Born: 3 July 1962
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York
Best known as: Star of the Mission Impossible movie series
Name at birth: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Tom Cruise as been one of Hollywood's biggest and most persistent leading men for three decades. He first made a strong impression in the teen comedy Risky Business (1983) and then had his first box-office smash as the fighter jock Maverick in Top Gun (1986). Cruise and his cocky grin were propelled higher onto Hollywood's A-list thanks to a string of successful movies: Rain Man (1988, with Dustin Hoffman), The Color of Money (1986, with Paul Newman), A Few Good Men (1992, with Jack Nicholson) and Jerry Maguire (1996, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. saying "Show me the money!"). His leading man good looks and a bantam rooster screen persona have helped him remain one of Hollywood's busiest actors, taking on blockbuster franchises such as Mission: Impossible (Cruise played superspy Ethan Hunt in the 1996 original and three sequels in 2000, 2006 and 2011) as well as more diverse dramas such as Magnolia (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001) and the Steven Spielberg movies Minority Report (2002, co-starring Samantha Morton) and War of the Worlds (2005). His other films include Tropic Thunder (2008, starring Ben Stiller), Valkyrie (2008, with Cruise as Nazi bigwig Claus von Stauffenberg) and Oblivion (2010, with Morgan Freeman).
Tom Cruise is a prominent member of the Church of Scientology… Cruise began dating actress Katie Holmes in 2005. Dubbed “TomKat” by the tabloids, they had a daughter, Suri, on 18 April 2006, and were married in Italy on 18 November 2006. Holmes filed for divorce in June of 2012. He came in for a ribbing from pundits after he hopped up and down on the talk-show couch of Oprah Winfrey while proclaiming his love for Holmes in 2006… Tom Cruise’s marriage to Holmes was his third. He and actress Nicole Kidman were married in 1990, separated in 2000, and were divorced in 2001. They met while filming one of Cruise’s few duds, Days of Thunder (1990), and appeared together in Stanley Kubrick‘s Eyes Wide Shut (1999). They adopted two children: Isabella (in 1993) and Connor (in 1995). Cruise also was married to actress Mimi Rogers, a fellow Scientologist, from 1986-1990… Tom Cruise dated actress Penelope Cruz, his co-star in Vanilla Sky, from 2001-2004… Most sources say Cruise’s height is 5’7″.
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