Hillary Busis
July 03, 2013 AT 02:34 PM EDT

Fun fact #1: Tom Cruise was born on the third of July. Method acting!

Fun fact #2: He shares his birthday with noted Top Gun enthusiast Franz Kafka.

Fun fact #3: Cruise’s nativity supposedly took place in 1962… though you might not know it from looking at him. The photo on the left was taken circa 1988; the photo on the right was taken just a few years ago. Maybe there was something in the water on the set of Interview with the Vampire?

Clearly, there’s only one true way to celebrate the star’s 51st — with an intense, sweaty game of skins vs. skins volleyball.

Checking out 17 other age-defying stars — as seen in the gallery linked above — couldn’t hurt either.

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