The 60-year-old Tom Cruise is kicking Father Time's butt. Why 'Top Gun' fans are celebrating his birthday.

Happy birthday, Tom Cruise. July three became the huge six-zero. It's hard for me to believe we made it.

The 60-year-old Tom Cruise is kicking Father Time's butt. Why 'Top Gun' fans are celebrating his birthday.

Yes, Tom Cruise, "we" made it. Many of us were along for this trip since you made the maverick decision  

to bring a second installment of "pinnacle Gun" to the screen 36 years after the first.

Watching sequels to beloved movies can be treacherous. All of us need to recapture that original thrill, 

and, if you think about it, that moment in our lives. The same lightning cannot be captured in a sequel bottle over and over again.

The 36-year-old part turned out to be even scarier. The fact that we're all dangerously  

close to four years older is a visceral reminder for those of us who were very alive in 1986.

'Top Gun: Maverick' global optimum: Tom Cruise arrives via helicopter

SEE THEIR WEBSTORIES SWIP UP