Tommy Lee Jones turns 71 on Friday. He’s probably not going to have a party. If there were to be a party, you would not be invited.

Don’t take it personally. 

The taciturn Texan has spent decades developing a reputation as a man who isn’t interested in pretending he cares about what the media wants. What the public wants. What anyone wants.

"I don’t care!" wasn’t just a line from his Oscar-winning role in "The Fugitive." It was a mission statement.

Read this 2006 interview from Texas Monthly and parse the words: Snappish. Blunt. Unblinking. Combative. Unsmiling. Disgust. Dismissive. 

But if he’s a hard man to like, he’s still pretty damn good when the cameras are rolling. And we can celebrate Tommy Lee Jones, whether he likes it or not.

Here are 5 things you can do to honor Jones’ 71st birthday

5. Watch "The Fugitive"

His Oscar-winning role (supporting actor) is one of his best, though some critics said he did stand toe-to-toe with Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln." According to, when Richard Kimble shouted "I didn’t kill my wife!" Jones’ character — U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard — was supposed to reply "That’s not my problem." Jones wanted it changed and the end result was an iconic scene.