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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|
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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