It is that time of year, again! Our ModMen of 2008 post was so popular (and so much fun to write) that we here at ModCloth are once more jumping on the end-of-the-year, list-making bandwagon. Though we very rarely write about men, the time has come to highlight and pay tribute to a small sampling of 2009’s noteworthy dudes. While you won’t see “Sexiest Man Alive” among our superlatives, you will see some quirky, non-traditional categories and men without whom life wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful, interesting, or entertaining. Some are famous; some are not. Some we’ve never met before; some we have the privilege of interacting with every day.
Read on to see which gentlemen we deem worthy of a loud shout out, and don’t forget to vote for our ModMan of 2009!
(Clockwise from top left: David Beckham, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Pee Wee Herman, Detective Elliot Stabler, and Dog the Bounty Hunter. Images: people.com, upi.com, eyeheartglasses.com,sitv.com, fanpop.com, and fanpop.com)
- As a stellar athlete, Armani underwear model, and husband to Posh Spice, David Beckham has the whole package! You can even become his fan on facebook.
- Charismatic ex-con Dog the Bounty Hunter has mended his ways and now devotes himself to rounding up “bad guys” and inspiring them to turn their lives around. Join his fan club.
- While on a long hiatus after being charged with indecent exposure, Pee Wee Herman stepped back into the spotlight when he launched a Twitter account and appeared on The Jay Leno Show in September. Here’s a taste of his upcoming multi-million dollar stage show “extravaganza.”
- With a breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), his role as Harry Osborne on Spiderman (2002) and the next two films in the trilogy under his belt, James Franco was recently seen in Pineapple Express opposite Seth Rogen, and starring opposite Sean Penn in Milk, and most recently hosted Saturday Night Live.
- Played by Christopher Meloni, Law and Order Special Victims Unit’s Detective Elliot Stabler is fiercely dedicated to work, has five kids, a tattoo of the Marine Corps emblem, a bad temper, and a 97% case closure rate.
- A Pittsburgh native and Carnegie Mellon University alum, Zachary Quinto plays Sylar on Heros, Spock in Star Trek, and has a new production company.
Mr. Nice Guy
(Left to right: Steven Ward, Mr. Rogers, and ModCloth’s own Brian Clark Images: thecount.com, pabook.libraries.psu.edu, modcloth.com)
- A self-titled “dating pathologist” and VH1 Tough Love host, Steven Ward is blunt, brutally honest, and a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire.
- Though it is almost 7 years since Fred Rogers passed away, we would be remiss not to mention him in this post. Fifty years ago, he defended PBS funding before the US Senate. His farewell video still makes us a little bleary-eyed. Let someone know he or she is special by sending a free e-card from Mister Rogers’ neighborhood.
- Brian Clark is ModCloth’s resident Mr. Nice Guy. He makes our computers work and our Mod Office world go round!
Men with whom we’d Like to be Stuck in an Elevator
(Clockwise from top left: Joel McHale, Perez Hilton, Bill Murray, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Samberg, and Michael Ian Black. Images: weblogs.sun-sentinel.com, latina.com, joanharvest.wordpress.com, goremasternews.com, ordable.com, and laurenfrohne.tumblr.com )
- The witty and sarcastic host of The Soup, Joel McHale, also stars as Jeff Winger in NBC’s Community, which premiered this past September.
- As the genius behind “Hollywood’s Most-Hated web site,” Perez Hilton is our go-to source for the latest and greatest celebrity gossip.
- Bill Murray provided the voice of Mr. Badger in Wes Anderson’s film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and made a cameo appearance in Zombieland.
- In addition to Michael Ian Black‘s new comedy series co-starring Michael Showalter, Michael and Michael Have Issues, Black published his first children’s book, Chicken Cheeks: The Beginning of the Ends, in January.
- SNL cast member Andy Samberg is beloved for his impersonations of the 18-year-old mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan, and Jack Johnson. Lazy Sunday remains a near and dear classic.
- It was a big year for Ryan Reynolds, who played Mike Connell in Adventureland, Andrew Paxton in The Proposal, and Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Better With an Accent
(Clockwise from top left: The Mighty Boosh, Chuy Bravo, ModCloth’s Pete Rawsthorn, ModCloth’s Vasil Tsarev, and Simon Pegg. Images: thekraftylady.ning.com, eonline.com, modcloth.com, modcloth.com, and telegraph.co.uk)
- We could watch The Mighty Boosh, British comedy power duo with Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding forever and ever…
- Chuy Bravo is a hilarious and irreverent assistant to Chelsea Handler on The Chelsea Lately Show, as well as late-night television’s first latino sidekick!
- Simon Pegg played an endearing Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the ice planet Delta Vega in the 2009 Star Trek film.
- Vasil Tsarev, our Bulgarian marketing analyst, always puts a smile on the face of everyone on Team Photo and beyond!
- ModCloth Customer Care Team Leader Pete Rawsthorn dreams of opening a smoothie/cereal bar with a wide selection of toppings and a milk-dispensing mechanical cow. He owns a mini-dachshund named Keith Richards.
Men Who Make Us Laugh
(Clockwise from top left: Demetri Martin, Jason Schwartzman, Seth Rogan, Tracy Morgan, Zach Galifianakis, Jim Gaffigan, and Will Ferrell. Images: chud.com, etonline.com, gossiperrrrrr.wordpress.com, johnstamosfever.wordpress.com, collider.com, majorevents.clemson.edu, and worldmovesfast.com)
- Demetri Martin had a whirlwind of a year with sizeable roles in Late Moon People and Taking Woodstock, and the debut of his show, Important Things with Demetri Martin, in February.
- Funny People, Observe and Report, Monsters v. Aliens, Family Guy, The Simpsons… with credits like these, Seth Rogen kept us cracking up all year long!
- Will Ferrell made us chuckle in Land of the Lost and attempting to play professional tennis.
- Jim Gaffigan made us laugh with appearances on Flight of the Concords, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
- According to his website, Zach Galifianakis sometimes likes “to go to the zoo and ride on the backs of bison,” and calls the entertainment business “both poison and honey.” He cracked us up in Bored to Death and The Hangover.
- We love watching Tracy Morgan in the role of Tracy Jordan (a caricature of himself) on 30 Rock!
- Jason Schwartzman played a tool in Funny People, provided the voice of Ash in The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and acted as unlicensed private detective Jonathon Ames in the television series, Bored to Death.
(Clockwise from top left: Viggo Mortensen, Russell Crowe, and ModCloth’s own Sari Fisher with Jake Gyllenhaal. Images: indianapolis.momslikeme.com, allmoviephoto.com, modcloth.com)
- Viggo Mortenson starred with Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, and Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Road, a movie set in a post-apocalyptic world that was filmed in Pittsburgh (where else?!)
- When Russell Crowe was in the ‘burgh filming The Next Three Days, he rode his bike to the set every day, visited local establishments to hear live music, and even attended multiple sports events! Listen to his take on Pittsburgh sports!
- Sari Fisher, a ModCloth Buyer, had the good fortune of bumping into Jake Gyllenhaal on her way to work one morning! Sari says, “I spotted Jake on my weekly pre-work trip to Dozen Bake Shop. He was filming a scene for Love and Other Drugs down the street from the shop and mere blocks from ModCloth HQ! I saw him walk into Dozen and knew (having had a huge crush on him since I saw him in Donnie Darko) I had to go in for a closer look. When I finally got up the courage to talk to him, he was sweet and charming and even offered up one of his entourage to take this photo of us!” He even got a fake tattoo of the Pittsburgh Steelers logo!
Men with whom we’d Like to Break out into Song
(Clockwise from top left: Matthew Morrison, Ewan McGregor, Andrew Bird, and Jim Sturgess. Images: daddycatchersrealm.wordpress.com, littlejunkies.wordpress.com, stereosneeze.wordpress.com, and sodahead.com)
- This year, Matthew Morrison impressed us as Will Schuester, the glee club director in Fox’s new television series, Glee. He is also a charitable gentleman.
- Okay, so we know Moulin Rouge did not premiere in 2009, but how could we forget Ewan McGregor serenading Nicole Kidman with Your Song?
- Heartless and Crossing Over were Jim Sturgess’ big films this year, but we can’t get Sturgess’ vocal talents from Across the Universe out of our heads.
- Andrew Bird took Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo by storm with his combination of vocals, violin, guitar, glockenspiel and whistling. Sing along with Fitz and Dizzyspells and Anonaminal!
Guys With Voices We Want for Our GPS
(Clockwise from top left: T-Pain, Christopher Walken, Tim Gunn with ModCloth’s own Maggie Glover, Norm MacDonald, Snoop Dog, and Morgan Freeman. Images: chapmanchapman.wordpress.com, fanpop.com, modcloth.com, tvguide.com, hiphopwired.com, ivanrdee.wordpress.com)
- T-Pain won a BET award for Best Collaboration with Jamie Foxx for “Blame It.” His new single, “Take Your Shirt Off,” was released November 3rd this year.
- Christopher Walken had a family reunion and performed a rendition of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face!
- Morgan Freeman played South African President Nelson Mandela in the biographical drama film, Invictus, which chronicles Mandela’s efforts to end apartheid.
- Snoop Dogg had a cameo appearance in Bruno, an appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O Brien, and guest hosted WWE’s Monday Night RAW.
- Norm MacDonald does killer impersonations of Burt Reynolds, Bob Dole, Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, and Larry King.
- Can’t you just hear Tim Gunn‘s voice saying, “right turn up ahead! Make it work,” or “that wrong turn was dowdy! Try again”? Maggie Glover, ModCloth’s Campaign Manager, says, “I had the joy of meeting Tim Gunn at the BlogHer Conference in Chicago this past summer. He was a true gentleman: friendly, polite, and down-to-earth. He asked me all about ModCloth, and said that we sounded like a “phenomenal” site. He even took my card and promised to check us out soon!”
Vampires of the Year
(Left to right: Eric Northman, Edward Cullen, and Bill Compton. Images: myspace.com, donteatmyhoagie.wordpress.com, democraticunderground.com)
- Played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, Eric Northman of HBO’s television series True Blood says his “destiny is to answer to no man.” On True Blood‘s official webpage, you can vote for whether you like his hair long or short, and whether you’d rather be “bitten” by Eric or Bill (see below).
- Played by Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen from the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyers’ bestselling book, Twilight, is appropriately pale, obsessive, and intense.
- Played by Stephen Moyer, one of the many supernatural charms of True Blood’s Bill Compton is tissue regeneration. Who could resist that?
Mustaches of the Year
(Clockwise from top left:Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, Jason Lee, ModCloth’s own Richard Brown, Nick Cave, Spike Jonze, and Danny McBride. Images: magnum-mania.com, virb.com, sf360.org, modcloth.com, abc.net.au, mangemonblog.com,
- Man-of-many-talents Tom Selleck not only starred in the made-for-TV movie Thin Ice as small town police chief Jesse Stone; he was also the film’s executive producer and co-writer.
- Though Burt Reynolds‘ days of posing naked for Cosmopolitan magazine are (probably) over, he still has one smokin’ hot mustache.
- Professional skateboarder-turned-actor Jason Lee continued to play a convincing titular character in the television series, My Name is Earl. He also played David “Dave” Seville in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
- Danny McBride had a very busy year as Kenny Powers in East Bound and Down, the “Caucasian Crackhead” in Observe and Report, and as Will Stanton in Land of the Lost.
- Spike Jonze directed the wildly successful film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are.
- Australian musician/songwriter/author/screenwriter/film actor Nick Cave composed soundtracks for 2009’s The Road and published The Death of Bunny Munro, while at the same time maintaining his distinct ‘stache.
- ModCloth Fashion Writer Richard Brown says, “Whenever I set out to grow a mustache, the initial intention is for it to resemble that of Doc Holliday, as portrayed by Val Kilmer in Tombstone. Then, as I start to get tired of it, and begin to whittle it down more and more until I eventually shave it off completely, I use Clark Gable’s painstakingly groomed pencil mustache as inspiration.”
(Clockwise from top left: President Obama, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Safran Foer, J. Michael Martinez, Wes Anderson, and Kal Penn. Images: ceramics.org, informationalwarfare.wordpress.com, babble.com, ecorazzi.com, fanpop.com, lawrenceyong.wordpress.com, and orvillelloyddouglas.wordpress.com)
- Barack Obama was inaugurated the 44th president of the United States last January and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this past October.
- Jon Stewart’s incisive satire probes important issues (both serious and hilarious) until they make you extremely uncomfortable. “It’s even better than being informed.”
- Stephen Colbert keeps us cracking up and informed at the same time as the host of the Emmy Award winning The Colbert Report.
- American film actor and politician Kal Penn announced this past April that he would join the Obama White House as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and his character, Lawrence Kutner, was written out of the television medical drama, House.
- Cinematic auteur Wes Anderson released his genius stop-motion animated film based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
- J. Michael Martinez‘s collection of poetry entitled Heredities was selected by Juan Felipe Herrera for the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award. Listen to “White” and “Xiacano.”
- While Jonathan Safran Foer was first known for his novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, this past November, he came out with his first non-fiction work, Eating Animals, which weaves together Foer’s personal narrative with a broad argument about vegetarianism.
What do you think, ModLovers? Are we leaving anyone out? Who are your favorite modmen of 2009?