April 16, 2024

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Tom Cruise Bio, Age, Height, Family, Education, Marriage, Career, Net Worth

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Tom Cruise is an American award-winning actor and film producer, originally known as Thomas Cruise Mapother.
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Tom Cruise Biography

Tom Cruise is an American award-winning actor and film producer, originally known as Thomas Cruise Mapother. Consistently, he is regarded as one of Hollywood’s icons in terms of his films grossing over $4 billion in North America and over $11.5 billion worldwide. He has received various awards, including three Golden Globe Awards, an Honorary Palme d’Or, and nominations for four Academy Awards.

Tom Cruise Age

His birth name is Thomas Cruise Mapother, while professionally, his name is Tom Cruise. Born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York, he is currently 61 years old. Every July 3, he celebrates his birthday.

Tom Cruise Height

Despite him being one of the most handsome actors in Hollywood, he also has an average height of 5 feet and 7 inches.

Tom Cruise Education

Tom’s school life has had many challenges; however, he managed to overcome them all and became one of the most famous actors in Hollywood.  He attended 15 schools in total. In fourth grade, he first became involved in drama under drama teacher George Steinburg. Together with six other boys, they put on an improvised play to music called IT at the Carleton Elementary School drama festival. Val Wright, who was present in the audience, commented on the play, citing it as excellent. In sixth grade, Cruise briefly took a Catholic church scholarship at St. Francis Seminary in Cincinnati.

His ambition was to become a Franciscan priest, but unfortunately, his family relocated again. Rumors from his former classmate were that they both asked to leave after getting caught taking liquor. Tom played football in his senior year of high school for the varsity team as a linebacker. Again, he was caught drinking beer before a game and was cut from the squad. Later, he went on to become a star in the school’s production of Guys and Dolls. In 1980, Cruise graduated from Glen Ridge High School.

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Tom Cruise Career

Tom started his acting career at age 18 with the blessings of his mother and stepfather in New York City as a busboy. Later, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to look for television roles. CAA (Creative Artists Agency) was his first sign-up. His first debut was in 1981, in the film Endless Love, where he appeared in a bit of a role. In that same year, he landed a major supporting role as a crazed military academy student in Taps. The career-makers for Cruise were the films “All the Right Moves” and “Risky Business,” which were described as Generation X classics. In 1986, his status as a successful superstar was cemented in the film Top Gun. He later starred in Cocktail in 1988; this was a box office success but failed with the critics. However, his performance earned him a nomination for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor that year.

Additionally, he starred in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman, who won the Academy Award for Best Film and the Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1989, the film war epic “Born on the Fourth of July” earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, the People’s Choice Award, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor for Favorite Motion Picture Actor, Cruise’s first Best Actor Academy Award nomination, and a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. His recent films include Top Gun (2022), Maverick, where a team of pilots carries out a mission to destroy an unsanctioned nuclear facility (2017), The Mummy and Mission Impossible (2018), Fallout (2016), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2015), Mission Impossible (2015), Rogue Nation (2014), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

 

Tom Cruise Family

Tom is the son of Thomas Cruise Mapother III and Mary Lee Pfeiffer. His father worked as an electrical engineer, while his mother worked as a special education teacher. Cruise’s parents were both from Louisville, Kentucky. His mother was of Irish and English roots, while his father was of German descent His three sisters include Cass, Marian, and Lee Anne.

Tom Cruise marriage

In May 1987, Tom married actress Mimi Rogers. Cruise became an outspoken advocate for the church after Mimi introduced her to Scientology. However, in February 1990, their marriage ended in unexplained circumstances. Then, in December 1990, he married Nicole Kidman, an actress. Together, they adopted two children, but sadly, their marriage ended in divorce after 10 years. Luckily, on November 18, 2006, he tied the knot again with actress Katie Holmes. They were blessed with a baby girl, but again, after five and a half years of marriage, on June 29th, 2012, Katie filed for divorce.  Cruise has not yet given up on love; he has had relationships with actresses Nazanin Boniadi and Penelope Cruz.

Tom Cruise’s Net Worth

Tom earns his salary from films, where he commands high amounts for his roles, with reported earnings of $20–30 million per film. Therefore, we can estimate his net worth to be $600 million.