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2012 Top 10 Man Crush List

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Last year I introduced the Top 10 Man Crush List to huge success. Justin Timberlake took the top spot beating out atheletes, actors, other musicians, and clients of mine. This years list is even better. It’s a little younger and potentially hotter (I’ll let you be the judge of that). Look and see what new faces made the list and who held on to their spots while others dropped out! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BruceRWilson  

So Without further adieu, I present to you, the 2012 Top 10 Man Crush List:

#10 Alexander Skarsgard (Last Year: Unranked) – The 35-year-old actor from Sweden was recently featured on the big screen in this years hit ‘Battleship’ but he is mostly known for his role on the HBO series ‘True Blood’. As the intriguing vampire Eric Northman he melts hearts each week with his on and off again relationship with Sookie Stackhouse and on and off again friendship with Bill Compton. I have not read the Sookie Stackhouse books but I have a feeling this show will be around for a while with its popularity.

#9 Jeremy Piven (Last Year: Unranked) – Another new comer to our list, Piven, from my hometown of Chicago, has held many roles from Spy Kids, Cars, Runaway Jury, Old School, Black Hawk Down, all the way back to Say Anything and Lucas. His most famous role is my favorite: Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage. The foul mouth agent of Vinny Chase and husband and father was great to watch, hilarious, and a character everyone could love. Lots of demand and rumors of a spinoff starring Jeremy and/or a potential Entourage movie are floating around.

#8 Vince McMahon (Last Year: #9) – It’s hard not for me to love Vince. He grew up in the wrestling business and took his dads company and turned it into an entertainment icon. The WWE recently held its annual WrestleMania and this years event, #28, featured John Cena vs. The Rock, a great match. Vince’s on-screen character returned on this past episode of Monday Night Raw (the longest running weekly episodic show in the history of TV) and with any luck will be around for a long time.

#7 Darius Rucker (Last Year: Unranked) – The former frontman for South Carolina’s own Hootie and the Blowfish is now a country music star. His last album, Charleston SC 1966, is one of my favorite records from start to finish. I had the chance to see Rucker in concert this past October and he puts on a great show.

#6 Michael Roth (Last Year: Unranked) – The current senior pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks is attempting to lead his club to their 3rd straight College World Series. The left-hander was recently drafted by the LA Angels in the 2012 MLB draft and will no doubt be a big league ball player one day. Arguably the greatest pitcher to ever play for South Carolina. Go Cocks!

#5 Jack Bauer (Last Year: #3) – The character Jack Bauer has been away from television sets for a while now and the actor Keifer Sutherland has started a new role on FOXs ‘Touch’. I still hold hope that one day there will be a ’24’ movie or a return of the series. “Tell me where the bomb is!”

#4 Chris Hemsworth (Last Year: Unranked) – The hunky actor caught his big break last year as the God of Thunder, ‘Thor’. The mythical character from Asgard brought in a total of $449 million dollars and was another piece of the Marvel puzzle known as the ‘Avengers’.  Hemsworth brought the Thor character back to life in the recent release of the ‘Avengers‘ (the fastest film to gross $1 billion worldwide) and also starred in ‘Cabin in the Woods’ and ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’.

#3 Justin Timberlake (Last Year: #1) – JT will forever have a place in my heart (damn that sounded gay) thanks to his ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ album  (named the top album of the 2000’s decade by many publications and organizations). That album along with his collaborations with Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and others have continued a career that started with ‘Nsync. I say its time for a new album JT! He has won 6 Grammy awards and 4 Emmy awards. His character in ‘Bad Teacher’ was hilarious. One more year on the Man Crush List and he’ll be eligible for the Man Crush Hall of Fame.

#2 CM Punk (Last Year: Unranked) – Another fellow Chicagoan, I’ve always been a big fan of CM Punk. I have some of his old ROH stuff on VHS (yes I said VHS) courtesy of my buddy Fritz and even though he was good then, he has somehow figured out a way to get better. CM Punk lives a straight edge lifestyle and (although I drink) I respect that very much. He loves the business and helps promote himself and the company in the media. Punk skyrocketed up this list after last summers shoot interview on Monday Night Raw against Vince McMahon, the entire family, and the WWE. His bold microphone skills are only topped by his in-ring capability. CM Punk claims to be the ‘Best In The World’ and he lives up to that moniker every night. A five time WWE world champion and recipient of many other accolades, CM Punk will drop a pipe bomb and then kick you in your face! Oh and if you see him in public and he has his headphones on, please don’t bother him.

And this years new #1 on the Top 10 Man Crush List: Joshua Jackson (Last Year: Unranked) – It was a travesty that Joshua was not included on the list last year and several people were fired over it. Needless to say he has taken this years top spot and lets take a look at how. We could pretty much start and end with his role of Charlie Conway in ‘The Mighty Ducks‘ but for the readers sake we will continue. One of his best known roles was on ‘Dawson’s Creek’ as Pacey Witter. It was during filming of a late season episode that I got to meet Jackson and have a good conversation with him from the airport to his hotel. Very down to Earth and nice guy. I spoke with him the next day during the filming as I was an extra in one of the scenes! He also introduced me to Sarah Shahi (who is gorgeous) so that helps. Some of Joshua’s best work was in ‘The Skulls’‘Cruel Intentions’ as a gay drug dealer, a cameo in ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, and ‘Scream 2’,  His most recent big time role is on FOXs ‘Fringe‘ as Peter Bishop. I truly feel his character is the best on the show. Jackson is a young, attractive, smart, good actor and should have a long career ahead of him.

Also receiving votes: Alshon Jeffery, Josh Hamilton, & Marcus Lattimore

Dropped from the rankings: Pete Samprass (#2), Slash (#4), Terrence Stamp (#5), Alshon Jeffery & Marcus Lattimore (#6), Harold Baines (#7), Luis Miranda (#8), and Brian Vickers (#10).

Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know who would be in your man crush list, and why you like or don’t like mine. Plus be on the look out for the inaugural 2012 Top 10 Woman Crush List in the near future. You leave your comments below or email them to and please follow me on Twitter @BruceRWilson


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  1. Reblogged this on bryancnichols and commented:
    I do this because I care. Yet, I weep for Jon Hamm’s ego.


    June 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  2. I was completely blind-sided by your #1, but a strong list overall (I can’t deal with Jeremy Piven, but that’s a minor blemish on this otherwise sound list). I do, however, weep for lack of Jon Hamm — as I always do.


    June 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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