Tom Cruise

American actor and producer

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (/ˈtɒməs ˈkrz ˈmpɒθər/; born July 3, 1962), widely known as Tom Cruise, is an American movie actor and producer. He has starred in many movies, including War of the Worlds and Jerry Maguire. He is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.[1][2]

Tom Cruise
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Cruise at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
Born
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 60)
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active1981 - present
Spouse(s)
Children3
WebsiteTomCruise.com

His first movie was Endless Love. His first leading role was in the movie Risky Business and later in Top Gun. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. These were for the same movies: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), and Magnolia (1999). He is known for playing the lead role Ethan Hunt in six Mission Impossible films. Other key films are Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Collateral (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Knight and Day (2010), Jack Reacher (2012), Oblivion (2013), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), The Mummy (2017), and most recently Top Gun: Maverick (2022).

Early lifeEdit

Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York. He is the son of Mary Lee, a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III (died 1984),[3] an electrical engineer.[4] Cruise has three sisters, Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass. Cruise's surname originates from his great-grandfather, born Thomas Cruise O'Mara, who was renamed "Thomas Cruise Mapother" (Mapother is a Welsh surname).[5][6][7] Cruise is of Irish,[8] German and English ancestry.[9] One of his paternal great-great-great-grandfathers, Patrick Russell Cruise, was born in North County Dublin, in 1799; he married Teresa Johnson in Warrenstown House, County Meath, in 1825.[10] They left Ireland for America that same year and settled in New York.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Cruise is a Scientologist. He is one of the most famous members of the organization.[11]

Cruise has an adopted daughter and adopted son with his second wife Nicole Kidman. He has a daughter Suri (born April 2006), by Katie Holmes. He and Holmes married in November 2006 and separated in 2012.[12]

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1981 Endless Love Billy Cameo
Taps David Shawn
1983 The Outsiders Steve Randle
Losin' It Woody
Risky Business Joel Goodson
All the Right Moves Stefan Djordjevic
1985 Legend Jack
1986 Top Gun Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
The Color of Money Vincent Lauria
1988 Cocktail Brian Flanagan
Rain Man Charlie Babbitt
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic
1990 Days of Thunder Cole Trickle Also co-wrote story
1992 Far and Away Joseph Donelly
A Few Good Men Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee
1993 The Firm Mitch McDeere
1994 Interview with the Vampire Lestat de Lioncourt
1996 Mission: Impossible Ethan Hunt Also producer
Jerry Maguire Jerry Maguire
1998 Without Limits N/A Producer only
1999 Eyes Wide Shut Bill Harford
Magnolia Frank T.J. Mackey
2000 Mission: Impossible II Ethan Hunt Also producer
2001 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Himself / Narrator
The Others N/A Executive producer only
Vanilla Sky David Aames Also producer
2002 Space Station 3D Narrator
Minority Report John Anderton
Austin Powers in Goldmember Himself as Austin Powers Cameo uncredited
Narc N/A Executive producer only
2003 Shattered Glass N/A Executive producer only
The Last Samurai Nathan Algren Also producer
2004 Collateral Vincent
2005 War of the Worlds Ray Ferrier
Elizabethtown N/A Producer only
2006 Ask the Dust N/A Producer only
Mission: Impossible III Ethan Hunt Also producer
2007 Lions for Lambs Senator Jasper Irving
2008 Tropic Thunder Les Grossman
Valkyrie Claus von Stauffenberg
2010 Knight and Day Roy Miller/Matthew Knight
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Ethan Hunt Also producer
2012 Rock of Ages Stacee Jaxx Also credited as singer on the film's soundtrack
Jack Reacher Jack Reacher Also producer
2013 Oblivion Jack Harper
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Major William Cage
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Ethan Hunt Also producer
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Jack Reacher Also producer
2017 The Mummy Nick Morton
American Made Barry Seal
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Ethan Hunt Also producer
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell Also producer
2023 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Ethan Hunt Also producer; post-production
2024 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two Also producer; filming

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dorothy Pomerantz (2012-04-18). "Tom Cruise Tops Our List Of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  2. "Newsbeat - Tom Cruise highest paid actor in Hollywood, says Forbes". BBC. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  3. "About Tom". Time. Archived from the original on August 24, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  4. "Tom Cruise Biography". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  5. Stated on Inside the Actors Studio interview with Cruise, January 11, 2004; can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xYsFLyTsDU
  6. "Genealogy.com: Ancestry of Tom Cruise". Genealogy.com website. Genealogy.com. August 8, 2002. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  7. "North East Wales: Cruise's Welsh roots uncovered". BBC News website. BBC. January 18, 2004. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Tom Cruise's Irish Ancestry". Eneclann. March 28, 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  9. "Ancestry of Tom Cruise". Wargs.com. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  10. "Tom Cruise Net Worth in 2020, Age, Wife, Children and Movies". Pure Net Worth. 2019-12-15. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  11. "Scientology News: Tom Cruise Tops List of Scientology Celebrities at Celebrity Centre International 34th Anniversary". Archived from the original on 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  12. "Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes Quickie Divorce What Does It Mean". E! Online. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-23.

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