Thomas Cruise Mapother IV ,born July 3, 1962, widely known as Tom Cruise, is an American film actor and producer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards for the same movies: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), Magnolia (1999).
His role as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder brought him even more popularity, helping him recover from controversy surrounding a few instances of bizarre public behavior, which many said were caused by his connection to Scientology.
In 1996, Cruise scored financial success with the big-budget action film Mission: Impossible, but it was with his multilayered, Oscar-nominated performance in Jerry Maguire that Cruise proved once again why he is considered a major Hollywood player.
He's been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. His net worth is estimated to be around $250 million.
Eager to prove that he wasn't just another pretty boy, the young actor signed on to a number of diverse projects. Aside from a few bombs (the fantasy epic Legend, the flat comedy Cocktail), he was a hit at the box office, in lowbrow blockbusters (a cocky pilot in Top Gun, a cocky race-car driver in Days of Thunder) as well as in more high-minded fare (a protective younger brother in Rain Man, a disabled Vietnam vet in Born on the Fourth of July, which earned him an Oscar nod).
An irrefutable Hollywood megastar who is equally magnetic and manic, revered and reviled, Cruise was just 21 when he landed his breakthrough role as a horny high-school hunk in 1983's sex romp Risky Business.
Born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, NY, Cruise was high-school wrestler until he was sidelined by a knee injury. Soon taking up acting, he found that the activity served a dual purpose: performing satiated his need for attention, while the memorization aspect of acting helped him come to grips with his dyslexia.
Cruise was married twice before, to actresses Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers. It was Holmes' first marriage.
Cruise, 49, and Holmes, 33, wed in the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle outside of Rome in 2006. He had proposed at the Eiffel Tower.
On the verge of his 50th birthday, it seems the bad news keeps coming for Tom Cruise, whose hair-metal musical Rock of Ages has been a flop at the box office since opening two weeks ago. Then on Thursday, Katie Holmes filed for divorce, going so far as to demand sole custody of their daughter, Suri, 6
For "Top Gun" Tom Cruise, 33 is the loneliest number.
Not only is the number 33 significant in the Church of Scientology, but it is also the age each of his three wives were when their marriages with Cruise ended.