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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: Cast ... 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 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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