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|Birth Place:||Syracuse, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Briefly lived in Canada before moving back to the U.S. with his mother and three younger sisters
Took up acting in high school after losing his place on wrestling team due to a knee injury
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"
Breakthrough film role, as high school student Joel Goodson in "Risky Business"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Played a goal-oriented high school football player in "All the Right Moves"
Starred in the Ridley Scott directed fantasy film "Legend"
Rose to star status as American fighter pilot Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in Tony Scott's blockbuster film "Top Gun"
Starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" along with Paul Newman
Played a sexy bartender in the lighthearted drama "Cocktail"
Received critical praise for his performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"
Portrayed paralyzed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"; garnered first Best Actor Academy Award nomination
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
Starred in the military thriller "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore; earned another Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
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
Feature producing debut (with partner Wagner), Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible"; also played the lead role of Ethan Hunt
Played the title role of a sports agent in the Cameron Crowe directed "Jerry Maguire"; received second Best Actor Academy Award
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)
Acted in Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble drama "Magnolia"; played a misogynistic male guru; earned Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
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
Played against type as a contract killer in Michael Mann's "Collateral"
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"
Made a memorable cameo as a studio head in the Ben Stiller directed comedy "Tropic Thunder"
Portrayed Colonel Stauffenberg, the leader of German army officers who plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in "Valkyrie"; directed by Bryan Singer
Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Tropic Thunder")
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"
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