Brad Pitt Looks Better at 50 Than Any Other Man Who Has Ever Lived

Brad Pitt at 50: See Other Stars Hit the Half-Century Mark
Robert DeNiro (left) in 1993 and Brad Pitt in 2013
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updated 12/18/2013 at 01:00 PM EST

originally published 12/18/2013 01:00PM

Brad Pitt is 50 today. Let that sink in.

While he's not aging backwards, the two-time PEOPLE Sexiest Man Alive has certainly managed to hit the half-century mark as gracefully as a person can. Stare at this picture of Pitt on the cover of AARP magazine, and then compare him to some of our favorite major stars in the year they turned 50.

Brad Pitt: Making other famous men seem average since 1963.

Bruce Willis, 2005

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Bruce Willis at the "Light of Heart" Gala to Benefit the Happy Hearts Fund in 2005

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Bald is beautiful, but it is not youthful.



Billy Joel, 1999

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Billy Joel at the American Music Awards in 1999

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We've said it before: Some men age well, some men age poorly, but no star has aged as expectedly as Billy Joel.

Robert DeNiro, 1993

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Robert De Niro

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De Niro here was almost halfway between Young Dangerous De Niro and Silly Meet the Parents De Niro.

Jack Nicholson, 1987

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Jack Nicholson

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The glasses are doing a lot of work here.

Anthony Hopkins, 1987

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Anthony Hopkins at the Olivier Theatre in 1987

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Being a British thespian can lend an actor an air of wizened gravitas that American stars just can't pull off.

Wilford Brimley, 1984

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Wilford Brimley in 1984's The Natural

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In Brimley's defense, he was born looking 50.

Peter O'Toole, 1982

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Peter O'Toole in 1982

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O'Toole's famous hard living added to his legend, but also made it hard for him to keep his youthful good looks.

Sean Connery, 1980

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Sean Connery

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When Brad Pitt wears a mustache, he looks like Errol Flynn. When Sean Connery wears mustache, he looks like ... well, Sean Connery.

Marlon Brando, 1974

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Marlon Brando at a gala benefiting the American Indians Development Association in 1974

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The Godfather colors our memory of '70s Brando, but the acting legend actually hit 50 looking pretty good.

Walter Matthau, 1970

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Walter Matthau in promotional materials for the 24th Annual Tony Awards in 1970

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Matthau was a grumpy old man even when he was still just a middle-aged man.

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