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Tom Cruise
Also known as:Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Occupation:Actor • Executive Producer • Producer • Voice Cast • Writer
Born:July 3, 1962
Birthplace:Syosset, New York, United States
Spouse:Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes
One of the biggest movie stars in the history of modern cinema, American actor and producer Tom Cruise`s stellar Hollywood career spans well over three decades. Since his debut in the 1981 romantic drama Endless Love, Cruise has appeared in over 40 feature films, earning 3 Oscar nominations and billions in box office returns along the way. Of these, more than 20 movies have grossed over $200 million worldwide, underlining Cruise`s credentials as one of the most bankable superstars of all time. He has also won three Golden Globes in the course of his illustrious career, for performances in the movies Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996) and Magnolia (1999). The international audience is perhaps best familiar with the actor`s iconic portrayal of IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series (1996-present), which has so far produced six movies that have earned over $3 billion in total.


Born in Syracuse, New York, Cruise is the son of Mary Lee, a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III, an electrical engineer. The actor, along with his three sisters, Lee Anne, Marian and Cass, was raised in a typical Catholic family. Up until the fifth grade, Cruise studied at the Robert Hopkins Public School, which was where he was first exposed to acting and performing arts.


Tom Cruise`s first publicized relationship was in the mid 1980s with Rebecca De Mornay, who happened to be a part of his film Risky Business. His next significant relationship was with Patti Scialfa, the immensely popular singer-songwriter. Cruise married his first wife Mimi Rogers on May 9, 1987. They divorced three years later, on February 4, 1990. He adopted two children, Isabella and Connor Antony, with his second wife Nicole Kidman, whom he married in December 1990, and after living together for more than decade, the couple filed for divorce in 2001.

By April of 2005, Tom Cruise was dating actress Katie Holmes, whom he married on November 18th, 2006. In April 2006, the couple had their first daughter named Suri. In June 2012, Holmes filed for divorce. Subsequently, the couple signed the divorce settlement in July, ending their five-and-a-half-year-old marriage.


Cruise debuted in 1981 with the romantic drama titled Endless Love alongside Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, and Shirley Knight. Although the film was highly successful at the box office, Cruise did not garner any attention or praise for his performance. The actor continued to work in several films but struggled to get any recognition. It wasn`t until 1986 that he proved to be a star with his performance in the action film Top Gun, which won him not only millions of fans but also critical acclaim. The actor then appeared in The Color of Money, where his portrayal of Vincent Lauria, a charismatic pool player and video gaming enthusiast, won him immense praise from the critics and the audience. The year 1988 turned out to be a turning point in Cruise`s career as his popularity catapulted, courtesy his brilliant performance in the Barry Levinson-directed comedy-drama film Rain Man.

In 1990, Cruise turned story writer for his movie Day of Thunder, which opened to mixed critical reviews but emerged to be a massive commercial hit, grossing more than 157.9 million USD. His next major hit came with the 1992 legal drama A Few Good Men, which revolved around the lives of two American Marines charged with the murder of a fellow marine and their court-martial. The film won several nominations at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, while Cruise was nominated for a Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor.

By the mid 1990`s, Tom Cruise had already established himself as one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood with stellar performances in The Firm (1993) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). Two years later, in 1996, he starred in Mission: Impossible, which went on to become the third-highest grossing movie of the year. Mission: Impossible would eventually go on to become one of the biggest and the most successful film franchises. Later in the same year, the actor starred in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama sports film Jerry Maguire where he played the role of a sports agent. The film, which received nominations at several prestigious award functions, won Cruise his maiden Golden Globe Award.

Cruise did not have any releases over the next couple of years barring his production venture, Without Limits (1998), which was a commercial hit. He made his comeback in 1999 with the erotic drama film Eyes Wide Shut, which opened to positive reviews from the critics and grossed about 162 million USD at the box office. In 2000, Cruise reprised his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible II. Although the film received mixed critical reviews, it was a massive commercial hit. In his solitary release in 2001, the superstar starred in the American science fiction psychological thriller Vanilla Sky.

His next project was the critically acclaimed film Minority Report, which was declared a massive commercial hit and sold more than 400 million DVDs within the first few months of its home release. His other two films of the year - Austin Powers in Goldmember and Narc - opened to average reviews. Following the mediocre end to 2002, Cruise started 2003 on a high by starring in the Japanese epic historical war film The Last Samurai directed by Edward Zwick. Cruise`s portrayal of the retired US military officer won him praise from all quarters.

In 2006, Cruise starred in the third installment of the Mission: Impossible series, which was directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie collected close to $400 million at the box office, and holds a healthy 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This was followed by a remarkable cameo in the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), the well-received historical thriller Valkyrie (2008) and the action comedy Knight and Day (2010), where he starred alongside Cameron Diaz. The actor`s unique gift for headlining popular franchises continued to favour him in the subsequent years, as the action thriller films Jack Reacher (2012) and its sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016); and the highly acclaimed Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) did phenomenally well at the box office. In between, he also had his share of duds, with the action-adventure film The Mummy (2017) proving to be a major disappointment in every aspect.

In 2018, Cruise reprised the role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth installment in the celebrated film series. The movie, which co-starred Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill and Michelle Monaghan, which opened to positive reviews. He then featured in Top Gun: Maverick (2022), Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) and Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two (2024).
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Mimi Rogers
Nicole Kidman
Katie Holmes
Connor Antony
Isabella Jane Cruise
Suri Cruise
Mary Lee Pfeiffer
Thomas Mapother III
Lee Ann Mapother
Cass Mapother
Marian Mapother
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Did You Know? (26)

  • Klementieff`s character, Paris, is an homage to `Star Trek` actor Leonard Nimoy, who played the role of Great Paris in the `Mission: Impossible` (1966) TV show.
  • Cruise, Esai Morales, Atwell, and Pom Klementieff all had to perform hand-to-hand combat sequences on the roof of the train, which was travelling at a speed of 60 MPH.
  • The steam engine in the big climax scene was built by the production team from scratch, as McQuarrie and Cruise had always planned to destroy the train.
  • The `Mission: Impossible` star`s foray into motocrossing had him achieving 13,000 jumps, with a GPS tracker on him to calculate and track the trajectory of his attempts.
  • Other disciplines included motocrossing and skydiving. Cruise executed over 30 skydives a day, eventually clocking 500 skydives over the course of filming.
  • Tom Cruise had to learn different disciplines to pull off the ambitious motorcycle stunt in the film. One of these disciplines is speed-flying, an unpredictable extreme sport.
  • During one of his visits to the US, Vijay got a chance to see Tom Cruise`s beach house which he then replicated for himself in Neelankarai.
  • The `zero gravity` scene in the movie The Mummy was shot over a span of two days in a falling plane. The scene left most of the crew nauseated and many of them even vomited (apart from Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis) as they took 65 takes to get it perfect.
  • From scaling the dizzying heights of Burj Khalifa to hanging on to aeroplanes, Tom Cruise has done some insane stunts over the years. The actor took daredevilry to the next level with Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), when he performed the incredibly risky HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) Jump after over a hundred trial runs!
  • Tom Cruise is one of the few actors who's starred in five consecutive films that grossed more than $100 million in the U.S alone. These films were A Few Good Men, The Firm, Interview with the Vampire, Mission: Impossible, and Jerry Maguire.
  • Tom Cruise was initially in talks for the role of Napoleon Solo in the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015). However, Cruise later opted out of the film owing his commitments for Mission: Impossible -Rogue Nation and so Henry Cavill was signed for the role.
  • Tom Cruise has reportedly had an abusive childhood where his father would physically abuse him. His parents divorced when he was twelve years old. Cruise took up odd jobs to help his mother financially.
  • Tom Cruise is a registered pilot and got his license in 1994.
  • Cruise missed his own high school graduation as he was busy acting in a production of ‘Godspell’.
  • In the year 1998, with the aid of his personal bodyguards, Tom Cruise helped a woman who was being mugged in London.
  • After the study courses by the Church of Scientology helped Tom Cruise overcome dyslexia, he joined the Church.
  • Around the age of 14, Cruise wanted to be a priest and even attended a seminary.
  • For Disney’s 1992 feature film, Aladdin, the company modelled the eponymous character’s face after Cruise who was ruling the industry with his many hits.
  • Tom Cruise is the only Hollywood actor to have a day declared after him in Japan, a gesture by the Japanese people and government as the actor has visited the country more than any of his fellow stars.
  • Christian Bale and Tom Cruise were considered for one of the roles in the movie, The Magnificent Seven.
  • Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise - two of the leading actors of Hollywood worked together for the first time in the movie The Mummy (2017).
  • Tom Cruise has been a fan of the British TV series Peaky Blinders starring Annabelle Wallis. It was Cruise who requested Wallis to audition for the movie The Mummy. Later, Wallis was cast in the movie as Jenny Halsey.
  • The character Tyler Colt portrayed by Tom Cruise in the movie The Mummy was initially named as Nick Morton.
  • Six months before the release of the movie The Mummy, IMAX released a trailer of the movie with a wrong audio track. The audio track was missing majority of the sound effects and instead featured Tom Cruise’s grunts and screams.
  • From her marriage with Tom Cruise, Nicole did get pregnant twice, but once she suffered from ectopic pregnancy, and the next one resulted in a miscarriage.
  • While filming for Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), Tom Cruise fractured his ankle in a stunt sequence where he leaped from one building to another. Being the badass that he is, Cruise didn't flinch and finished the shot despite being in severe pain.
  • Personal Quotes (13)

  • "“I'm passionate about learning. I'm passionate about life.”"
  • "“I disagree with people who think you learn more from getting beat up than you do from winning.”"
  • "“Individuals have to decide what is true and real for them.”"
  • "“I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person, and when I become interested in something, I give it my all.”"
  • "“I want a world without war, a world without insanity. I want to see people do well. I don't even think it's as much as what I want for myself. It's more what I want for the people around me. That's what I want.”"
  • "“The exciting part of acting, I don't know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.”"
  • "“The important thing with a child is that you love them, you protect them and you help them to grow and find out who they are. And as a parent, it's my responsibility to help them to become independent and get all the knowledge and a broad view of the world and life. I know that Nic [Nicole Kidman] absolutely agrees with that. And that's what's important: being there.”"
  • "Nothing ends nicely, that's why it ends."
  • "When you have to cope with a lot of problems, you're either going to sink or you're going to swim."
  • "Talk is over-rated as a means of settling disputes."
  • "I always look for a challenge and something that's different."
  • "Every single time I start to do a picture, without fail, I feel as if I don't know what I'm doing."
  • "Awards are wonderful. I've been nominated many times and I've won many awards. But my journey is not towards that. If it happens it will be a blast. If it doesn't, it's still been a blast. "
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