Tom Cruise is an American actor and producer, who has been in the industry for a long while. He is one of most-earning actors and has won several awards for his films. The actor is specially known for playing the role of Ethan Hunt in the action-packed franchise, Mission Impossible. Currently, the filming of the seventh instalment of film series is going and will be released next year.
Tom Cruise began acting, like many other actors, from a young age. He participated in school productions, and signed with an agency. After that he appeared in Endless Love and Tap in 1981.
In 1983, Cruise was part of the ensemble cast of The Outsiders. That same year he appeared in All the Right Moves and Risky Business, which became a classic. He also played a role in the Ridley Scott film Legend, released in 1985.
In 1986 he appeared in Top Gun, which inspired his status as a superstar. It was followed by The Color of Money, which came out the same year, and which paired him with Paul Newman. In 1988, Cruise starred in Cocktail.
Later that year he starred with Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. Tom Cruise appeared next in Ron Kovic in 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July, which earned him several awards. Cruise’s next films were Days of Thunder in 1990 and Far and Away in 1992, both of which co-starred then-wife Nicole Kidman.
It was followed by The Firm, which was a critical and commercial success. In 1994, Cruise starred along with Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire. The film was well-received, but Cruise received positive reviews for his performance.
In 1996, Cruise appeared as superspy Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible, which he produced. It was a box office success, although it received criticism for some parts. In the same year, he a title role in Jerry Maguire, for which he earned a Golden Globe and his second nomination for an Academy Award.
In 1999, Cruise costarred with Kidman in the erotic Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, and took a rare supporting role in Frank T.J. Mackey, in Magnolia for which he received another Golden Globe and nomination for an Academy Award.
In 2000, Tom Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the second instalment of the Mission Impossible films, Mission: Impossible 2. The film continued the series’ blockbuster success at the box office, taking in almost $547M in worldwide figures. Like its predecessor, it was the highest-grossing film of the year and had a mixed critical reception.
His next five films were major critical and commercial successes. The following year Tom starred in the romantic thriller Vanilla Sky in 2001 with Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz. In 2002, Cruise starred in Minority Report which was directed by Steven Spielberg.
In 2003, he starred in Edward Zwick’s period action drama The Last Samurai, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. In 2004, Cruise received critical acclaim for his performance as Vincent in Collateral. In 2005, Cruise worked again with Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds, which became the fourth highest-grossing film of the year with $591.4 million worldwide.
In 2006, he returned to his role as Ethan Hunt in the third instalment of the Mission Impossible film series, Mission: Impossible III. The film was more positively received by critics than the previous films in the series and grossed nearly $400 million at the box office.
In 2007, Cruise took a rare supporting role for the second time in Lions for Lambs, which was a commercial disappointment. This was followed by his role in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. This performance earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination.
Tom Cruise played a role in Valkyrie, which became a box office hit. In 2010, the actor appeared in Knight and Dat, co-starring Cameron Diaz. In 2011, he played the role of Ethan Hunt, once again, in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth instalment in the Mission: Impossible series. The film was released to high critical acclaim and box office success. It was Tom Cruise’s biggest commercial success to that date.
In 2012, Cruise appeared in Rock of Ages and also starred in Jack Reacher. It met with positive reviews from critics and was a box office success grossing $217 million worldwide. In 2013, he starred in Oblivion. The film met with mixed reviews and grossed $286 million worldwide. It also starred Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.
In 2014, Tom Cruise starred in Edge of Tomorrow, which received positive reviews and grossed over $370 million and returned as Ethan Hunt, in 2015, in the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which he also produced. The film earned high critical acclaim and was a commercial success.
Cruise starred in 2017 in The Mummy. The new film received negative reviews and flopped at the box office. In 2018, the actor again reprised Ethan Hunt in the sixth film in his franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The film was more positively received by critics than the previous films in the series and grossed over $791 million at the box office.
In May 2020, it was reported that Cruise would be starring and producing the first-ever movie shot in outer space. Doug Liman would be directing, writing, and co-producing. Both will fly to the International Space Station as part of a future Axiom Space mission in a SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft.
Date of Birth: 3rd July 1962
1981: Endless Love, Taps
1982: The Outsiders, Losin’ It, Risky Business, All the Right Moves
1986: Top Gun, The Color of Money
1988: Cocktail, Rain Man
1989: Born on the Fourth of July
1990: Days of Thunder
1992: Far and Away, A Few Good Men
1993: The Firm
1994: Interview with the Vampire
1996: Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire
1999: Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia
2000: Mission: Impossible 2
2001: Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, Vanilla Sky
2002: Space Station 3D, Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember
2003: The Last Samurai
2005: War of the Worlds
2006: Mission: Impossible 3
2007: Lions for Lambs
2008: Tropic Thunder, Valkyrie
2010: Knight and Day
2011: Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol
2012: Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher
2014: Edge of Tomorrow
2015: Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation
2016: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
2017: The Mummy, American Made
2018: Mission Impossible- Fallout
Golden Globes for Best Actor- Motion Picture Drama, Golden Globes for Best Actor- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Golden Globes Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, 2 MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Performance, National Movie Award for Screen Icon, People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actor, People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor, Saturn Award for Best Actor
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