Tom Cruise Biography And News Facts Impelreport
Film Actor, Producer
July 3, 1962 (age 55)
PLACE OF BIRTH
Syracuse, New York
Arguably one of the most powerful forces in Hollywood, charismatic actor Tom Cruise originally had his sights set on a far more spiritual career. As a teenager the star, whose high-wattage smile sets screens alight, wanted to become a priest and even enrolled in a Franciscan seminary. Once there, however, the acting bug struck.
Who Is Tom Cruise?
Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York. After developing an interest in acting during high school, he rocketed to fame with his star turns in Risky Business and Top Gun. Cruise later earned acclaim for his work in the hit film Jerry Maguire and the Mission: Impossible franchise. He also was targeted by the tabloids for his marriages to actresses Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes.
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, better known as Tom Cruise, was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, to Mary and Thomas Mapother. Cruise’s mother was an amateur actress and schoolteacher, and his father was an electrical engineer. His family moved around a great deal when Cruise was a child in order to accommodate his father’s career.
Cruise’s parents divorced when he was 11, and the children moved with their mother to Louisville, Kentucky, and then to Glen Ridge, New Jersey, after her remarriage. Like his mother and three sisters, Cruise suffered from dyslexia, which made academic success difficult for him. He excelled in athletics, however, and considered pursuing a career in professional wrestling until a knee injury sidelined him during high school.
At age 14, Cruise enrolled in a Franciscan seminary with thoughts of becoming a priest, but he left after a year. When he was 16, a teacher encouraged him to participate in the school’s production of the musical Guys and Dolls. After Cruise won the lead of Nathan Detroit, he found himself surprisingly at home on the stage, and a career was born.
Breaking into Acting
Cruise set a 10-year deadline for himself in which to build an acting career. He left school and moved to New York, struggling through audition after audition before landing an appearance in 1981’s Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields. Around this same time, he snagged a small role in the military school drama Taps (1981), co-starring Sean Penn.
His role in Taps was upgraded after director Harold Becker saw Cruise’s potential, and his performance caught the attention of a number of critics and filmmakers. In 1983, Cruise appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, which also starred Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe all prominent members of a group of young actors the entertainment press dubbed the “Brat Pack.” The film was not well received, but it allowed Cruise to work with an acclaimed director in a high-profile project.
His next film, Risky Business (1983), grossed $65 million. It also made Cruise a highly recognizable actor thanks in no small part to a memorable scene of the young star dancing in his underwear.
In 1986, after a two-year hiatus, the budding actor released the big-budget fantasy film Legend, which did poorly at the box office. That same year, however, Cruise’s A-list status was confirmed with the release of Top Gun, which co-starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan. The testoterone-fueled action-romance, set against the backdrop of an elite naval flight school, became the highest grossing film of 1986.
Scientology and Romance
Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987. It was through Rogers that the actor became a student of Scientology, the religion founded by writer L. Ron Hubbard. Cruise credited the church with curing his dyslexia, and he soon became one of its leading proponents. However, while his spiritual life flourished, his marriage to Rogers ended in 1990. Enjoy Demi Lavato Latest News all at one place.
That same year, Cruise made the racecar drama Days of Thunder with Australian actress Nicole Kidman. Though the movie was unpopular among critics and fans alike, the two lead actors had real chemistry. On Christmas Eve 1990, after a brief courtship, Cruise and Kidman married in Telluride, Colorado.
Hollywood’s Leading Man
In 1992, Cruise proved once more that he could hold his own opposite a screen legend when he co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men. The film grossed more than $15 million its first weekend, and earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination. He continued to demonstrate his chops as a leading man with The Firm (1993) and Interview with a Vampire (1994), which co-starred Brad Pitt.
Next, Cruise hit the big screen with two huge hits the $64 million blockbuster Mission: Impossible (1996), which the star also produced, and the highly acclaimed Jerry McGuire (1996), directed by Cameron Crowe. For the latter, Cruise earned a second Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe for Best Actor.
For much of the 1990s, Cruise and Kidman found themselves fiercely defending the happiness and legitimacy of their marriage. They filed two different lawsuits against tabloid publications for stories they considered libelous. In each case the couple received a published retraction and apology, along with a large monetary settlement which they donated to charity.
Despite his personal drama, Cruise proved he remained a top draw by starring in the Steven Spielberg-directed remake of the science-fiction classic War of the Worlds (2005), which grossed more than $230 million at the box office.
His next effort, Mission: Impossible 3 (2006), also scored well with audiences. However, Cruise was faced with a professional setback in August when Paramount Pictures ended its 14-year relationship with the actor. The company’s chairman cited Cruise’s erratic behavior and controversial views as the reason for the split, though industry experts noted that Paramount more likely ended the partnership over Cruise’s high earnings from the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Tom Cruise Most Popular Movies
1. Lions for Lambs: This 2007 Robert Redford drama came on the heels of Cruise’s PR issues, and at first glance was seen as a potential comeback for the actor, but in the end would mark Cruise’s final foray into straight drama territory. Whether that was a consequence of Cruise’s perceived image issues or the film’s quality is unclear, but Lions for Lambs is the worst film on the actor’s resume. It’s the equivalent of a political Facebook meme come to life a pedantic, hollow “morality play” that goes nowhere and is so ineloquent with the handling of its subject matter that if you’re a self-professed liberal, it may have you questioning your political beliefs.
2. The Mummy: The Mummy is one of the biggest wastes of Tom Cruise’s talent in recent memory. His Nick Morton character is wholly devoid of any engaging or unique character traits, and instead is a blank slate protagonist who simply reacts to plot points and moves the story forward with no grace or agency. His motivations are murky, the audience is given no reason to root for him, and there’s a romantic twist that comes out of nowhere and doesn’t work at all.
3. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: I’m not mad at you, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. I’m just disappointed. The first Jack Reacher was a surprisingly rich, thrilling, and artful twist on the action hero formula with Cruise delivering a dark and confident turn as the lead character. The sequel, however, feels like what should have been the story for Jack Reacher 3 or 4, as it introduces a potential daughter into the mix that throws Jack Reacher’s life for a loop. We really could’ve used more time fleshing out the Reacher character first before introducing this “blast from the past” element, and in the hands of director Edward Zwick it mostly falls flat.
4. Tropic Thunder: Throughout the 2000s, Cruise had firmly left the comedic days of his early career behind. But following some bad PR and a couple of films that didn’t really work, the actor made one of his more ambitious leaps in filling the role of studio executive Les Grossman in Ben Stiller’s satirical comedy Tropic Thunder. The result is a somewhat shocking and altogether hilarious turn from Cruise, who’s nearly unrecognizable in the part. It’s not a terribly substantial role so I considered leaving Tropic Thunder off this list altogether, but the film did mark the beginning of a career turnaround for Cruise, and thus stands as an important landmark on the trajectory of his film career.
5. Mission Impossible: By the mid-1990s, Cruise was firmly in the risk-taking part of his career, and Mission: Impossible marked his first foray into developing material from the ground up. He essentially tailor made a franchise for himself by producing the big screen adaptation, but the masterstroke came in enlisting Brian De Palma to take the helm, crafting a spy film with the flair of an auteur. The result is a thrilling, complex, and twisty blockbuster with a brain, and Mission: Impossible provided Cruise with the perfect vehicle to flex his “hero” muscle. This first installment is the most heady of the series thus far, with more of a focus on spycraft and the emotional journey of Ethan Hunt, and it still stands as one of the best entries in the series all these years later.