Published: 2018-01-15   Views: 2318
Author: TonieH
Published in: Celebrities
SUPERSTAR TOM CRUISE

 

Birth: July 3, 1962 at Syracuse New York. Born as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV Tom is now 55 years old

Training: Tom attended many schools. He dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career. Trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY where he honed his acting skills.

Personal Life Tom was married three times to actresses namely Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. He is the father of three children, Isabella, Connor and Suri. 

Home: Clearwater Florida but the owner of various real estate properties.

Activities Actor and Producer of 20 of his own movies.

Political Support Mostly Democrat but Tom has given support to a Republican candidate from his church.

The name Tom Cruise is synonymous with success and popularity in the movie business.  Few stars have been able to grab the attention of the movie going public in the same way that this actor, rather short in stature, has been able to do.  There is considerable support for the claim that together with John Wayne and Cary Cooper the three Hollywood icons represent the three most popular actors in the history of filmed entertainment. There is further support for the view that due to his advantage in age as compared to the other two actors Tom Cruise may indeed be considered potentially the most popular movie star of all time. 

 

  

Tom Cruise                         John Wayne                                   Gary Cooper

 

 

It is claimed that Tom was a shy and serious teenager who was convinced that his future lay in a career as a cleric in the Roman Catholic Church. Things turned out differently when Tom dropped out of high school to follow a career in the film industry.

 

Birth

 

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born in Syracuse, New York on 3 July 1962.  He was the only son born from the marriage between Thomas Cruise Mapother III an Electrical Engineer  and Mary Lee Pfeiffer a teacher. The family moved around often and by the time Tom abandoned high school he tallied no less than 15 schools as his alma mater. The many relocations took place not only in USA but also in Canada. After a sports injury Tom joined acting classes and so, started writing movie history. Ancestry comes mostly from German and Irish forebears.

 

Besides the fact that the family migrated often Tom’s father was also an alcoholic causing Tom to complain bitterly in his later years about the treatment that the family suffered from his abusive father. No surprise that the parents went their separate ways when Tom was about 11 years old. Much of the role of a male figurehead was taken upon himself by Tom and although the family was poor there was a close bond between Tom, his mother and his three sisters, Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass, and this intimate affiliation remains a source of strength and pride for the popular actor.

 

Training

 

Subsequent to his schooling Tom attended the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York where he was thoroughly grounded in acting as a form of art. He was schooled by highly respected people in the film industry laying the ground for his later successes in this field.

 

Marriage and Children

 

Cruise was married three times and was also romantically involved with a number of prominent celebrities including a long-time relationship with actress Penelope Cruz. Tom first married Mimi Rogers on 9 May 1987.  No children were born from this union. Shortly after his divorce from Mimi Tom married his co-star from the Movie “Far and Away”, Nicole Kidman.  Nicole was never able to fall pregnant during the marriage with the result that the couple adopted two children, Isabella and Connor. Eleven years after the wedding the couple were divorced which opened the door to Tom’s third marriage to Katie Holmes in 2006.  A daughter Suri resulted bringing great joy and happiness, spoiled again by a bitter divorce some six years later. A relationship with Suri is believed to be almost non-existent and one can only guess at the personal anguish that this unhappy situation is causing the actor.

 

Quirky Personality

 

Tom Cruise is known for his active almost animated personality. He prefers to do most of his stunts himself and given that his career is centered around action movies some of these feats are now legendary. No one will ever forget his antics when he announced his intended marriage to Katie Holmes on the Oprah Winfrey show, jumping repeatedly on the sofa in the studio, causing considerable embarrassment to many of the worldwide audience of the program.

 

The most publicized aspect of Tom’s personal life is, however, his longtime membership of the Church of Scientology.  Controversy around the church and the leader of the church, a close personal friend of Tom, has been the subject of much speculation providing the basis for scandals rocking the very foundations of the church, with Tom often in the center of these events.  Tom continues to defend the church and certainly, no one can claim that it has been to the detriment of his movie career.      

 

There is a myriad of stories about Tom circulating the world. Remarkably he saved a lady from a mugging and even chased after the assailants. On completion of filming “Top Gun”, Tom obtained a pilot’s license. Tom’s use of Ray Ban sunglasses in a movie increased sales of the popular monocles by a tremendous margin.  Lastly, wait for it, there is a “Tom Cruise Day” in Japan.

 

Career

 

Tom Cruise takes his career very seriously. In fact, it can be said that he is somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to the production of his movies. I therefore say reluctantly that Tom’s career steered him on a path aimed more at the satisfaction of the needs of his millions of fans than achieving artistic heights in the execution of his chosen path.  His later years has been devoted to the making of fast paced action and thriller movies.  The tremendous success achieved at the box office left little space for anything else than keeping the myth of the action hero alive. Forays into comedy, romances and serious stuff like “Lions for Lambs” did not encourage more of these excursions and forced his appearances into a narrow band of super thrilling entertainment.  That does not detract in any way from the acknowledgement that he is most probably one of the best-known people on planet earth for his movie achievements.

 

Cruise’s work with a number of highly regarded film directors like Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone all cemented his position as a top star in Hollywood.  Without exception, his movies have taken huge amounts at the box office with 26 movies exceeding the $200M figure in the international market.  To mention but a few of these successes the entire “Mission Impossible” series, the “Jack Reacher” movies, “War of the Worlds”, and “Edge of Tomorrow” all come to mind.  At the tender age of 24, Tom was awarded a Star of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, an honor usually retained for stars in their later years.

 

This article would not be complete without paying respect to Tom’s acting abilities. They are real and acknowledged by his peers.  He has received more awards, praises and accolades than others, winning three Golden Globe Awards as best male actor in one of the stipulated categories. Tom was also nominated for three Academy Awards for best supporting actor in the well regarded “Magnolia” and for best actor in “Born on the Fourth of July”, and “Jerry Maguire”.  So far, the Oscar has proven to be elusive, but with many more opportunities in his future the desired recognition by his peers is an exciting possibility.

 

Filmography

Luna Park - In planning

Top Gun - Pre-production

M:I 6 - Mission Impossible - To be released 2018

American Made - To be released 2017

The Mummy 2017

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015

Edge of Tomorrow 2014

Oblivion 2013

Jack Reacher 2012

Rock of Ages 2012

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011

Knight and Day 2010

Valkyrie 2008

Tropic Thunder 2008

Lions for Lambs 2007

Mission: Impossible III 2006

War of the Worlds 2005

Collateral 2004

The Last Samurai 2003

Austin Powers 2002

Minority Report 2002

Vanilla Sky 2001

Mission: Impossible II 2000

Magnolia 1999

Eyes Wide Shut 1999

Jerry Maguire 1996

Mission: Impossible 1996

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles 1994

The Firm 1933

A Few Good Men 1992

Far and Away 1993

Days of Thunder 1990

Born on the Fourth of July 1989

Rain Man 1988

Cocktail 1988

The Color of Money 1986

Top Gun 1986

Legend 1985

All the Right Moves 1983

Risky Business 1983

Losin' It 1983

The Outsiders 1983

Taps 1981

Endless Love 1981

 

 

 

 

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