Personal Info - Awards - Film Credits - Biography
Born: 3 July 1962, Syracuse, New York, USA
Birth Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
• 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
• Cruise/Wagner Productions
• C/W Productions
• Creative Artists Agency
• Greenberg Glusker (legal)
Academy Awards, USA
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Magnolia (1999)
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jerry Maguire (1996)
• Nominated, Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role for Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Another 32 wins & 37 nominations
Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an A-list, Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. He has starred in a number of top-grossing movies and remains one of the most successful movie stars in Hollywood. His first leading role in a blockbuster movie was in 1983's Risky Business. In recent years, he has received additional, overwhelmingly negative media coverage regarding his support of Scientology (and his related criticism of psychiatry), and his relationship with Katie Holmes.
Mission: Impossible III - Ethan Hunt, Producer 2006
Ask the Dust - Producer 2006
Elizabethtown - Producer 2005
War of the Worlds - Ray Ferrier 2005
Blown (video) - Special Thanks 2005
Suspect Zero - Producer (uncredited) 2004
Collateral - Vincent 2004
The Last Samurai - Nathan Algren, Producer 2003
Shattered Glass - Executive Producer 2003
Austin Powers: Goldmember - Tom Cruise as Austin Powers 2002
Minority Report - Chief John Anderton 2002
Narc - Executive Producer 2002
Vanilla Sky - David Aames, Producer 2001
The Others - Executive Producer 2001
Mission: Impossible II - Ethan Hunt, Producer 2000
Magnolia - Frank T.J. Mackey 1999
Eyes Wide Shut - Dr. William 'Bill' Harford 1999
Without Limits - Producer 1998
Jerry Maguire - Jerry Maguire 1996
Mission: Impossible - Ethan Hunt, Producer 1996
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles - Lestat de Lioncourt 1994
The Firm - Mitch McDeere 1993
A Few Good Men - Lt. Daniel Kaffee 1992
Far and Away - Joseph Donnelly 1992
Days of Thunder - Cole Trickle, Writer (story) 1990
Born on the Fourth of July - Ron Kovic 1989
Rain Man - Charlie Babbitt 1988
Young Guns - Cowboy (uncredited) 1988
Cocktail - Brian Flanagan 1988
The Color of Money - Vincent Lauria 1986
Top Gun - Maverick 1986
Legend - Jack 1985
All the Right Moves - Stefen Djordjevic 1983
Risky Business - Joel Goodsen 1983
Losin' It - Woody 1983
The Outsiders - Steve Randle 1983
Taps - Cadet Captain David Shawn 1981
Endless Love - Billy 1981
Cruise was born to Thomas Mapother III and Mary Lee Pfeiffer in Syracuse, New York. Cruise has German ancestry from his paternal great-grandparents, William Reibert and Charlotta Louise Voelker; and Welsh ancestry from his paternal great-great-grandfather, Dylan Henry Mapother, who emigrated from Flint, Wales to Louisville, Kentucky in 1850. His maternal ancestry is half Irish and half German (including Alsatian).
Cruise had a transient existence as a child with his family residing in near-poverty throughout various locations in the United States and Canada because Cruise's father refused to pay child support after his estrangement from the family when his son was eleven. Cities where he lived included Ottawa, Ontario, Louisville, Kentucky, Winnetka, Illinois and Wayne, New Jersey. In all, Cruise attended eight elementary schools and three high schools. He briefly attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati and aspired to become a Catholic priest. He eventually graduated from Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey.
It was recently discovered that Cruise had suffered from child abuse when he was younger. He stated that when something went wrong, his father came down hard on him. He told Parade Magazine that his father was "a bully and a coward" and "a merchant of chaos". Cruise said he learned early on that his father was - and, by extension, some people were - not to be trusted: "I knew from being around my father that not everyone means me well". Having gone through fifteen schools in twelve years, Cruise, who dropped his father's name at age twelve, was also subject to bullying at school.
Cruise started acting after being sidelined from his high school's wrestling team due to a knee injury. While injured, he successfully auditioned for a lead role in his high school's production of Guys and Dolls and decided to become an actor after his success in the role. Cruise graduated from high school in 1980.
Cruise's first acting role came in 1981, when he had a small role in Endless Love, a drama/romance film starring Brooke Shields. He had a much larger role in a substantially bigger film, Taps, starring alongside George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn. The film about military cadets was moderately successful. In 1983, he was one of many young teenage stars to appear in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders. The cast for this film included Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio. That same year Cruise appeared in the teen comedy Losin' It with Shelley Long. Also in 1983, Risky Business was released, widely thought to be the film that propelled Cruise to stardom. One sequence in the film, featuring Cruise lip-syncing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" in his underwear, has become an iconic moment in film history. The film has been described as "A Generation-X classic, and a career-maker for Tom Cruise". A fourth film that was released in 1983 was the high-school football drama, All the Right Moves.
Cruise's next film was Ridley Scott's Legend. Cruise was picked as the first choice by big producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson for an upcoming American fighter pilot film. Cruise at first apparently turned down the project, but helped to alter the script he was given and developed the film. After being taken for a flight with the Blue Angels, Cruise changed his mind and signed on with the project. Top Gun opened in May of 1986 and became the highest grossing film of the year, taking in US$353,816,701 in worldwide figures. He also starred in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money that same year. In 1988 he starred in the light hearted drama, Cocktail. The film received mixed reviews and Cruise was subsequently nominated for a Razzie award in 1989. Later that year, Rain Man was released, which also starred Dustin Hoffman. The film was praised by critics and was nominated for four Academy Awards, and won all four.
Cruise was welcomed with similar success the following year when he received Academy Award nominations for Born on the Fourth of July. In 1990, Cruise starred as hot-shot Cole Trickle as a race car driver in Days of Thunder. “Days of Thunder” is where Cruise first met American born and Australian raised actress Nicole Kidman, who was his co-star." Cruises' next film was Far and Away where he again was starring with Nicole Kidman. Cruise starred in A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, the well received military thriller earned Cruise Golden Globe and MTV nominations. The following year he starred in The Firm which won Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards.
In 1994, Cruise starred in Interview with the Vampire, a drama/horror film that was also very well received. In 1996, Cruise starred in (as well as produced) Mission: Impossible. The film grossed $456,494,803 worldwide, and was the third highest grossing film that year. In 1996 he starred in Jerry Maguire. The film earned him an Academy Award Best Actor nomination as well as winning co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. an Academy Award; the film was in total, nominated for five Academy Awards. The film also included the line "Show me the Money!" which became part of popular culture. Jerry Maguire saw Tom Cruise become the first actor in history to star in five consecutive films that grossed at least $100 million in domestic release. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) took two years to finish as director Stanley Kubrick's last film, alongside then spouse Nicole Kidman. Cruise also performed as a misogynistic male guru in Magnolia (1999), which netted him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.
In 2000, Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible films, releasing Mission: Impossible II, the film continued the series' blockbuster success at the box office, taking in $545,902,562 Dollars or 3,958,876,456 Yen in worldwide figures, like its predecessor, being the third highest grossing film of the year. The following year Cruise starred in the erotic thriller remake of 1997's Abre Los Ojos, Vanilla Sky. In 2002, Cruise starred in the dystopian thriller, Minority Report as well as The Last Samurai, which saw Cruise perform some of his own stunts, as he did in M:I-III.
In the 2004 crime-thriller film Collateral, Cruise combated a good-guy stereotype which had been attributed to him. A number of Cruise's more well-known and popular movies have cast him in a similar role, one which has been half-jokingly referred to by movie fans (and some critics) as the "Generic Tom Cruise Character." In this role, Cruise portrays a character that, as the film begins, is seen as a cocky, stuck-up, self-centered egoist who cares for little other than himself. As the events of the movie unfold, his character learns to become more open-minded and altruistic, until by the time the climax has been reached, he has undergone a radical change and been transformed into a better human being. Collateral saw a surprising turn as a sociopath gray-haired hitman with a killer smile, Vincent, who hijacks the cab to be transported to five hits in one night. His trademark smile and handling of guns took a 180-degree turn for an unlikable character that is very organized and thoroughly nasty, as opposed to his popular good-guy characters.
In 2005, Cruise starred in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. The events leading up to the release of the film, notably, Cruise's very public advocating of Scientology and anti-psychiatry statements, coupled with the criticism of his relationship with actress Katie Holmes, many expected the film to be a bomb at the box office. However, the film earned $234,280,354 becoming his most successful film in domestic figures (not taking deflation into account), and ultimately earning $591,416,316 in worldwide figures. He was however, the loser of three Razzie nominations at the end of the year.
Cruise teamed with producer Paula Wagner to form Cruise/Wagner Productions, which has co-produced several of Cruise's films, the first being Mission: Impossible in 1996, Cruises' first work as a producer. He won a Nova Award (shared with Paula Wagner, Cruise's producing partner at Cruise/Wagner Productions) for Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Golden Laurel Awards in 1997 for his work as a producer on Mission Impossible.
His next project as a producer was the 1998 film, Without Limits, a film about famous runner Steve Prefontaine. Cruise returned to work as a producer in 2000, continuing work on the Mission Impossible sequel. He then served as an executive producer for The Others which starred Nicole Kidman, also that year, he again worked as actor/producer in Vanilla Sky. He subsequently worked on (but did not star in) Narc, Hitting It Hard and Shattered Glass, with Shattered Glass being particularly successful. His next project, which he also starred in, was The Last Samurai, he was jointly nominated for the Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award at the 2004 PGA Golden Laurel Awards. He then worked on Suspect Zero, Elizabethtown and Ask the Dust. he reprised his role as actor/producer in the third 'Mission Impossible film.
Tom Cruise is noted as having negotiated some of the most lucrative movie deals in Hollywood, and was described in 2005 by Hollywood economist Edward Jay Epstein as "one of the most powerful - and richest - forces in Hollywood". Epstein argues that Cruise is one of the few producers (the others being George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer) who are regarded as able to guarantee the success of a billion-dollar movie franchise. Epstein also contends that the public obsession with Cruise's tabloid controversies obscures full appreciation of Cruise's exceptional commercial prowess in the industry.
Cruise-Wagner Productions, Tom Cruise's film production company, is said to be developing a screenplay based on Erik Larson's New York Times bestseller, "The Devil in the White City" about a real life serial killer at the Chicago World's Fair. Kathryn Bigelow is attached to the project to produce and helm. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, is also developing a film about Holmes and the World's Fair, in which DiCaprio will star.
On August 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions. In the Wall Street Journal, chairman of Viacom (Paramount's parent company) Sumner Redstone cited the economic damage to Tom Cruise's value as an actor and producer from his controversial public behavior and views. Cruise/Wagner Productions responded that Paramount's announcement was a face-saving move after the production company had successfully sought alternative financing from private equity firms. Industry analysts such as Edward Jay Epstein commented that the real reason for the split was most likely Paramount's discontent over Cruise/Wagner's exceptionally large share of DVD sales from the Mission Impossible franchise.