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Tom Cruise Biography: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American actor, producer, and one of the highest-paid most sought-after actors in screen history.

He has received various accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and three nominations for Academy Awards.

Ready to find out everything there is to know about Tom? Awesome! We’re going to be covering:

  • His Career Ups and Downs – spoiler alert – We’ve got some Insider Gossip!
  • His Relationships, Family, Friendships
  • Movie Trivia, Scientology, Scandals
  • Lots and lots of juicy photos!

Buckle up it’s time to get started…

Who Is Tom Cruise?

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American actor, producer, and one of the highest-paid most sought after actors in screen history.

If you’d told fourteen-year-old Franciscan seminary student (yes, really!)

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he’d be “Tom Cruise”, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably have grinned the then wonky teeth smile, and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood.

Nonetheless, this sensitive, deeply religious kid born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, was destined to become a global screen legend.

You may be familiar with Ethan Hunt who’s not one to hesitate in climbing steep walls and fly over the tallest skyscrapers.

Who Is Tom Cruise

You may be familiar with Ethan Hunt who’s not one to hesitate in climbing steep walls and fly over the tallest skyscrapers. 

Others know Maverick like they know how to drag-race in a Fast and Furious fashion.

Well, whoever these guys are, there’s no denying that only one face is behind every single character.

Want to watch an action film? 

Look no further than the movies he’s starred in -Jerry Maguire, Top Gun, and the most notable ones yet, the Mission Impossible series.

Tom Cruise is an iconic American actor known for his roles in major blockbuster films from the 1980’s until the 2000’s.

His legendary movies and character roles were just as high-profile as his past marriages to Nicole Kidman and then Katie Holmes.

He was in high school when he first showed an interest in acting. His passion for acting brought him major roles in movies such as Risky Business and Top Gun. 

A series of movies and a hefty load of cash later, he would go on to star in the hit films Jerry Maguire and the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Profession: Actor and Filmmaker
Sisters:  Lee Ann Mapother, Cass Mapother, Marian Mapother
Date of Birth: July 3, 1962
Current Occupation: Acting and Film Making
Nationality: American
Languages: English, Japanese
Religion: Scientology
Height: 5.7 ft
Weight: 68 Kg
Tattoos: None
Related: Tom Cruise Net Worth
Eye Colour: Green
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Tom Cruise Net Worth: $570 Million
Place Of Birth: Syracuse, New York
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Pasta, Strawberries, Lobster, and Flounder
Smoking/ Drinking: No
Friends: Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, David Beckham, Ben Stiller, John Travolta, Adam Sandler, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Jenna Elfman, Victoria Beckham, Brooke Shields, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kelly Preston, Leah Remini, Holly Marie Combs

Tom Cruise Relationships 

Heartthrob and action film icon Tom Cruise has had his fair share of bumps when it comes to relationships. Well, with a score of more than 100% in the looks department, he’s sure to break a few hearts.

Diane Cox

Among his long list of girlfriends is Diane Cox whom he dated for a year and 4 months way back 1979. Diane was 17 at the time she met Tom who was then 18 during their high school prom in their hometown of Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

When asked about the encounter, Diane recalled, “We both blew off our dates and hooked up at the after-party. I already had a feeling we both liked each other. I came out of the bathroom and he was waiting there with a bottle of booze and a huge grin, and we kissed right there outside the bathroom.” She recalls not having gone beyond just kissing then. But that was the start of their relationship.

Their relationship started in May of 1979 but ended just over a year later.

Tom Cruise Diane Cox

Heather Locklear

Apparently, Tom was quick to move on from Melissa because by March of 1982 (the same year he had been reportedly dating Gilberts), he went out with Heather Locklear.

However, just like the brief dating experience he had with Melissa, Tom and Heather’s relationship only lasted for 6 months.

Tom Cruise Heather Locklear

When asked about their relationship, Heather recalled, “I don’t think we kissed. It was more friends.”

Oops! Have we got a friend-zoned lady in here?

Rebecca De Mornay

It’s a given that when you’re young and still full of vigor, on-screen matchups are guaranteed to end up in a real-life relationship.

Sure enough, Rebecca and Tom worked together in Risky Business in 1983.

Being the typical secretive guy that he is, not one to overshare details about his dating life, he took on a different route when he opened up to Rolling Stone Mag about a girlfriend that he was in love with. Apparently, that girlfriend was Rebecca De Mornay.

In the Rolling Stone article, it was written, “Despite their incendiary love scenes, they didn’t start dating until after the film’s release in the late summer of 1983.”

Their short-lived romance ended just two years after his declaration. Apparently, they were in a long-distance relationship and it only got harder once Tom started working in London for the film Legend and before he filmed the cult classic Top Gun.

Tom recalled in an interview, “Relationships are hard. You have to know when you’re going to be in a different place from someone else, you have to have the strength to separate.”

Tom Cruise Rebecca De Mornay

Patti Scialfa

The now-66-year-old American vocalist Patti Scialfa also dated Tom Cruise. She’s famous for the E street band.

The two dated briefly for 10 months and 4 days and were spotted in New York together with many well-known studio musicians.

Tom Cruise Patti Scialfa


Music icon Cher and Tom Cruise dated for a year (1985). The relationship was kept a secret until 2008.

If it’s not yet too obvious, Tom’s not one to skip a whole year without a hook-up.

Tom Cruise Cher

Mimi Rogers

The American actress known for the movies Someone to Watch Over Me, The Loop, and The X-Files, Mimi Rogers started dating Tom Cruise in January of 1986 until the 9th of May in 1987 when they were married for 2 years and 8 months.

Rogers was reportedly the one who introduced Tom to the Church of Scientology and eventually claimed that she divorced Tom due to lack of physical intimacy between them.

Tom Cruise Relationships

Nicole Kidman

Ahhh, Nicole Kidman. 

Who doesn’t know Nicole? 

I mean, with an ethereal beauty like hers, men are pretty likely to be interested.

Going back to on-screen matchups, Nicole and Tom met on the set of the movie Days of Thunder way back 1990. With only a year of dating, they decided to tie the knot in Telluride, Colorado on Christmas Eve.

The two have two adopted children together – Isabella (born in 1992) and Connor (born in 1995).

Tom Cruise Nicole Kidman

After more than 10 years of marriage, on the 5th of February in 2001, the couple’s spokesperson announced that the two would be separated. It was a high-profile relationship which would naturally mean that the breakup would be high-profile too.

Two days after the announcement, Cruise filed for divorce, and their marriage was nullified in August of that same year. Cruise cited that the reason for their divorce was irreconcilable differences.

Nicole noted in an interview with Marie Claire in 2007 that reports of her having had an ectopic pregnancy were incorrect. She recalled, “It was wrongly reported [as miscarriage], by everyone who picked up the story.”

In the June 2006 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, she gushed over the fact that she still loved Cruise saying, “He was huge; still is. To me, he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is huge. But he was lovely to me and I loved him. I still love him.”

The two had starred in 3 films together: Days of Thunder (1990), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), and Far and Away (1992).

Penelope Cruz

Tom Cruise Penelope Cruz

They say that Latinas are innately hot and sensual. Well, I guess Penelope is no exception to that notion. Perhaps that’s how she had Tom Cruise under her spell.

The Latina bombshell co-starred with Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky while the latter was in the middle of a divorce battle with Nicole Kidman.

Cruz and Cruise dated from June of 2001 until January of 2004 and have since remained “good friends.”

In an interview with Perez Hilton, it was revealed, “Tom was head over heels in love with Penelope and could see them spending the rest of their lives together, and she felt the same way. However, Penelope pulled the plug on the relationship because she felt that the Church of Scientology was the third wheel in their relationship.”

Nazanin Boniadi

Tom Cruise Nazanin Boniadi

Apparently, Tom Cruise wants to explore the dating world so much he jumps from one race to another.

From Americans to Latinas, this time, he dated Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi. Boniadi was famous for General Hospital and Hotel Mumbai.

However, Tom dating Nazani goes way beyond just attraction and him wanting to “explore” deeper into the dating world.

Nazanin was a Scientologist just like Tom was. She was reportedly “selected” to date the actor, which she did from November of 2004 until January of 2005. The actress was initially selected for “a very important mission.” The preparation took a month where she was audited every day by a high-ranking official of Scientology. In that audit, she recalled having to divulge her innermost secrets, including every minute detail of her sex life.

Boniadi recalled having been forced to lose her red highlights, her braces, and even her boyfriend. One source says that she was told about confidential files of her boyfriend to further expedite their breakup. This claim has since been denied by the Church of Scientology. Nazanin was made to sign a confidentiality agreement that, when violated, would force her to be declared a “Suppressive Person” or an enemy of Scientology.

Nazanin was reportedly flown to New York to meet Cruise when she sensed that an arranged marriage was bound to happen.

Their first date was spent at Nobu with an entourage of Scientology aides. After their dinner, they went to the Rockefeller Center skating rink where the place was made exclusive for only the two of them.

The actress was in love with Tom Cruise but he was reportedly too keen on public displays of affection and it overwhelmed her. Tom complained, “I get more love from an extra than I get from you.”

Sofia Vergara

Tom Cruise Sofia Vergara

Another Latina in the roster, Sofia Vergara is a Colombian actress who is famous for her role in Modern Family.

Tom and Sofia reportedly met in a party thrown by the actor’s dear friend, Will Smith. Their relationship only lasted for a month and 29 days from January of 2005 until March of the same year.

Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise Relationships 

Dawson’s Creek actress Katie Holmes had a very public relationship with Tom Cruise for more than 5 years.

Their relationship started in April of 2005 when the two were seen together in Rome after Cruise received a lifetime achievement David di Donatello Award. The two were reportedly already dating for weeks by then though.

A month later, Cruise gushed about Holmes when he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, jumping up and down the couch saying, “I’m in love. I’m in love and it’s one of those things where you want to be cool, like, ‘Yeah, I like her’…that’s not how I feel. I wanted to meet this person and I met her and she’s extraordinary.”

In June of that year, Katie declared her intent to convert to Scientology, and the two announced their publicized engagement. Three months later and they were already expecting.

A month after having given birth to their first daughter, Suri, in October of 2006, the two had a star-studded wedding ceremony at an Italian castle.

6 years later and Cruise promoted his movie Rock of Ages sans Katie Holmes. Later that month, Holmes filed for divorce. The two have settled arrangements with their only daughter.

A year later, in an interview with German TV Network ProSieben, Cruise reportedly said he hadn’t expected the divorce.

He would later call his life a “tragicomedy” saying, “To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything…and then it hits you: This is it, what life can do to you.”

Cynthia Jorge

Tom Cruise Relationships 

After his publicized relationship with Katie Holmes, Tom was linked to Cynthia Jorge, a restaurant owner. They were spotted in Manhattan after she reportedly gave the actor her contact information when Tom ate in one of her restaurants.

The two were allegedly seen dancing together. However, that was as far as details of their rumored relationship go.

Olga Kurylenko

Tom Cruise Relationships 

It was in 2013 when Tom Cruise and Quantum of Solace star Olga Kurylenko were spotted kissing in public. However, it was later revealed that the female star was in a relationship with actor Max Benitz.

Apparently, it was just a fling.

Laura Prepon

Tom Cruise Relationships 

That same year, Tom Cruise found a likely match for him. That match was Laura Prepon. Why a match, you ask? 

Well, they’re also both Scientologists.

But, as it turns out, those were just rumors – neither the Orange is the New Black star nor Tom Cruise ever confirmed them as true.

Michelle Dockery

Tom Cruise Relationships 

When Tom Cruise sat next to Michelle Dockery at The Fashion Awards in London in December of 2019, it was rumored that Tom had plans of pursuing her.

However, it seems that the heartthrob’s killer smile didn’t work with the Downton Abbey actress. 

Apparently, Dockey was already in a relationship with Jasper Waller-Bridge, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brother.

Elizabeth Moss

Tom Cruise Relationships 

Fellow Scientologist Elizabeth Moss also fell under Tom’s spell. The two became an item for a short while and shared their love for their faith. Moss and Cruise were devout Scientologists and are very clear and public about their faith.

In one of her interviews, Moss confirmed to Marie Claire that she had a new beau but didn’t name the guy. Fans were left to assume it was Tom she was talking about.

In March of 2020, she finally came forward about her alleged romance with the actor.

“I actually was confused. [I] mainly got texts from people being like, ‘I didn’t know. Why didn’t you tell me?’ And just confusion from my friends, but mainly poking fun at it ‘cause obviously they knew it wasn’t true.”

Tom Cruise has remained quiet about his romantic life after his very public relationships and high-profile divorces from co-stars Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes.

Tom Cruise Education

Tom Cruise and his family moved around quite a lot because of his father’s occupation. He attended no less than 8 different elementary schools and 3 different high schools.

During his third to fifth grade, he attended the Robert Hopkin Public School. When he reached sixth grade, he attended Henry Munro Middle School and got involved in floor hockey where he chipped his tooth during a game.

Perhaps wanting to be the well-rounded guy…

…from sports, he then delved into acting and earned the co-lead in a school production of the horror cult classic IT. The play became a success and went on tour to a lot of schools in the area and was even filmed at a local TV station.

After hockey, he went on to try football where he was a varsity linebacker. However, he was kicked out of the team when caught drinking beer before a game.


Tom Cruise Career

Tom Cruise Career

Tom had a budding passion for acting when he was still young. His confidence in himself and focus on his much-coveted work led to huge levels of success for him. He left high school early so he could pursue a career in acting and had moved to New York by the age of 19. 

He even missed his graduation ceremony to perform in a play.

That’s how much he loved acting.

He initially performed poorly in auditions. But he kept practicing until he improved.

His first success was the movie Endless Love in 1981. That same year, he also secured a small role in Taps – the film that really helped him open doors to more opportunities. When the movie was released, Cruise earned praise from other filmmakers and producers.

Because of his performance in the movie, he went on to be cast as a part of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders in 1983. 

In this film, he worked alongside other budding artists such as Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, and Emilio Estevez. These same actors would then become a part of the “Brat Pack.”

These rising stars also zeroed in the spotlight on Cruise which eventually led to bigger roles. Then, he was given a larger role in the teen comedy Losing It.

Tom earned a starring role in Risky Business in 1983. He beat out Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, John Cusack, and Nicholas Cage. The film is known for its risque satirical comedy. He even improvised one scene in the movie where he danced in his underwear. 

That made people notice him!

Unsurprisingly, the film became a box-office hit that critics and audiences loved.

However, even though the movie Risky Business was a success, he was still considered a “new kid on the block.” 

To further underline him as a movie star, he had to have another big-hit film. 

After Risky Business, he starred in two more movies – All the Right Moves and Legend. These two films were received well by audiences.

Two movies later and Cruise got the opportunity to work with director Tony Scott in his new film Top Gun. 


The movie’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, found it difficult to cast someone as the lead because of the film’s physically-demanding shooting. One of their first choices was Tom Cruise but the actor had turned down the offer.

Apparently, Buckheimer was persistent. He scheduled a “ride-along” in a Navy fighter jet for Tom. In spite of the actor constantly vomiting while riding the jet, he was so enthusiastic about the experience that he agreed to do the movie right away as soon as the jet landed.

Year after year, Tom Cruise became a constant in action films increasing the number of awards up his sleeve.

Tom was nominated for Academy Awards Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire and Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia.

The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award in Excellence in Film was already awarded to him in 2005.

In the British Academy Film Awards, he was nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Born on the Fourth of July.

In the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, he was nominated as Best Actor for Jerry Maguire. In 2005, he won the Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts Award. A decade later, he was nominated as Best Actor in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Tom was also nominated as Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) in the David di Donatello Awards for Born on the Fourth of July.

He won the Best Actor in the Empire Awards for Minority Report in 2003 and was nominated for the award in Collateral in 2005. In 2014, he finally won the Legend Award.

During the Golden Globe Awards, Tom was nominated as Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy for Risky Business. The Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama award was given to him for Born on the Fourth of July. He was nominated for the same award three years later for A Few Good Men. He won Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy for Jerry Maguire and Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Magnolia. In 2004, he got nominated for the Best Actor in Motion Picture Drama award for The Last Samurai and the Best Supporting Actor for Motion Picture award for his work in Tropic Thunder.

As if the long list wasn’t enough, he went on to achieve more awards to make the list even longer.

In the MTV Movie Awards, he was nominated for Best On-Screen Duo in Far and Away, Most Desirable Male and Best Male Performance in A Few Good Men.

For the movie The Firm, he was nominated for the Most Desirable Male and Best Male Performance awards. In his film Interview with the Vampire, he was nominated for the following awards: Best Villain, Best On-Screen Duo, and Most Desirable Male.

He won two Best Male Performance awards for Jerry Maguire and Mission: Impossible 2 and was nominated for the same award for his work in The Last Samurai. He was nominated as Best Villain for Collateral. For Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, he was nominated for the following awards: Best Fight and Best Gut-Wrenching Performance.

Tom Cruise Career

Here are more of his awards through the years:

MTV Movie Awards – Mexico

  • Won the Funniest American award in Japan for The Last Samurai (2004)

MTV TRL Awards

  • Won the Biggest Friggin Star to Ever Appear on TRL award (2003)

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

  • Nominated for Favorite Movie Actor award in Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible 2 (1997)
  • Won the Wannabe Award (2001)
  • Nominated for the Favorite Butt Kicker award for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2012)

People’s Choice Awards

  • Nominated for Favorite Motion Picture Actor award (1987)
  • Won the Favorite Motion Picture award (1990)
  • Won the Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor award (1994)
  • Nominated for the Favorite Male Movie Star award (2005)
  • Nominated as Favorite Movie Icon (2017)
  • Nominated for Action Movie Star of 2018 and Male Movie Star of 2018 awards for Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Producers Guild of America Awards

  • Won Most Promising Prducer in Theatrical Motion Pictures for Mission: Impossible (1997)
  • Nominated as Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for The Last Samurai (2004)

Rembrandt Award

  • Nominated for Best International Actor award for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol  (2012)

Satellite Awards

  • Won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy, or Musical for Jerry Maguire (1997)
  • Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama award for Magnolia (2000)
  • Nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama award for The Last Samurai (2004)

Saturn Awards

  • Nominated as Best Actor for Interview with the Vampire (1995)
  • Won Best Actor for Vanilla Sky (2002)
  • Nominated Best Actor for Minority Report (2003), The Last Samurai (2004), Collateral (2005), War of the Worlds (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2007), Valkyrie (2009), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2012), Edge of Tomorrow (2015), and Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2019)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Jerry Maguire (1997)
  • Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Magnolia (2000)

Teen Choice Awards

  • Nominated for Choice Movie Actor and Choice Summer Movie Wipeout for Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
  • Nominated for Choice Movie Villain and Choice Movie Actor – Drama for Collateral (2005)
  • Nominated for Choice Movie Actor – Action for Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2012)
  • Nominated for Choice Movie Actor – Sci-Fi/ Fantasy for Oblivion (2013)
  • Nominated for Choice Movie Actor – Action for Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Walk of Fame

  • Won the Star on the Walk of Fame award (1986)

Tom Cruise Scandals & Controversies

With fame comes huge consequences – that’s a given in the entertainment industry. And Tom’s not one to shy away from controversy ever since his peak in the late 80’s.

From his marriage to his faith, he had been a favorite scoop for the media.

Couch Jumping Fiasco

In May of 2005, he was a favorite headline scoop when he jumped up and down a couch on the The Oprah Winfrey Show and gushed over Katie Holmes. A seemingly random outburst of happiness overwhelmed Tom – causing him to jump over a couch as if he had won the lottery.

The fans on set were ecstatic to see him that way and Oprah herself exclaimed, “You’re gone! I’ve never seen you act this way.”

The talk of the entire world for quite some time after the incident, to this day, that exact moment is a subject of memes and jokes.

Scientology and Controversial Statement

It’ll no longer be a surprise to anyone that because of his deepened faith in the Church of Scientology and following all its rules to this day, he would go on to advocate the religion on a different level.

Apparently, in 2004, Cruise made a statement saying “psychiatry should be outlawed.” He received major backlash from the public and perhaps because of his insensitivity to touchy subjects such as mental health, the stigma will go on for a long time.

A year after that statement, he called out Brooke Shields for having taken antidepressants to deal with postpartum depression. However, in 2006, Tom apologized to her in person.

The Mission: Impossible Burj Khalifa Adventure

In 2001, when the action-thriller film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol shooting was in the works, Tom Cruise allegedly etched a note on the spire of the famous Burj Khalifa for his then-wife Katie Holmes and children.

He was said to have marked the note with a heart symbol and his signature.

Tom Cruise Scandals

Interesting Facts About Tom Cruise

While his physique alone is already interesting (hehe), there are more cool Tom Cruise facts that his fans might not know… yet…

  1. Tom Cruise had an abusive father. His father left his mom when he was still young so Tom had to find a way to help fend for the family – like mowing his neighbors’ lawns to make a dime.
  2. He was bullied in school. While he scores over a hundred percent in the looks department, he was no stranger to bullying. For this reason, he had to attend 15 different schools in a span of 10 years.
  3. Tom Cruise could have been a priest. Though Tom wanted to become an actor at an early age, he also wished to become a Catholic Priest so he attended a Seminary. However, he was kicked out of the Seminary because he stole alcohol.
  4. Tom could also have been a wrestler. His knack for wrestling started in high school. But, he suffered from knee injury so he had to quit. That’s when he took up acting classes.
  5. Tom had a number of regular jobs before he became a big-time actor. Tom didn’t shy away from regular jobs. In fact, he had worked as a porter, table cleaner, and bus boy. Humility at its finest!
  6. Tom claims Scientology cured his dyslexia.
  7. Tom once dressed in heels and a bra to accept an award. In 1994, he won the Man of the Year award by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club.
  8. Tom auditioned for a new wife. Apparently, after his split from Penelope Cruz, he allowed Scientology to have auditions for his next wife under the guide of “casting” for a Mission: Impossible film.
  9. Tom could have been Iron Man. Marvel’s Robert Downey, Jr. wasn’t originally meant to play the role of Iron Man as Cruise was in talks about the role at the time.

Tom Cruise Movies

The following are the movies Tom Cruise has made throughout his career with a few trivia:

“Endless Love” (1981)

Opening Weekend in USA: $4,163,623

Gross USA: $31,184,024

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $32,492,674

Production Company: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

  • The movie debuted Tom Cruise, Jami Gertz, and Ian Ziering.
  • His very brief appearance as Billy in the movie was critical to the plot.

“Taps” (1981)

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $93,005

Gross USA: $35,856,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $35,856,053

Production Company: Major Studio Partners, Twentieth Century Fox

  • Before the film was produced, Tom Cruise, along with other key actors such as Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton, were made to participate in a 45-day orientation with the Valley Forge Military Academy students. During that period, they were made to wear uniforms which they borrowed from their real-life counterparts. To complete the look, they were given authentic military haircuts. They even slept in the barracks and were, to a certain extent, subjected to the same rigorous training that the students underwent.
  • Tom was originally meant to portray a background character but the director, Harold Becker, was so impressed with him as one of the military cadets during rehearsals that he was offered David Shawn’s character.
  • The film was only Tom Cruise’s second one but he already received fifth billing in the casting list.
  • The movie featured two Oscar winners (George C. Scott and Timothy Hutton), a future Oscar winner (Sean Penn), and a future Oscar nominee (Tom Cruise).

“The Outsiders” (1983)

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $5,068,165

Gross USA: $25,697,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $25,697,647

Production Company: Zoetrope Studios, AMLF

  • While filming, Tom Cruise got his script for Risky Business (1983).
  • In one of the scenes in the movie, Tom performs a standing back tuck off the top of a truck.
  • In the novel, Tom’s character, Steve Randle, was supposedly tall.
  • Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez had already been childhood friends before they received starring roles in the film together.
  • In the rumble scene, Tom accidentally got socked in the jaw. This made him require dental work the following day. To this day, the dentist that took care of his teeth has a photo of him and the young actor together.
  • Tom Cruise had originally auditioned for the roles of Darrel Curtis, Randy Anderson, Sodapop Curtis, and Dally Winston.
  • Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise did their own gymnastic stunts in the scene that led up to the rumble.
  • The film was the only one that didn’t have Tom Cruise in a starring role in 1983.

“Losin’ It” (1983)

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $437,257

Gross USA: $1,246,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $31,246,141

Production Company: Tiberius Film Productions, Tijuana Productions

  • In an interview with ‘Playboy’ magazine, Tom Cruise reportedly said that he only did the movie because of Jackie Earle Haley.
  • Tom Cruise, Rick Rossovich, and John Stockwell also appeared together in the movie Top Gun (1986).

“Risky Business” (1983)

Budget: $6,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $4,275,327

Gross USA: $63,541,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $63,541,777

Production Company: The Geffen Company

  • In order for Tom Cruise to look the part and appear as a “teenager,” the producers put him through rigorous physical training which made him work out seven days a week to lose 10 pounds. The moment he lost 10 pounds, he stopped working out and then ate fatty foods to add a bit of baby fat. That, my friends, is how to achieve that “fresh-faced” teenage look. Well, at least for him anyway!
  • Diane Lane had reportedly been asked by Tom Cruise to audition for the role of Lana, to which the actress’ father disagreed saying there’s “no way his daughter was playing a twenty-something hooker.”
  • When the movie was released, Rebecca De Mornay, who was born in 1959, claimed to have been born in 1962 so she would seem as if she’s the same age as Cruise.
  • The opening dream sequence was shot for 18 hours.
  • Sharon Stone auditioned for Lana’s role.
  • Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay started dating during the movie’s production.
  • Tom Cruise’s child photographs can be seen displayed in the living room.

“All the Right Moves” (1983)

Budget: $5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $1,625,486

Gross USA: $17,233,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $17,233,166

Production Company: Lucille Ball Productions, Twentieth Century Fox

  • The film’s director wanted Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson to sneak in at a high school to relive what high school was like. Tom was spotted just after a day because he was recognized from Taps (1981).
  • Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson did most of their nude shots during their love scenes with very minimal body doubles.
  • Lea Thompson said she initially didn’t want the part because of the nudity. She told IndieWire, “[The producers] wanted me to show my breasts twice in the script, I didn’t even audition because I didn’t want to take my shirt off, but I got the part and was like, ‘Okay.’” Apparently, Tom stood up to the producers and made them drop the second scene so Lea could be comfortable.

“Legend” (1985)

Budget: $24,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $4,261,154

Gross USA: $15,502,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $15,502,112

Production Company: Legend Production Company, Embassy International Pictures

  • Tom Cruise didn’t like the American cut of the film and encouraged fans to go watch the Director’s Cut.
  • The filming of the movie was interrupted because of two reasons: the studio burned to the ground and Tom Cruise’s father died.
  • Tom Cruise disliked the idea of cutting his hair before filming. When he was cast for the role, his long hair matched perfectly with his role of Jack.

“Top Gun” (1986)

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $8,193,052

Gross USA: $179,800,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $356,830,601

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Buckheimer Films

  • The actual Top Gun School apparently imposes a $5 fine to any staff member of staff to quote the movie.
  • In the “car chase” scene when Charlie tells Maverick that she didn’t want anyone to know that she’s in love with him, Maverick originally had a different line. However, Tom Cruise “ad-libbed” because he forgot his line so he kissed Kelly McGills instead. The director loved the scene so much he left it as is.
  • In Tom’s scenes with Kelly, he had to wear lifts because he’s only standing at 5’7” while Kelly stands at 5’10”.
  • Apparently, the Iceman-Maverick tension wasn’t simply a case of great acting. The two actors, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise, remained distant throughout the filming process.
  • Tom Cruise originally didn’t know how to ride motorcycles until this movie.
  • Tom Cruise’s flight suit was put on display later at Planet Hollywood.

“The Color of Money” (1986)

Budget: $13,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $6,357,877

Gross USA: $52,293,982

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $52,293,982

Production Company: Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners II

  • Tom Cruise did his own trick shots for the movie except for one when he had to jump two balls to sink another. The shot was performed by professional players Michael Sigel and Andrew Ghiatsidis.

“Cocktail” (1988)

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $11,789,466

Gross USA: $78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $171,504,781

Production Company: Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III, Interscope Communications

  • Actress Gina Gershon said in a podcast interview – that during their scene in bed, Tom knew she was extremely ticklish, and tickled her so hard they fell off the bed. It was the take used in the movie. Haha!
  • Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue endured Jamaica’s extremely cold weather conditions while shooting.
  • The 80s Movies Rewind website published, “Tom Cruise was married to Mimi Rogers at the time, and it was rumored that they fought off-set constantly.”
  • Charlie Sheen and Jim Carrey were first considered for Brian Flanagan’s part but it was given to Tom Cruise.

“Rain Man” (1988)

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $7,005,719

Gross USA: $172,825,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $354,825,435

Production Company: United Artists, The Guber-Peters Company, Star Partners II Ltd.

  • While filming, Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman doubted the movie’s potential and jokingly called it, “Two Schmucks in a Car.”
  • Tom always rehearsed even while filming.
  • Tom’s performance in the film was one of Sir Michael Caine’s personal favorites. He said, “Tom’s performance was beautifully done.”
  • Tom Cruise wore Ray Bans in the movie which boosted the sales of the brand by 15%

“Born on the Fourth of July” (1989)

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $172,021

Gross USA: $70,001,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $161,001,698

Production Company: Ixtlan

  • Tom Cruise was given a Bronze Star for his performance in the film.
  • Oliver Stone and Tom wanted to use a nerve agent to cause genuine paralysis in the latter’s legs. However, they didn’t find a substance that was safe enough to guarantee no permanent damage in Tom.
  • Tom Cruise was born on July 3.
  • Cruise had initially talked to Oliver Stone about being in the lead role for Wall Street (1987) but the latter had already given Charlie Sheen the role.

“Days of Thunder” (1990)

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $15,490,445

Gross USA: $82,670,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $157,920,733

Production Company: Don Simpson/Jerry Buckheimer Films, Paramount Pictures

  • Tom Cruise was reported to have handpicked Nicole Kidman as his love interest in the film.
  • The characters of Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall were loosely based on Tim Richmond and Harry Hyde.
  • The idea for the movie came from Tom Cruise when he and Paul Newman tested one of Rick Hendrick’s race cars. Tom’s first lap was faster than one hundred eighty miles per hour.
  • Kurt Russell was who Tom Cruise wanted to play Rowdy Burns’ role.
  • Greg Sacks, a NASCAR driver, did most of Tom’s driving stunts.

“Far and Away” (1992)

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $10,194,520

Gross USA: $58,883,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $137,783,840

Production Company: Imagine Films Entertainment, Universal Pictures

  • Ron Howard, the film’s director, was reportedly not happy with Nicole Kidman’s facial reaction in the scene where she lifts the bowl that covers Tom Cruise’s crotch. What Howard did was tell Cruise to remove his underwear which got him the reaction he wanted from Nicole.
  • Both Thomas Gibson and Tom Cruise were coincidentally born on the 3rd of July.

“A Few Good Men” (1992)

Budget: $41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $15,517,468

Gross USA: $141,340,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $243,240,178

Production Company: Columbia Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, David Brown Productions

  • The Jack Nicholson impression that Tom Cruise did was not part of the script and neither were Demi Moore’s and Kevin Pollak’s reactions.
  • Being a legendary actor that he is, Tom Cruise always stays even after rehearsals to work on perfecting his character.
  • Kiefer Sutherland praised Tom Cruise for his great acting that inspired the former in his craft.
  • The challenging role attracted Tom Cruise for its “tremendous writing.”

“The Firm” (1993)

Budget: $42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $25,400,000

Gross USA: $158,348,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $270,248,367

Production Company: Davis Entertainment, Mirage Enterprises, Paramount Pictures

  • Tom and the owner of the seaplane used in the film, Bill Booth, had met while Cruise learned skydiving in DeLand, Florida.
  • Tom Cruise originally wanted to direct the film.
  • The Firm casts 2 Oscar winners (Holly Hunter and Gene Hackman) and 5 Oscar nominees (David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Tom Cruise, Gary Busey, and Ed Harris).

“Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (1994)

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $36,389,705

Gross USA: $105,264,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $223,664,608

Production Company: Geffren Pictures

  • Tom Cruise wanted a rather private set which was the reason why tunnels were built to escort the actors to and from the set itself and to keep the vampire’s makeup effects a secret. Genius!
  • Tom Cruise stood on an elevated platform to make him appear as tall as his co-stars.
  • Tom prepared for his character (Lestat) by watching videos of zebras attacked by lions.

“Mission Impossible” (1996)

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $45,436,830

Gross USA: $180,981,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $457,731,198

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions

  • Tom Cruise kept hitting the floor shooting the famous scene where he drops from the ceiling. Eventually, he learned to put coins in his shoes to keep his balance.
  • Surprisingly, there are only 5 gunshots that occurred in the movie.
  • Tom Cruise did most of his stunts in the film.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (2016)

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $22,872,490

Gross USA: $58,697,076

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $162,146,076

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Dream Cars

  • Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise had been co-stars in The Last Samurai (2003), a film that received 4 Academy Award nominations.
  • In Patrick Heusinger’s fight scenes with Tom Cruise, the actor discovered that he is ambidextrous.
  • Tom Cruise uses the 4-door faux-wood panelled 2-door Plymouth Voyager he drove in War of the Worlds (2005)
  • This is the fourth film where the name of Tom’s character is “Jack.” The others were Legend (1985), Oblivion (2013), and Jack Reacher (2012).
  • This film was the second one to have been filmed in New Orleans or Louisiana; the first being Interview with the Vampire (1994).

“American Made” (2017)

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $16,776,390

Gross USA: $51,342,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $134,866,593

Production Company: Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures

  • “Tom Cruise is a qualified pilot” who did all the flying scenes in the film himself.
  • The role Tom portrays in the film, Barry Seal, looks nothing like the actor. Apparently, Barry was “a big heavy-set guy nicknamed “El Gordo” by members of the Medellin Cartel.” “El Gordo” translates to “the fat one,” and Tom is no fat guy.
  • This was Tom’s first R-rated movie since Tropic Thunder (2008).

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018)

Budget: $178,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend in USA: $61,236,534

Gross USA: $220,159,104

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $791,115,104

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, TC Productions

  • Cruise trained for an entire year only to perform the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) stunt.
  • Tom said in an interview that if Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) does well, then there would be more films in the future.
  • Tom Cruise reportedly said that Luther was supposed to have been dead in Mission: Impossible but he had fun with Luther and Ethan’s friendship in the franchise.

Tom Cruise Books

In January of 2008, Andrew Morton, a renowned biographer, published Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography where he talks about the actor’s life from how he overcame a difficult childhood to how he moved mountains to achieve stardom.

Morton reportedly started gaining interest in writing about Tom Cruise since his controversial appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show when he jumped up and down the couch. He said, “I wondered: what is a 43-year-old man, who has been married twice before to women he has said were the loves of his life, with his son and daughter watching, doing behaving in this fashion – all because of Katie Holmes, a woman he has known for a matter of days?…What was going on? I wanted to know more.”

The book was received differently by audiences. Mark Harris of Entertainment Weekly gave the book a grade of C – while Teresa Budasi of the Chicago Tribune described it as “fascinating.”

Tom Cruise Business Interests

Tom Cruise’s love for film has paved the way for his gold-star status in the entertainment industry. Literally everyone who hears the name “Tom Cruise” knows the guy!

His love for the film industry resonated with him and pushed him to found Cruise/Wagner Productions with his former casting agent, Paula Wagner.

The company was founded in order to give Tom a bigger control of his projects and retain more of the profits. The production company has reached a gross profit of over $2.9 billion since September of 1993 (the year it was founded).

Wise choice, Tom! Wise choice!

Top 3 Quotes From Tom Cruise

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“Nothing ends nicely, that’s why it ends”

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“When you become successful in any type of life, there are people who are not contributing to the motion”

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“I disagree with people who think you learn more from getting beat up than you do from winning”

Top 3 Memes – Tom Cruise

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3 Lessons From Tom Cruise

  1. Stay true to your commitment.
  2. Keep your dreams and goals in check and focus on them.
  3. Always improve yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What was Tom Cruise’s Childhood like?

Tom had a difficult time as a child – he had an abusive father and lived in poverty. His father would beat him for trivial reasons.

What is Tom Cruise’s official birth name?

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

What is Tom Cruise net worth?

See our Net Worth article here

Who are Tom Cruise parents?

Thomas Mapother III (Father)
Mary Lee Pfeiffer (Mother)

What is Tom Cruise’s nationality?

Tom was born in Syracuse, New York and is American

Summary: Tom Cruise Bio 

There you have it! With all that’s said about the 58-year-old hunk, Tom Cruise is surely one of a kind. 

My biggest takeaway from this is how he rose from a very difficult childhood but I also particularly liked his many stunts which he insisted on performing himself.

I’m sure there’s a lot we can learn both from his mistakes and his successes.

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