Tom Cruise
American actor
Tom Cruise
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, known as Tom Cruise, is an American film actor and producer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. Cruise's first appearance in a major film was in 1981's Taps. His first leading role was in the film Risky Business, released in August 1983. Cruise played the role of a heroic naval pilot in the popular and successful 1986 film Top Gun, and also secret agent Ethan Hunt in the series of Mission: Impossible action films.
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The Strange Story Of The Time Donald Trump Got To Hold An Oscar
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The annual Vanity Fair Oscars party is perennially a destination for the A-listers of Hollywood in any given year, and 2005 was no exception. Tom Cruise entered the venue ― the since-closed restaurant Mortons ― through a back entrance after riding over on his black Ducati motorcycle. Beyoncé and Jay Z hung out at a back table with Usher, Gwen Stefani and Mary J. Blige. Tom Brady apparently was the only one wearing a white tie at the party, but GQ remarked he was “proportioned like the Oscar statuette.” Jake Gyllenhaal (with a shaved head presumably for “Jarhead”) made conversation near a wall as his sister, Maggie, posed for a photograph a few feet away. “Everybody you can read about in every single gossip rag is in there!” Destiny Child’s Kelly Rowland told People outside the party. And perhaps surprisingly, many of these “gossip rag” stars from Vanity Fair’s party in 2005 are just as relevant now, if not more so. This is no more true than with Donald Trump, who attended th ...
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Tom Cruise Could End Scientology 'Singlehandedly' According To Leah Remini
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Former Scientologist Leah Remini said Tom Cruise could “singlehandedly” end Scientology on a Friday night episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”  The “King of Queens” star whose A&E docuseries “Scientology and the Aftermath” aims to show how the organization negatively affects its members appeared on the show just after host Maher let alt-right poster child Milo Yiannopoulos off with some light, teasing banter.  The actress confirmed that even celebrity supporters like Cruise or John Travolta are required to conform to many of the organization’s strict rules for members, including hours of studying each day. “He [Cruise] could end this singlehandedly,” Maher interjected.  “He could end this. Correct,” Remini said, adding, “Because they are saying he singlehandedly is clearing the planet, is changing the planet, so most Scientologists believe.” In Scientology, “clearing the planet” is the process by which “body thetans,” or aliens that members believe ...
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Turns Out Nicole Kidman And Lenny Kravitz Were Once Engaged?
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Cobie Smulders Says Training For A Tom Cruise Movie Is Tougher Than Giving Birth
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Cobie Smulders may not have played “the mother” on “How I Met Your Mother,” but in reality, she is one. Though it’s a tough job being a parent, the actress recently found something that’s equally, if not more, challenging: being in a Tom Cruise movie. “It was the most physically demanding thing I ever had to do in my life, and I’ve given birth twice if that’s saying anything,” said Smulders when talking about training for “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Smulders plays Major Susan Turner in the film, and she wanted to live up to what actual women have to do to earn that position. “It’s one of those things I look back on, and I trained so hard for that because it’s really important to me to portray this woman in a realistic way. The real women who decide to enlist to work their way up in the ranks to become a Major in the United States Army are some freakin’ tough broads.” Smulders knows something about being a “tough broad” herself. She prepared for the movie while also car ...
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The GAP's Gif Art Will Make You Look Twice
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JFK at Martha's Vineyard in the 1960's. John Coltrane on the cover of the classic jazz record "Blue Train". Tom Cruise dancing his underwear and white socks in "Risky Business". There is something about classic American style that looked good fifty years ago, and, I would wager, will continue to look good fifty years from now. It's a style that brings elements from American Universities, or "The Ivy Style", and mixes it with a comfortable familiarity that is at one timeless and modern. To me classic American style is a combination of many contradictions. The mood and the attitude can be traditional and irreverent at the same time. Look at Miles Davis Live at Newport wearing an oxford cloth button down shirt and a seersucker jacket. It's casual and dressy at the same time, look at JFK in chinos on his sailboat eating ice cream with his daughter. These are all the references I was thinking about when the GAP hired me to direct these videos, and also what I t ...
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Celebrity Planning Tips For An Unforgettable New Years Eve Party
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The countdown to 2017 has officially begun and many of you are looking to throw a festive and fabulous party to ring in the new year. Today, Celebrity planner, Patrizia Cilli, is sharing her top tips for hosting an unforgettable soiree. Cilli is the founder of The Wedding Excellence and has planned events for Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Prince Charles and other high-profile clients. She has just partnered with The Hurawalhi Resort in The Maldives where she is offering 5-star luxury events to destination brides. Consider guest dynamics. A good party has a great vibe and that requires an interesting (but compatible) mix of guests with enough in common to get along and different enough to keep the conversations colorful. Be sure to introduce your guests to one another, including a fun tidbit about each of them. Give a warm welcome. There is nothing more blasé than walking into a party and wondering where the host is. Have someone designated to help you greet guests at the door. Take ...
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This Is What The Golden Globe Awards Looked Like In 1997
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With the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards just around the corner, we’re feeling a little nostalgic for the ceremony’s past.  To get ourselves in the mood to for this year’s show ― and to prepare for the onslaught of award shows to come ―  we’re taking a virtual trip back to 1997. It was a year of sunglasses on the red carpet (we see you, Christine Baranski!), Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s love and George Clooney on crutches. It was also the year when “The X-Files” swept  the TV categories. The sci-fi show won Best Series, Drama, and its two leads, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, took home top honors for their acting. It was also the year Madonna earned a Globe for her role in “Evita,” and Tom Cruise beat out Nathan Lane for the Best Actor award in the Musical or Comedy category. To find out who wins big this year, watch the Golden Globes ― hosted by Jimmy Fallon ― this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nosta ...
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'Scream' movie turns 20 years old
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When "Scream" debuted on December 20, 1996, fans were praising Tom Cruise in the newly released sports drama "Jerry Maguire" and excited about MTV's animated show "Beavis and Butt-Head" coming to the big screen with "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America."
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You Had Them at ‘Jerry Maguire’: This Art Exhibit Stocks Just One Movie
NYTimes - 2 months
A Los Angeles gallery will play host next month to a “videotape rental store” with thousands of VHS copies of the 1996 Tom Cruise film.
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
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Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffal ...
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'The Mummy' Reboot: Tom Cruise Rises From the Dead in Intense First Trailer - Us Weekly
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Us Weekly 'The Mummy' Reboot: Tom Cruise Rises From the Dead in Intense First Trailer Us Weekly The Mummy franchise is coming back to life. The first official trailer for The Mummy reboot, starring Tom Cruise, premiered on Sunday, December 4, during Sunday Night Football. You May Also Like. 'Scientology and the Aftermath' Premiere Recap: Leah ... Alex Kurtzman's Big Monster Movie Universe Approach Sounds a Lot Like the MCUScreenCrush How the Universal Monsters Movie Universe Will Emulate Marvel Over DC/FILM The Insane Scene From Tom Cruise's The Mummy That Made The Crew PukeCinema Blend A.V. Club (blog) -International Business Times -The Mary Sue -Slate Magazine (blog) all 310 news articles »
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Exclusive: J.J. Abrams hires 'Outlander' director Anna Foerster for thriller 'Lou'
Yahoo News - 3 months
J.J. Abrams has hired Anna Foerster to direct the dramatic thriller Lou for Paramount Pictures and his production company Bad Robot, Mashable has exclusively learned — a gig that could help catapult the Outlander and Underworld: Blood Wars helmer into contention for bigger action projects down the road. Lou follows a young mother who teams up with a mysterious older woman to help recover her abducted child. Abrams will produce the project with Braden Aftergood ( Hell or High Water ), though there's no start date in place just yet. SEE ALSO: Diego Luna lookin' sharp as an Imperial officer in this 'Rogue One' featurette Foerster is a seasoned director of photography ( White House Down ) and frequent Roland Emmerich collaborator who recently made her directorial debut with Underworld: Blood Wars , which hits theaters Jan. 6. She has also directed several episodes of Starz's Outlander and CBS' Criminal Minds . With Hollywood on the lookout for experienced female directors, Foerster has to ...
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Leah Remini Sheds A Light On Scientology Horror Stories In 'Aftermath'
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Leah Remini has been “making trouble” for the Church of Scientology since she left the controversial religion in 2013. The former “King of Queens” star outwardly slammed the church before releasing her memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, in November 2015, in which she dropped bombshell allegations against high-ranking officials and celebrity members alike. After telling her own story, the actress still isn’t done speaking out. She’s back with an eight-part docuseries on A&amp;E called “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which gives a voice to those like her who want the world to know why they no longer call themselves Scientologists.  Not that the church wants anyone to hear those voices. The church’s opposition to the show is strongly felt via the multiple disclaimers that appear throughout the first episode, disputing many of the statements made by former members. The opposition is one thing, but the way the Church of Scientology expresses its ...
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Lee Child's NIGHT SCHOOL; Blame It On Tom Cruise
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Book Review - Jackie K Cooper NIGHT SCHOOL by Lee Child A few years ago I read my first Lee Child novel on the recommendation of a friend whose opinion I valued. That book was titled MAKE ME, a "Jack Reacher" story, and it was an interesting read; not great but it made me interested in reading the next "Jack Reacher" book. That arrived in Child's new novel NIGHT SCHOOL. Once again Jack Reacher is the main character and this one tells of an adventure he had back in 1996. I don't know why Child decided to leave the present day and go into the pa. Maybe he has before. I have not read all twenty-one of his Reacher stories. Still this caused some confusion on my part as I expected Reacher to have put his military days behind him, but in this story he is still an active duty Army member serving in the Military Police. At the start of the story Reacher has just been awarded a medal for a a successful mission. His next orders are to a school in the Washington, DC are ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Cruise
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 52
    The 2015 documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief cast a spotlight on Cruise's role in Scientology.
    More Details Hide Details The film alleges that Cruise used Sea Org workers as a source of free labor. In the film, Cruise's former auditor Marty Rathbun claims that wife Nicole Kidman was wiretapped on Tom Cruise's suggestion (which Cruise's lawyer denies).
    As of mid-2015 Cruise's films have grossed about $8.2 billion worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which he also produced. Returning cast members included Simon Pegg as Benji and Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, with Christopher McQuarrie as director. Tom Cruise will star in the upcoming reboot of Boris Karloff's 1932 horror movie The Mummy, though it is not entirely clear who his character will be. The new film, also titled The Mummy, will be a reboot of the character and franchise, as well as the second installment in the Universal Studios' Monsters Cinematic Universe. The series is intended to be a shared universe with reboots of all the studios' classic monster characters. The film will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, and Sean Daniel. It will be written by Jon Spaihts and also directed by Alex Kurtzman.
  • 2013
    Age 50
    In 2013, Cruise stated that ex-wife Katie Holmes divorced him in part to protect the couple's daughter Suri from Scientology.
    More Details Hide Details He also said that Suri is no longer a practicing member of the church.
    In 2013, he starred in the science fiction film Oblivion based on director Joseph Kosinski's graphic novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film met with mixed reviews and grossed $285,600,588 worldwide. It also starred Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 49
    In October 2012, Cruise filed a lawsuit against In Touch and Life & Style for defamation after the magazines claimed Cruise had "abandoned" his six-year-old daughter.
    More Details Hide Details During deposition, Cruise acknowledged that 110 days had passed without him seeing her. The suit was ultimately dropped.
    On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Holmes had filed for divorce from Cruise after five and a half years of marriage. On July 9, 2012, it was announced that the couple had signed a divorce settlement worked out by their lawyers.
    More Details Hide Details Because New York law requires that all divorce documents remain sealed, the exact terms of the settlement are not publicly available.
    In 2012, Cruise was Hollywood's highest-paid actor. 16 of his films grossed over $100 million domestically; 22 have grossed in excess of $200 million worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details He has won Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in Drama in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in Comedy/Musical in 1997 for Jerry Maguire; and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in 2000 for Magnolia. In 2002, Cruise won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for Vanilla Sky. In 2003, he won an AFI Movie of the Year Award for The Last Samurai and an Empire Award for Best Actor for Minority Report. Cruise is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology and its associated social programs, and credits it with helping him overcome dyslexia. In the 2000s, his criticisms of psychiatry and anti-depressant drugs, particularly therapy for 9/11 rescue workers, and efforts to promote Scientology as a religion in Europe, sparked controversies, as did a leaked video interview of him promoting Scientology.
  • 2011
    Age 48
    The film was released in December 2011 to high critical acclaim and box office success.
    More Details Hide Details Unadjusted for ticket price inflation, it is Cruise's biggest commercial success to date. On May 6, 2011, Cruise was awarded a humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Museum of Tolerance for his work as a dedicated philanthropist. In mid-2011, Cruise started shooting the movie Rock of Ages, in which he played the character Stacee Jaxx. The film was released in June 2012.
  • 2009
    Age 46
    In 2009, Michael Davis Sapir filed a suit charging that his phone had been wiretapped at Cruise's behest.
    More Details Hide Details That suit was dropped due to statute of limitations.
  • 2008
    Age 45
    Cruise played the central role in the historical thriller Valkyrie released on December 25, 2008 to box office success.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2010, Cruise completed filming the action-comedy Knight and Day, in which he re-teamed with former costar Cameron Diaz; the film was released on June 23, 2010. On February 9, 2010, Cruise confirmed that he would star in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series.
  • 2007
    Age 44
    In 2007, Kidman clarified rumors of a miscarriage early in her marriage to Cruise, saying in an interview, "It was wrongly reported," and explaining that she had actually had an ectopic pregnancy.
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    Lambs was released on November 9, 2007, opening to unimpressive box office revenue and critical reception.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2008, Wagner stepped down from her position at United Artists; she retains her stake in UA, which combined with Cruise's share amounts to 30 percent of the studio. Cruise has been married and divorced three times and has three children (two adopted and one biological). In the early to mid-1980s, Cruise had relationships with older women, including Rebecca De Mornay, three years his senior; Patti Scialfa, nine years his senior; and Cher, sixteen years his senior. While Cher was living with Cruise, her daughter Chastity Bono was also living there.
    Production began in 2007 of Valkyrie, a thriller based on the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler.
    More Details Hide Details The film was acquired in March 2007 by United Artists. On March 21, 2007 Cruise signed on to play Claus von Stauffenberg, the protagonist. This project marks the second production to be greenlighted since Cruise and Wagner took control of United Artists. The first was its inaugural film, Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford and starring Redford, Meryl Streep and Cruise.
  • 2006
    Age 43
    On November 18, 2006, Holmes and Cruise were married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy, in a Scientology ceremony attended by many Hollywood stars.
    More Details Hide Details The actors' publicist said the couple had "officialized" their marriage in Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony. There has been widespread speculation that the marriage was arranged by the Church of Scientology. David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, served as Cruise's best man.
    Before her next marriage, to Keith Urban, Kidman spoke of how much she still loved Cruise, saying in 2006: "He was huge; still is.
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    October 10, 2006, was declared "Tom Cruise Day" in Japan; the Japan Memorial Day Association said that he was awarded with a special day because he has made more trips to Japan than any other Hollywood star.
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    In August 2006, Paramount cited Cruise's "recent conduct" as the reason they did not renew their production contract with him.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Marketing Evaluations reported that Cruise's Q score (a measure of the popularity of celebrities), had fallen 40 percent.
    In 2006, Premiere ranked Cruise as Hollywood's most powerful actor, as Cruise came in at number 13 on the magazine's 2006 Power List, being the highest ranked actor.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Forbes magazine ranked him as the world's most powerful celebrity.
    Medical authorities view Cruise's comments as furthering the social stigma of mental illness. Shields herself called Cruise's comments "a disservice to mothers everywhere." In late August 2006, Cruise apologized in person to Shields for his comments.
    More Details Hide Details Scientology is well known for its opposition to mainstream psychiatry and the psychoactive drugs which are routinely prescribed for treatment. It was reported that Cruise's anti-psychiatry actions led to a rift with director Steven Spielberg. Spielberg had reportedly mentioned in Cruise's presence the name of a doctor friend who prescribed psychiatric medication. Shortly thereafter, the doctor's office was picketed by Scientologists, reportedly angering Spielberg. On January 15, 2008, a video produced by the Church of Scientology featuring an interview with Cruise was posted on YouTube, showing Cruise discussing what being a Scientologist means to him. The Church of Scientology said the video had been "pirated and edited", and was taken from a three-hour video produced for members of Scientology. YouTube removed the Cruise video from their site under threat of litigation. After YouTube investigated this claim, they found that the video did not breach copyright law, as it is covered by the fair use clause. It was subsequently reinstated back on the site, and as of June 2015, the video has achieved over 10 million views. YouTube has declined to remove it again, due to the popularity of the video, and subsequent changes to copyright policy of the website.
    On August 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise.
    More Details Hide Details In the Wall Street Journal, chairman of Viacom (Paramount's parent company) Sumner Redstone cited the economic damage to Cruise's value as an actor and producer from his controversial public behavior and views. Cruise/Wagner Productions responded that Paramount's announcement was a face-saving move after the production company had successfully sought alternative financing from private equity firms. Industry analysts such as Edward Jay Epstein commented that the real reason for the split was most likely Paramount's discontent over Cruise/Wagner's exceptionally large share of DVD sales from the Mission: Impossible franchise. In November 2006, Cruise and Paula Wagner announced that they had taken over the film studio United Artists. Cruise acts as a producer and star in films for United Artists, while Wagner serves as UA's chief executive.
    The decision to turn TomCruise.com over to Cruise was handed down by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 5, 2006.
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    In 2006, Cruise sued cybersquatter Jeff Burgar to obtain control of the TomCruise.com domain name.
    More Details Hide Details When owned by Burgar, the domain redirected to information about Cruise on Celebrity1000.com.
  • 2005
    Age 42
    This led to a heated argument between Matt Lauer and Cruise on NBC's Today on June 24, 2005.
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    Further controversy erupted in 2005 after he openly criticized actress Brooke Shields for using the drug Paxil (paroxetine), an anti-depressant to which Shields attributes her recovery from postpartum depression after the birth of her first daughter in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise asserted that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance, and that psychiatry is a form of pseudoscience. Shields responded that Cruise "should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them."
    In addition to promoting various programs that introduce people to Scientology, Cruise has campaigned for Scientology to be recognized as a religion in Europe. In 2005, the Paris city council revealed that Cruise had lobbied officials Nicolas Sarkozy and Jean-Claude Gaudin, described him as a spokesman and militant for Scientology, and barred any further dealings with him.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise co-founded and raised donations for Downtown Medical to offer New York City 9/11 rescue workers detoxification therapy based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard. This drew criticism from the medical profession and from firefighters. For such activities, Scientology leader David Miscavige created the Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor and awarded it to Cruise in late 2004.
    On October 6, 2005, Cruise and Holmes announced they were expecting a child.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2006 their daughter Suri was born.
    In April 2005, Cruise began dating actress Katie Holmes.
    More Details Hide Details On April 27 that year, Cruise and Holmes – dubbed "TomKat" by the media – made their first public appearance together in Rome. A month later, Cruise declared his love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show, famously jumping up and down on Winfrey's couch during the show.
    Cruise is noted as having negotiated some of the most lucrative film deals in Hollywood, and was described in 2005 by Hollywood economist Edward Jay Epstein as "one of the most powerful – and richest – forces in Hollywood."
    More Details Hide Details Epstein argues that Cruise is one of the few producers (the others being George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer) who are regarded as able to guarantee the success of a billion-dollar film franchise. Epstein also contends that the public obsession with Cruise's tabloid controversies obscures full appreciation of Cruise's exceptional commercial prowess. Cruise/Wagner Productions, Cruise's film production company, is said to be developing a screenplay based on Erik Larson's New York Times bestseller, The Devil in the White City about a real life serial killer, H. H. Holmes, at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition. Kathryn Bigelow is attached to the project to produce and helm. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, is also developing a film about Holmes and the World's Fair, in which DiCaprio will star. Cruise has produced for multiple films he has been in. He produced Mission: Impossible, Without Limits, Mission: Impossible II, The Others, Vanilla Sky and many others.
    Cruise starred as Jack Reacher, an adaptation of British author Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released on December 21, 2012. It met with positive reviews from critics and was a box office success grossing $216,568,266 worldwide.
    Also in 2005, he won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star, and the MTV Generation Award.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise was nominated for seven Saturn Awards between 2002 and 2009, winning once. Nine of the ten films he starred in during the decade made over $100 million at the box office. In 2006, he returned to his role as Ethan Hunt in the third installment of the Mission Impossible film series, Mission: Impossible III. The film was more positively received by critics than the previous films in the series, it grossed nearly $400 million at the box office. In 2007, Cruise took a rare supporting role for the second time in Lions for Lambs, which was a commercial disappointment. This was followed by an unrecognizable appearance as "Les Grossman" in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey, Jr. This performance earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination.
    In 2005, Cruise worked again with Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds, a loose adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel of the same name, which became the fourth highest-grossing film of the year with US$591.4 million worldwide.
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  • 2004
    Age 41
    The relationship ended in 2004. An article in the October 2012 issue of Vanity Fair states that several sources have said that after the breakup with Cruz, the Church of Scientology launched a secret project to find Cruise a new girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details According to those sources, a series of "auditions" of Scientologist actresses resulted in a short-lived relationship with British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, who subsequently left Scientology. The Church of Scientology and Cruise's lawyers issued strongly worded denials and threatened to sue, accusing Vanity Fair of "shoddy journalism" and "religious bigotry." Journalist Roger Friedman later reported that he received an email from director and ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis confirming the story.
    In March 2004, his publicist of 14 years, Pat Kingsley, resigned.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise's next publicist was Lee Anne DeVette, Cruise's sister, who was herself a Scientologist. She served in that role until November 2005. DeVette was replaced with Paul Bloch from the publicity firm Rogers and Cowan. Such restructuring was seen as a move to curtail publicity of his views on Scientology, as well as the controversy surrounding his relationship with Katie Holmes.
    In January 2004, Cruise made the controversial statement "I think psychiatry should be outlawed."
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  • 2003
    Age 40
    In 2003, he starred in the Edward Zwick's historical drama The Last Samurai, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination as best actor.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 39
    In 2002, Cruise starred in the dystopian science fiction thriller, Minority Report which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick.
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  • 2001
    Age 38
    In February 2001, Cruise filed for divorce from Kidman while she was unknowingly pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details The pregnancy ended with a miscarriage.
  • 2000
    Age 37
    In 2000, Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of the Mission Impossible films, releasing Mission: Impossible II.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Hong Kong director John Woo and branded with his gun fu style, and it continued the series' blockbuster success at the box office, taking in almost $547M in worldwide figures, like its predecessor, being the third highest-grossing film of the year; despite being a success it along with its predecessor received a mixed reception. Cruise received an MTV Movie Award as Best Male Performance for this film. His next five films were major critical and commercial successes. The following year Cruise starred in the romantic thriller Vanilla Sky (2001) with Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz.
  • 1999
    Age 36
    In 1999, Cruise costarred with Kidman in the erotic Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, and took a rare supporting role, as a motivational speaker, Frank T.J. Mackey, in Magnolia, for which he received another Golden Globe and nomination for an Academy Award.
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  • 1998
    Age 35
    During Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman, the couple endured a great deal of public speculation about their sex life and rumors that Cruise was gay. In 1998, he successfully sued the Daily Express, a British tabloid which alleged that his marriage to Kidman was a sham designed to cover up his homosexuality.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2001, he filed a lawsuit against gay porn actor Chad Slater. Slater had allegedly told the celebrity magazine Actustar that he had been involved in an affair with Cruise. This claim was strongly denied by Cruise, and in August 2001, Slater was ordered to pay $10 million to Cruise in damages after Slater declared he could not afford to defend himself against the suit and would therefore default. Cruise also sued Bold Magazine publisher Michael Davis, who alleged but never confirmed that he had video that would prove Cruise was gay. The suit was dropped in exchange for a public statement by Davis that the video was not of Cruise, and that Cruise was heterosexual.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    In 1996, he took on the title role in Jerry Maguire, for which he earned a Golden Globe and his second nomination for an Academy Award.
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    In 1996, Cruise appeared as superspy Ethan Hunt in the reboot of Mission: Impossible, which he produced.
    More Details Hide Details It was a box office success, although it received criticism regarding the Jim Phelps character being a villain despite being a protagonist of the original television series.
  • 1994
    Age 31
    In 1994, Cruise starred along with Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire, a gothic drama/horror film that was based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel.
    More Details Hide Details The film was well received, although Rice was initially quite outspoken in her criticism of Cruise having been cast in the film, as Julian Sands was her first choice. Upon seeing the film however, she paid $7,740 for a two-page ad in Daily Variety praising his performance and apologizing for her previous doubts about him.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 27
    Cruise is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology and its associated social programs. He became involved with Scientology in 1990 through his first wife, Mimi Rogers.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise struggled with dyslexia at an early age and has said that Scientology, specifically the L. Ron Hubbard Study Tech, helped him overcome dyslexia.
  • 1989
    Age 26
    Cruise portrayed real-life paralyzed Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic in 1989's Born on the Fourth of July, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, the People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actor, a nomination for BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Cruise's first Best Actor Academy Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise's next films were Days of Thunder (1990) and Far and Away (1992), both of which co-starred then-wife Nicole Kidman as his love interest.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    Cruise followed up Top Gun with The Color of Money, which came out the same year, and which paired him with Paul Newman. 1988 saw him star in Cocktail, which earned him a nomination for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year he starred with Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, which won the Academy Award for Best Film and Cruise the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers on May 9, 1987. They divorced on February 4, 1990. Rogers introduced Cruise to Scientology. Cruise met his second wife, actress Nicole Kidman, on the set of their film Days of Thunder (1990). The couple married on December 24, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise and Kidman adopted two children, Isabella and Connor Antony.
  • 1985
    Age 22
    Cruise also played the male lead in the Ridley Scott film Legend, released in 1985.
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  • 1983
    Age 20
    In 1983, Cruise was part of the ensemble cast of The Outsiders.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he appeared in All the Right Moves and Risky Business, which has been described as "A Generation X classic, and a career-maker for Tom Cruise", and which, along with 1986's Top Gun, cemented his status as a superstar.
    After portraying supporting roles in Taps (1981) and The Outsiders (1983), his first leading role was in the romantic comedy Risky Business, released in August 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Cruise became a full-fledged movie star after starring as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the action drama Top Gun (1986). One of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, Cruise starred in several more successful films in the 1980s, including the dramas The Color of Money (1986), Cocktail (1988), Rain Man (1988), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). In the 1990s, he starred in a number of hit films, including the romance Far and Away (1992), the drama A Few Good Men (1992), the legal thriller The Firm (1993), the romantic horror film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), the romantic comedy-drama sports film Jerry Maguire (1996), the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut, and the drama Magnolia (both 1999). Since 1996, Cruise has been well known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series, whose most recent film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, was released in 2015.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 18
    Cruise first appeared in a bit part in the 1981 film Endless Love, followed by a major supporting role as a crazed military academy student in Taps later that year.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 8
    Cruise spent part of his childhood in Canada. His family moved to Beacon Hill, Ottawa, in late 1971 so that Cruise's father could take a position as a defense consultant with the Canadian Armed Forces.
    More Details Hide Details There, Cruise attended the newly opened Robert Hopkins Public School for much of grade four and grade five. In grade four, Cruise first became involved in drama, under the tutelage of George Steinburg. Cruise and six other boys put on an improvised play to music called IT at the Carleton Elementary School drama festival. Drama organizer Val Wright, who was in the audience that night, reflected, "The movement and improvisation were excellent. It was a classic ensemble piece." Cruise also enjoyed sports at the school and played floor hockey, though he was known more for his aggression than his talent. In sixth grade, Cruise went to Henry Munro Middle School. However, in the spring of that year, Cruise's mother left his father, taking Cruise and his sisters back to the United States. His father died of cancer in 1984. Cruise briefly attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio on a church scholarship and aspired to become a Catholic priest, before his interest in acting. In his senior year, he played football for the varsity team as a linebacker, but he was cut from the squad after getting caught drinking beer before a game. In total, Cruise attended 15 schools in 14 years, including stints in at least two suburban New Jersey towns, including Glen Ridge.
  • 1962
    Born
    Born in 1962.
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