Tom Cruise is a bonafide movie star, one of the most recognizable (and bankable) A-listers working in Hollywood today. His films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and more than $10.1 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing movie actors of all time.
American Actor, Tom Cruise’s real name is actually Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Born on July 3, 1969, to Mary Lee and Thomas Cruise Mapother III. Tom was raised by his mother who worked as a special education teacher, his father was however an Electrical Engineer. Cruise’s parents were both from Louisville, Kentucky, where he lived for 11 years, but after his parents divorced in 1973, Cruise moved to Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his mother.
Beginning of his Acting Career
Growing up, Tom Cruise always struggled to fit in as a child and he spent years in school trying to disguise his dyslexia (difficulty in reading and writing) which was diagnosed at the age of seven. Cruise even changed 15 different schools. The actor described himself as “functionally illiterate” in his younger years, yet he excelled in Sports.
He considered pursuing a career in professional wrestling in the past, but a knee injury during high school prevented him from doing so. Eventually, he decided to be an Actor. Cruise fell in love with acting when a teacher pushed him to join the school’s performance of “Guys and Dolls,” and the rest is history. Cruise has enthralled audiences all around the world ever since then till the present date.
The Success Story of Tom Cruise
International icon, Tom Cruise had high hopes of becoming a Hollywood star, and he traveled to New York City with those hopes in mind. By 1983, Cruise had established himself as a rising heavyweight, starring in “Losin’ It,” “Risky Business,” and “The Outsiders,” among other films. In 1986, he starred in the film “Top Gun,” which became an instant classic.
“Top Gun,” which went on to become the year’s highest-grossing film, cemented Cruise’s standing as an A-list actor and launched him into a life of fame and superstardom. His films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and $10.1 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time.
Tom Cruise has made a name for himself in Hollywood as he rose to become one of the highest-paid actors in the world in the late 1990s. The charismatic heartthrob had already made $9 million for 1990’s “Days of Thunder” and another $15 million for 1994’s “Interview With the Vampire,” but when he secured the lead part in “Mission Impossible” in 1996, his fortunes exploded.
While Cruise has more money than one could possibly fathom, the producer is well aware that every penny of his $600 million wealth has indeed been earned. Tom Cruise stated, “I get paid because I’m valuable and they should compensate me accordingly. But I’ve never worked for money before”. In the year 2000, he also shared with Vanity Fair that “It’s my life, what I do, and what I enjoy doing.”
Tom Cruise is an actor who has received numerous prestigious awards over his career. Tom Cruise is nominated for three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia, Best Actor for Jerry Maguire, and Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July. For those three films, he has seven Golden Globe nominations and three wins. In addition, he also received three Academy Award nominations and a British Academy Film Award nomination.
Cruise’s Wife and Family
Tom Cruise’s love life was changing at the same time as he was consolidating his place in the entertainment industry. He was married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes, all well-known actresses. His relationship with Penelope Cruz drew attention to them as well, particularly the Church of Scientology’s membership and visibility.
These facts, which have been contested in recent years, have had an impact on his public image and professional advancement. Tom Cruise has three children. Prior to their breakup, Tom Cruise and Nichole Kidman adopted Isabella Jane Cruise and Connor Cruise. With his third wife, Katie Holmes, Cruise has another daughter, Suri Cruise. It was also reported that Tom Cruise was dating Mission; Impossible actress, Hayley Atwell, the relationship however ended in less than a year.
45 movies acted by Tom Cruise
Lastly, Here’s a rundown of all of Tom Cruise’s films according to the released years:
From the 1980s:
- Endless Love (1981)
- Taps (1981)
- The Outsiders (1983)
- Losin’It (1983)
- Risky Business (1983)
- All the Right Moves (1983)
- Legend (1985)
- Top Gun (1986)
- The Color of Money (1986)
- Cocktail (1986)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
From the 1990s:
- Days of Thunder (1990)
- Far and Away (1992)
- A Few Good Man (1992)
- The Firm (1993)
- Interview with the Vampire (1994)
- Mission: Impossible (1996)
- Jerry Maguire (1996)
- Eyes wide shut (1999)
From the 2000s:
- Mission: Impossible II (2000)
- Vanilla Sky (2001)
- Minority Report (2002)
- Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
- The Last Samurai (2003)
- War of the Worlds (2005)
- Mission: Impossible III (2006)
- Lions for Lambs (2007)
- Tropic Thunder (2008)
- Valkyrie (2008)
From the 2010s:
- Knight and Day (2010)
- Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol (2011)
- Rock of Ages (2012)
- Jack Reacher (2012)
- Oblivion (2013)
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
- Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation (2015)
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
- The Mummy (2017)
- American Made (2017)
- Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018)
Lastly, Tom Cruise’s 2020’s movies will include:
- Top Gun: Maverick (Upcoming movie to be released on 27 May 2022)
- Mission: Impossible 7 (Upcoming movie to be released on 30 September 2022)
- Mission: Impossible 8 (Upcoming movie to be released in 2023)