15 of Tom Cruise's Dreamiest Throwback Photos in Honor of His Birthday

From being an Outsider to becoming Top Gun, the Mission Impossible star turns 60 on July 3, 2022

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All-American Guy

Tom Cruise
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A popped collar and double denim? Tom Cruise circa 1980 was totally dreamy. Cruise wouldn't get his acting break until 1981, when he appeared in the film Endless Love, but he was already a star!

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Totally Preppy

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A young Tom Cruise wearing a corduroy jacket with elbow patches makes us wish he could tutor us after school.

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Greaser Dude

Tom Cruise
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Cruise hit the big screen in 1982 as Steve Randle in The Outsiders.

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The Outsiders

Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez
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At the premiere of the film in 1982, Cruise, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez made a pretty great-looking trio.

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Taking Risks

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In 1983, Cruise starred in Risky Business and we will never look at a men's dress shirt and tighty-whities the same ever again.

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Cool and Casual

Tom Cruise
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At a screening for Risky Business, Cruise had us swooning with his long locks, T-shirt and jeans.

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Long Hair, Don't Hair

Tom Cruise
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Cruise let his luscious locks fly free at the premiere of The Breakfast Club in 1985.

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Tough Guy

Tom Cruise
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Is there anything more attractive than Tom Cruise going incognito in a leather jacket and sunglasses in 1985?

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An Officer and a Gentleman

Tom Cruise
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Well, okay, his character in Top Gun was technically a lieutenant, but you get the picture.

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On the Dot

Tom Cruise
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Cruise had a head of hair that defied physics and a jaw that could cut glass at the 1986 Top Gun premiere afterparty.

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Stare Down

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Sorry, we forgot what we were saying, we got lost in Cruise's blue eyes!

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Black Tie Affair

Tom Cruise
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Cruise looks just as good dressed to the nines as he does dressed in jeans and a T-shirt.

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Thirsty?

Tom Cruise
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How about a Cocktail? Cruise starred in the film (and rocked this blue floral shirt) in 1988.

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Winner, Winner

Tom Cruise
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In 1990, Cruise won the People's Choice Award for his role in Born on the Fourth of July.

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Standing Firm

Tom Cruise
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Cruise starred in the 1993 legal thriller, The Firm, in which he played a Harvard-educated lawyer, a.k.a. the man of our dreams (despite his character's shady business dealings).

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