Cool J

LL Cool J in 1993 at the height of his Grammy-winning hip-hop career, but years before he became a TV mainstay.

6 /18: Clint Eastwood

Celebrities when they were young: Clint Eastwood
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6/18 :Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood was quite a dish back in 1956.

7 /18: Alec Baldwin

Celebrities when they were young: Alec Baldwin
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7/18 :Alec Baldwin

It's not hard to see why Alec Baldwin was considered one of the world's most gorgeous men back in 1991.

8 /18: Ricky Gervais

Celebrities when they were young: Ricky Gervais
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8/18 :Ricky Gervais

Little known fact: Ricky Gervais was in a new wave band in 1983 — this is one of his publicity photos from that era.

9 /18: Ian McKellen

Celebrities when they were young: Ian McKellen
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9/18 :Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen's cheekbones are out of this world in this 1974 photo.

10 /18: Eddie Murphy

Celebrities when they were young: Eddie Murphy
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10/18 :Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy could give a hell of a smoldering look back in 1983.

11 /18: Sean Connery

Celebrities when they were young: Sean Connery
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11/18 :Sean Connery

Sean Connery was inarguably the sexiest James Bond in 1967.

12 /18: Jeff Bridges

Celebrities when they were young: Jeff Bridges
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12/18 :Jeff Bridges

Long before he was The Dude, Jeff Bridges was just a hot dude in 1987.

13 /18: Robert Redford

Celebrities when they were young: Robert Redford
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13/18 :Robert Redford

1975 Robert Redford could give 1997 Brad Pitt a real run for his money.

14 /18: Denzel Washington

Celebrities when they were young: Denzel Washington
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14/18 :Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington on the verge of stardom in 1980, two years before his breakout role on St. Elsewhere.

15 /18: Ben Affleck

Celebrities when they were young: Ben Affleck
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15/18 :Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck saved the world with his hotness in 1998's Armageddon.

16 /18: Brad Pitt

Celebrities when they were young: Brad Pitt
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16/18 :Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt in 1997, the year Gwyneth Paltrow broke his heart.

17 /18: Johnny Depp

Celebrities when they were young: Johnny Depp
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17/18 :Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp in 1995, eight years before he decided the pirate life was for him.

18 /18: Matt Dillon

Celebrities when they were young: Matt Dillon
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18/18 :Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon in 1980, just a year after the release of his first movie.