Tom Cruise Biography
Birth name - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Date of birth - July 3, 1962
Syracuse, New York, USA
Height - 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Spouse - Engaged - Katie Holmes - June 17, 2005
Nicole Kidman (December 24, 1990 - August 8, 2001) - (divorced) 2 (adopted) children
Mimi Rogers (May 9, 1987 - February 4, 1990) - (divorced)
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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.
More Interesting Information for Tom Cruise
Cousin of actor William Mapother.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#41). 
He and his wife Nicole Kidman donated to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate representing New York. 
Ranked #3 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. 
Voted Best Dressed Male Movie Star 
Stopped to help a hit and run victim and paid her hospital bills. The victim was aspiring Brazilian actress Heloisa Vinhas. 
Caused a stir in the medical community when he claimed, in an interview, that Scientology cured him of his dyslexia. 
While he was working with Paul Newman in the The Color of Money (1986), he engaged in much conversation with the politically active actor. The resulting conscious raising changed him from an actor who ignored the jingoistic tone of Top Gun (1986) to a performer who chose a film with a strong anti-war tone, Born on the Fourth of July (1989) to counter his contribution to the former film.
Has three sisters: Marian, Lee Anne De Vette and Cass. Lee Anne became his publicist in 2004 after he left Pat Kingsley.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. 
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world 
Graduated from Glen Ridge High School [June 1980]
At age 14, he enrolled in a seminary to become a priest. He dropped out after one year.
He took up acting after losing his place on a high school wrestling team, due to a knee injury.
He and Nicole Kidman adopted two children, Isabella and Connor.
Is right handed when writing, but does most things left handed.
Mission: Impossible (1996) gave him a total of $70 million with percentage of gross included.
Enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, and piloting his Pitts Special S-2B stunt plane
Recently restored an older home in the township of Biltmore Forest, a town within the city limits of Asheville North Carolina. 
Chosen as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 
Received the John Huston Award for Artists Rights in 1998.
Was considered for the lead in The Matrix (1999).
Cruise earned roughly $75 million for Mission: Impossible II (2000). He did this by turning down any upfront salary, for instead taking a back-end deal that landed him 30% of the film's gross for both his producing and acting duties.
Attended Packanack School in Wayne, New Jersey from first through third grade.
Dated Melissa Gilbert.
Filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Michael Davis, a man who allegedly offered to sell videotapes of himself having sex with the actor. The lawsuit accuses Davis of making the statements "in order to hurt the plaintiff and gain widespread publicity for himself." [May 2001]
Dated Vanilla Sky (2001) co-star Penélope Cruz. [2001-January 2004]
Conor Antony (adopted son) born January 17, 1995.
Isabella Jane (adopted daughter) born December 22, 1992.
Instead of his affair with Penélope Cruz damaging both their careers, it only boosted it.
Suffers from dyslexia.
Earned his pilot's license in Toronto in 1994.
He didn't stay for the remainder of the 2002 Academy Awards after opening them because it was his turn to look after his and ex-wife Nicole Kidman's children. He reportedly left the Kodak Theatre by a back door after opening proceedings and dashed home to watch the rest of the event on TV with his adopted kids Conor and Isabella.
For 1988, he became the first actor to have the distinction of starring in both the year's Oscar winner for Best Picture, Rain Man (1988) and the year's Razzie "winner" for Worst Picture, Cocktail (1988).
Ranked #14 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #16 in 2002.
Ranked #4 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)
Father, Thomas Mapother III (15 October 1934 - January 1984), was an electrical engineer.
Has two dogs called Basil and Murray and a cat called Harvey.
First actor in history to star in five consecutive films that grossed $100 million in the USA: A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), _Mission: Impossible (1996)_ , Jerry Maguire (1996).
Briefly attended St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky and was a paperboy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Wore braces on his flashy, million-dollar smile in 2002 to correct a misaligned bite.
Announced that his relationship with Penélope Cruz had ended in January 2004. [March 2004]
Has appeared in films opposite four directors who have also directed his films. Sydney Pollack, who directed The Firm (1993), appeared in Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Magnolia (1999), appeared as an extra in Minority Report (2002). Minority Report (2002) director Steven Spielberg appeared in Vanilla Sky (2001) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Cameron Crowe, who directed Jerry Maguire (1996) and Vanilla Sky (2001), appeared in Minority Report (2002).
Will not allow his likeness to be used in video games or for action figures.
While filming Days of Thunder (1990) at Daytona International Speedway, he enjoyed playing football with the truck drivers. He was the receiver - he loved going deep to catch a pass.
While filming Days of Thunder (1990) at Daytona International Speedway, he drove one of the Hendricks Motorsports R&D cars around the track. The best time recorded was a lap at 205 MPH.
He was voted the 31st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
[September 2004] Lives with his sister Cass and her three children in Los Angeles.
Spoke at his niece's [Lee Anne De Vette's daughter] graduation from the Delphian School.
Ranked #18 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
Lost out to actor Peter Barton for the lead role in _"Powers of Matthew Star, The" (1982)_ .
Renée Zellweger thanked him in her Oscar acceptance speech when she won 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role' for Cold Mountain (2003).
Attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
Channel 4's 'Ultimate Film' show states that, in terms of UK cinema audience rather than revenue, Cruise's most successful film in the UK was Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
While a student at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, he studied one of his courses under legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner.
Studied drama at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse, in conjunction with the Actors Studio, New School University, New York.
Was named the #1 top money-making star at the box office in Quigley Publications annual poll of movie exhibitors a record six between 1986 and 2001. Bing Crosby and Burt Reynolds both were named #1 for five consecutive years, and Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks also have been #1 five times, but non-consecutively.
Was #2, second only to Tom Hanks, as a top money-making star at the box office in 2004, as ranked by Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors. Cruise has been named to the Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars 17 times, tying him for 4th place with Paul Newman. John Wayne is #1 on the all-time list, with 25 appearances in the Top 10.
Has donated to charities such as The Ashley Flint Fund, The Tsunami Relief Fund, Themoms.biz Diabetes Fund, Hillary Rodham Clinton's Campaign and The Church of Scientology.
He was voted the 3rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Studied with renowned acting coach Phil Gushee at Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, New York.
His character Lt. Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men (1992) was based on real life U.S. Navy JAG Corp Donald Marcari, who now works as an attorney with Marcari, Russotto, and Spencer P.C. in Cheaspeake, Virginia.
The name Mapother is pronounced like "MAY bother", only with a P.
Time magazine once described him as a "baby-faced Christopher Reeve".
Ranked #14 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. He is the highest ranked actor on the list.
Engaged to actress Katie Holmes. [June 17, 2005]
Proposed to Katie Holmes at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Was the original choice for the role of Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
Personal quotes from Tom Cruise
"The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own checks, be responsible."
"I don't drink but I had a beer that night and they only did one set up like that. I'm a cheap date. What can I say?" -- to Jay Leno regarding his topless Vanity Fair cover shoot.
"We knew from the beginning the level of commitment needed. We felt honored to work with Stanley Kubrick. We were going to do what it took to do this picture, whatever time, because I felt - and Nic [Nicole Kidman] did, too - that this was going to be a really special time for us. We knew it would be difficult. But I would have absolutely kicked myself if I hadn't done this." - Talking about "Eyes Wide Shut".
"I have cooked turkeys in my day but when Mom's around I let her do it."
"I was 18 when I saw Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. After about 30 seconds I relaised that this was not just a cultural thing, it was universal. Years later I read Bushido. It talked about many things that I strive for in my own life: loyality, compassion, responsibility, the idea of looking back on your life and taking responsibility for everything you've ever done. I'm fascinated by the samurai and the samurai code - it's one of the main reasons I wanted to make The Last Samurai."
"Awards are wonderful. I've been nominated many times and I've won many awards. But my journey is not towards that. If it happens it will be a blast. If it doesn't, it's still been a blast."
"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 hitman in 'Collateral'] "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."
I remember getting through high school and thinking, 'Boy, I'm glad I got that behind me!' Then when I was 19, I got 'Risky Business,' and I realized, 'Ah, so this is life - it's a little bigger than I thought!
As a young actor, people were trying to define who I was before I really knew that for myself. But I still remember thinking, 'This is what I love doing, and I hope I'm going to be able to do it forever.
I've had a very interesting life. There are ways of handling the complexities. I'm willing to take on responsibilities as a father, as a producer, as an actor - and I enjoy that. I've always been changing and evolving and growing. There's no pinnacle of power where you can sit back and rest.
Because I grew up in so many different places, I was used to rumors [about me]. You know, I didn't have the right shoes, I didn't have the right clothes. I even had the wrong accent.
Nic and I don't talk publicly about custody but, definitely, both of us share the kids back and forth. They're amazing kids.
I would live with all of my sisters if I could. We've always been very close, my sisters and me.
The important thing with a child is that you love them, you protect them and you help them to grow and find out who they are. And as a parent, it's my responsibility to help them to become independent and get all the knowledge and a broad view of the world and life. I know that Nic absolutely agrees with that. And that's what's important: being there.
I'd like to be with a woman who goes [he switches into a woman's voice], "I've reviewed your schedule, and I'm going to set up this motorcycle trip for you, because you've been working really hard. And I'm going to go with you. We're going to go riding together. And I've already been working on it for a couple days so it can be special."
I don't really keep counsel with others. I'm the kind of person who will think about something, and if I know it's right I'm not going to ask anybody. I don't go, "Boy, what do you think about this?" I've made every decision for myself - in my career, in my life.
"SAT (exam) scores have gone right down the toilet. The parents are blaming the teachers, the teachers are blaming the parents and the psychs are putting everyone on drugs."
[on the relationship with Katie Holmes, about other people thinking it's a publicity stunt] "It's amusing at first. It's funny. But then you sit back and realize how sad it is that there are people who can't even imagine feeling like this. But my friends are happy for me. The people who know me are happy. My mom is happy. My family is happy."
"I've never agreed with psychiatry, ever. Before I was a Scientologist, I never agreed with psychiatry. Here's the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do."
Salary information for Tom Cruise
War of the Worlds (2005) (20% profit participation)
The Last Samurai (2003) $25,000,000 + % of profits
Minority Report (2002) $25,000,000+
Vanilla Sky (2001) $20,000,000 + 30% of Profits
Mission: Impossible II (2000) $75,000,000 (gross participation)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) $20,000,000
Jerry Maguire (1996) $20,000,000 against 15%
Mission: Impossible (1996) $70,000,000 (gross participation)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) $15,000,000
Far and Away (1992) $13,000,000
Rain Man (1988) $3,000,000+% of gross
Top Gun (1986) $2,000,000
Risky Business (1983) $75,000
Tom Cruise Filmography
Actor - filmography
Actor - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s) (1980s)
The Few (2008) (announced) (attached) .... Billy Fiske
I Married a Witch (2007) (pre-production) (attached)
The Eye (2007) (pre-production)
Mission: Impossible III (2006) .... Ethan Hunt
... aka M:I-3 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
War of the Worlds (2005) .... Ray Ferrier
Collateral (2004) .... Vincent
The Last Samurai (2003) .... Nathan Algren
... aka The Last Samurai: Bushidou (USA: poster title)
Minority Report (2002) .... Chief John Anderton
Vanilla Sky (2001) .... David Aames
Mission: Impossible II (2000) .... Ethan Hunt
... aka M:I-2 (USA: DVD box title (promotional abbreviation))
... aka Mission: Impossible II (Germany)
Magnolia (1999) .... Frank T.J. Mackey
... aka mag-no'li-a (USA: promotional title)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) .... Dr. William 'Bill' Harford
... aka EWS (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Jerry Maguire (1996) .... Jerry Maguire
Mission: Impossible (1996) .... Ethan Hunt
... aka Mission Impossible
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) .... Lestat de Lioncourt
... aka Interview with the Vampire (USA: short title)
The Firm (1993) .... Mitch McDeere
A Few Good Men (1992) .... Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Far and Away (1992) .... Joseph Donnelly
Days of Thunder (1990) .... Cole Trickle
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) .... Ron Kovic
Rain Man (1988) .... Charlie Babbitt
Young Guns (1988) (uncredited) .... Cowboy
Cocktail (1988) .... Brian Flanagan
The Color of Money (1986) .... Vincent
Top Gun (1986) .... Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell
Legend (1985) .... Jack
... aka Legend: Ultimate Edition (USA: reissue title (video title))
All the Right Moves (1983) .... Stef
... aka All Right
Risky Business (1983) .... Joel Goodsen
Losin' It (1983) .... Woody
The Outsiders (1983) .... Steve Randle
Taps (1981) .... David Shawn
... aka The Siege at Bunker Hill: T.A.P.S (UK: TV title)
Endless Love (1981) .... Billy