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Hot Nerd Alert: The 25 Cutest Geeks in Hollywood

  • Click through the gallery to see the 20 hottest nerds in Hollywood!

  • Jason Segal

    From "Freaks and Geeks" and "How I Met Your Mother" to "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Segal leads the smart-nerd pack that's been sweeping Hollywood. Oh, and let's not forgot he single-handedly revived the "Muppets" and is set to play beloved writer David Foster Wallace in an upcoming movie.

  • Andrew Garfield

    Garfield officially earned the title as the hottest nerd in Hollywood as soon as he signed up to play Spiderman. This is one tall, gloriously geeky drink of water, ladies.

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  • Donald Glover

    Donald embraces his nerd status, both as super-geek Troy Barnes on NBC's quirky now-canceled "Community" and his rap persona Childish Gambino— he's been known to rap things about himself like, "To my black nerds, this is church."

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  • John Krasinski

    Krasinski made nerdy nice guys incredibly sexy with his turn as the adorably sensitive paper sales rep Jim on "The Office."

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  • Dev Patel

    From a poor kid who aces India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" in "Slumdog Millionaire" to "Newsnight" blogger and computer whiz on "The Newsroom," Patel can only be described as a charming nerd.

  • Jack Antonoff

    Sure, he's a rockstar—and Lena Dunham's boyfriend—but that hasn't stopped him from developing a reputation as something of a nerdy character.

  • Zach Braff

    Braff has long heralded himself as one of Hollywood's ultimate nerds, from his starring role on NBC's "Scrubs" to his awkward portrayal of a lost 20-something in his directorial debut "Garden State."

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  • Paul Rudd

    Rudd kicked off his status as a hot brainy dork when he played Cher's college-age step-brother Josh in 1995's "Clueless," and although he's a now  reigning king of comedy, he always tends to play slightly geeky (yet attractive) characters.

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Think of him as the male version Zooey Deschanel—brainy, musical, pro-feminist, and totally adorkable.

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  • Jimmy Fallon

    His wide-eyed optimism and endearing dorkiness is what makes the "The Tonight Show" host so successful.

  • Michael Cera

    From his turn in 2007's "Juno," Michael Cera's crooked smile has won indie-nerd hearts everywhere.

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  • Judd Apatow
    Credited with turning our idea of dorks into heroes, Apatow regularly casts a specific crew of Hollywood nerds that includes Jason Segal, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill.

  • Jesse Eisenberg

    Jesse scored the ultimate in nerdy roles when he played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010's "The Social Network."

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  • Andy Cohen

    He might be one of the most popular guys in entertainment, but he's also a self-professed "pop culture geek" and regularly nerds out over everything from celebrities to reality stars.

  • Johnny Galecki

    He might play the "cool one" on "The Big Bang Theory," but considering the relativity of that term, it's still very safe to say that Johnny Galecki is a bonafide nerdy hottie.

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  • Aziz Ansari

    The "Parks and Recreation" star has branded his own unique form of nerdy comedy, which has taken him very far with the ladies (and the dudes) everywhere.

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  • B.J. Novak

    The star and co-writer of "The Office" recently scored another nerdy role in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

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  • Zachary Levi

    Levi is that rare breed of Hollywood nerd who can seamlessly walk the line between sci-fi geek and manly superhero. Swoon.

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  • Ed Helms

    Helms initially nabbed our attention as the delightfully clumsy Andy Bernard on "The Office," then upped his hotness factor as the insufferable goodie-two-shoes-turned-bad-boy Stu in "The Hangover" and a grown-up Rusty Griswold in the "Vacation" redux.

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  • Jay Baruchel

    Jay voices the adorable kid Hiccup in the "How to Train Your Dragon" movies, and he is just as adorable as his grown-up self in real life.


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  • Andy Samberg

    Three words: "Turtleneck and Chain."

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  • Tobey Maguire

    Before Garfield took over, Tobey Maguire first made nerdy superhero Spider-Man into the sexy web-slinging man we know him as today.

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  • Danny Pudi

    The other half of Troy & Abel on NBC's "Community" is hot, in a really quirky, funny, and supremely well-dressed way.

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  • Seth Meyers

    Seth's contagious grin and thinking-man's charm has earned him a spot on our list for good reason.

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Hot Nerd Alert: The 25 Cutest Geeks in Hollywood

Hot Nerd Alert: The 25 Cutest Geeks in Hollywood

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As far as Hollywood goes, some might say we’re smack in the middle of a leading-man renaissance. Instead of the Brad Pitts and Tom Cruises of the world getting women all hot and bothered, it’s a new breed of actor stealing the spotlight, one that’s equal parts brainy, quirky, sensitive: Enter the Era of the Nerd.

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In terms of television, NBC was one of the first to champion the nerdy leading man, with offbeat single-camera comedies like “The Office,” which brought its hot nerd trifecta—John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and B.J. Novak—to the masses, followed by “Community” and “Parks and Rec,” both filled with slightly left-of-center actors who embraced their outsider status with sexy aplomb.

“Saturday Night Live” followed suit by adding a handful of new, smart, slightly geeky castmembers like Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg, who both went on to score their own TV shows. 

In film, we have Judd Apatow to thank for changing our perception of actors like Jason Segel and Jay Baruchel, nerds at their core, but who have emerged as in-demand leading men. And let’s not get started on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Cera.

Okay, enough talk: Click through the gallery above to see 25 men who are the hottest nerds in Hollywood!

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