The 19th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Kirk Douglas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)
Thomas Cruise Mapother
Lee Anne DeVette
Isabella Kidman Cruise
Mary Mapother South
Glen Ridge High School
Reprised the role of Jack Reacher in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"
Starred as Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Starred in Doug Liman's science-fiction adventure "Edge of Tomorrow."
Featured in the sci-tale "Oblivion"
Played mega-rocker Stacee Jaxx in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
Played title role in action drama "Jack Reacher"; also produced
Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for the fourth film in franchise "Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird
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
Made a memorable cameo as a studio head in the Ben Stiller directed comedy "Tropic Thunder"
Portrayed Colonel Stauffenberg, the leader of German army officers who plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in "Valkyrie"; directed by Bryan Singer
Portrayed Presidential hopeful Senator Jasper Irving in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"
Reprised role of Ethan Hunt for "Mission: Impossible III," with J.J. Abrams making his feature-film directorial debut
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
On Aug. 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions
With business partner Paula Wagner, signed a two-year development deal with an investment partnership headed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder
Re-teamed with Spielberg for "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells novel
Played against type as a contract killer in Michael Mann's "Collateral"
Starred in Edward Zwick's historical drama "The Last Samurai"; earned third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Starred in the science fiction thriller "Minority Report," directed by Steven Spielberg
Re-teamed with director Cameron Crowe for "Vanilla Sky," a loose remake of the Spanish film "Abre Los Ojos"
Returned as Ethan Hunt for the John Woo directed sequel "Mission: Impossible II"; also produced with Wagner
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)
Acted in Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble drama "Magnolia"; played a misogynistic male guru; earned Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination
Played the title role of a sports agent in the Cameron Crowe directed "Jerry Maguire"; received second Best Actor Academy Award
Feature producing debut (with partner Wagner), Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible"; also played the lead role of Ethan Hunt
Starred along with Brad Pitt and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire," based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel
Made TV directorial debut with "Frightening Frammis," an episode of Showtime's "Fallen Angels"
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Starred in Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" along with Gene Hackman and Ed Harris; based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham
Starred in the military thriller "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore; earned another Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Along with former CAA agent Paula Wagner, signed an exclusive production pact with Paramount Pictures to produce his films
Re-teamed with Kidman for the Ron Howard directed "Far and Away"; played Irish settlers in the American West
First story credit (shared with Robert Towne), the Tony Scott directed "Days of Thunder"; first film with future wife Nicole Kidman
Portrayed paralyzed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"; garnered first Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Received critical praise for his performance opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"
Played a sexy bartender in the lighthearted drama "Cocktail"
Starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" along with Paul Newman
Rose to star status as American fighter pilot Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in Tony Scott's blockbuster film "Top Gun"
Starred in the Ridley Scott directed fantasy film "Legend"
Breakthrough film role, as high school student Joel Goodson in "Risky Business"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Persuaded director Francis Ford Coppola to cast him in "The Outsiders"
Played a goal-oriented high school football player in "All the Right Moves"
Feature acting debut, a small role in "Endless Love" starring Brooke Shields
Had a more substantial role in "Taps" opposite George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, and Sean Penn
Met Paula Wagner, then an agent at Creative Artists Agency
Took up acting in high school after losing his place on wrestling team due to a knee injury
Cruise began practicing Scientology while married to Mimi Rogers (1987-90), whose father was one of its founders.
He received an American Cinema Award for "distinguished achievement in film" in 1991.
In 1994, he was named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In February 2002, Cruise had clear braces put on his famous smile after his child's orthodontist expressed concern about his overbite.
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.
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.