He Could Get It…If Only I Could Find Him: 15 Hotties We Haven’t Seen On-Screen For A Minute That We Miss
Remember that perfect specimen of manhood that graced your television set oh so long ago? Do you recall that captain of all things hot that lit up the silver screen eight ways from Sunday? So do we, but unfortunately his is a brand of attractive that we haven’t seen in far too long. Beautiful man of stage and screen, please come back to us! With the holidays fast approaching, we can think of only one gift we truly want this year: These hot pieces of manliness to come back into our lives. But until then, we salute 15 smokin’ hotties we haven’t seen in a minute.
International hottie Boris Kodjoe is topping Madame Noire’s list of beautiful men who have flown far too under the radar over the last few months and years. This German-born actor and model took our collective breath away in “Soul Food,” Brown Sugar and “Undercovers.” Though his star never rose as much as we would have hoped, that certainly doesn’t mean that we don’t miss having him around on the regular. Since “Undercovers” was canceled, the only glimpse of Kodjoe hotness we’ve gotten was in Resident Evil: Retribution. Not enough, we tell you, not even close to enough Kodjoe for our liking.
He first busted onto the scene in the early 2000s as a regular on “Guiding Light” and “All My Children.” But it wasn’t until his breakout role in Why Did I Get Married? that we really began to take notice of Lamman Rucker. Then it was off to TBS for this stud, taking a sizable role on Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns.” But since the series was canned in 2011, we have rarely received a chance to gawk at Rucker like we used to. Not cool. Not cool in the slightest. Rucker is not only staggeringly gorgeous, but he has shown a tenderness on screen that makes all the ladies swoon. Lamman, please come back to us!
Isaiah Mustafa has had one of the most eclectic careers of any of the hotties that have made our list. He bounced around the NFL and played football internationally before deciding to pursue a career in acting. Then fate handed him the The Man Your Man Could Smell Like commercial series from Old Spice. While it proved to be a career launcher for Mustafa, it proved to be a truly remarkable 30-60 seconds of entertainment for women all across this great land. While he hasn’t done very much since those glorious days on a horse, in a towel and on the beach, we’re still clinging to those precious, half-naked memories.
Brace yourselves for this one, ladies. Daniel Sunjata burned up screens as ladies man Lieutenant Franco Rivera on FX’s “Rescue Me” and has installed himself as a particularly hot fixture as Nurse Eli on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but, we’re sorry, that’s simply not enough airtime for this cutie. Throughout his career, Sunjata has been relegated to supporting roles when his attitude, charisma and looks have leading man potential. Let’s get this man a little more on-screen love, agreed?
Okay, so maybe you were on the fence when it came to Mario Dewar Barrett. That’s not to say this young man doesn’t have talent. He has a great voice, solid acting chops and is positively adorable. But his early singles definitely landed him in the teen idol category, rather than as a serious artist. It wasn’t until silver screen turns in Step Up and Freedom Writers that ladies all across the nation got to check out a more refined, more adult Mario. But its been a slow few months for Mario, who has seemly disappeared from our hot radar since his stint on “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s got grade-A potential and hotness to match, so here’s to hoping he picks up a few more projects.
Luvah, luvah, love us some more. This hot half of Groove Theory made us weak in the knees when he took the 90s by storm. But then Wilson decided to take a step back out of the spotlight to focus more on producing other artists such as Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and Amerie. While that’s certainly commendable and has spawned a number of classic tracks, we’d do almost anything to get a glimpse of this cutie again. Come back to us, Bryce!
Eriq La Salle
“ER” was one treasure trove of hotness. But of all the steamy surgeons and positively gorgeous physicians it was Eriq La Salle who really took our breath away. Though he’s popped up as a guest star in a number of series and showed off his directorial chops as well, what we’d really like this holiday season is to get him back in a starring role.
The CSI franchise has been a bastion of attractive for as long as we can remember. But of all the hotties who have gotten their forensics on, Hill Harper was definitely one of the best. The “CSI: NY” star made the ladies swoon as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, a role which earned him three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. If that wasn’t enough, Harper also graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Barack Obama. Body and brains: A perfect combination, and a combination that we’ve been deprived from for far too long.
Chocolatey goodness to an indescribable degree, Djimon Hounsou first came to our attention in some highly-acclaimed roles in Amistad, Gladiator and Blood Diamond. They weren’t the most glamorous of roles, but they certainly highlighted Hounsou’s talent, power and his, ahem, best assets (come on, don’t tell me you didn’t love the loin cloth action in Gladiator). Sure he was busy playing hubby to Kimora Lee the last few years (the couple recently announced they’re done and weren’t really married), but that doesn’t mean he still shouldn’t give us some face time on the silver screen. Come back to us, Djimon, you come on back now!
Mario Van Peebles
For years we have grown to know and love Mario Van Peebles. He has been in front of the camera for more than 30 years and has managed to make us crave this Mexico-born hottie each and every time. Though he’s had turns in “Damages” and “All My Children,” Peebles has flown largely under the radar for the last few months. And that makes us sad. Those eyes, those subtle dimples, that bod … okay, you get the point.
Jesse L. Martin
Jesse L. Martin can interrogate us whenever he likes. From us first spotting him in Broadway’s hit musical Rent to his time as Detective Ed Green on “Law & Order,” he has never tackled a role that we haven’t found him absolutely adorable in. But since he left the mean street of NYC, we haven’t seen much of him. Sure he had a role in Joyful Noise, but it would be fabulous if we could get an extra helping of Jesse in the not-so-distant future. And if he happened to be singing that would be great as well.
Laz Alonso is selfish and we don’t like it. Since Jumping the Broom with the always gorgeous Paula Patton, Laz Alonso has been keeping his brand of sex appeal under wraps. See what we’re saying about being unfair and selfish? Since his series “Breakout Kings” was canceled earlier this year, Alonso has been MIA. But all is not lost, ladies, as Alonso is set to appear in the new series “Infamous” come January 2013. Here’s to hoping “Infamous” stays on for a long, long, long time.
Darrin Dewitt Henson
For five glorious years, Darrin Dewitt Henson heated up primetime on “Soul Food” as Lem Van Adams. But since the end of the show, we’ve only gotten brief glimpses of Hottie Henson. Of course a lot of his work has been behind the scenes, serving as choreographer for a number of pop artists, but we truly feel that this cutie deserves some screen time of his own, and not in straight-to-DVD joints either.
Those eyes, that smile, that sizzling swagger. Take us now, Gary Dourdan! Just take us. Dourdan got his start on “A Different World” many, many years ago, but like a fine wine he’s only gotten better with age. Though we’d be lying if we didn’t say that Dourdan’s personal life is a bit of a hot mess (multiple arrests, a restraining order, etc.), we still wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of him. And given his recent financial troubles, it would probably be a win-win situation for him as well.
Michael B. Jordan
Cali-native Michael B. Jordan grew up right before our very eyes. Starting off on The Wire, Jordan parlayed his early success for roles on “All My Children” and then NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” But since “clear minds, true hearts” called it quits in 2011, we have been deprived of that 25-year-old slab of hot man meat. Granted, we got some Mikey time in Chronicle and Red Tails, but we think it’s about time that we start getting a more regular dose of this cutie.