Tom Cruise. biography
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York to schoolteacher Mary and electrical engineer Thomas Mapother.
Along with his mother and three sisters, Cruise struggled in school as a result of his dyslexia, but found refugee in athletics. He planned on pursuing a career in professional wrestling before injuring his knee in high school, which guided him to a Franciscan seminary in hopes of becoming a priest.
Cruise dropped a year later and was then urged by one of his teachers to audition for the school’s production of the musical Guys and Dolls. Once he earned the lead role of Nathan Detroit, Cruise immediately embraced the stage and discovered his new career path.
After designated 10 years to establish his acting career, Cruise immediately dropped out of school and moved to New York. Each audition he landed came with self-torment until he earned a minor role in Endless Love (1981) with Brooke Shields. That same year, Cruise earned a small role in the military film Taps (1981) with Sean Penn.
Two years later in 1983, Cruise began gaining Hollywood’s attention with a critically acclaimed performance in The Outsiders alongside Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, and Emilio Esteves – all of whom Hollywood would later be known as the “Brat Pack.” Cruise’s status as a newcomer quickly transformed into that of a sought-after actor in part of his role in Risky Business (1983), which grossed $65 million and provided moviegoers with one of the most memorable scenes of Cruise dancing in his whitey tighties.
After taking a two-year break, Cruise returned to the big-screen in the box-office failure Legend (1985). Untarnished by the film’s lack of success, Cruise secured his spot as a talented actor with a memorable performance in the action-romance flick Top Gun. The film was crowned 1986’s highest grossing film and co-starred Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, and Anthony Edwards.
Cruise’s success continued to unfold with commercially successful and critically acclaimed films, including The Color of Money (1986) with Paul Newman and the heartfelt drama Rain Man (1988) opposite Dustin Hoffman. He then secured his spot as one of Hollywood’s finest in result of his portrayal of Vietnam Vet Ron Kovic in the biopic Born on the Fourth of July (1989) for which he acquired a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award nomination.
A couple of years later, Cruise engraved his talent into the minds of all when he co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, and Demi Moore in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men (1992). His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination while the film made over $15 million in its opening weekend. Following the film’s success, Cruise continued to gain popularity with his roles in The Firm (1993) and Interview with a Vampire (1994) alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, and Kristen Dunst.
Cruise’s fan base began tripling in size with the release of the $65 million grossing blockbuster he produced, Mission: Impossible (1996), followed by the highly received romantic comedy Jerry McGuire (1996) for which he received another Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and Academy Award nomination.
Throughout 1997 and 1998, Cruise lived in England while shooting the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut with co-star Nicole Kidman and late-director Stanley Kubrick. Although the film received mixed reviews, Cruise’s role as a sex tutor in the ensemble film Magnolia (1999) earned him an additional Golden Globe Award as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2000, Cruise starred in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible 2 alongside Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, and Anthony Hopkins. He then appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky (2002), followed by Stephen Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002). A year later, Cruise appeared in the $100 million budget film The Last Samurai followed by the crime thriller Collateral (2004) opposite Jamie Foxx as well as Steven Spielberg’s alien-invasion mega-hit War of the Worlds (2005).
Cruise went on to reprise his role in Mission: Impossible III (2006) and later tapped into his comedic side in Tropical Thunder (2008) for which he obtained a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, he earned a Saturn Award nomination for his portrayal of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in the history drama Valkyrie.
In 2010, Cruise starred opposite Cameron Diaz in the action comedy Knight and Day prior to reprising his role, once again, in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). The following year, he starred in the musical flick Rock of Ages (2012) and the action film Jack Reacher (2012).
Cruise’s most recent projects include, the sci-fi thriller Oblivion (2013) alongside Morgan Freeman, the sci-fi action flick All You Need Is Kill (2014) with Emily Blunt, Van Helsing (unknown release date) and Mission: Impossible 5 (unknown) alongside Jeremy Renner.
Tom Cruise Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1987 – 1990
Tom and Mimi Rogers were married for three-years and she is rumored to be the one that introduced Tom to Scientology. According to Rogers, the marriage came to an end in part of the lack of physical intimacy.
1990 – 2001
After hooking up on the set of Days of Thunder in 1990, Tom and Nicole Kidman got hitched a year later. They went on to adopt two kids, Isabella (b. 1992) and Connor (b. 1995), prior to parting ways in February 2001.
2001 – January 2004
After co-starring in the drama thriller Vanilla Sky, Tom began dating Penelope Cruz in 2001, during the time he was going through his divorce from Kidman. They later parted ways in 2004, but sources claimed they remained friends.
2002 – 2003
Cher and Tom dated briefly in 2008.
January 2005 – March 2005
Apparently, Sofia Vergara was one of the Hollywood starlets Tom approached with his 5-year marriage contract. Sofia tried dating him for a couple of months, but couldn’t go through with the charade.
April 2005 – 2012
Tom let the world know how much he loved Katie Holmes in his infamous couch-moment on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A month later, the two got engaged and earned the nickname ‘TomKat.’
Following a mere year of dating, Tom and Katie tied the knot at an Italian castle in November 2006. They went on to welcome their daughter Suri (b. 2006) before getting a divorced in June 2012.
Is Tom Cruise Gay?
Tom, Tom, Tom. Where did you go wrong? When did you decide to put away your girly thong?
Tom knew his gay inclinations would keep him out of heaven, so he married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987. Seems like she wasn’t convinced by his straight act, ‘cause she nailed him to the Scientology track. What brings the gayness together is what Rogers claimed next, she broke up with Tom because they never had sex.
Through the church Tom mastered the art of deception, but with Rogers no longer by his side, Tom convinced Nicole Kidman to marry him in a wedding reception. From 1990 to 2001 Nicole provided Tom with two adopted kids and was the perfect beard, steering him clear of the gay rumors he so feared.
But when their marriage was sacked, rumors began spreading that Tom was offering several starlets a 5-year marriage contract. As soon as Tom and Katie Holmes got hitched in 2005, it was a fact, she had agreed to an expensive pact and now she just had to pull off the bearded act. One of the contract’s condition translated to Katie receiving a $10 million bonus for each offspring produced, which she did in hopes of giving Tom a heterosexual boost. Another was refraining from making gay jokes, especially calling Top Gun gay, folks. The marriage was a hoax and it became perfectly clear when Katie left Tom in 2012 without a tear. She got her bonus plus more, while Tom cries on the bathroom floor, ‘cause he knows it will turn into a media war and he is unable to use his go-to back door.
Tom was right, without a beard the gay rumors began ringing true, as they grew Tom began to sue. But it was pointless ‘cause the public already knew, his bearded contract was the biggest clue. Now he clings onto Scientology’s cold grip, trying his hardest not to slip, down the rainbow and into a gay cruise ship, because in this religion you are forbidden from taking a man-on-man dip, if you do, unzip and snip, snip.
Until Tom comes out of the closet and accepts who he is, he will forever be remembered as the King of Beards in Hollywood show biz.
Did You Know . . .
- He has been nominated for seven Golden Globes
- He won Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire
- He has three sisters
- He suffered from dyslexia
- He was a high school wrestler