Jul. 3rd, 1962
Syracuse, New York, USA
Tom Cruise's Main TV Roles
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Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; July 3, 1962) is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film Endless Love. After portraying supporting roles in Taps (1981) and The Outsiders (1983), his first leading role was in the romantic comedy Risky Business, released in August 1983. Cruise became a full-fledged movie star after starring as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the action drama Top Gun (1986). Since 1996, he has been well known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series, whose most recent film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, was released in 2015.
One of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, Cruise starred in several more successful films in the 1980s, including the dramas The Color of Money (1986), Cocktail (1988), Rain Man (1988), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). In the 1990s, he starred in a number of hit films, including the romance Far and Away (1992), the drama A Few Good Men (1992), the legal thriller The Firm (1993), the romantic horror film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), the romantic comedy-drama sports film Jerry Maguire (1996), the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut, and the drama Magnolia (both 1999).
In the 2000s, Cruise starred in a number of successful films, including the science fiction thrillers Vanilla Sky (2001) and Minority Report (2002), the epic war film The Last Samurai (2003), the crime film Collateral (2004), the science fiction disaster thriller film War of the Worlds (2005), the war drama Lions for Lambs (2007), the historical thriller Valkyrie (2008), the action comedy Knight and Day (2010), the thriller Jack Reacher (2012), the post-apocalyptic science fiction film Oblivion (2013), and the military science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow (2014). In 2012, Cruise was Hollywood's highest-paid actor.
He has won Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in Drama in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in Comedy/Musical in 1997 for Jerry Maguire; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in 2000 for Magnolia. In 2002, Cruise won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for Vanilla Sky. In 2003, he won an AFI Movie of the Year Award for The Last Samurai and an Empire Award for Best Actor for Minority Report.
Cruise is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology and its associated social programs, and credits it with helping him overcome dyslexia. His criticisms of psychiatry and anti-depressant drugs, particularly therapy for 9/11 rescue workers, and efforts to promote Scientology as a religion in Europe sparked controversies, as did a leaked video interview of him discussing Scientology.
Cruise has been married three times and has three children (two adopted and one biological).
Cruise married actress 'Mimi Rogers' (May 9, 1987). The marriage lasted two years, and their divorce was finalized (February 4, 1990). Rogers introduced Cruise to Scientology.
Cruise met his second wife, actress 'Nicole Kidman', on the set of their film Days of Thunder in 1989. They were married on Christmas Eve 1990 in Telluride, Colorado. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992), and a son, Connor Anthony (born 1995). The couple's spokesperson announced their separation on (February 5, 2001). Cruise filed for divorce two days later, and the marriage was dissolved in August of that year, with Cruise citing "irreconcilable differences".
Cruise began dating actress 'Katie Holmes'. Holmes, who was raised a Roman Catholic, began studying Scientology shortly after the couple began dating. They got engaged in June 2005. Cruise and Holmes were married (November 18, 2006), in a Scientologist ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. The actors' publicist said the couple had "officialized" their marriage in Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony. The couple's daughter, Suri, was (born April 18, 2006). There has been widespread speculation that the marriage was arranged by the Church of Scientology. David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, served as Cruise's best man. On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Holmes had filed for divorce from Cruise after five and a half years of marriage. It was announced on (July 9, 2012), that the couple had signed a divorce settlement worked out by their lawyers. Because New York law requires that all divorce documents remain sealed, the exact terms of the settlement are not publicly available.
- In September of 2006, he visited actress 'Brooke Shields' (qv) at her home and personally apologized to her for criticizing her in 2005 about her use of prescription medication to overcome her post partum depression. Touched by the gesture, Brooke accepted his apology.
- In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $31 million.
- Has "attended" Harvard Law School in 2 movies: A Few Good Men (1992) and The Firm (1993).
- Has married two actresses who played Batman's love interest. 'Nicole Kidman' (qv) from _Batman Forever (1995)_ (qv) and 'Katie Holmes' (qv) from _Batman Begins (2005)_ (qv).
- Was going to play as Tom Warshaw in _House of D (2004)_ (qv) and opted to do _War of the Worlds (2005)_ (qv) instead.
- Wears a mask on six different movies. In all of the three "Mission: Impossible" movies and in _Eyes Wide Shut (1999)_ (qv), _Vanilla Sky (2001)_ (qv) and _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv), where the injection that makes his face disfigured can be considered as a futuristic mask.
- Has appeared in films opposite four directors who have also directed his films. 'Sydney Pollack' (qv), who directed _The Firm (1993)_ (qv), appeared in _Eyes Wide Shut (1999)_ (qv). 'Paul Thomas Anderson' (qv), who directed _Magnolia (1999)_ (qv), appeared as an extra in _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv). _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv) director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) appeared in _Vanilla Sky (2001)_ (qv) and _Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)_ (qv). 'Cameron Crowe (I)' (qv), who directed _Jerry Maguire (1996)_ (qv) and _Vanilla Sky (2001)_ (qv), appeared in _Minority Report (2002)_ (qv).
- Will not allow his likeness to be used in video games or for action figures.