Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise as seen on the poster for the 2001 film Vanilla Sky

Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, USA) is an American film actor and producer who has starred in a number of top-grossing movies. His first leading role in a blockbuster movie was in 1986's Top Gun, as Maverick.



Cruise's parents moved frequently when he was a child, residing in a number of locations throughout the United States and Canada, including Ottawa, Louisville, Kentucky, Glen Ridge, New Jersey, where he attended Glen Ridge High School, and Wayne, New Jersey. Before going into acting, Cruise attended a Franciscan seminary and aspired to become a Catholic priest.

He received Academy Award nominations for Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Jerry Maguire (1996), both as Best Actor; and for Magnolia (1999), as Best Supporting Actor. In 1996, he became the first actor in history to star in five consecutive films that grossed $100 million in domestic release. The films were A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996) and Jerry Maguire (1996).

Cruise teamed with producer Paula Wagner to form Cruise/Wagner Productions, which has co-produced several of Cruise's films such as Mission: Impossible and its sequels, Vanilla Sky (2001), and The Last Samurai (2003). The company also co-produced The Others (2001).

In 1990, 1991 and 1997, People magazine rated him among the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1995, Empire magazine ranked him among the 100 sexiest stars in film history. Two years later, it ranked him among the top 5 movie stars of all time. In 2002 and 2003, he was rated by Premiere among the top 20 in its annual Power 100 list. He has repeatedly tried not to trade on his looks and has endeavoured to chase challenging roles in hope of academy success.

A number of Cruise's more well-known and popular movies have cast him in a similar role, one which has been half-jokingly referred to by movie fans (and some critics) as the "Generic Tom Cruise Character." In a role of this type, Cruise has portrayed a character who, as the film begins, is seen as a cocky, stuck-up, self-centered egoist who cares for little other than himself. As the events of the movie unfold, his character learns to become more open-minded and altruistic, until by the time the climax has been reached, he has undergone a radical change and been transformed into a better human being. Examples of the "Generic Tom Cruise Character" can be seen in Top Gun, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, Cocktail, The Last Samurai, and others.

He has been married twice, to Mimi Rogers (May 9, 1987 - February 4, 1990) and later Nicole Kidman (December 24, 1990 - August 8, 2001). He and Nicole Kidman adopted two children, Isabella (born 1993) and Connor (born 1995). Cruise recently discussed his bi-racial son with the TV talkshow host Oprah Winfrey. Oprah asked Cruise if the issue of his race was ever discussed in the household. "We’re from the human race, human kind,” he clarified. “I mean, what’s there to talk about? He’s my son. Listen, that’s just how I feel about it. He’s my son. I’ve never thought about color, race, I just have not thought about that." Cruise was, for a short time, romantically linked with Penelope Cruz, the lead actress in his film Vanilla Sky. In March 2004, he announced that his relationship with Penelope Cruz had ended in January. From April 2005, he began dating Katie Holmes, before announcing on 17 June 2005 that he had proposed to her on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [1] ( She accepted his offer, but the couple have yet to decide on a wedding date.

During his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman, the couple endured public speculation about their sex life and rumors that Cruise was gay. In May 2001 he filed a lawsuit against gay porn actor Chad Slater. Slater had allegedly told the celebrity magazine Actustar that he had engaged in a homosexual affair with Cruise. Both Slater and Cruise denied this, and in August 2001 Slater defaulted on the lawsuit.[2] (

On June 19, 2005 at the London premier of War of the Worlds Cruise was squirted in the face with a joke microphone by a man posing as a reporter. The intended comedy sketch was to be included in an upcoming reality show on Channel 4. Cruise was not humoured by the prank as he claimed that it was "disgusting" that someone should act in such a way.[3] (

Church of Scientology

Cruise is arguably Hollywood's most outspoken member of the controversial Church of Scientology. LeeAnne Devette, Cruise's sister and press representative, is also a Scientologist. Cruise's fiance, Katie Holmes, recently converted to Scientology from Roman Catholicism.

Because Cruise's religion maintains that vitamins can cure depression and many other illnesses, in May 2005 Cruise publicly criticized actress Brooke Shields for using the drug Paxil, an anti-depressant, which helped Shields recover from depression after the birth of her daughter in 2003. Cruise also said, "Here is a woman, and I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman, you look at and think, where has her career gone?" At the time, Shields was starring in a London revival of the musical "Chicago". Shields responded that Cruise's statements about anti-depressants were "irresponsible" and "dangerous." She said he should "stick to fighting aliens" (ostensibly a reference to Cruise's starring role in War of the Worlds, but also to Scientology doctrine and teachings), and let mothers decide the best way to treat post-partum depression.

Oprah Appearance and Katie Holmes

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Tom Cruise jumps ecstatically on Oprah's couch

On May 23, 2005, Cruise raised some eyebrows with a frenzied appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in which he —in the words of The New York Times— "jumped around the set, hopped onto a couch, fell rapturously to one knee and repeatedly professed his love for his new girlfriend, the actress Katie Holmes." Some publicists have speculated that this has lowered his reputation considerably, sparking controversy as to whether or not producers will drop him from future leading roles in various movies. [4] (

The legitimacy of the Holmes-Cruise romance was openly questioned in many mainstream media outlets,[5] ([6] ( with 63% of respondents in an informal People magazine poll calling the affair a "stunt".

This short, yet very public love affair took a dramatic turn when Cruise and Homes got engaged in Paris [7] ( while on a world publicity tour for their two most recent movies.

Selected Filmography


Although resident in the U.S., Cruise also maintains a home in London and is a frequent visitor to the UK.

Cruise started wearing braces in 2002. (He removes them during filming).

Cruise enjoys signing autographs.


  • War of the Worlds (2005) (20% profit participation)
  • The Last Samurai (2003) $25,000,000 + % of profits
  • Minority Report (2002) $25,000,000+
  • Vanilla Sky (2001) $20,000,000 + 30% of Profits
  • Mission: Impossible II (2000) $75,000,000 (gross participation)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999) $20,000,000
  • Jerry Maguire (1996) $20,000,000 against 15%
  • Mission: Impossible (1996) $70,000,000 (gross participation)
  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) $15,000,000
  • Far and Away (1992) $13,000,000
  • Rain Man (1988) $3,000,000+% of gross
  • Top Gun (1986) $2,000,000
  • Risky Business (1983) $75,000

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