Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, 16, Bop: these tween rags introduced us to all our first crushes. Every Tuesday, we remember the dudes that decorated our photo binders. This week: cutie-pants face of early-aughts WB, Chad Michael Murray.
Name: Chad Michael Murray
We Called Him: We refer to him by all three names at once — Chad Michael Murray — or as Lucas Scott, his character on One Tree Hill.
How Old Is He Now: 32 (Born August 24, 1981)
Claims to Fame: CMM's main claim to fame is his aforementioned role as Lucas Scott, perhaps the main-est of the main characters on One Tree Hill. If you never watched OTH, though, he has some backup heartthrob status from A Cinderella Story as Hilary Duff's Prince Charming.
He was also pretty cute, although a huge butthole, as the Rory Gilmore Boyfriend that Wasn't on Gilmore Girls. (Although seriously, that unresolved tension between them probably led to the whole Logan Huntzberger fiasco, because they were basically the same person.)
Why We Loved Him: With CMM, it's pretty simple: He's cute.
Of course, it gets a little more complicated than that. Never really typecast except as a-guy-who-is-cute, there weren't a whole lot of ways to impose his fictional characters onto his iconography, except for the five months (officially, 14 months) he was married to OTH co-star Sophia Bush.
We loved him because Lucas Scott is basically perfect boyfriend porn (and later, marriage porn).
We loved him because of repressed prep school bad boy fantasies. Look at this guy.
We loved him because he was Prince Charming.
What He's Up To Now: Well, OTH only ended last year, but Chad had a pretty busy 2013, considering.
He starred as an officer in Fruitvale Station, based on the story of Oscar Grant, the man shot at the titular BART station in Oakland in 2008. He guest starred as Officer Dave Mendoza on an arc of Southland. Coming up soon, he has roles in both Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas and Kirk Cameron-led literary adaptation Left Behind. He also has a pretty beard, as we can see from this adorable photo of him napping with his dog, and he's a painter.
In addition to his ill-fated marriage to Sophia, he was engaged to Miss North Carolina Teen USA runner-up Kenzie Dalton for seven years — but they broke up in August. He's single, ladies!