Tom Cruise, Birthday Feature

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Tom Cruise, he of the ageless face, body and energy level, is celebrating a birthday today.

Contrary to what's visible to the naked eye, the actor is turning 57. 

He has the appropriate amount of work under what must be a utility belt to back that up, but Cruise's sheer zest for life—most of which, for him, is dedicated to making movies—continues to awe and baffle. Which isn't to say that Cruise is the only star in Hollywood for whom age appears to be a misprint, far from it, but he has finally reached the same age Wilford Brimley was when a 30-year-old Cruise knocked the older man out with his briefcase in The Firm. And, while we're definitely here for it if Cruise wants to be the face of Quaker Oats, he might have to slow down for a second to shoot a commercial for breakfast cereal.

And Tom Cruise doesn't slow down.

Brad Pitt, 55, just told GQ Australia that he thinks making movies is "a younger man's game," and you can practically hear Cruise's inimitable laugh from wherever he is.

Cruise shot the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick last year for a 2020 release and has signed on to do two more Mission: Impossible movies, which mean we'll be celebrating Tom's 60th watching MI8 in the summer of 2022.

Until then, however, here's a guide to the method to his madness, the drive behind the gleam in his eye, the lactic acid that courses through those muscles. Here are 57 things to know about Tom Cruise:

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Tom Cruise, Mother, Mary Lee Mapother, Golden Globes 2009

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Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

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Tom Cruise, 2006 World Premiere of 'Mission Impossible III

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Tom Cruise Movies, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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"I have an aggressive side, absolutely. I need a creative outlet. Now I work out every day. I get up and work out 45 to 60 minutes. And that's how I start my day. Discipline is very important to me."

So Cruise told Cameron Crowe 33 years ago. 

Asked about the criticism that he hadn't really played any grownups yet, Cruise replied, "God forbid if I do everything I want to do before I'm 26. When I get to [Paul] Newman's age, I'm looking to still be playing the great characters he plays. I hope the public and everyone realize that I'm still growing. I'm still feeling my oats here. I'm working toward the long range of what I can be as an artist. And I work my ass off trying. Because I know what I want to be."

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