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Also Known As: Thomas Cruise Mapother, Iv Died:
Born: July 3, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director

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The biggest star in the world for decades, Tom Cruise stood atop the Hollywood pecking order thanks to his charisma, movie star looks, and consistent box office success. Beginning with "Risky Business" (1983), he became the industry's biggest draw in the wake of the blockbuster "Top Gun" (1986). Following a compelling turn opposite Paul Newman in "The Color of Money" (1986), Cruise continued to knock it out of the park with "Rain Man" (1988) and "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). Equally compelling was his string of marriages, starting with Mimi Rogers and followed by Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. It was his marriage to Kidman that would dominate tabloids for the next 10 years, making theirs one of the more celebrated unions in Hollywood. During that heady time, Cruise reigned supreme with hits like "The Firm" (1993), "Jerry Maguire" (1996) and "Mission: Impossible" (1996). He had further critical success with a supporting turn in "Magnolia" (1999). Following his split from Kidman, Cruise's career seemed to hit a precarious slide. He did have hits with "Minority Report" (2002) and "Collateral" (2004), but the cracks began to show in 2005 when he was criticized for his promotion of Scientology and...

The biggest star in the world for decades, Tom Cruise stood atop the Hollywood pecking order thanks to his charisma, movie star looks, and consistent box office success. Beginning with "Risky Business" (1983), he became the industry's biggest draw in the wake of the blockbuster "Top Gun" (1986). Following a compelling turn opposite Paul Newman in "The Color of Money" (1986), Cruise continued to knock it out of the park with "Rain Man" (1988) and "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). Equally compelling was his string of marriages, starting with Mimi Rogers and followed by Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. It was his marriage to Kidman that would dominate tabloids for the next 10 years, making theirs one of the more celebrated unions in Hollywood. During that heady time, Cruise reigned supreme with hits like "The Firm" (1993), "Jerry Maguire" (1996) and "Mission: Impossible" (1996). He had further critical success with a supporting turn in "Magnolia" (1999). Following his split from Kidman, Cruise's career seemed to hit a precarious slide. He did have hits with "Minority Report" (2002) and "Collateral" (2004), but the cracks began to show in 2005 when he was criticized for his promotion of Scientology and his couch-jumping histrionics over then-girlfriend Holmes who became his third wife in 2006. Never one to back down, Cruise maintained his star status with "Mission: Impossible" sequels, a hilarious role in "Tropic Thunder" (2008) and the hard-hitting action movie "Jack Reacher" (2012) - all of which proved he was truly made of durable stuff.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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 Oblivion (2013)
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 Rock of Ages (2012)
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 Jack Reacher (2012)
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 Knight and Day (2010)
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 Tropic Thunder (2008)
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 Valkyrie (2008)
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 Lions for Lambs (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1974:
Briefly lived in Canada before moving back to the U.S. with his mother and three younger sisters
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Took up acting in high school after losing his place on wrestling team due to a knee injury
1981:
Met Paula Wagner, then an agent at Creative Artists Agency
1981:
Feature acting debut, a small role in "Endless Love" starring Brooke Shields
1981:
Had a more substantial role in "Taps" opposite George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, and Sean Penn
1983:
Persuaded director Francis Ford Coppola to cast him in "The Outsiders"
1983:
Breakthrough film role, as high school student Joel Goodson in "Risky Business"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
1983:
Played a goal-oriented high school football player in "All the Right Moves"
1985:
Starred in the Ridley Scott directed fantasy film "Legend"
1986:
Rose to star status as American fighter pilot Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in Tony Scott's blockbuster film "Top Gun"
1986:
Starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" along with Paul Newman
1988:
Played a sexy bartender in the lighthearted drama "Cocktail"
1988:
Received critical praise for his performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"
1989:
Portrayed paralyzed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"; garnered first Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1990:
First story credit (shared with Robert Towne), the Tony Scott directed "Days of Thunder"; first film with future wife Nicole Kidman
1992:
Re-teamed with Kidman for the Ron Howard directed "Far and Away"; played Irish settlers in the American West
1992:
Starred in the military thriller "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore; earned another Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
1992:
Along with former CAA agent Paula Wagner, signed an exclusive production pact with Paramount Pictures to produce his films
1993:
Starred in Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" along with Gene Hackman and Ed Harris; based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1993:
Made TV directorial debut with "Frightening Frammis," an episode of Showtime's "Fallen Angels"
1994:
Starred along with Brad Pitt and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire," based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel
1996:
Feature producing debut (with partner Wagner), Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible"; also played the lead role of Ethan Hunt
1996:
Played the title role of a sports agent in the Cameron Crowe directed "Jerry Maguire"; received second Best Actor Academy Award
1999:
Played the lead role in Stanley Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut"; re-teamed with then wife Nicole Kidman and Sydney Pollack (took two years to complete)
1999:
Acted in Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble drama "Magnolia"; played a misogynistic male guru; earned Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
2000:
Returned as Ethan Hunt for the John Woo directed sequel "Mission: Impossible II"; also produced with Wagner
2001:
Re-teamed with director Cameron Crowe for "Vanilla Sky," a loose remake of the Spanish film "Abre Los Ojos"
2002:
Starred in the science fiction thriller "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg
2003:
Starred in Edward Zwick's historical drama "The Last Samurai"; earned third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
2004:
Played against type as a contract killer in Michael Mann's "Collateral"
2005:
Re-teamed with Spielberg for "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells novel
2006:
Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for "Mission: Impossible III," with J.J. Abrams making his feature-film directorial debut
2006:
On Aug. 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions
2006:
With business partner Paula Wagner, signed a two-year development deal with an investment partnership headed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder
2006:
Partnered with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to resurrect United Artists; starred in and produced films for the studio, and production partner Paula Wagner served as chief executive officer
2007:
Portrayed Presidential hopeful Senator Jasper Irving in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"
2008:
Made a memorable cameo as a studio head in the Ben Stiller directed comedy "Tropic Thunder"
2008:
Portrayed Colonel Stauffenberg, the leader of German army officers who plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in "Valkyrie"; directed by Bryan Singer
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Tropic Thunder")
2010:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day," about a fugitive couple on a glamorous and deadly adventure across the globe
2011:
Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for the fourth film in franchise "Mission Impossible ¿ Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird
2012:
Played mega-rocker Stacee Jaxx in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
2012:
Played title role in action drama "Jack Reacher"; also produced
2013:
Featured in the sci-tale "Oblivion"
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Education

Glen Ridge High School: Glen Ridge , New Jersey - 1980

Notes

On May 2, 2001, Cruise filed a $100 million lawsuit against porn actor Kyle Bradford (aka Chad Slater) charging that Bradford/Slater had issued a false story claiming that he and Cruise had engaged in a homosexual relationship.

In June 2001, Cruise filed a second $100 million lawsuit, this time charging defamation against Michael Davis, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who allegedly offered to sell a videotapes which he claimed showed Cruise engaging in homosexual activity.

"Cruise is very good. Consider that pack of novices in Francis Coppola's "The Outsiders" (83). Cruise was not much noticed then among Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and C. Thomas Howell (this team is a great tribute to the foresight of Coppola and his casting wizard Fred Roos). But he has gone on to so much richer and more coherent a career and so little wish to impose himself or his attitude upon his pictures. Cruise is one of the first young actors who seems unaffected by the impact of Brando or Clift, and much more inspired by the example of a Gable or a Grant. He wants to work."---David Thomson, "A Biographical Dictionary of Film" New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1994

Cruise made an uncredited appearance as a gunfighter who gets killed in a shootout in "Young Guns" (1988).

"Tom Cruise has a star named for him in the Hercules constellation, thanks to wife Nicole Kidman, who paid $40 to International Star Registry for the honor."---From Daily News, January 6, 1993.

Cruise began practicing Scientology while married to Mimi Rogers, whose father was one of its founders.

Tom Cruise placed 10th in the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars in 1983. He subsequently placed 1st in 1986, 6th in 1987, 1st in 1988, 2nd in 1989, 4th in 1990, and 1st in 1992.

Received an American Cinema Award for "distinguished achievement in film" (1991).

In 1994, he was named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Puddding Theatricals

In 1996, Cruise came to the rescue of people on three different occasions. March saw him take a Brazilian woman felled by a speeding car to the hospital and pay her $7000 bill when he found out she was without health insurance. Four months later, he spotted two young boys being crushed by surging crowds at the London premiere of "Mission: Impossible" and pulled them to safety, and then four weeks after that while yachting, he rescued five people when a nearby sail boat caught fire.

"His acting was so good it was almost bizarre. You'd look into his eyes and he'd really be there, he'd really be in love with you. You could see his heart and soul... And then the director would yell 'Cut,' Tom would leave the set, and you'd have to go into therapy for six months."---Renee Zellweger on working with Cruise in "Jerry Maguire" quoted in Entertainment Weekly, December 20, 1996.

"We knew from the beginning the level of commitment needed. We felt honored to work with [Stanley Kubrick]. We were going to do what it took to do this picture, whatever time, because I felt, and Nic [Nicole Kidman] did too, that this was going to be a really special time for us. We knew it would be difficult. But I would have absolutely kicked myself if I hadn't done this."---Tom Cruise about his decision to do "Eyes Wide Shut" quoted in Time, July 5, 1999.

In February 2002, Cruise had clear braces put on his famous smile after his child's orthodontist expressed concern about his overbite.

Cruise is active in the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.), an organization which gives free tutoring to children and adults and uses "study technology," a method developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Cruise says it was this method which helped him overcome his own learning problems.

April 2004, An organization co-founded by actor Tom Cruise raised $1.2 million to expand a treatment program for rescue workers exposed to potentially hazardous materials after the collapse of the World Trade Center; The project's program was developed by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, of which Cruise is a member.

"It's well known that I'm a Scientologist, and that has helped me to find that inner peace in my life. [It's] something that has given me great stability and tools that I use, and it's also something that's enabled me to help others in a way that I've always wanted to, something substantial."---Cruise quoted in Cinema Confidential, December 4, 2003.

"You can't go through life always walking on the sidewalk," Cruise says, explaining why he was drawn to this role. "You've got to cross the street. I'm always asking myself, How far can I go? For me, that's what life is about. I'm going to continue taking risks because it's not about being bankable at the box office. I can't control that. I just have to be consistent and true to myself."---Cruise to Los Angeles Confidential, Summer 2004

"We laugh hysterically. My mom, my sisters, we piss ourselves with laughter. You know, even now, sometimes we go from country to country, and I'll be there with Lee Anne, and I'm getting on my airplane. And it's just that look of 'Can you f**king believe this? I don't think I will ever not be giddy about that. It may sound funny but ... there's just an appreciation. A true damn appreciation for it."---Cruise on his megastar status to GQ, December 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Melissa Gilbert. Actor. Dated in 1982.
companion:
Rebecca De Mornay. Actor. Involved during and after filming of "Risky Business"; lived together for 2 1/2 years (c. 1983-85).
wife:
Mimi Rogers. Actor. Married on May 9, 1987 (with Emilio Estevez as best man); divorced in January 1990.
wife:
Nicole Kidman. Actor. Born on June 20, 1967; married on December 24, 1990 in Telluride, Colorado (this time with Dustin Hoffman as best man); first appeared together in "Days of Thunder" (1990); later co-starred in "Far and Away" (1992) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999); announced separation in February 2001; Cruise filed for divorce on February 7, 2001; divorce finalized on August 8, 2001.
companion:
Penelope Cruz. Actor. Worked together on "Vanilla Sky"; went public with relationship in July 2001; no longer together as of January 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Mary Lee Mapother South.
father:
Thomas Cruise Mapother III. Electrical engineer. Born in October 1934 in Kentucky; never paid child support; Cruise and his father reconciled before he died of cancer on January 9, 1984.
step-father:
Joe South.
sister:
Lee Anne Mapother. Born c. 1959; works in publicity and marketing for Cruise's company.
sister:
Marian Mapother. Born c. 1961; has a teaching degree.
sister:
Cass Mapother. Born c. 1963; owns a restaurant in New Jersey.
cousin:
William Mapother. Actor, screenwriter. Born in 1965; brother of Amy; appeared in "Mission: Impossible 2".
cousin:
Amy Mapother. Actor. Born c. 1973; sister of William.
daughter:
Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise. Adopted by Cruise and Kidman in January 1993; born weighing 9 pounds on December 22, 1992 in Florida.
son:
Connor Anthony Kidman Cruise. Born on January 17, 1995 in Florida; adopted by Cruise and Kidman in early February 1995.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Cruise: The Unauthorized Biography" Taylor

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