Tom Cruise: Biography, Movies, Lifestyle, Family & Awards

Tom Cruise is one of the highest-paid actors in the globe with several box-office hits to his name. Some of his blockbuster films include ‘Risky Business,’ ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘Jerry Maguire’ and the ‘Mission: Impossible franchise. Having been a part of several successful films franchises his cumulative global box office totals have reached the $10 billion mark. These figures place him at the top alongside the biggest-grossing actors of all time.

Who is Tom Cruise?

Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Tom Cruise is a phenomenal actor in the Hollywood film industry and is best known for his iconic films throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Besides the popularity for his high-performing films, he’s also much familiar for his high profile marriages to actresses Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. Tom Cruise developed an interest in acting at a very young age and shot to fame with blockbuster films like Risky Business and Top Gun. The success of Top Gun placed his name in the A-list actors. After starring in the hit films like Jerry Maguire and the Mission: Impossible franchise there’s no looking back on his film career.

Tom Cruise Early Life

Top Gun
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Tom Cruise was given the name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV by his parents. He 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.

During his childhood, Tom Cruise had to face a lot of difficulties in his academic life due to dyslexia. However, despite this setback, he excelled in athletics and wished to work in professional wrestling until a knee injury sidelined him during high school. He developed a passion for acting at the age of 16 when his teacher encouraged him to participate in the school’s production of the musical Guys and Dolls. He was a lot surprised and happy after winning the first prize and a career was born.

Tom Cruise Entry into Hollywood

At the beginning of his acting career, Tom Cruise had to struggle a lot. He used to give back-to-back auditions for multiple roles and his first opportunity came with 1981’s Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields. He then worked in the film ‘Tap’ for a small role which was then upgraded after director Harold Becker saw Cruise’s potential, and his performance caught the attention of a number of critics and filmmakers.

Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise got his first commercial success with the film ‘Risky Business (1983)’ which grossed $65 million. This film brought him much-needed fame, and after a two-year hiatus, he was signed for the film Top Gun in 1986. This high-action film starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Meg Ryan became the highest-grossing film of 1986. He then went to work in consecutive highly successful films & he was chosen for an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for portraying the role of Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in the biopic ‘Born on the Fourth of July (1989)’.

The year 1996 proved to be highly successful for Tom Cruise as he starred in two blockbuster films; Mission: Impossible (1996), and Jerry McGuire (1996), directed by Cameron Crowe. For the latter, Cruise earned a second Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Tom Cruise Personal Life & Relationships

Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987 and their marriage ended in 1990. He then married his Days of Thunder partner Nicole Kidman in the same year and the couple has two children, Isabella and Connor. In the year 2001, the couple announced their separation after 11 years of marriage. Cruise then started dating Katie Holmes and in the year 2006 the couple was blessed with a daughter whom they named ‘Suri’. The couple announced their separation in June 2012.

Tom Cruise Net Worth

Tom Cruise’s net worth is estimated to be $580 million (till 2021).

 

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