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Tom Cruise

Birth Name: 
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Birthday: 
Tuesday, July 3, 1962
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Birth Place: 
Syracuse, New York, USA
Height: 
5' 7"

In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive, deeply religious youngster who was born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, was destined to become Tom Cruise, one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in screen history. The only son (among four children) of nomadic parents young Tom spent his boyhood eternally on the move and by the time he was 14 he had attended 15 different schools in the US and Canada. He finally settled in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his mother and her new husband. While in high school, he developed an interest in acting and abandoned his plans of becoming a priest, dropped out of school, and at age 18 headed for New York and a possible acting career. The next 15 years of his life are the stuff of legends. He made his film debut with a small part in Endless Love (1981) and from the outset exhibited an undeniable box office appeal to both male and female audiences.

Though below average height and not particularly handsome in the traditional sense, within 5 years Tom Cruise was starring in some of the top grossing films of the 1980s including Top Gun (1986); The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). By the 1990s he was one of the highest paid actors in the world earning an average 15 million dollars a picture in such blockbuster hits as Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Mission: Impossible (1996) and Jerry Maguire (1996) - for which he received an Academy Award Nomination for best actor. In 1990 he renounced his devout Catholic beliefs and embraced The Church Of Scientology claiming that Scientology teachings had cured him of the dyslexia that had plagued him all of his life. A kind and thoughful man well known for his compassion and generosity, Tom Cruise is one of the best liked members of the movie community. He was married to actress Nicole Kidman until 2001. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV has indeed come a long way from the lonely wanderings of his youth.

Awards and Nominations

2000 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Magnolia)
1997 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jerry Maguire)
1990 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Born on the Fourth of July)

News

Tony Scott & Tom Cruise In Early Stages Of Top Gun 2

The duo, who first collaborated on Cruise's star-making 1986 military drama, were in Nevada touring a naval air station as part of their research for the movie, a source close to the project tells The Hollywood Reporter.... Read more
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Cruise Saddled For New Magnificent Seven

Chalk one more title up on the board marked “Remakes.” Though this one is more of the wheel of cinematic life turning, as The Magnificent Seven is remade by Hollywood.... Read more
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Cruise Attached To Van Helsing Reboot

Way back in 2010, Guillermo del Toro became attached to mount a new take on vampire hunter Van Helsing, which would take a different stance on the character than in Stephen Sommers’ misfiring 2004 attempt.... Read more
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Tom Cruise May Find A Star Is Born

Warner Bros. and Clint Eastwood have had to take it slow putting together the new version of A Star Is Born.... Read more
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Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin Circling 'Rock of Ages'

 Rumors about who’s joining the cast of Rock of Ages, New Line’s adaptation of the hit  musical about 80s rock, are heating up. Adam Shankman, the film’s director, has even weighed in with an ambiguous message about all the whispered castings.... Read more
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Reviews

Jack Reacher

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Born On The Fourth Of July (BLU-RAY)

Born On The Fourth Of July is based on the true story of Ron Kovic, an all American kid that decides after High School that he wants to serve his country in the Vietnam War.... Read more
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Rock of Ages

Get your hairspray ready: 1987 is right around the corner. ... Read more
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (BLU-RAY)

When an IMF agent is killed while on a mission to retrieve stolen nuclear launch codes the team must break Ethan Hunt out of a Russian prison to help them track down the codes and avert a nuclear disaster, but even with IMF’s greatest agent on the job will the team be able to pull off their missi... Read more
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

The Mission: Impossible franchise is known for its over-the-top stunts and awesome array of gadgets that are only possible on screen.... Read more
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Videos

Edge Of Tomorrow (Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt Greeting)

Edge Of Tomorrow (Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt Greeting)

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Edge Of Tomorrow (Trailer #3)

Edge Of Tomorrow (Trailer #3)

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Edge Of Tomorrow (Teaser Trailer)

Edge Of Tomorrow (Teaser Trailer)

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Oblivion (On The Set Earl's Peak)

Oblivion (On The Set Earl's Peak)

Oblivion (On The Set Earl's Peak) starring Tom Cruise ... Read more
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Oblivion (On The Set Iceland)

Oblivion (On The Set Iceland)

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