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American film actor and producer

  • Tom Cruise's full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.
  • He was born in 1962, in New York.
  • His mother was a SPED (special education) teacher and his father was an electrical engineer who died in 1984.
  • He is of German, Irish, and English ancestry.
  • He played floor hockey but stopped when he was injured and damaged his front teeth.
  • He was a football player but he was cut from the squad after getting caught drinking beer before a game.
  • He was nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.
  • He started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film Taps.
  • His first leading role was in Risky Business, released in August 1983.
  • He became a full-fledged movie star after starring in Top Gun (1986).
  • He is well known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series between 1996 and 2011.
  • He has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters, including Rain Man (1988), A Few Good Men (1992), Jerry Maguire (1996), Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Collateral (2004), War of the Worlds (2005) and Jack Reacher (2012).
  • As of 2012, Cruise is Hollywood's highest-paid actor.
  • He earned $75 Million for his role in Mission Impossible 2.
  • Since mid-90s, his average paycheck has been over 20 million dollars.
  • He is known for his Scientology faith, and for his support of the Church of Scientology.
  • He got married three times. His first wife was Mimi Rogers (1987-1990). He was married to fellow movie star Nicole Kidman for 11 years (1990-2001). His third and current wife is Katie Holmes whom he married in 2006.
  • He has two adopted children with his ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
  • He only has one biological child: his daughter, Suri with Katie Holmes.
  • He dated Vanilla Sky co-star Penelope Cruz for 3 years.
  • Even though his Knight and Day co-star Cameron Diaz is taller than Cruise (Cameron stands at 5' 9" (1.75 m) ), Cruise looks taler throughout the movie.
  • In 1990, 1991 and 1997, Cruise was rated by People magazine among the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

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