of Birth: 3 July
1962, Syracuse, New York, USA
Sign: Sun in Cancer,
Moon in Leo
School Graduate (Glenn Ridge-New York)
Isabella Jane and
Hair: Dark Brown
Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. He is 35. He
was raised by his mother after she and his father divorced. After a
peripatetic childhood in which he reportedly attended a dozen schools by
age 12, Cruise turned to acting in high school after a knee injury
derailed his wrestling ambitions. Energized by landing the role of
Nathan Detroit in his high school production of Guys and Dolls, he
dropped out in his senior year to pursue an acting career.
By 1981, Cruise was in Los Angeles where he met Paula
Wagner, then an agent at Creative Artists Agency, who would subsequently
guide his film areer.He made his feature debut in a small role in Franco
Zeffirelli's notorious Brooke hields-starrer Endless Love, and gained
attention in a showy supporting role as an increasingly lunatic cadet in
Taps. Cruise gained celebrity in the
superior teenn sex satire Risky Business (1983). As an anxious, affluent,
suburban teen poised precariously on the brink of young adulthood,
Cruise created a reasonant protagonist for young Reagan-era audiences.
He even put on some extra pounds to emphasize the softness and
vulnerability of the character as he flirts with illicit capitalism. In
a star-making scene, Cruise, clad in a button-down shirt, Jockey briefs,
and cool shades, plays air guitar and dances wildly to Bob Seger's
anthem,"Old Time Rock'n'Roll." This celebrated sequence
provided a key to the actor's subsequent mega-success: he was an
attractive but fairly regular guy to whom audiences could easily relate.
Intriguingly, the part also showcased Cruise's magnetic sexual appeal
much more effectively than his subsequent screen roles.
Cruise performed well in a more naturalistic mode in All the Right Moves
(1983), a sober high school football drama that fared modestly at the
box office. He next grew his hair long and made the wrong move with
Ridley Scott's colossal fantasy flop, Lengend (1985). Cruise
consolidated his serious dramatic credentials with Barry Levinson's Rain
Man (1988), where he more than held his own opposite overbearing
Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman. Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July
(1989) earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his hard-hitting
portrayal of anti-war activist Ron Kovic.
Cruise stumbled a bit with the critically and
commercially disappointing Far and Away (1992), a goofy period romance
co-starring his wife Nicole Kidman (whom he married in 1990 after they
worked together in Days of Thunder). He recovered with a highly popular
court- martial drama, A Few Good Men (1992), where in his successfully
confronted an iconic Jack Nicholson. He played a lawyer again in the
thriller The Firm (1993) with comparably successfully results at the box
office. Tom Cruise and his ex-wife (Nicole Kidman)
Cruise was all but omnipresent in the media as he
aggressively promoted his feature producing debut, the post-Cold War
espionage movie, Mission Impossible (1996). Based on the fondly
rememvered 60's TV show, the project had languished in various
development hells before Cruise got involved. This marked the inaugural
project for Cruise/ Wagner Productions, the ocmpany the actor formed
with his one-time agent in 1992. Rumors abounded about Cruise clashing
with director Brian De Palma over budgetary and story matters.
Nonetheless, depite international location shooting, high-tech stunts,
compute -generated visual effects, and last-minute re-writes by a
stellar assortment of scripter, Mission: Impossible came in on time and
under budget at approximately $67 million. (Cruise deferred his $20
million salary.) The reviews were mixed- some treated it as an
extravagant but cold vanity production with a confused storyline but
most admired the cinematic technique. As anticipated, business was brisk.
Now a producer as well as an actor, Cruise had
numerous projects in various stages of development at the time of the
release of his summer blockbuster. Jerry Maguire (1996), in which he
played a venal sports agent, was lensing for a Christmas release. Cruise
also annouonced tthat he and Kidman were starting preproduction on
legendary writer-director Stanley Kubrick's long-awaited return to
feature filmmaking, Eyes Wide Shut (scheduled to begin lensing in the
fall of 1996). This collaboration would mark another milestone in
Cruise's quest to be taken seriously as an artist and not just another
pretty face with major commercial clout.
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Minority Report (2002) ....
Officer John Anderton
Vanilla Sky (2001) ....
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) ....
Mission: Impossible II (2000) ....
Mission Improbable (2000) (TV) ....
Magnolia (1999) ....
Frank T.J. Mackey
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ....
Doctor William "Bill" Harford
Salute to Dustin Hoffman, A (1999) (TV) ....
Jerry Maguire (1996) ....
Mission: Impossible (1996) ....
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) ....
Lestat de Lioncourt
Firm, The (1993) ....
Far and Away (1992) ....
Few Good Men, A (1992) ....
Daniel Alistair 'Danny/Dan'
Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You (1992) (V) ....
Days of Thunder (1990) ....
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) ....
Don't Look at Me (1989) ....
Rain Man (1988) ....
Cocktail (1988) ....
Young Guns (1988) (uncredited) ....
Color of Money, The (1986) .... Vincent
Top Gun (1986) .... Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
Legend (1985) ....
Risky Business (1983) ....
Outsiders, The (1983) ....
Losin' It (1983) ....
All the Right Moves (1983) ....
Stefen 'Stef' Djordjevic
Endless Love (1981) ....
Taps (1981) ....
Dolan's Cadillac (2002) ...(producer)
Vanilla Sky (2001)... (producer)
Darkness, The (2001) ...(executive producer)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)... (producer)
Without Limits (1998)... (producer)
Mission: Impossible (1996)... (producer)
"Fallen Angels" (1993)
Days of Thunder (1990) (story)
in episode: "Goes Cell-ular"
Blockbuster Entertainment Award- Favorite Supporting Actor, Drama
CFCA Awars - Best Supporting Actor (Magnolia)
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Special Silver Ribbon
Blockbuster Entertainment Award- Favorite Actor, Comedy/Romance (Jerry
Golden Globe- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture
-Comedy/Musical (Jerry Maguire)
Golden Satellite Award- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture,
Comedy/Musical (Jerry Maguire)
MTV Movie Award- Best Male Performance (Jerry Maguire)
Nova Award- Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures (Mission
NBR Award- Best Actor (Jerry Maguire)
Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year
People's Choice Award- Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor
Golden Globe- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Born
on the Fourth of July)
ShoWest Convention Special Award- Box Office Star of the Year
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