Tom Cruise Biography |
  • Tom Cruise Biography

    Born: March 07, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, USA

    TOM CRUISE has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades. He is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned in excess of eight billion dollars worldwide—an incomparable accomplishment. Seventeen of Cruise’s films have grossed over one hundred million dollars in the United States alone and eighteen have grossed over two hundred million globally.

    Since he first appeared on screen in the films “Endless Love” and “Taps” in 1981, Cruise’s versatility is evidenced by the varied films, and roles he chooses. He has made 34 films, had a producing role on 17 and worked with a remarkable list of acclaimed film directors, including Harold Becker, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Brickman, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Woo, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Bryan Singer, James Mangold, Brad Bird, Adam Shankman, Christopher McQuarrie and Joe Kosinski.

    “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” opened in December 2011 to critical acclaim and grossed close to 700 million dollars making it the biggest box office success of Cruise’s career. The franchise has brought in over two billion dollars worldwide since Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them at Paramount while starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt.  Cruise produced the fourth film with J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird directed.

    Most recently Cruise appeared as rocker Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages.” This December, Cruise will star in Christopher McQuarrie’s suspense thriller “Jack Reacher,” based on the Lee Child book One Shot, from his hugely successful series about a former military police-man-turned-drifter. Next, Cruise stars in Joseph Kosinski’s “Oblivion,” which will be released in April 2013. Cruise is currently shooting the sci-fi action film “All You Need Is Kill” directed by Doug Liman out in March 2014.

    In 2010, Cruise starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic-action-comedy “Knight & Day.” Two years earlier, Cruise played German officer Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in the critically acclaimed and worldwide hit “Valkyrie”, the historical thriller about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film grossed $200 million world-wide making it the 5th highest grossing WWII film, of all time. Cruise also appeared in Ben Stiller’s comedy smash “Tropic Thunder” as the hip hopping foul-mouthed Hollywood movie mogul Les Grossman. This performance, based on a character he created earned him critical acclaim and his seventh Golden Globe Award nomination.

    Cruise received Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire”, in addition a Best Support Actor nomination for “Magnolia”. He also garnered two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire”, as well as Best Supporting Actor for “Magnolia”, and nominations for his roles in “Risky Business”, “A Few Good Men”, “The Last Samurai” and “ Tropic Thunder.” Cruise has also earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review.

    His list of memorable credits also includes such diverse films as “Collateral,” “Minority Report,” “Interview with the Vampire,” “The Firm,” “Rain Man,” “The Color of Money” and “Top Gun.”

    Cruise has been honored with tributes ranging from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award to the John Huston Award from the Artists Rights Foundation as well as The American Cinematheque Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film.

    While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Cruise has used his professional success as a vehicle for positive change to become an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health, education and human rights. He has been honored by the Mentor-LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world and in May, 2011 he received the Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award. This past summer he received the Entertainment Icon Award for Humanitarianism from the Friars Club. He is the fourth person to receive this honor after Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.




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