This year's Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award winner is Joe Dallesandro, the hunky sex kitten made famous in countless camp films made by Andy Warhol in the late 1960s and 70s.

Dallesandro, 60, is expected to appear at the 59th annual film festival also known as Berlinale.

The Teddy is a special award for lifetime achievement in gay and lesbian cinema.

“Dallesandro was not only the most beautiful man in his media generation, but also put his erotic appeal out to consciously be objectified,” Wieland Speck, who heads the selection committee, said in a statement.

“He has this physical appearance you never get tired of watching. This is true for the moving pictures as well as photographs – and for men and for women.”

Iconic cult film director John Waters said Dallesandro “forever changed male sexuality on the screen.”

Warhol discovered Dallesandro in New York City's 1960s gay scene where he was playing bit parts in gay porn films and working the streets as a male escort.

Dallesandro went on to be immortalized by Warhol in photographs, pop art and campy movies such as the Paul Morrissey directed, Warhol produced trilogy Flesh, Trash and Heat, and by Lou Reed in his classic song Walk on the Wild Side.

Dallesandro identifies as bisexual and has been married three times. He currently lives in Hollywood.

Last year, the golden Teddy went to Scottish actress Tilda Swinton for her work with late British director Derek Jarman.

The Berlinale will also screen two films featuring Dallesandro: Little Joe, director Nicole Haeusser's new documentary on the hustler turned pop icon, and Tapage Nocture, Catherine Breillat's 1979 take on the subject.

The Teddy Award will be handed out at a February 13 ceremony. Berlinale, the world's third largest film festival, begins February 5.