Met Paula Wagner, then an agent at Creative Artists Agency
Feature acting debut, a small role in "Endless Love" starring Brooke Shields
Had a more substantial role in "Taps" opposite George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, and Sean Penn
Persuaded director Francis Ford Coppola to cast him in "The Outsiders"
Played a goal-oriented high school football player in "All the Right Moves"
Starred in the Ridley Scott directed fantasy film "Legend"
Played a sexy bartender in the lighthearted drama "Cocktail"
First story credit (shared with Robert Towne), the Tony Scott directed "Days of Thunder"; first film with future wife Nicole Kidman
Re-teamed with Kidman for the Ron Howard directed "Far and Away"; played Irish settlers in the American West
Along with former CAA agent Paula Wagner, signed an exclusive production pact with Paramount Pictures to produce his films
Starred in Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" along with Gene Hackman and Ed Harris; based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Made TV directorial debut with "Frightening Frammis," an episode of Showtime's "Fallen Angels"
Starred along with Brad Pitt and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire," based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel
Returned as Ethan Hunt for the John Woo directed sequel "Mission: Impossible II"; also produced with Wagner
Re-teamed with director Cameron Crowe for "Vanilla Sky," a loose remake of the Spanish film "Abre Los Ojos"
Starred in the science fiction thriller "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg
Starred in Edward Zwick's historical drama "The Last Samurai"; earned third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Re-teamed with Spielberg for "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells novel
Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for "Mission: Impossible III," with J.J. Abrams making his feature-film directorial debut
On Aug. 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions
With business partner Paula Wagner, signed a two-year development deal with an investment partnership headed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder
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
Portrayed Presidential hopeful Senator Jasper Irving in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"
Portrayed Colonel Stauffenberg, the leader of German army officers who plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in "Valkyrie"; directed by Bryan Singer
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
Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for the fourth film in franchise "Mission Impossible ¿ Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird
Played mega-rocker Stacee Jaxx in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
Played title role in action drama "Jack Reacher"; also produced
Featured in the sci-tale "Oblivion"
Starred in Doug Liman's science-fiction adventure "Edge of Tomorrow."
Starred as Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Reprised the role of Jack Reacher in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"