Tom Cruise Biography

Tom Cruise is an award-winning American actor and filmmaker best known for movies in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film series. This biography of Tom Cruise provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 3, 1962

Nationality: American

Famous: Left Handed School Dropouts

Sun Sign: Cancer

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males

Also Known As: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Born in: Syracuse

Famous as: Actor

Height: 1.70 m

Spouse/Ex-: Katie Holmes, Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz

father: Thomas Mapother III

mother: Mary Lee Pfeiffer

siblings: Cass Mapother, Lee Ann Mapother, Marian Mapother

children: Connor Cruise, Isabella Jane Cruise, Suri Cruise

religion: Scientology, Catholicism

Personality: ISTP

Diseases & Disabilities: Dyslexia

City, States, Provinces & Districts: New Yorkers

Founder/Co-Founder: New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, Cruise/Wagner Productions

Net worth: $470 million as of 2017

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education: Johnson State College, St. Xavier High School, Glen Ridge High School, Henry Munro Middle School

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Tom Cruise is an award-winning American actor and filmmaker best known for movies in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film series in which he plays secret agent Ethan Hunt. He is considered to be one of the biggest movie stars in the United States and was Hollywood's highest-paid actor in 2012. Born in New York to an abusive father and brought up in near-poverty, there was nothing in his early life to suggest that one day he would become one of the most famous actors in the world. Even as a teenager Cruise dreamed of becoming a priest, not an actor. However, destiny had other plans in store for him and he found himself playing a small role in a film ‘Endless Love’ as a 19 year old. He realized that acting came naturally to him and decided to seriously pursue acting as a career. Over the next few years he appeared in a lot of supporting roles before bagging his first major role in the romantic comedy ‘Risky Business’. Strikingly handsome and blessed with boyish charms, it did not take him long to take Hollywood by storm and soon he established himself as a much sought after A-list star. His popularity reached new heights when he bagged the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film series.

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Tom Cruise
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse, New York, as the son of Mary Lee and Thomas Cruise Mapother III. His father was an electrical engineer and his mother worked as a special education teacher. He has three sisters.
  • He had a difficult childhood and grew up in near-poverty. His father was an abusive man who often used to beat young Tom at the slightest pretext.
  • The family moved to Canada when his father got a job with the Canadian Armed Forces. However, his parents broke up within a few years and Tom Cruise returned to the U.S. with his mother and sisters.
  • He became involved in drama as a school student and was encouraged by his teachers who sensed that the boy was naturally gifted with acting abilities. As a teenager he briefly attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati on a church scholarship and aspired to become a Catholic priest.
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Career
  • During his late teens he gave up the idea of becoming a priest and decided to try his hand at an acting career. He moved to New York and was successful in bagging a small role in the 1981 film ‘Endless Love’ as a 19 year old.
  • After playing small roles in some more films, he portrayed Joel Goodson in the romantic comedy ‘Risky Business’ in 1983. The film became a big hit, and Tom Cruise, with his chocolate-boy good looks became the heart-throb of millions of American girls.
  • In 1986, he appeared in the action drama film ‘Top Gun’ in which he played Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. This movie too became a huge success, cementing his reputation as a superstar.
  • His streak of success continued over the late 1980s with films like ‘The Color of Money’ (1986), ‘Cocktail’ (1988), ‘Rain Man’ (1988), and ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (1989).
  • In the early 1990s he shared the screen often with actress Nicole Kidman who he had married in 1990. The real-life couple co-starred as lovers in films like ‘Days of Thunder’ (1990) and ‘Far and Away’ (1992).
  • He achieved unprecedented success in 1996 when he played the role of Ethan Hunt in the action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible’. The plot follows agent Hunt and his mission to uncover the mole who has framed him for the murders of his entire team. The film was a big box office success and spawned several sequels.
  • He continued to be a highly bankable and popular star throughout the late 1990s and 2000s with films like ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999), ‘Vanilla Sky’ (2001), ‘Minority Report’ (2002), ‘The Last Samurai’ (2003), ‘Collateral’ (2004), ‘War of the Worlds’ (2005), and ‘Lions for Lambs’ (2007). Some of his more recent films are ‘Rock of Ages’ (2012), ‘Jack Reacher’ (2012), ‘Oblivion’ (2013), and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (2014).
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Major Works
  • The war drama film ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (1989) is one of his best known movies. His portrayal of Ron Kovic in the movie earned Cruise an Academy Award nomination. The film was both, a critical and commercial success.
  • Tom Cruise is most famous for playing secret agent Ethan Hunt in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ films, a series of action spy thriller film based on the television series of the same name. The series is the 17th-highest-grossing film series of all time with over $2 billion worth of worldwide gross, and has helped maintain Cruise’s superstar status over the years.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Tom Cruise is the recipient of three Golden Globe awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama in 1990 for ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical in 1997 for ‘Jerry Maguire’.
  • He received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the National Mentoring Partnership in 2003 for his work with the organization.
  • He received the David di Donatello Awards’ ‘Special David’ in 2005.
  • In 2011, Cruise was awarded a humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Museum of Tolerance for his work as a dedicated philanthropist.
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Philanthropic Works
  • Tom Cruise, who overcame dyslexia as a youngster, became a founding Board Member for the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project, helping students learn how to read and succeed.
  • He has supported many charitable organizations including Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Friars Foundation, H.E.L.P., and Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married actress Mimi Rogers in May 1987. Rogers introduced Cruise to Scientology and he went on to become an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology. The marriage ended in February 1990.
  • His second marriage was to actress Nicole Kidman in December 1990. The couple adopted two children. This marriage also ended in divorce.
  • He tied the knot for the third time with Katie Holmes with whom he also has a daughter. This marriage too did not last long and ended in 2012.
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Net Worth
  • Tom Cruise has an estimated net worth of $500 million.
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1. Rain Man (1988)

  (Drama)

2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

3. Collateral (2004)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama)

4. Magnolia (1999)

  (Drama)

5. The Last Samurai (2003)

  (Action, War, History, Drama)

6. A Few Good Men (1992)

  (Drama, Thriller)

7. Minority Report (2002)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi)

8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

  (Thriller, Action, Adventure)

Awards

Golden Globe Awards
2000 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Magnolia (1999)
1997 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Jerry Maguire (1996)
1990 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2001 Best Male Performance Mission: Impossible II (2000)
1997 Best Male Performance Jerry Maguire (1996)
People's Choice Awards
1994 Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor Winner
1990 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Winner

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