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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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he norm and affecting the studio's profits. Meanwhile Cruise/Wagner Productions claimed that they had recently landed financing from a private investor and had been planning to split from Paramount anyway. In September, another bit of coincidentally-timed publicity took attention away from Cruise's business woes when Vanity Fair gave the public their first view of Suri in a Cruise family photo spread, shot by famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. In November, the couple were finally wed in a ceremony in Italy, and news of the wedding was paired with another happy ending â¿¿ Cruise/Wagner Productions had struck a deal with MGM to run the ailing United Artists Films.Back at work and with his nuclear family firmly in place, Cruise seemed poised to put the previous 18 months of turmoil behind him and resume his status as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. The first release from CEO Wagner and producer Cruise was Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs" (2007). Cruise took a co-starring role as an ambitious senator in the highly-anticipated film, which sought to explore tough issues about the war in Afghanistan through three interconnected storylines. Despite the timely subject matter and the...
he norm and affecting the studio's profits. Meanwhile Cruise/Wagner Productions claimed that they had recently landed financing from a private investor and had been planning to split from Paramount anyway. In September, another bit of coincidentally-timed publicity took attention away from Cruise's business woes when Vanity Fair gave the public their first view of Suri in a Cruise family photo spread, shot by famed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. In November, the couple were finally wed in a ceremony in Italy, and news of the wedding was paired with another happy ending â¿¿ Cruise/Wagner Productions had struck a deal with MGM to run the ailing United Artists Films.
Back at work and with his nuclear family firmly in place, Cruise seemed poised to put the previous 18 months of turmoil behind him and resume his status as one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. The first release from CEO Wagner and producer Cruise was Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs" (2007). Cruise took a co-starring role as an ambitious senator in the highly-anticipated film, which sought to explore tough issues about the war in Afghanistan through three interconnected storylines. Despite the timely subject matter and the additional star power of Redford and Meryl Streep, "Lions for Lambs" came and went without much fanfare. Cruise then delivered a finely tuned comic performance in a small, but memorable role as a foul-mouthed studio executive in "Tropic Thunder" (2008), which earned him a surprise Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He then had his first starring role in a major studio release in some time, playing real-life Nazi conspirator Claus von Stauffenberg, who plots with other high-level members of the German Resistance to assassinate Adolf Hitler, in "Valkyrie" (2008), directed by Bryan Singer. Though Cruise was seemingly perfect â¿¿ he was a dead-ringer for Stauffenberg â¿¿ there were considerable risks playing the part, namely trying to make a Nazi empathetic onscreen while rehabilitating his shattered public image off-screen. Cruise returned to more familiar territory with "Knight and Day" (2010), playing an international super-spy forced to flee the United States with a dangerous piece of technology, while receiving a helping hand from an unsuspecting Midwestern woman (Cameron Diaz). Despite the requisite media blitz, appeal of its two stars and the promise of slam-bang action, "Knight and Day" fizzled at the box office amidst mixed critical reviews.
At the time, it seemed as though Cruiseâ¿¿s star had forever fallen, as the damage from the controversy spawned by his "Oprah" visit and bizarre defense of Scientology appeared to be permanent. With nothing left to lose, Cruise went back to his most widely recognized franchise to reprise IMF agent Ethan Hunt for "Mission: Impossible â¿¿ Ghost Protocol" (2011), directed by Brad Bird. This time, however, the results were extraordinary; not only was the fourth "Mission" the best reviewed, but it also raked in the most international box-office dollars. In "Ghost Protocol," Hunt and his IMF team members are labeled terrorists intent on starting a global nuclear war after a bomb destroys the Kremlin, forcing them on the run. The fourth installment was widely praised for its exciting action and eye-popping visual effects, but most importantly, the actionerâ¿¿s success marked a badly needed resurgence for Cruise, who found himself back on top once again. For his next film, "Rock of Ages" (2012), an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about the glory days of 1980s hair bands, Cruise played front man Stacee Jaxx, though his rekindled star power was not enough to turn the maligned film into a hit. Meanwhile, news broke in June 2012 that Cruise and Holmes were divorcing after five years of marriage. While the shocking announcement spread like wildfire across the Internet, both Holmes and Cruise maintained that it was a personal matter in order to protect their daughter. The end of the year saw Cruise returning to his action roots as "Jack Reacher" (2012), a highly skilled ex-military cop drawn into a case involving a deadly shooting spree. Clearly planned as the first entry in a new potential franchise for Cruise, the violent thriller was based on a series of popular crime novels by Lee Child.
In 2013, Cruise dove all headlong into science fiction, starring in the highly stylized futuristic movie "Oblivion," with Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman as mysterious characters tied to his protagonist's fate. While the production wasn't a huge hit, it appealed to many fans of the genre, particularly for Cruise's solid performance and its impressive visuals. That year, he also filmed the action-heavy alien-fighting tale "Edge of Tomorrow" (2014) with Emily Blunt, with its original title, "All You Need Is Kill," altered to the less-violent alternative. Cruise next returned to the Mission: Impossible franchise with "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" (2015), written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and co-starring Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson. That well-reviewed hit was followed by a return to Jack Reacher in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" (2016).and though the move was reportedly made to enable his sister to focus on managing her brother's philanthropic affairs, it was perceived as damage control in light of the hit Cruise's image had taken since her installment. For a spell, Cruise's outlandishness seemed quelled until an episode of the animated series "South Park" (Comedy Central, 1997-), which satirized Scientology and made not-so-veiled jokes questioning Cruise's sexuality â¿¿ a persistent rumor that had dogged the actor since he sued several parties in 1998 and 2001 for publishing allegations of his homosexuality. Under pressure from its parent company Paramount â¿¿ also Cruise/Wagner Productions' parent company â¿¿ Comedy Central yanked the episode after only one airing, lead to speculation that Cruise exerted his power behind the scenes; an assertion that was publicly denied. The show's fearless creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were not afraid to call out Cruise on his power play, which was being dubbed "Closetgate" by the Los Angeles Times. They even took out ads, proclaiming tongue-in-cheek that they themselves were "servants of Xenu" and that the "million-year war for Earth" had only just begun, presumably now that their show had been screwed with backdoor deals.
After months of fawning and speculation, Cruise and Holmes â¿¿ dubbed "TomKat" by a smug media â¿¿ had a baby girl named Suri on April 18, 2006. The high-profile pregnancy was followed by the virtual disappearance of Holmes from public and an absence of baby photos, inspiring conspiracy theories that perhaps Holmes was not, in fact, pregnant. Meanwhile, Cruise began making the media rounds for his next film, "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). The third installment in the franchise depicted a retired Ethan Hunt (Cruise) living a slower-paced life while training new IMF agents until he is called back to action to do battle with Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an international weapons dealer who may turn out to be Hunt's toughest adversary yet. The film's opening weekend receipts fell short of expectations and a USA Today/Gallup poll showed that only 35 percent of those surveyed held a "favorable opinion" of the actor, the vast majority voicing disapproval over his Scientology proselytizing and the incident with Brooke Shields.
Citing an apparent wane in Cruise's popularity, Paramount Pictures announced an end to its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions on Aug. 22, 2006. In a bombshell heard round the world, Sumner Redstone, Chairman of Viacom, (Paramount's parent company), declared Cruise's recent conduct had "not been acceptable to Paramount." Hollywood insiders surmised that Paramount's decision was purely financial, as the Cruise/Wagner cut of box office and DVD sales was well above t
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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.
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