Tom Cruise

Actor, Director, Producer
The biggest star in the world for decades, Tom Cruise stood atop the Hollywood pecking order thanks to his charisma, movie star looks, and consistent box office success. Beginning with "Risky Business" (1983), he became ... Read more »
Born: 07/02/1962 in Syracuse, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (96)

Mission: Impossible 5 2015 (Movie)

Ethan Hunt (Actor)

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

Cage (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Oblivion 2013 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

Reacher (Actor)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

Stacee Jaxx (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011 (Movie)

Ethan Hunt (Actor)

2010 MTV Movie Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Knight and Day 2010 (Movie)

Roy Miller (Actor)

Top Gear 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

AMC StoryMakers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

Les Grossman (Actor)

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Actor)

Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

Senator Jasper Irving (Actor)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

Ethan Hunt (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

Ray Ferrier (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2004 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 2004 ESPY Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Cruise 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

Captain Nathan Algren (Actor)

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

cameo (Actor)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Chief John Anderton (Actor)

Space Station 3-D 2002 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/02) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertainers 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

David Aames (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

Ethan Hunt (Actor)

Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Eyes Wide Shut 1999 (Movie)

Doctor William Harford (Actor)

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Frank T J Mackey (Actor)

Fire & Ice Ball '97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Jerry Maguire (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

Ethan Hunt (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Interview With the Vampire 1994 (Movie)

Lestat de Lioncourt (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

Mitch McDeere (Actor)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Lieutenant J G Daniel Kaffe (Actor)

Far and Away 1992 (Movie)

Joseph Donelly (Actor)

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Cole Trickle (Actor)

Let It Be 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Ron Kovic (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

Brian Flanagan (Actor)

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

Charlie Babbitt (Actor)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

Vincent Lauria (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Maverick (Actor)

Legend 1985 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

All the Right Moves 1983 (Movie)

Stef (Actor)

Losin' It 1983 (Movie)

Woody (Actor)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

Joel Goodson (Actor)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Steve Randle (Actor)

Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Taps 1981 (Movie)

David Shawn (Actor)

And the Winner Is (TV Show)

Actor

The Matarese Circle (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (16)

Mission: Impossible 5 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shattered Glass 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Narc 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Others 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Monster of Florence (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(Story By)
Director (2)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Lost At Home 2003 (Tv Show)

Director
Executive (1)

Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

(Studio Executive)
Music (1)

Rock of Ages 2012 (Movie)

("Paradise City") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Film Clips

Biography

The biggest star in the world for decades, Tom Cruise stood atop the Hollywood pecking order thanks to his charisma, movie star looks, and consistent box office success. Beginning with "Risky Business" (1983), he became the industry's biggest draw in the wake of the blockbuster "Top Gun" (1986). Following a compelling turn opposite Paul Newman in "The Color of Money" (1986), Cruise continued to knock it out of the park with "Rain Man" (1988) and "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). Equally compelling was his string of marriages, starting with Mimi Rogers and followed by Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. It was his marriage to Kidman that would dominate tabloids for the next 10 years, making theirs one of the more celebrated unions in Hollywood. During that heady time, Cruise reigned supreme with hits like "The Firm" (1993), "Jerry Maguire" (1996) and "Mission: Impossible" (1996). He had further critical success with a supporting turn in "Magnolia" (1999). Following his split from Kidman, Cruise's career seemed to hit a precarious slide. He did have hits with "Minority Report" (2002) and "Collateral" (2004), but the cracks began to show in 2005 when he was criticized for his promotion of Scientology and his couch-jumping histrionics over then-girlfriend Holmes who became his third wife in 2006. Never one to back down, Cruise maintained his star status with "Mission: Impossible" sequels, a hilarious role in "Tropic Thunder" (2008) and the hard-hitting action movie "Jack Reacher" (2012) - all of which proved he was truly made of durable stuff.

Relationships

Cher Actor

Companion
Briefly dated circa 1985

Connor Cruise Actor

Son
Born Jan. 17, 1995 Adopted by Cruise and Nicole Kidman in February 1995

Suri Cruise

Daughter
Born April 18, 2006; mother, Katie Holmes

Thomas Cruise Mapother

Father
Worked with the Canadian Army Divorced Cruise's mother in 1974 Cruise told Parade Magazine his father was "a bully" and "a merchant of chaos" Cruise reconciled with his father before his death from cancer in 1984

Penélope Cruz Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in "Vanilla Sky" (2001) Went public with relationship in July 2001 Amicably ended three-year relationship in January 2004

Rebecca De Mornay Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Risky Business" (1983) Couple lived together for 2 and a half years

Lee Anne DeVette

Sister
Born c. 1959 Worked in publicity and marketing for Cruise's company Took over as Cruise's publicist in 1994 Dropped as Cruise's publicist in 2005 in order to oversee the day-to-day operations of her brother's philanthropic activities

Melissa Gilbert Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 1982 No longer together

Katie Holmes Actor

Wife
Began dating April 2005 Cruise proposed to Holmes June 17, 2005 atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France Married Nov. 18, 2006 in a 15th-century castle outside of Rome in Bracciano, Italy; a statement was released, saying the couple had "officialized their marriage in Los Angeles prior to their departure for Italy" Holmes filed for divorce June 28, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for sole legal custody and "primary residential custody" of the couple's daughter Suri After only a few days of negotiations, couple agreed to all the details in their divorce settlement on July 9, 2012 Divorce finalized Aug. 20, 2012

Nicole Kidman Actor

Wife
Met while filming "Days of Thunder" (1990) Married Dec. 24, 1990 in Telluride, CO Separated when Kidman was three months pregnant, just before their tenth wedding anniversary; she later miscarried; announced separation in February 2001 Cruise filed for divorce Feb. 7, 2001 Divorce finalized Aug. 8, 2001 Co-starred in "Far and Away" (1992) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)

Isabella Kidman Cruise

Daughter
Born Dec. 22, 1992 Adopted by Cruise and Nicole Kidman in January 1993

William Mapother Actor

Cousin
Born April 17, 1965; appeared in "Mission: Impossible II" (2006)

Cass Mapother

Sister
Born c. 1963

Marian Mapother

Sister
Born c. 1961

Mary Mapother South

Mother
Left Cruise's father in 1974 Raised Cruise and his sister with no financial help from their father Re-married to a plastics salesman named Jack South

Mimi Rogers Actor

Wife
Married May 9, 1987 Divorced Feb. 4, 1990 Rogers generally believed to have introduced Cruise to Scientology

Jack South

Step-Father

Sofia Vergara Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 2005 before Cruise began dating Katie Holmes

EDUCATION

Because the family moved often, Cruise attended eight elementary schools and three high schools

Glen Ridge High School

Glen Ridge , New Jersey 1980

Briefly attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati (on a church scholarship) and aspired to become a Catholic priest

Milestones

2013

Featured in the sci-tale "Oblivion"

2012

Played mega-rocker Stacee Jaxx in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"

2012

Played title role in action drama "Jack Reacher"; also produced

2011

Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for the fourth film in franchise "Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird

2010

Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day," about a fugitive couple on a glamorous and deadly adventure across the globe

2008

Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Tropic Thunder")

2008

Made a memorable cameo as a studio head in the Ben Stiller directed comedy "Tropic Thunder"

2008

Portrayed Colonel Stauffenberg, the leader of German army officers who plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in "Valkyrie"; directed by Bryan Singer

2007

Portrayed Presidential hopeful Senator Jasper Irving in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"

2006

With business partner Paula Wagner, signed a two-year development deal with an investment partnership headed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

2006

Partnered with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to resurrect United Artists; starred in and produced films for the studio, and production partner Paula Wagner served as chief executive officer

2006

Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for "Mission: Impossible III," with J.J. Abrams making his feature-film directorial debut

2006

On Aug. 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions

2005

Re-teamed with Spielberg for "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells novel

2004

Played against type as a contract killer in Michael Mann's "Collateral"

2003

Starred in Edward Zwick's historical drama "The Last Samurai"; earned third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination

2002

Starred in the science fiction thriller "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg

2001

Re-teamed with director Cameron Crowe for "Vanilla Sky," a loose remake of the Spanish film "Abre Los Ojos"

2000

Returned as Ethan Hunt for the John Woo directed sequel "Mission: Impossible II"; also produced with Wagner

1999

Acted in Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble drama "Magnolia"; played a misogynistic male guru; earned Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination

1999

Played the lead role in Stanley Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut"; re-teamed with then wife Nicole Kidman and Sydney Pollack (took two years to complete)

1996

Feature producing debut (with partner Wagner), Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible"; also played the lead role of Ethan Hunt

1996

Played the title role of a sports agent in the Cameron Crowe directed "Jerry Maguire"; received second Best Actor Academy Award

1994

Starred along with Brad Pitt and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire," based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1993

Starred in Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" along with Gene Hackman and Ed Harris; based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham

1993

Made TV directorial debut with "Frightening Frammis," an episode of Showtime's "Fallen Angels"

1992

Along with former CAA agent Paula Wagner, signed an exclusive production pact with Paramount Pictures to produce his films

1992

Starred in the military thriller "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore; earned another Best Actor Golden Globe nomination

1992

Re-teamed with Kidman for the Ron Howard directed "Far and Away"; played Irish settlers in the American West

1990

First story credit (shared with Robert Towne), the Tony Scott directed "Days of Thunder"; first film with future wife Nicole Kidman

1989

Portrayed paralyzed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"; garnered first Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1988

Played a sexy bartender in the lighthearted drama "Cocktail"

1988

Received critical praise for his performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"

1986

Rose to star status as American fighter pilot Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in Tony Scott's blockbuster film "Top Gun"

1986

Starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" along with Paul Newman

1985

Starred in the Ridley Scott directed fantasy film "Legend"

1983

Breakthrough film role, as high school student Joel Goodson in "Risky Business"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination

1983

Persuaded director Francis Ford Coppola to cast him in "The Outsiders"

1983

Played a goal-oriented high school football player in "All the Right Moves"

1981

Had a more substantial role in "Taps" opposite George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, and Sean Penn

1981

Met Paula Wagner, then an agent at Creative Artists Agency

1981

Feature acting debut, a small role in "Endless Love" starring Brooke Shields

1974

Briefly lived in Canada before moving back to the U.S. with his mother and three younger sisters

Took up acting in high school after losing his place on wrestling team due to a knee injury

Bonus Trivia

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Cruise began practicing Scientology while married to Mimi Rogers (1987-90), whose father was one of its founders.

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He received an American Cinema Award for "distinguished achievement in film" in 1991.

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"Tom Cruise has a star named for him in the Hercules constellation, thanks to wife Nicole Kidman, who paid $40 to International Star Registry for the honor." – from the Daily News, Jan. 6, 1993

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"Cruise is very good. Consider that pack of novices in Francis Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983). Cruise was not much noticed then among Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and C. Thomas Howell (this team is a great tribute to the foresight of Coppola and his casting wizard Fred Roos). But he has gone on to so much richer and more coherent a career and so little wish to impose himself or his attitude upon his pictures. Cruise is one of the first young actors who seems unaffected by the impact of Brando or Clift, and much more inspired by the example of a Gable or a Grant. He wants to work." – from David Thomson's "A Biographical Dictionary of Film" in New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1994

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In 1994, he was named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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In 1996, Cruise came to the rescue of people on three different occasions. March saw him take a Brazilian woman felled by a speeding car to the hospital and pay her $7000 bill when he found out she was without health insurance. Four months later, he spotted two young boys being crushed by surging crowds at the London premiere of "Mission: Impossible" and pulled them to safety, and then four weeks after that while yachting, he rescued five people when a nearby sail boat caught fire.

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"His acting was so good it was almost bizarre. You'd look into his eyes and he'd really be there, he'd really be in love with you. You could see his heart and soul. And then the director would yell 'Cut,' Tom would leave the set, and you'd have to go into therapy for six months." – Renee Zellweger on working with Cruise in "Jerry Maguire" (1996) quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 20, 1996

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In 1998, Cruise and Kidman accepted substantial libel damages from Express newspapers over allegations that their marriage was a "hypocritical sham." The couple then donated the money to charity.

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"We knew from the beginning the level of commitment needed. We felt honored to work with [Stanley Kubrick]. We were going to do what it took to do this picture, whatever time, because I felt, and Nic [Nicole Kidman] did too, that this was going to be a really special time for us. We knew it would be difficult. But I would have absolutely kicked myself if I hadn't done this." – Cruise about his decision to do "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) quoted in Time magazine, July 5, 1999

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On May 2, 2001, Cruise filed a $100 million lawsuit against porn actor Kyle Bradford (aka Chad Slater) charging that Bradford/Slater had issued a false story claiming that he and Cruise had engaged in a homosexual relationship.

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In June 2001, Cruise filed a second $100 million lawsuit, this time charging defamation against Michael Davis, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who allegedly offered to sell a videotapes which he claimed showed Cruise engaging in homosexual activity.

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In February 2002, Cruise had clear braces put on his famous smile after his child's orthodontist expressed concern about his overbite.

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Cruise was active in the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.), an organization which gave free tutoring to children and adults and used "study technology," a method developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Cruise said it was this method which helped him overcome his own learning problems.

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"It's well known that I'm a Scientologist, and that has helped me to find that inner peace in my life. [It’s] something that has given me great stability and tools that I use, and it's also something that's enabled me to help others in a way that I've always wanted to, something substantial." – Cruise quoted in Cinema Confidential, Dec. 4, 2003

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April 2004, An organization co-founded by Cruise raised $1.2 million to expand a treatment program for rescue workers exposed to potentially hazardous materials after the collapse of the World Trade Center. The project's program was developed by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, of which Cruise was a member.

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"You can’t go through life always walking on the sidewalk," Cruise says, explaining why he was drawn to this role. "You’ve got to cross the street. I’m always asking myself, How far can I go? For me, that’s what life is about. I’m going to continue taking risks because it’s not about being bankable at the box office. I can’t control that. I just have to be consistent and true to myself." – Cruise to Los Angeles Confidential, Summer 2004

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"We laugh hysterically. My mom, my sisters, we piss ourselves with laughter. You know, even now, sometimes we go from country to country, and I'll be there with Lee Anne, and I'm getting on my airplane. And it's just that look of 'Can you f*ck*ng believe this? I don't think I will ever not be giddy about that. It may sound funny but, there's just an appreciation. A true damn appreciation for it." – Cruise on his megastar status to GQ magazine, December 2004

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"I think it's important in life to celebrate these things. You know, I'm just happy. I can't contain myself. And I'm not going to try. I refuse." – Cruise on publicly professing his love for Katie Holmes, Entertainment Weekly, June 17, 2005

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"He was a bully and a coward," the 43-year-old actor says of his father, Thomas Cruise Mapother III. "He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. It was a great lesson in my life, how he'd lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang!" – Cruise quoted to Parade magazine, April 2006

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"Now I'll put Suri on a swing and tell her stories when I'm working on a script. I'll start with the beginning of the movie and take her through the story beat by beat. Of course I make it age-appropriate. She's four years old. But she asks all the right questions: 'Why does that happen? Those are the bad guys? You're the good guy, right?'" – Cruise on spending time with his daughter Suri, quoted in Esquire, June/July 2010

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