Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

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Updated On July 20, 2021

Tom Cruise is a very famous and popular American actor and producer. Tom Cruise is famous for his several box office hits such as ‘Risky Business’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘The Firm’, and ‘Jerry Maguire’. He is among the top successive actors throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

Early Life and Childhood

The talented actor was born on July 3, 1962. He was born in Syracuse, New York. His birth name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. However, he is better known as Tom Cruise.  His zodiac sign is Cancer. Currently, Tom is 57 years old.

His parents ate Mary and Thomas Mapother III. His father was one-quarter Irish and one half German ancestry. Adding upon the remainder being English and Welsh, going back to Colonial American times. Similarly, his mother was of three-eighths German and five-eighths Irish ancestry. His mother was an actress as well as a schoolteacher. On the other hand, his father was a professional electrical engineer. Also, Cruise has three sisters, Marian Mapother, Cass Mapother, Lee Ann Mapother.

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Caption: Tom Cruise and Mary Lee Pfeiffer at Golden Globe Award (daily mail)

Unfortunately, Tom Cruise’s parents’ divorced when he was just eleven. He then shifted with her mother to Louisville, Kentucky, and later to Glen Ridge, New Jersey. They had shifted thereafter his mother’s second marriage with Jack South. Sadly, Cruise’s biological father expired from cancer in 1984.


Regarding his education, he attended the new Robert Hopkins Public School. He completed his fourth and fifth-grade education in the school.

Initially, he got involved in drama in fourth grade. With six other boys, he put an amazing play to music called IT at the Carleton Elementary School drama festival. When he reached the sixth standard, he attended Henry Munro Middle School in Ottawa. Also, Cruise took a church scholarship and went for a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. He actually thought of being a priest before being an actor.

Surprisingly, he attended fifteen schools in the duration of fourteen years. During his senior year of high school, he used to play football for the varsity team as a linebacker. However, he was cut from the team after getting caught drinking beer before a game.

Ultimately, he completed his graduation from Gen Ridge High School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Professional life

Literally, Tom Cruise also seemed to struggle to a very far extent as he had suffered from dyslexia which is a learning disorder. This made academic success difficult for him. As mentioned above he got also expelled from athletics. On the other hand, he also could not make his professional career strong in wrestling due to his knee injury.

Finally, when he started his main professional career when he wins the lead of Nathan Detroit.

Career in Hollywood

The talented superstar had faced many struggled by attending auction after audition. And after so many obstacles and struggles, he appeared in 1981’s Endless Love. He also got involved in a small role in the military school drama Taps(1981). Progressively, he then gave his appearances in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. Despite the film not well received, he got to work with a high profile director on a high-profile project.

Similarly, his most recognizable movie was Risky Business(1983). His big-budget fantasy film Legend (1986) could not get success in the box office. Nevertheless, his A-list status was confirmed with Top Gun in the same year. Consecutively, his movies were hit with The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). In 1990, his project Days of Thunder could not be much popular.

In 1992, his movie with Jack Nicholson named A Few Good Men was released.  His success kept on growing with his roles in  The Film  (1993) and Interview with a Vampire (1994). In the year 1997 and 1998, he was shooting for Eyed Wide Shut with his then-wife, Kidman which was released in 1999. While he achieved much more success in his Magnolia.

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Caption: Tom Cruise in the trailer of Mission Impossible (Instagram)

Career after 2000

In 2000, his movie named Mission: Impossible 2 was released. In 2002, he starred in Vanilla Sky. The Last Samurai made Tom travel to Australia to shoot the $100 million war epic. Also, he starred in War of the Worlds (2005). In 2006, he released Mission: Impossible 3.

After his new partnership settlement, the team’s first production, Lions for Lambs (2007) was not much of success despite a strong cast including Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Their second production was Valkyrie (2008). In 20122, he returned with his most popular series as Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol. In 2012, he came up with a musical project, Rock of Ages. He then appeared in 2012 in a crime drama Jack Reacher.

Some of his science-fiction adventures were Oblivion (2013), and Edge of Tomorrow(2014). He then released his fifth part of his franchise with Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation.

Newest Movies and Projects

Tom Cruise played the role of Jack Reacher in Never Go Back in 2016. He then performed in The Mummy (2007) with American Made in the same year. The sixth part of the popular franchise was released in 2018 with Mission Impossible-Fallout. Top Gun: Maverick was then scheduled to be released in June 2020.

Awards and Net Worth

In actuality, Tom Cruise was nominated in Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for the Best Actor. His military courtroom drama A Few Good Men earned a golden globe nomination.

Because of his role as a self-confident sex guru in the film, Magnolia, he was nominated in Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Moreover, he also won a Golden Globe Award. The Last Samurai was also nominated in Golden Globe.

According to some sources, his net worth is estimated to be $570 million as of 2020. On the other hand, his salary is approximately $50 million per year. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

Personal Relationships

Tom Cruise had tied the knot with the actress, Mimi Roger in 1987. However, the marriage ended in 1990. In the same year, he married Nicole Kidman in Telluride, Colorado. Similarly, the couple also could not keep their married life better and divorced in 2001. They share two children, Isabella and Connor.

In 2006, he married Katie Holmes. Before a year of their marriage, he had proposed Holmes in a restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. They also announced her surprise pregnancy. The couple also welcomed their daughter Suri in 2016. Wistfully, the couple announced their separation in 2012.

Moreover, he had also dated Penelope Cruz. He has been in relationships with others as well. They are Yolanda Pecoraro, Cynthia Jorge, Sofia Vergara, Nazanin Boniadi, Patti Scialfa, Cher, Rebecca De Mornay, Heather Locklear, Melissa Gilbert, Diane Cox.


The versatile actor also became a student of Scientology. This religion founded by writer L. Ron Hubbard. Tom Cruise gives credit to the church as it cured his dyslexia according to him. He also became one of its leading proponents.

Rumors and Controversy

After his movie Mission: Impossible 3, he had to face a professional setback because of his split in his fourteen-year relationship. During this time, the company’s chairman cited Tom Cruise’s inconsistent behavior. Moreover, there were many controversial views as well as the reason for the split. Nonetheless, according to industry experts, Paramount more likely ended the partnership over Cruise’s high earnings from the Mission: Impossible series.

Later on, he established his new partnership with film executive Paula Wagna and the United Artists film studio. There were also rumors regarding his relationships as he had many love and marriage relationships. In 2005, when he lived with Katie Holmes, they announced about expecting their first baby together. This topic of surprise pregnancy had become one of the most trending gossips.

Another controversial gossip occurred when there was a heated argument with the news anchor, Matt Lauer, on The Today Show in June 2005. Yet, Cruise later apologized for the altercation.

Body Measurement and Social Media

The accomplished artist stands the height of 170 cm tall and weighs 150 lbs and 68 in kgs. His body measurements are 44 inches (chest), 32 inches (waist), and 16 inches (Biceps). He has an athletic body type.

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Caption: Tom Cruise in Eiffel Tower (Instagram)

In a similar manner, his eye color is green and his hair color is dark brown. Further, his shoe size is 9(US).

Being a public figure, he is active in almost all social media platforms. He has over 18 million followers on Facebook, 5.1 million followers on Instagram, and 6.7 million followers on Twitter.