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Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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