Biography of Tom Cruise

The most successful actor, producer and above all a great human being, Tom Cruise ruled Hollywood and the hearts of his audience for over 20 years and still continues to, thanks to his onscreen charisma and classic looks.

» Name : Tom Cruise

» DOB : Jul 3, 1962

» Birthplace : Syracuse, NY

» Height : 5' 7''

» Profession : Actor, Producer

» Partner : Katie Holmes

» Children : Isabella, Connor, and Suri Cruise

His is a real rags-to-riches story. He grew in near poverty, facing a whammy of dyslexia and trauma of an abusive father. As a young lad, he aspired to be a Catholic priest. But destiny had something else to offer, he went on to be one of the greatest and most popular actors of Hollywood.

Be it his charming role as Jerry Maguire or of a heroic naval pilot in the film Top Gun, he carved a place for himself in the film industry and made women go weak in their knees, with his amazing screen presence and to-die-for looks. Well, we are talking about none other than the confident, chivalrous and charming, Tom Cruise!

"As a young actor, people were trying to define who I was before I really knew that for myself. But I still remember thinking, "This is what I love doing, and I hope I'm going to be able to do it forever."

Career

Cruise was only 19 when he started with his acting career. He appeared in supporting roles in his initial movies. At the age of 21, he bagged his first starring role as a teen pimp, in the movie Risky Business (1983) and received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Actor. Owing to his extremely good looks and amazing screen presence, he became a celebrity overnight. There was no looking back then; film offers kept pouring and Cruise signed on to a number of diverse projects, in order to prove his acting prowess.

His role as a naval pilot in Top Gun (1986) made him a superstar. It went on to be the highest grossing film of 1986 and gained worldwide popularity. Bomber jackets and Aviator Sunglasses worn by Cruise in the movie were a rage then. He continued to take up serious yet challenging roles as seen in The Color of Money (1986) and Rain Man (1988). Despite the financial success of the movie Cocktail (1988), where he played the character of an ambitious bartender, the movie received negative reviews. In fact, Tom was nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards in the Worst Actor category. However, he quickly recovered by starring in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), which not only won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor but also earned him his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination and Best Actor in a Leading Role BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award nomination.

In the 1990s, he was the highest paid actor in the world and his movies were well-received by the audiences. In 1996, Cruise made his debut as a producer with Mission: Impossible, in which he acted too. Although the movie garnered mixed reviews, Cruise received the Producers Guild of America Award for the Most Promising Producer. In the same year, Tom took on the lead role in Jerry Maguire, which earned him his second Golden Globe for Best Actor and several other awards in the same category.

In the year 2000, Cruise featured in a critically acclaimed movie, Magnolia. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, and won the Golden Globe in the same category. The 21st century was a glorious period for Cruise, since along with great acting skills he also proved to be a successful producer as well. He produced the sequel of Mission: Impossible, which went on to be the third highest grossing film of the year.

In the next few years, Tom produced and starred in a romantic thriller, Vanilla Sky (2001) and historical drama, The Last Samurai (2003). His role in these movies was highly appreciated and earned him nomination for the Best Actor at various award functions. His association with Steven Spielberg after Minority Report (2002) in War of the Worlds (2005) created wonders; the film became one of the highest grossers of the year. Cruise's 2006 Mission: Impossible III was well-received by critics as well as the audiences. However, his next film, Lions for Lambs (2007) was a dud.

In 2008, Tom entered the comedy genre. He starred in Tropic of Thunder (comedy) with Ben Stiller and Jack Black; his performance in the film earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In 2010, Cruise was seen opposite Cameron Diaz in a romantic-action film Knight and Day; the film was not very well-received at the box office. The fourth installment of Mission: Impossible series released in 2011 and received commercial and critical success. It was the 5th highest grossing film of 2011. Upcoming movies starring Tom Cruise, which are to be released later this year include Rock of Ages (15th June 2012) and One Shot (Dec 2012).
Filmography
Film Year Role Notes
Endless Love 1981 Billy -
Taps 1981 Cadet Captain David Shawn -
The Outsiders 1983 Steve Randle -
Losin' It 1983 Woody -
All the Right Moves 1983 Stefen "Stef" Djordjevic -
Risky Business 1983 Joel Goodson -
Legend 1985 Jack O' The Green -
Top Gun 1986 Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell -
The Color of Money 1986 Vincent Lauria -
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 Cameo -
Cocktail 1988 Brian Flanagan -
Rain Man 1988 Charlie Babbitt -
Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Ron Kovic -
Days of Thunder 1990 Cole Trickle Actor and Co-writer
Far and Away 1992 Joseph Donnelly -
A Few Good Men 1992 Lt. Daniel Kaffee -
The Firm 1993 Mitch McDeere -
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles 1994 Lestat de Lioncourt -
Mission: Impossible 1996 Ethan Hunt Actor and Producer
Jerry Maguire 1996 Jerry Maguire -
Eyes Wide Shut 1999 Bill Harford -
Magnolia 2000 Frank T.J. Mackey -
Mission: Impossible II 2000 Ethan Hunt Actor and Producer
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures 2001 Narrator -
Vanilla Sky 2001 David Aames Actor and Producer
The Others 2001 - Executive Producer
Space Station 3D 2002 Narrator -
Minority Report 2002 John Anderton -
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 Himself -
Narc 2002 - Executive Producer
The Last Samurai 2003 Nathan Algren Actor and Producer
Shattered Glass 2003 - Executive Producer
Collateral 2004 Vincent -
War of the Worlds 2005 Ray Ferrier -
Mission: Impossible III 2006 Ethan Hunt Actor and Producer
Lions for Lambs 2007 Senator Jasper Irving -
Tropic Thunder 2008 Les Grossman -
Valkyrie 2008 Claus von Stauffenberg Actor and Producer
Knight and Day 2010 Roy Miller -
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011 Ethan Hunt Actor and Producer
Rock of Ages 2012* Stacee Jaxx -
One Shot 2012* Jack Reacher Actor and Producer
Oblivion 2013* Jak Harper -
*Oblivion is set to release in 2013; One Shot will release in Dec 2012 and Rock of Ages in June 2012.

Relationships & Personal Life

Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse; his father Thomas Cruise Mapother III was an electrical engineer and his mother, a special education teacher. He has three sisters; two of them (Lee Anne and Marian) are older to him and the third one, Cass is the youngest of the four siblings. His family kept moving from place to place to accommodate his dad's business. His father, as Tom describes him, was a bully and abusive. His parents divorced when Tom was 11.

In just 14 years, Cruise had already changed 15 different schools. As he suffered from dyslexia, academics seemed difficult for him to succeed at, but he excelled in athletics. He finally settled in New Jersey, when his mother remarried. Tom then enrolled himself at Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey and studied there for a brief period of time. In 1976, at the age of 14, Tom aspired to be a priest; hence, enrolled in a seminary. However, in 1977 while in high school, he abandoned his plan of being a priest and tried his hand at school theater productions. At 18, he moved to New York, took drama classes in the evenings while did some odd jobs in the morning to support himself. In 1983, he got his first break as a lead actor in the movie, Risky Business.

Cruise married Mimi Rogers in 1987, after three years of courtship. It was Mimi who introduced Tom to Scientology, the religion founded by writer Ron Hubbard. It is the Scientology teachings that are believed to cure him of dyslexia. While his career was flourishing, his marriage life was dissolving and soon after three years, in 1990, Rogers and Cruise divorced. In the same year, Cruise met the Australian actress, co-star, Nicole Kidman and married her on Christmas Eve in 1990. The couple adopted their first child, Isabella Jane in 1992 and in 1995, they adopted their second child, Connor Antony. But, this happiness seemed short-lived and took the world by surprise in 2001 when the couple announced their separation. The media went into frenzy-feeding at the news of their split. After the divorce, the tabloids carried the news of his linkup with his Vanilla Sky co-star, Penelope Cruz. The romance lasted for three years.

In April 2005, Cruise confirmed the news of dating actress, Katie Holmes by appearing together at an awards show in Rome. Finally, while Tom was on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he confessed his love for Katie by jumping on the couch, which again garnered a lot of media attention. After two months of dating, Cruise proposed to Holmes on top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris. In the same year, October they announced they were expecting their first child. On April 18, 2006, Suri was born, Katie and Tom's first biological child. Cruise and Holmes tied the knot on November 18, 2006 at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy with their 7-month-old daughter Suri and other Hollywood stars in attendance.
Achievements & Accolades

Year Awards Movie
1987 ShoWest Convention - Box Office Star of the Year -
1989 NYFCC (New York Film Critics Circle) Award - Best Actor Born on the Fourth of July
1990
  • KCFCC (Kansas City Film Critics Circle) Award - Best Supporting Actor
  • People's Choice Award - Favorite Motion Picture Actor
  • Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture
  • CFCA (Chicago Film Critics Association) Award - Best Actor
  • Rain Man
  • -
  • Born on the Fourth of July
  • Born on the Fourth of July
1994 People's Choice Award - Favorite Motion Picture Actor -
1996
  • American Cinematheque Award
  • NBR (National Board of Review, USA) Award - Best Actor
  • -
  • Jerry Maguire
1997
  • PGA (Producers Guild Award) - Most Promising Producer
  • Golden Satellite Award - Best Actor
  • Blockbuster Award - Favorite Actor
  • NBR - Best Actor
  • MTV Movie Award - Best Actor
  • Golden Globe - Best Actor
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Jerry Maguire
2000
  • CFCA Award - Best Supporting Actor
  • Blockbuster Award - Favorite Supporting Actor
  • Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor
  • Teen Choice Award - Actor
  • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists - Special Silver Ribbon
  • Magnolia
  • Magnolia
  • Magnolia
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • Mission: Impossible II
2001
  • Saturn Award for Best Actor
  • MTV Movie Award - Best Male Performance
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Mission: Impossible II
2002 Empire Award for Best Actor Minority Report
2004
  • MTV Movie Award - Funniest American in Japan
  • MTV Movie Award - Best Male Performance
  • EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Award) - Best Film Actor
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Last Samurai
2003 AFI Film Award - Movie of the Year The Last Samurai
2005
  • Britannia Award
  • Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts
  • MTV Generation Award
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2007 Bambi Award -
2012 Saturn Award - Best Actor (Nominated) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol


Scientology & Social Work

Tom Cruise embraced Scientology as his religion in 1990. Tom participated actively in programs that would help introduce people to Scientology; he campaigned for the same in Europe. Cruise in cooperation with the Church of Scientology raised donations and treatment facilities, for rescue workers, who were the victims of 9/11 incident. Other facilities included sauna sweat rooms, vitamins and detoxification therapies.

Cruise also volunteers with the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (H.E.L.P), which offers mentoring programs using educational methods to children and adults. He was even honored with the Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2003 for outstanding work in H.E.L.P. In 2006, Tom donated $20,000 to Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation that helps underprivileged kids through a variety of worthy causes. In 2008, Cruise and his family donated a truck loaded with toys to the charity Stockings with Care, an organization that assists needy families to have everything they need to create the magic of Christmas morning with their kids.

Cruise was honored for this philanthropic actions on May 6, 2011 with a humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance.
Trivia
  • In 1999, Tom was considered for the lead role in The Matrix.
  • He was ranked among the 100 sexiest stars in film history, by the Empire magazine in 1995.
  • Cruise was ranked at number 13 in Hollywood's most powerful actors list in 2006.
  • He was also rated as the world's most powerful celebrity by the Forbes magazine in 2006.
  • He was conferred upon the title of Most Popular Actor by Guinness Book of World Records in 2007.
  • He is right-handed when writing, but prefers doing most things left-handed.
  • He's the first Hollywood star to receive the honor of celebrating his own day "Tom Cruise Day" on October 10, by the Japan Memorial Day Association, due to his love for the country.
  • His love for pets is evident, as he owns two pet dogs and a cat.
  • He underwent an orthodontic treatment at the age of 39! He wore braces to correct the alignment of his teeth.
  • He is a huge fan of singer Joss Stone.
  • He is a pure Vegetarian and does not consume alcohol.
  • He's a huge fan of the sitcom "The Simpsons".

Tom Cruise is a superstar in the true sense; he made it big in Hollywood without the backing of any Godfather; therefore, the success that he has achieved is solely attributed to his talent and hard work. Even at 50, his winning smile and the mushy romantic characters he plays, make every woman go weak in her knees!
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