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.
Author Lee Child said that Cruise was too short to play Reacher in a forthcoming TV re-boot.
Action hero Jack Reacher will not be played by Tom Cruise when the franchise gets a re-boot for television – because the star is too short.
56 year old Cruise, who famously does all his own stunts on movie sets, has played US military police major Jack Reacher in two feature films in 2012 and 2016. However, in creator Lee Child’s books, the character is described as 6ft 5in tall, with hands the size of “dinner plates”. Cruise is 5ft 7in.
Child, speaking to BBC Radio Manchester this week, announced that a new deal had been signed to re-launch the Jack Reacher character as a streaming show, but that Cruise wouldn’t be making the move because “for all his talent, didn't have that physicality”.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Dropped As Jack Reacher For TV Re-Boot
Kidman spoke about her two adopted adult children, Isabella and Connor, and their Scientologist beliefs.
The couple, who were married between 1990 and 2001, adopted a daughter named Isabella (born in 1992) and a son named Connor (born in 1995). Not much is heard about them in the press, but what information there is usually reports that there’s a strain in their relationship with their mother because of their commitment to the Church of Scientology, their father’s belief system.
However, 51 year old Kidman spoke about this in a new interview with Australian magazine WHO on Thursday (November 8th).
The actor shares 12-year-old Suri with ex-wife, Katie Holmes
Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has reportedly not seen the daughter he shares with ex-wife, actress Katie Holmes for years. Twelve-year-old Suri, whose parents split in 2012, has reportedly not been pictured with her father since 2013.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise share 2-year-old daughter, Suri
According to UsWeekly, the Mission Impossible star is allowed to visit Suri for ten days every month following an agreement which gave Katie Holmes primary custody.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Has Reportedly Not Seen His Daughter In Years
Paramount have put back the release date of 'Top Gun's follow-up by almost a year to June 2020.
The long wait for a follow-up to the legendary Eighties movie Top Gun just got even longer, with the studio responsible for its development delaying its release by almost a year to 2020 because of “logistical reasons”.
Paramount Studios had originally mooted the Top Gun sequel for July 12th 2019, but fans will now have to endure a further 11 months until June 26th 2020 for the flick. The extra time is going to be used to film sequences involving new technology and planes, the studio states.
The film will see Tom Cruise reprise one of his most famous roles, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, 34 years after he first put on the US Navy pilot outfit. He’ll be alongside Miles Teller (of Whiplash) in the film.
Continue reading: 'Top Gun' Sequel Delayed By A Year
Tom Cruise thinks we'll "never" see Ethan Hunt pass away on screen.
Ever since the original 'Mission: Impossible' film hit cinemas all the way back in 1996, Tom Cruise's lead character Ethan Hunt has become one of the biggest and most recognisable names in the action genre. This month, the character's made a return in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout', going on perhaps his most dangerous mission yet.
Tom Cruise has played Ethan Hunt since 1996
The film's a thrilling one, with Hunt once again almost meeting his maker on a number of different occasions. Fortunately, the hero lives on, laying the foundations for even more potential sequels in the future. With Hunt only growing older however, could we at some point see his luck run out, and the character pass away?
Clooney has been released from hospital after the horrific bike crash he suffered in Sardinia this week.
Clooney, 57, was rushed to hospital in Sardinia, Italy on Monday (July 9th) after being involved in a horrific collision with another vehicle that sent him six feet into the air from his moped, as he was driving to the set of his new film Catch-22.
Speaking at the premiere of his own new film, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, in Paris, 56 year old Cruise, who starred in ‘ER’ with Clooney and who also suffered his own stunt injuries during filming last year, had some words of support.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Wishes George Clooney A Speedy Recovery After Bike Smash
A former Scientology member claimed to Megyn Kelly that Johansson was one of several actresses to effectively try out to be Cruise's girlfriend.
Brendan Tighe, a former members of the often-controversial Scientology religion, was speaking on NBC’s ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ and said that while he was a member of Cruise’s security unit he came across evidence that a string of actresses who had effectively auditioned to be in a relationship with the Mission: Impossible star after he divorced Kidman in 2001.
Tighe explained that he only saw this evidence because it was accidentally sent to his printer, but that the Lost In Translation actress’s name was the only one he actually recognised.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Denies 'Auditioning' To Be Tom Cruise's Girlfriend
The full title for the new film is unveiled.
'Mission: Impossible - Fallout': that's the full title of the forthcoming sixth instalment of the franchise according to one of star Tom Cruise's latest social media posts. Let's just hope that he doesn't 'fall out' of the chopper he's been seen clinging on to in other movie shots.
Tom Cruise shooting Mission: Impossible 6
Tom Cruise unveiled a picture of a clapperboard on his Instagram feed along with the caption 'Get ready', which revealed the full title of the next 'Mission: Impossible' film. Plus, he later posted out a shot of himself hanging out of a helicopter while on set.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Introduces 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'
There's a lot more to him than scientology.
He's literally one of the most famous actors in the world, for his personal life as well as his career. But we still reckon there's a lot you probably didn't realise about this Hollywood superstar's life and work. Here are ten jaw-dropping facts about Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise at 'The Mummy' premiere
1. His full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - The first Mapother was his great-grandfather, whose own grandparents were Irish immigrants living in New York, originally from County Dublin.
Continue reading: Did You Know These Ten Fascinating Things About Tom Cruise?
It was the first time Cruise had heard about the hilarious rumour, but he told Screen Rant that it wasn't true.
Tom Cruise has denied the hilarious rumours that he wore a ‘fake ass’ during his movie Valkyrie several years ago, after a memorable screengrab went viral earlier this year.
Back in August, a Twitter user took a photo of a scene from Cruise’s 2008 World War II film Valkyrie, and used it to present a theory that the Hollywood star used a prosthetic posterior during filming. “hello, please, i present the theory that for one single shot in Valkyrie (2008), at 5:12, tom cruise wears a fake butt. Observe,” the user wrote.
During an interview on Tuesday (September 26th) with Screen Rant, 55 year old Cruise denied the rumours – although it was the first time he’d heard of them! “There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie,” Cruise said. “No.”
Continue reading: Lol, Tom Cruise Did Not Use A Prosthetic Ass In 'Valkyrie'
Tom Cruise on a night out leaving Sexy Fish restaurant and heading to Annabel's club, London, United Kingdom - Friday 21st October 2016
Tom Cruise at the 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' Berlin Premiere held at CineStar Sony Center, Berlin, Germany - Friday 21st October 2016
Tom Cruise at the European premiere of his new movie 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' held at Cineworld Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th October 2016
Tom Cruise at the European premiere of Tom Cruise's new movie 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' held at Cineworld Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th October 2016
Date of birth
3rd July, 1962
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