Tom Cruise

 

Date Of Birth

July 3, 1962
 

Biography

In 1975, if you had told 13 year old Tommy Mapother who was living on Taylorville Road in Louisville, Kentucky and attending Sacred Heart School, that in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top movie stars of all time, he would have thought you were crazy. Nonetheless, this young man born in Syracuse, New York in 1962 was destined to become Tom Cruise, one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in screen history.

Because of his father’s job, Tom had a nomadic childhood and by the time he was 14, he had attended 15 different schools in the United States and Canada. He was diagnosed as dyslexic and was not particularly successful in school. In 1976, he spent one year (his Freshman year in High School) at St. Francis Seminary, a Franciscan school in Cincinnati at the behest of his Grandfather who offered to pay for his education. Contrary to rumors, Tom never considered becoming a priest. He simply attended St. Francis because it provided him with the opportunity for a better education. Because his Grandfather refused to pay for his sisters to attend school as well, Tom left St. Francis after 1 year, and returned to Louisville where he spent his Sophomore year of High School at St. Xavier High School. His Mom, Mary Lee remarried in 1978 and the new family moved to a big house on Washington Street in Glen Ridge, New Jersey where Tom attended Glen Ridge High School for his junior and senior years. He played soccer and was on the wrestling team, but because of a knee injury he suffered when he slipped down a flight of stairs at home, he was unable to participate in sports later in his senior year, and became interested in acting when a teacher suggested he try out for the school play. He did, and he got the part of Nathan Detroit in the school production of "Guys and Dolls". In addition, in the spring and summer of 1980, he performed in a dinner theater production of "Godspell". After graduation in June of 1980, Tom borrowed $800 from his stepdad Jack, loaded up his old Pinto and moved to New York to become an actor. He found an apartment, worked as a busboy at Mortimer’s restaurant, and acted as the Assistant Superintendent for a building on Amsterdam Avenue in order to make ends meet while attending acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse and auditioning for television and movie roles. He landed his first role, a small part in the 1981 film "Endless Love". He found out he had the part, when he hitchhiked home to New Jersey after his car wouldn’t start, and found that the producers called his Mother’s house to tell him he had the role. He had given them her phone number because he couldn’t afford a phone. The next years are the stuff of legends and from the very outset, he exhibited an undeniable box office appeal to both male and female audiences.

Though only 5’9” tall and not “movie star handsome” in the traditional sense, within 5 years Cruise starred in some of the top grossing films of the 1980’s including "Top Gun" (1986), "The Color of Money" (1986), "Rainman" (1988), and "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). By the 1990’s, he was one of the highest paid actors in the world, averaging close to 20 million dollars a film in such blockbuster hits "The Firm" (1993), "Interview with the Vampire" (1994), "Mission: Impossible" (1996), and "Jerry Maguire" (1996) for which he received his first Academy Award Nomination in the category of Best Actor. In 1999, Tom co-starred in the ensemble drama, "Magnolia", and received his third Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. His next films, "Mission: Impossible 2" (2000), "Vanilla Sky" (2001), "Minority Report" (2002), "The Last Samurai" (2003), and "Collateral" (2004), were also huge successes earning more than 100 million dollars in the US Box office alone. In 2005, Tom will star in the Steven Spielberg film, "War of the Worlds", which is also being co-produced by his company C/W Productions.

In May of 1987, Cruise married Mimi Rogers, and in the late 80’s he became a member of The Church of Scientology. He used their study technology to overcome his difficulty with reading and comprehension which had plagued him all his life, and came to realize that he had been misdiagnosed as dyslexic but remained a devout Scientologist. He and Mimi went their separate ways in January of 1990 and Tom met and married Nicole Kidman in December of 1990. In 1993, he formed the extremely successful C/W Productions on the Paramount Lot with his former agent, Paula Wagner, and is now represented by Paula’s husband, Rick Nicita at CAA. After his relationship with Kidman, Cruise was then romantically linked to his "Vanilla Sky" co-star Penelope Cruz. That relationship ended by 2004. In April 2005, Cruise began dating "Dawson's Creek" star Katie Holmes, whom he had a daughter, Suri, who was born in April 2006. In November 2006, Cruise and Holmes got married in a star-studded wedding in Italy under a Scientology ceremony.

A kind and thoughtful man, Cruise is well known for his compassion and generosity and is also one of the most well liked actors in the movie industry. In addition to C/W Productions, he owns 2 other companies. He does not believe in allowing others to manage his affairs. He is responsible for the day to day operations of all 3 companies. Cruise earned his commercial pilot license in 1994 and is an instrument rated pilot. He owns 4 planes, including a Pitts S-2B Aerobatic Bi-Plane called “Sweet Bella”, a Vintage World War II Mustang P-51K called “Montana Miss” (it’s original WW II name), a Beech F90, and a Gulfstream 4SP. During the late 80’s, he raced for Newman/Haas SCCA racing team, although since the birth of his children, he’s given up racing on a regular basis. He enjoys scuba diving, sky diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, and many other sports, and is an avid sports fan as well. He supports the New York Yankee’s baseball team and the New York Giants football team. He also has a keen interest in Aviation History. Cruise resides in Beverly Hills, California, but also owns an apartment in New York City and a mountain top home in Telluride, Colorado. The boy formerly known as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV has indeed come a long way from the lonely wanderings of his youth.

In June 2012, reports said that Holmes filed for divorce after almost 6 years of marriage with Cruise. In July 2012, Cruise and Holmes signed a divorce settlement.
 

Place of Birth

Syracuse, New York
 

Birth Name

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

Cousin of actor William Mapother and Amy Mapother.
.Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#41) (1995).
.Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world (1997).
.He and Nicole Kidman adopted two children, Isabella and Connor.
.Has three sisters: Marian, Lee Anne De Vette and Cass. Lee Anne became his publicist in 2004 after he left Pat Kingsley.
.Voted Best Dressed Male Movie Star (1997).
.Mission: Impossible (1996) gave him a total of $70 million with percentage of gross included.
 

Awards

2007
Bambi Awards: won for Courage - For using his passion and initiative to carry out ambitious and courageous film projects which would not have come to the screen without him.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (Saturn Awards): Nominated for Best Actor for Mission: Impossible III (2006)

2005
MTV Generation Award in the MTV Movie Awards
Special David di Donatello in the David di Donatello Ceremony
Broadcast Film Critic Association: Won Career Distinguished Award

2004
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (Saturn Awards): Nominated for Best Actor for The Last Samurai
Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Last Samurai
Golden Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Last Samurai
MTV Movie Awards: Nominated for Best Male Performance for The Last Samurai
MTV Movie Awards (Mexico): Won for Funniest American in Japan for The Last Samurai
PGA Golden Laurel Awards (Producers Guild Awards): Nominated for Motion Picture Producer of the Year for The Last Samurai

2003
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (Saturn Awards): Nominated for Best Actor for Minority Report
Empire Awards: Won Best Actor Award for Minority Report

2002
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (Saturn Awards): Won Best Actor Award for Vanilla Sky

2001
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Nominated Favourite Actor - Action for Mission: Impossible II
Kid's Choice Awards: Won Wannabe Award
MTV Movie Awards: Won for Best Male Performance for Mission: Impossible II

2000
Academy Awards (Oscars): Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Magnolia
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Won Favourite Supporting Actor - Drama for Magnolia
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Nominated Favourite Supporting Actor - Drama for Eyes Wide Shut
Golden Globes: Won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Magnolia
Golden Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for Magnolia
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Won Special Silver Ribbon Award
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Magnolia

1999
National Board of Review: Won Best Ensemble Performance for Magnolia
 

Filmography

2009
The Hardy Men by Shawn levy - Pre-Production

2008
Valkyrie by Bryan Singer (Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg) - Post Production
Tropic Thunder by Ben Stiller - Post Production

2007
Lions for Lambs by Robert Redford (Senator Jesper Irving)

2006
Mission: Impossible III by J. J. Abrams (Ethan Hunt)

2005
War of the Worlds by Steven Spielberg (Ray Ferier)

2004
Collateral by Michael Mann (Vincent)

2003
The Last Samurai by Edward Zwick (Nathan Algren)

2002
Minority Report by Steven Spielberg (John Anderton)
Austin Powers in Goldmember by Jay Roach (cameo as Austin Powers)
Space Station 3D by Toni Myers (narrator)

2001
Vanilla Sky by Cameron Crowe (David Aames)

2000
Mission: Impossible II by John Woo (Ethan Hunt)

1999
Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson (Frank TJ Mackey)
Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick (Dr .William Harford)

1996
Jerry Maguire by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire)
Mission: Impossible by Brian de Palma (Ethan Hunt)

1994
Interview With The Vampire by Neil Jordan (Lestat du Lioncourt)

1993
The Firm by Sydney Pollack (Mitch McDeere)

1992
A Few Good Men by Rob Reiner (Lt. Daniel Kaffee)
Far and Away by Ron Howard (Joseph Donnelly)

1990
Days of Thunder by Tony Scott (Cole Trickle)

1989
Born on the Fourth of July by Oliver Stone (Ron Kovic)

1988
Rain Man by Barry Levinson (Charlie Babbitt)
!$#!#tail by Roger Donaldson (Brian Flanagan)

1986
The Colour of Money by Martin Scorsese (Vincent)
Top Gun by Tony Scott (Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell)

1985
Legend by Ridley Scott (Jack)

1983
All the Right Moves by Michael Chapman (Stef)
Risky Business by Paul Brickman (Joel Goodson)
Losin’It by Curtis Hanson (Woody)
The Outsiders by Francis Ford Coppola (Steve Randle)

1981
Taps by Harold Becker (David Shawn)
Endless Love by Franco Zeffirelli (Billy)
 

Nickname

Tom
 

Height

5' 7" (170cm)
 

Quotes

I believe in life. I know that life comes in at your heart and it doesn't matter if you're an actor, a filmmaker or a gentleman on the street, it comes at you. What Scientology gives me is the tools to deal with that, to better enjoy my life and to be able to contribute more.

.on his role as the hit man in Collateral (2004) I've never played a character like this before. Vincent interested me because he is such an anti-social personality, bringing destruction and chaos with him wherever he goes. He's a force of nature.
. would live with all of my sisters if I could. We've always been very close, my sisters and me.