A permanent fixture of cinemas for around thirty years, Tom Cruise is famous for his roles in many well known films including the Mission: Impossible series, The Firm, A Few Good Men and Rain Man. At the age of 19, he made his film debut with a small part in the 1981 film Endless Love. After acting in Taps (1981) and The Outsiders (1983), he caught the eyes of several critics and producers. In 1983, he received his first leading role in the romantic comedy Risky Business which has been described as a career-maker for him. Cruise starred as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the 1986 action drama Top Gun, cemeted his status as a superstar. His next role as veteran Ron Kovic in the biopic Born on the Fourth of July (1989) in Vietnam War context earned him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. With the success that came with the film series Mission: Impossible since 1996, Cruise’s movie career as an actor-filmmaker was set. In 2012, he was the actor who had the highest payment in Hollywood.
Tom Cruise is the son of a teacher and amateur actress - Mary Lee, and an electrical enginneer- Thomas Cruise Mapother III. He has three sisters, Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass. He had a hard childhood and the family moved around many times to balance his father’s career. In grade four, Cruise first participated in a school drama festival where he and six other boys improvised play to music. At the age 14, he aspired to become a priest and even enrolled in a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati on a scholarship but he left one year later. While in high school, he developed a concern about acting and moved to New York for an acting career.
Cruise’s marital life was quite unfavorable since he has been married three times. He married actress Mimi Rogers on May, 1987 and they divorced two years later. After the first marrige, he met and got married to the second wife, actress Nicole Kidman on their film Days of Thunder. In February 2001, Cruise decided to divorce Kidman. Cruise and actress Katie Holmes began dating in April 2005, had a daughter named Suri in 2006 and officially married on November 2006. On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Holmes had filed for divorce from Cruise after five and a half years of marriage.
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