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In 1976, if you told 14-year-old seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day he would become one of the top movie stars of all time, he probably would’ve laughed.

(Then jumped on a couch like a maniac and told you that his true ambition was to go bat$h!t and impregnate a hot young actress with the spawn of Scientology).

Just kidding. But the man who grew up wanting to be a priest certainly has had quite the career. Since bursting onto the scene in Risky Business a quarter of a century ago, he’s appeared in countless hit films across many genres and become a mega-star.

Tom Cruise in 2015
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Still perhaps underrated as an actor, Tom Cruise is best known for being insane as well as good looking. Once married to Nicole Kidman, he has moved on to Katie Holmes, forming one of the weirdest celebrity couples (and best couple names) ever in TomKat.

But for all his quirks, the 45-year-old Tom seems content raising baby daughter Suri Cruise and hanging out with weird friends such as Leah Remini, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David and Victoria Beckham. All is well. For a man we give massive amounts of crap to, he’s not all bad, even if he has a few screws loose.

Don’t ever accuse this celebrity news site of biting the hands that feed it. We are grateful for all the entertainment value – and good movies – that he’s given us over the years.

So happy birthday, Tom Cruise, you lovable ol’ nut. Hope you enjoy a nice dinner out with some robotic friends and your possessed wife.