Tom Cruise (born 03.07.1962) is an American actor, with three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes to his name.
Childhood: Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in New York, Cruise is the son of Mary Lee and Thomas Cruise Mapother III. Cruise was raised and educated in Ontario, Canada as his father had taken a job as Defence Consultant with the Canadian Army.
Mary left Tom's father when Tom was 12 and the family lived in a number of different cities. Whilst he was recovering from a wrestling injury, Cruise decided to audition for the lead in a school production of Guys and Dolls. It was this role that made him decide to become an actor.
Acting Career: In 1981, Tom Cruise gained his first film role: a small part in Endless Love, which starred Brooke Shields. He also had a larger part alongside Sean Penn in Taps, also released in 1981. Two years later, Cruise was cast in The Outsiders, a Francis Ford Coppola film that also starred Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe. Also in 1983, Cruise appeared in Losin' It, with Shelly Long and Risky Business, which is widely credited as the film that brought Cruise to the public eye. His fourth film of the year was All the Right Moves.
After featuring in Ridley Scott's fantasy picture, Legend, Cruise was cast by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson to appear in Top Gun. It has been reported that Cruise initially turned down the offer but helped to alter the script and eventually took the part. The film opened in 1986 and was the highest grossing film of the year, making over $350 million worldwide. The same year, Cruise starred in The Color of Money, for which co-star Paul Newman won an Oscar.
Two years later, Cruise starred in another two highly successful films. The first was Cocktail, a light-hearted tale in which he played a bartender. The second was Rain Man, which also starred Dustin Hoffman. Rain Man won four of the eight Academy Awards for which it was nominated. This success was continued when Tom Cruise received more Academy Award nominations, this time for his role in Born on the Fourth of July.
Tom then went on to star in Days of Thunder and Far and Away, two films in which he co-starred with his future wife, Nicole Kidman. These were followed with his role in A Few Good Men, with Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson. He then gained a role alongside Gene Hackman in The Firm, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel.
In 1994, Cruise featured in Interview With The Vampire, based on Anne Rice's novel. Brad Pitt and Christian Slater also starred in the film, but Anne Rice was overtly critical of the decision to cast Cruise in the film.
Two years later, Cruise produced and starred in Mission: Impossible, a remake of the 1960s TV series. The film was the third best-selling movie of the year, grossing over $456 million. He then earned another Academy Award for his role in Jerry Maguire, which featured his infamous line "Show Me the Money!"
In 1999, Cruise starred alongside Nicole Kidman (to whom he was still married) in Eyes Wide Shut. The film was Stanley Kubrick's last venture before he died and took two years to complete. Magnolia was released in the same year and Cruise earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award Nomination for his role in the film. The next year, Cruise reprised his role in Mission: Impossible in the sequel, directed by John Woo. This was followed by Vanilla Sky, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and the Last Samurai.
2004 saw Cruise deviate from his usual good-guy role, in Michael Mann's Collateral, in which he played a hitman. He worked again with Spielberg, in War of the Worlds, the third highest-selling film of 2005. The next year, he starred in the third installment of the Mission: Impossible trilogy. In 2007, he starred in the drama, Lions for Lambs with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
2008 saw him in the comedy 'Tropic Thunder' with Ben Stiller and Jack Black for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He also had the lead role in 'Valkyrie' alongside Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy that same year.
In 2010, he teamed up with Cameron Diaz in 'Knight and Day' and announced 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' which came out in 2011 to much box office success.
In 2012, he played the titled role in 'Jack Reacher' opposite Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins and starred as Stacie Jaxx in 'Rock of Ages' with Julianne Hough and Russell Brand, though the movie performed poorly at the box office. 2013 saw him in the sci-fi action flick 'Oblivion' opposite Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
Personal Life: Tom Cruise's first marriage was in 1987, to Mimi Rogers. They divorced in 1990. It is believed that it was Rogers who introduced Cruise to Scientology, the religious sect of which he is now a figurehead.
In 1990, Cruise remarried, to his previous co-star, Nicole Kidman. The pair adopted two children, Isabella and Connor. Kidman later became pregnant with their first child, but the couple separated months before their 10th anniversary and Kidman suffered a miscarriage shortly after the split.
In 2006, Cruise married the actress Katie Holmes. They have a daughter, Suri together. The couple divorced in 2012 though the exact terms have not been reported.
The latest 'Mission Impossible' movie might do even better than studios predicted, with over $20 million pulled in on just one night.
It looks as though Tom Cruise’s latest action rampage Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is going to exceed the very good commercial performance expected of it this weekend, with the news that the thriller has made a near-record $20.3 million on its opening Friday (July 31st).
Industry insiders who have been able to access pre-release audience surveys predicted that the latest MI instalment would make approximately $40 million over its opening weekend. However, the Friday figure from nearly 4,000 theaters – doubly impressive for one that didn’t debut on a Wednesday, according to Forbes – has revised studio expectations upwards to as high as $52 million.
Cruise as Ethan Hunt in 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'
Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation is likely to top the box office this weekend
At age 53, Tom Cruise shows no signs of slowing down, still doing his own stunts in the latest instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, which he has also been producing since the first film in 1996.
This summer's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is written and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie, who also worked with Cruise on Valkyrie, Jack Reacher and Edge of Tomorrow. He brings a more grounded touch to the series, including stunts that feel almost frighteningly realistic.
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Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie brings a dark and gritty tone to this larger-than-life franchise. Along with a constant stream of barbed humour, the film has an enjoyably knotted mystery plot and action set-pieces that feel like they're grounded in the real world. It's a terrific shift into earthy believability for a series of movies that has previously indulged in gleefully incoherent narratives and exaggerated explosive chaos.
Right from the start, our hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is an outsider. As he searches for a shady assassin (Sean Harris) and his mythical organisation The Syndicate, Ethan's Impossible Mission Force is being dissolved by the US government. CIA Director Hunley (Alec Baldwin) absorbs the IMF team, but tech genius Benji (Simon Pegg) secretly helps Ethan, enlisting Luther (Ving Rhames) and William (Jeremy Renner) as well. Soon, all three are gallivanting from Vienna to Morocco and back to London, as Ethan works with double or perhaps triple agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) to prove that The Syndicate exists and stop its nefarious plan.
The film plays out like an edgy James Bond adventure, as Ethan works with a possibly dangerous woman in exotic locations in pursuit of some very shadowy baddies. McQuarrie's script is unusually lucid for this genre, piecing together the various elements expertly, building a genuine sense of tension without ever letting things tip over into overblown silliness. The chase sequences are remarkably rough and unpredictable, avoiding digital trickery to create moments that are jaw-droppingly authentic. As usual, we can tell that Cruise does his own stunts; the opening hanging-from-an-airplane scene is awesome, and a helmet-free motorbike chase looks even more perilous. With the IMF disbanded, it's never quite clear how Ethan funds his one-man operation, but he has a terrific supply of cool gadgets stashed all over Europe.
Continue reading: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Review
Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick in a 'Top Gun' sequel as long as there's "no CGI on the jets".
Tom Cruise has spoken a bit more about what he’d like to see from the rumoured Top Gun sequel. “It would be fun,” he admitted, “I would like to get back into those jets.”
However, the Hollywood megastar had one condition for his involvement, which was rumoured by a producer recently. “It would have to be practical. I don't want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.”
The 53 year old actor made the comments to Reuters ahead of his new movie Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which had its London premiere on Saturday (July 25th) ahead of its worldwide theatrical release on July 31st.
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If Cruise is considering popping the question to his new personal assistant, he might not get the answer he wants, new reports indicate.
Much has been made of Tom Cruise’s close relationship with his new personal assistant Emily Thomas, 31 years his junior, but recent rumours that he’s considering asking her to marry him may now be scotched with the revelation that she already has a boyfriend.
53 year old Cruise is reportedly “smitten” with 22 year old Brit Thomas, whom he hired as his PA before filming his new blockbuster Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and the pair have been seen to be very close on the set of the movie.
However, a source has told The Sun that Emily won’t be interested in any possible advances as she’s already in a relationship with Alex Roberts, who she’s been dating for five months.
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The Mission Impossible star is reportedly dating his 22-year-old British assistant, Emily Thomas
When Hollywood actor Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes many saw an emerging pattern of the Mission Impossible superstar getting hitched with younger and younger women every time he walked down the aisle. And, as the rumours of marriage number 4 continue to swirl, that trend does not look like it’s going to change anytime soon as his relationship with his 22-year-old British assistant begins to hot up.
Tom Cruise takes on the role of Ethan Hawke for a fifth time in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Emily Thomas has been working as the star’s assistant since last year and, with a 31 year age gap between the two, this could be Cruise’s youngest bride yet.
Continue reading: Is Tom Cruise Heading Down The Aisle For A Fourth Time?
The Hollywood star was surprised at how exhausting working on 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' was.
It's been nearly twenty years but it seems people still can't get enough of the 'Mission: Impossible' movies, especially Tom Cruise. Returning as Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the spy franchise 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', he opens up about stunts - and how they don't seem to be getting any easier.
Tom Cruise felt the stakes were higher doing the stunts for 'Mission: Impossible 5'
You'd think after four mega exhausting 'Mission: Impossible' movies plus a host of other visually explosive flicks, another one would be a piece of cake. Well, not exactly. He might have got the hang of using firearms and staged fighting, but he was still surprised to see how much he was trusted, and how much he was yet to learn about stuntwork.
30 years have passed and Maverick could be ready for a comeback.
It’s been 30 years since Tom Cruise first took our breath away as Maverick in Top Gun and now the actor is reportedly ready to revisit the famous character. Yes according to a report by Variety the long-awaited Top Gun sequel is now finally in the works and Cruise is ready to reprise his role as the fighter pilot.
Tom Cruise could be about to return as Maverick in Top Gun 2.
At a Terminator Genisys press junket in Berlin, Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed that the project is in fact in development and even went so far as to reveal plot details. “Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now,” Ellison said. “He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.”
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Matthew Vaughn has revealed how Tom Cruise was the saviour of 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The Guy Ritchie movie that became an instant cult classic and launched the careers of Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran. It grossed $28 million on a budget of just $1 million and sent producer Matthew Vaughn into the world of A-list movie making.
Tom Cruise seems like a throughly decent chap, doesn't he?
Now Vaughn, who recently directed the mega-hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, has spoken about his difficulty of getting Lock, Stock off the ground and how an unlikely Hollywood hero saved the project from obscurity.
Continue reading: How Tom Cruise Saved 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'
The IMF (Impossible Mission Force) have been active for years, but it's time has run out. The head of the CIA (Alec Baldwin) informs them that they are to be disbanded, but some people can't actually adjust to that sort of thing. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) can't let go, and soon discovers that the IMF is actually needed more than ever. The Syndicate - a Rouge Nation - has been steadily growing over the years, and is seen as an anti-IMF. Now, Hunt and his team must engage in their most impossible mission to date, and fight an enemy which, officially, does not exist.
Date of birth
3rd July, 1962