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Biography

Height
5' 7"
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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, NY, was destined to become Tom Cruise, one of the highest paid and most sought after actors in screen history. The only son 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, NJ, 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); 0090863; Rain Man (1988) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). By the 1990's 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 is married to actress Nicole Kidman and the couple have 2 adopted children. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV has indeed come a long way from the lonely wanderings of his youth.
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Spouse
Nicole Kidman (24 December 1990 - present)
Mimi Rogers (9 May 1987 - 1990) (divorced)
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Trivia


Cousin of actor William Mapother.

(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#41).

(2000) Cruise and his wife Nicole Kidman donated to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate representing New York.

(October 1997) Ranked #3 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

(1997) Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

(1997) Voted Best Dressed Male Movie Star

(1996) Stopped to help a hit and run victim and paid her hospital bills. The victim was aspiring Brazilian actress Heloisa Vinhas.

(1992) Caused a stir in the medical community when he claimed, in an interview, that Scientology cured him of his dyslexia.

Member of the Church of Scientology.

While he was working with Paul Newman in the Color of Money, The (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 and Cass

(1991) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.

(1990) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world

(June 1980) Graduated from Glen Ridge High School

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 have two adopted children, Isabella and Connor.

Is right handed when writing, but does most things left handed.

Mission Impossible 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

Tom Cruise stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Risky Business 1983 With Peter L. **
Legend 1986 With Jessica ** 1/2
The Color of Money 1986 With Jessica * 1/2
Top Gun 1986 With Jessica * 1/2
Rain Man 1988 With Jessica **
The Firm 1993 Don't Remember ** 1/2
Mission Impossible 1996 Showcase North Haven **
Jerry Maguire 1996 Hoyts Branford ** 1/2
Magnolia 1999 Showcase Orange with Holli Durkin and Cheri Digital ****
Mission Impossible 2 2000 Branford Hoyts w/ Cheri & her kids ***
Minority Report 2002 at Branford Hoyts Digital *** 1/2
Collateral 2004 Suzy on DVD Digital *** 1/2
War of the Worlds 2005 w/ Family on DVD 1/2 *
Mission: Impossible III 2006 Showcase North Haven ** 1/2
Tropic Thunder 2008 Suzy and Kendra Digital ** 1/2
Knight and Day 2010 Suzy in Wallingford **
Mission : impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011 Digital ** 1/2
Oblivion 2013 In Hospital Digital ** 1/2
Edge of Tomorrow 2014 Digital ** 1/2
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015 Digital ** 1/2
The Mummy 2017 Suzy Digital * 1/2