Clooney shoulders the blame: “I wasn’t that good at [marriage],”he said in a in February, “because I didn’t want to deal with the issue of how all the time we were spending away from each other was hurting her.” Since then the hardworking actor has spent his rare downtime (he’s next onscreen in the musical comedy this fall) basking in bachelorhood—shooting hoops and riding motorcycles with his rat pack of longtime buddies at his eight-bedroom L. “Casa de Clooney.” All this guy’s-guy stuff, of course, only fuels fantasies of reeling in the 5’11” Kentucky native, who acquired his scorn for showbiz pretension at the knee of his TV broadcaster father, Nick, now 65, and mother Nina, 60.“Some actors forget where they came from, but George hasn’t,” says costume designer Erica Edell Phillips.With his chiseled features, movie-star smile and hard-to-ignore moniker, Bush doesn’t need to consult Grandpa for dating advice.But in e-mails, the former President told his namesake “to ‘relax, give things time, get to know her,’ ” says the younger Bush. “That’s my Latin heritage coming out,” says Bush, who just left his job at an L. law firm to campaign full-time (he’s W’s right-hand man in his quest for Latino and youth votes) before starting law school at the University of Texas at Austin in September.But cheer up, ladies: “That will change, I’m sure,” he added.“There will be someone somewhere along the way who will knock me for a loop again, and I’ll be willing to sacrifice everything.” Let’s hope so—because for us, he’s the best fish in the sea. CAVEAT: Watch out for housemate Max—a large potbellied pig. After all, her big bro is a three-time World Series champ who earns million a year. After incurring flak for airing his breakup with Minnie Driver, 30, on Oprah in 1997 (“I didn’t understand the impact of speaking about something like that,” he later told , for which he earned a reported .5 million.“My dad is the easiest one,” explains the soft-spoken, Michigan-raised shortstop, who receives an average of five crates of mail from mostly female fans every week. Most importantly, “when he does settle down,” says his friend Costas Panagopoulos, “he’ll commit to it with full force.” BIG PLUS: He’s modest (“There are times I’ve been rejected that would spin your head around,” he told Time last year).
A GOOD CATCH BECAUSE: “I don’t forget the little things.” CAVEAT: His workaholism will “drive you nuts,” says drummer pal Kenney Dale Johnson.
Even golf, guitar and hanging out in his boxers watching episodes of . An avid dater, the never-wed Pan says his past relationships ended just “when they were supposed to, like a good book.” But take heart. As the Eliot Ness of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stark heads up the agency’s 15-person Cyberforce team, earning his ,000 salary by tracking down Internet thieves who try to manipulate the stock market.
This moody romantic still wants happily-ever-after. HIS VOW: “I’m never going to get divorced; I’m never going to cheat.” CAVEAT: Addicted to late-night Chinese takeout. “I love doing justice,” says this gallant Long Island native, “what’s fair and right.” And what’s chivalrous. C, where on Sundays he’d call victims of domestic abuse to make sure they weren’t still getting harassed over the weekend.
That still leaves a hefty 34 million men on the loose and looking for love. To prove that a good man isn’t hard to find—if you look in the right places—we present our first guide to America’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors. Whether A-list celebs or regular Joes, we think all 100 are blessed with the right stuff. He captains a swordfishing boat in hunk himself—those crinkly puppy-dog eyes, that silvery please-touch stubble, that Cary Grant-meets-Clark Gable blend of charm and sex appeal—is the perfect catch.
We found them through an exhaustive four-month nationwide dragnet. “It’s hysterical to watch what happens to women when they’re near George,” says Julianna Margulies. And he handles it with such grace.” Indeed, “he doesn’t have any of that snooty star stuff,” says director Wolfgang Petersen.