The 31-year-old Australian actor and star of blockbuster flicks such as Thor and The Avengers (deservingly) takes this year's title

By Locke Hughes
November 19, 2014

Here's some happy hump day news: People has officially bestowed its title of the "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2014 upon Australian-born actor Chris Hemsworth.

Hemsworth, who got his start acting in Australian soap operas, rose to A-list status after his first Hollywood appearance in Star Trek in 2009. Since then, he's made a name for himself playing muscly action heroes in blockbusters like Thor, The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, and the upcoming Blackhat. (For more eye candy, check out the Top 20 Memorable Shirtless Male Movie Moments!)

The 31-year-old stands tall at an impressive 6 feet, 3 1/2 inches, and 195 pounds-with eight percent body fat. But the actor has revealed he wasn't always so ripped. In 2011, Hemsworth gained 20 pounds of muscle to play Thor. "It wasn't until Thor that I started lifting weights," he told People. (Check out the Herculean workout that gave him the Avenger's physique.) But he still takes his fitness seriously. "Genetically, I don't put on weight easily," he says. "I like running, surfing or boxing, and I did Muay Thai [martial arts] for a long time. If I have a goal, I'm really good about what I eat-protein, veggies, clean food and restricted carbohydrates. Cheat days are pizza, hamburgers, beer, sugary things. Everything I'm not allowed to have!"

Unfortunately, the hot Aussie isn't an eligible bachelor. Hemsworth wed Spanish model Elsa Pataky, 38, in 2010, and they have three kids at home down under. When People asked what he thinks is sexiest, he answered without pause: "My wife." (Which is pretty sexy in itself!) And he isn't the only hunky Hemsworth-his two handsome brothers, Liam, 24, and Luke, 33, are fellow actors. In fact, Chris came in at No. 7 in Glamour's list of "50 Sexiest Men" in 2013, behind his younger brother Liam. But clearly age isn't a factor: Even though Hemsworth tells People he thinks he hit his peak a few years ago, the hot photos below (and the thoughts of every woman in America) clearly prove him wrong.

Other sexy stars that made it on this year's list include fellow action star Chris Pratt, Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan, country crooner Blake Shelton, British actor Idris Elba, the 2011 Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and talkshow host Michael Strahan, among others.