The movie star was staggered when Lipton handed him his lineage sheet, which he had traced back to 1810.
Cruise, whose full name is TOM CRUISE MAPOTHER IV, told Lipton he had tracked his tree back to his great-grandfather but no further.
Lipton told him that his family's American heritage began when Welshman DYLAN HENRY MAPOTHER relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1850.
In return, the actor treated Lipton to his childhood DONALD DUCK impression.
Cruise's sister LEE ANNE MAPOTHER, a publicist, was just as impressed with Lipton's research. She sat in the audience for the show, which aired last night (11JAN04) in America.12/01/2004 21:31