Tom cruise Movies, Age, Height, Net worth, Teeth & More

American actor and producer (born 1962)
This article is about the American actor For other people named Tom Cruise, see Tom Cruise (disambiguation)

Tom Cruise

Cruise at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 60)

Syracuse, New York, US
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active 1981–present
Works Full list
Spouses
  • Mimi Rogers

    (m 1987; div 1990)

  • Nicole Kidman

    (m 1990; div 2001)

  • Katie Holmes

    (m 2006; div 2012)

Children 3
Relatives William Mapother (cousin)
Awards Full list
Website tomcruisecom
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Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (born July 3, 1962), known professionally as Tom Cruise, is an American actor and producer One of the world’s highest-paid actors, he has received various accolades, including an Honorary Palme d’Or and three Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards His films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and over $111 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time

Cruise began acting in the early 1980s and made his breakthrough with leading roles in the comedy film Risky Business (1983) and action film Top Gun (1986) Critical acclaim came with his roles in the dramas The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) For his portrayal of Ron Kovic in the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor As a leading Hollywood star in the 1990s, he starred in several commercially successful films, including the drama A Few Good Men (1992), the thriller The Firm (1993), the horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994), and the romance Jerry Maguire (1996) For the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and received his second Academy Award nomination Cruise’s performance as a motivational speaker in the drama Magnolia (1999) earned him another Golden Globe Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Since then, Cruise has largely starred in science fiction and action films, establishing himself as an action star, often performing his own risky stunts He has played Ethan Hunt in all six of the Mission: Impossible films from 1996 to 2018 His other notable roles in the genre include Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Collateral (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Knight and Day (2010), Jack Reacher (2012), Oblivion (2013), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and Top Gun: Maverick (2022), with Maverick being his highest-grossing film

Cruise has been married to actresses Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes He has three children, two of whom were adopted during his marriage to Kidman and the other of whom is a biological daughter he had with Holmes Cruise is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology, which he credits with helping him overcome dyslexia In the 2000s, he sparked controversy with his criticisms of psychiatry and anti-depressant drugs, his efforts to promote Scientology in Europe, and a leaked video interview of him promoting Scientology

Early life and education

Cruise was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, to electrical engineer Thomas Cruise Mapother III (1934–1984) and special education teacher Mary Lee (née Pfeiffer; 1936–2017) His parents were both from Louisville, Kentucky, and had English, German, and Irish ancestry Cruise has three sisters named Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass One of his cousins, William Mapother, is also an actor who has appeared alongside Cruise in five films Cruise grew up in near poverty and had a Catholic upbringing He later described his father as “a merchant of chaos”, a “bully”, and a “coward” who beat his children He elaborated, ” 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! For me, it was like, ‘There’s something wrong with this guy Don’t trust him Be careful around him'”

In total, Cruise attended 15 schools in 14 years Cruise spent part of his childhood in Canada; when his father took a job as a defense consultant with the Canadian Armed Forces, his family moved in late 1971 to Beacon Hill, Ottawa He attended the new Robert Hopkins Public School for his fourth and fifth grade education He first became involved in drama in fourth grade, under drama teacher George Steinburg He and six other boys put on an improvised play to music called IT at the Carleton Elementary School drama festival Drama organizer Val Wright was in the audience and later said that “the movement and improvisation were excellent a classic ensemble piece” In sixth grade, Cruise went to Henry Munro Middle School in Ottawa That year, his mother left his father, taking Cruise and his sisters back to the United States In 1978, she married Jack South Cruise’s biological father died of cancer in 1984 Cruise briefly took a Catholic Church scholarship and attended the St Francis Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio; he aspired to become a Franciscan priest before being expelled from the seminary for drinking This led to his becoming interested in acting In his senior year of high school, he played football for the varsity team as a linebacker, but was cut from the squad after getting caught drinking beer before a game He went on to star in the school’s production of Guys and Dolls In 1980, he graduated from Glen Ridge High School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Acting career

Cruise in 1985 at a reception hosted by First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House

1980s

At age 18, with the blessing of his mother and stepfather, Cruise moved to New York City to pursue an acting career After working as a busboy in New York, he went to Los Angeles to try out for television roles He signed with CAA and began acting in films He first appeared in a bit part in the 1981 film Endless Love, followed by a major supporting role as a crazed military academy student in Taps later that year 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 has been described as “A Generation X classic, and a career maker for Tom Cruise” He also played the male lead in the Ridley Scott film Legend, released in 1985 By 1986’s Top Gun, his status as a superstar had been cemented

Tom Cruise at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989

Cruise followed up Top Gun with Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money (1986), which came out the same year, and which paired him with Paul Newman Their chemistry won praise among critics with The Washington Post writing, “One of the subtle achievements of both Cruise’s and Newman’s performances is that you feel that both of them are genuinely top-notch pool hustlers” In 1988, Cruise starred in Cocktail, a film that was a box office success but failed with critics His performance earned him a nomination for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor Later that year he starred with Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, which won the Academy Award for Best Film and Cruise the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor

In 1989, Cruise portrayed real-life paralyzed Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone’s war epic Born on the Fourth of July Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July  His performance is so good that the movie lives through it Stone is able to make his statement with Cruise’s face and voice and doesn’t need to put everything into the dialogue” The performance earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actor, a nomination for BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Cruise’s first Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1990s

Cruise’s next films were Days of Thunder (1990) and Far and Away (1992), both of which co-starred then-wife Nicole Kidman as his love interest, followed by the legal thriller 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, a gothic drama/horror film that was based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novel The film was well-received, although Rice was initially quite outspoken in her criticism of Cruise having been cast in the film, as Julian Sands was her first choice Upon seeing the film, however, she paid $7,740 for a two-page ad in Daily Variety praising his performance and apologizing for her previous doubts about him

In 1996, Cruise appeared as superspy Ethan Hunt in the reboot of Mission: Impossible, which he produced The film was directed by Brian De Palma and was a box office success, although it received criticism regarding the Jim Phelps character being a villain despite being a protagonist of the original television series Film critic Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised Cruise’s performance declaring, “Tom Cruise has found the perfect superhero character on which to graft his breathlessly gung-ho screen personality” In the same year, Cruise took on the title role in Cameron Crowe’s sports drama Jerry Maguire playing a sports agent in search of love He stars opposite Renee Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr The film was a massive financial success with Cruise earning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and his second nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor

In 1999, Cruise costarred with Kidman in Stanley Kubrick’s erotic and psychological drama film Eyes Wide Shut Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised both Cruise and Kidman on their performances writing, “Cruise in particular lays himself open in that fiercely committed way that he tries everything as an actor” That same year he took a rare supporting role, as a motivational speaker, Frank TJ Mackey, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999) Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers heaped praise on Cruise writing, “Cruise is a revelation, fully deserving of the shower of superlatives coming his way  Cruise seethes with the chaotic energy of a wounded animal – he’s devastating” For his performance he received another Golden Globe and nomination for an Academy Award

2000s

In 2000, Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of the Mission Impossible films, Mission: Impossible 2 The film was helmed by Hong Kong director John Woo and branded with his gun fu style; it continued the series’ success at the box office, taking in $547 million worldwide Like its predecessor, it was the highest-grossing film of the year and had a mixed critical reception Cruise received an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance for the film

His next five films were major critical and commercial successes The following year, Cruise starred in the romantic thriller Vanilla Sky (2001) with Cameron Diaz and Penélope Cruz In 2002, Cruise starred in the dystopian science fiction action film Minority Report, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the science fiction short story by Philip K Dick

Cruise at the 2007 London Film Festival for the premiere of Lions for Lambs

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 The critical consensus states that “Driven by director Michael Mann’s trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller” In 2005, Cruise worked again with Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds, a loose adaptation of the H G Wells novel of the same name, which became the fourth highest-grossing film of the year with US$5914 million worldwide Also in 2005, he was a nominee for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star and the winner of the MTV Generation Award Cruise was nominated for seven Saturn Awards between 2002 and 2009, winning once Nine of the ten films he starred in during the decade made over $100 million at the box office

In 2006, he returned to his role as Ethan Hunt in the third installment 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 an unrecognizable appearance as “Les Grossman” in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr This performance earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination Cruise played the central role in the historical thriller Valkyrie released on December 25, 2008, to box office success

2010s

In March 2010, Cruise completed filming the action-comedy Knight and Day, in which he re-teamed with former costar Cameron Diaz; the film was released on June 23, 2010 On February 9, 2010, Cruise confirmed that he would star in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series The film was released in December 2011 to high critical acclaim and box office success Unadjusted for ticket price inflation, it was Cruise’s biggest commercial success to that date

Cruise at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con

On May 6, 2011, Cruise was awarded a humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance for his work as a dedicated philanthropist In mid-2011, Cruise started shooting the movie Rock of Ages (2012), in which he played the fictional character Stacee Jaxx The film was released in June 2012 and was a rare box-office misstep for Cruise Cruise however received positive reviews for his performance with Variety’s film critic Justin Chang writing, “Channeling the likes of Axl Rose and Keith Richards with his tattoos, heavy furs and even heavier eyeshadow, Cruise clearly relishes the opportunity to play against type even as he sends up his world’s-biggest-movie-star identity, displaying a cock-of-the-rock strut that viewers haven’t seen since his turn in Magnolia

Cruise starred as Jack Reacher in the film adaptation of British author Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot The film was released on December 21, 2012 It met with positive reviews from critics and was a box office success grossing $217 million worldwide In 2013, he starred in the science fiction film Oblivion based on director Joseph Kosinski’s graphic novel of the same name The film met with mixed reviews and grossed $286 million worldwide It also starred Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko In 2014, Cruise starred in the science fiction-action film Edge of Tomorrow, which received positive reviews and grossed over $370 million

In 2015, Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which he also produced Returning cast members included Simon Pegg as Benji and Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, with Christopher McQuarrie as director The film earned high critical acclaim and was a commercial success Cruise starred in the 2017 reboot of Boris Karloff’s 1932 horror movie The Mummy The new film, also titled The Mummy received negative reviews and flopped at the box office In 2018, Cruise 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 Unadjusted for ticket price inflation, it was Cruise’s biggest commercial success to date

2020s

In May 2020, it was reported that Cruise would be starring and producing a 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

In May 2021, Cruise protested against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) by returning all three of his Golden Globe Awards in light of controversy surrounding the HFPA, particularly its lack of diversity, specifically no black members, and ethical questions related to financial benefits to some of its members

In 2022, Cruise reprised his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick, a film which he also executive produced The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where Cruise earned an Honorary Palme d’Or The film was released to widespread critical praise, with many reviewers deeming it superior to its predecessor The film has broken several box office records upon its release; earning over $1 billion, becoming the highest-grossing film of his career Cruise will earn $100 million for the film, when combining ticket sales, his salary, and his cut of home entertainment rentals and streaming revenues

Work as a producer

Cruise partnered with his former talent agent Paula Wagner to form Cruise/Wagner Productions in 1993, and the company has since co-produced several of Cruise’s films, the first being Mission: Impossible in 1996 which was also Cruise’s first project as a producer

Cruise in 2016

Cruise is noted as having negotiated some of the most lucrative film deals in Hollywood, and was described in 2005 by Hollywood economist Edward Jay Epstein as “one of the most powerful – and richest – forces in Hollywood” Epstein argues that Cruise is one of the few producers (the others being George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer) who are regarded as able to guarantee the success of a billion-dollar film franchise Epstein also contends that the public obsession with Cruise’s tabloid controversies obscures full appreciation of Cruise’s exceptional commercial prowess

Cruise/Wagner Productions, Cruise’s film production company, is said to be developing a screenplay based on Erik Larson’s New York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City about a real-life serial killer, H H Holmes, at Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition Kathryn Bigelow is attached to the project to produce and helm Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, is also developing a film about Holmes and the World’s Fair, in which DiCaprio will star

Cruise has produced several films in which he appeared He produced Mission: Impossible, Without Limits, Mission: Impossible 2, The Others, Vanilla Sky and many others

Break with Paramount

On August 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise In The Wall Street Journal, chairman of Viacom (Paramount’s parent company) Sumner Redstone cited the economic damage to Cruise’s value as an actor and producer from his controversial public behavior and views Cruise/Wagner Productions responded that Paramount’s announcement was a face-saving move after the production company had successfully sought alternative financing from private equity firms

Industry analysts such as Edward Jay Epstein commented that the real reason for the split was most likely Paramount’s discontent over Cruise/Wagner’s exceptionally large share of DVD sales from the Mission: Impossible franchise

Management of United Artists

In November 2006, Cruise and Paula Wagner announced that they had taken over the film studio United Artists Cruise acts as a producer and star in films for United Artists, while Wagner serves as UA’s chief executive

Production began in 2007 of Valkyrie, a thriller based on the July 20, 1944, assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler The film was acquired in March 2007 by United Artists On March 21, 2007, Cruise signed to play Claus von Stauffenberg, the protagonist This project marked the second production to be greenlighted since Cruise and Wagner took control of United Artists The first was its inaugural film, Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford and starring Redford, Meryl Streep and Cruise Lambs was released on November 9, 2007, opening to unimpressive box office revenue and critical reception

In August 2008, Wagner stepped down from her position at United Artists; she retains her stake in UA, which combined with Cruise’s share amounts to 30 percent of the studio

Personal life

Relationships

Cruise splits his time between homes in Beverly Hills, California; Clearwater, Florida; and the South of England where Cruise has lived in various places including Central London, Dulwich, East Grinstead, and Biggin Hill

In the early-to-mid-1980s, Cruise had relationships with Melissa Gilbert, Rebecca De Mornay, Patti Scialfa, and Cher

Cruise and Mimi Rogers at the 1989 Oscars

Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers on May 9, 1987 They divorced on February 4, 1990 Rogers had grown up in Scientology and was one of its ‘auditors’; they met when Cruise became one of her clients After she left the organization, she blamed its leader, David Miscavige, for the break-up of their marriage

Cruise met his second wife, actress Nicole Kidman, on the set of their film Days of Thunder (1990) The couple married on December 24, 1990 They adopted two children: Isabella Jane (born 1992) and Connor Antony (born 1995) In February 2001, Cruise filed for divorce from Kidman while she was unknowingly pregnant The pregnancy seemingly ended in a miscarriage, but in 2007, Kidman clarified the rumors by explaining that she had actually had an ectopic pregnancy

Cruise was next romantically linked with Penélope Cruz, his co-star in Vanilla Sky (2001) Their three-year relationship ended in 2004 An article in the October 2012 issue of Vanity Fair stated that several sources have said that after the breakup with Cruz, Scientologist leaders launched a secret project to find Cruise a new girlfriend According to those sources, a series of “auditions” of Scientologist actresses resulted in a short-lived relationship with British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, who subsequently left Scientology Scientology and Cruise’s lawyers issued strongly worded denials and threatened to sue, accusing Vanity Fair of “shoddy journalism” and “religious bigotry” Journalist Roger Friedman later reported that he received an email from director and ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis confirming the story

Cruise with his then-wife Katie Holmes in May 2009

In April 2005, Cruise began dating actress Katie Holmes On April 27 that year, Cruise and Holmes—dubbed TomKat by the media—made their first public appearance together in Rome A month later, Cruise publicly declared his love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show; he jumped on Winfrey’s yellow couch and stood there Media coverage at the time implied that Oprah was somewhat taken aback by Cruise’s outburst, which distracted from the intended promotion of Cruise’s current film, War of the Worlds On October 6, 2005, Cruise and Holmes announced they were expecting a child In April 2006, their daughter Suri was born On November 18, Holmes and Cruise were married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, in a Scientologist ceremony attended by many Hollywood stars Their publicists said the couple had “officialized” their marriage in Los Angeles the day before the Italian ceremony There has been widespread speculation that their marriage was arranged by the Church of Scientology David Miscavige, the head of Scientology, served as Cruise’s best man On June 29, 2012, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise On July 9, the couple signed a divorce settlement worked out by their lawyers New York law requires all divorce documents remain sealed, so the exact terms of the settlement are not publicly available Cruise stated that ex-wife Katie Holmes divorced him in part to protect the couple’s daughter Suri from Scientology and that Suri is no longer a practicing member of the organization

Scientology

Cruise was converted to Scientology by his first wife Mimi Rogers in 1986, becoming an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology in the 2000s His involvement in the organization was leaked by the tabloid Star in 1990, and he publicly admitted to following Scientology in a 1992 interview with Barbara Walters According to the book Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman, seven years after Cruise started studying Scientology, the organization’s leaders promised to share Scientology secrets, such as the prophet Xenu According to Reitman’s book, Cruise “freaked out” and took a step back He removed himself from the Church and worked on the film Eyes Wide Shut until 1999 when David Miscavige sent Marty Rathbun to successfully “retrieve” Cruise and convince him to continue training Cruise had become a full-on zealot after a couple of years Cruise is friends with the Scientology organization’s chairman David Miscavige Cruise struggled with dyslexia at an early age and has said that Scientology, specifically the L Ron Hubbard Study Tech, helped him overcome dyslexia

Advocacy

In addition to promoting various programs that introduce people to Scientology, Cruise has campaigned for Scientology to be afforded the status of a religion in Europe In 2005, the Council of Paris revealed that Cruise had lobbied French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Senate President Jean-Claude Gaudin They described him as a militant spokesman for Scientology, and barred any further dealings with him He lobbied British Prime Minister Tony Blair to recognize the Scientology organization as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom In the United States, he convinced Bush administration officials Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby to oppose the non-recognition of Scientology in Germany in 2003 In 2004, he met Secretary of Education Rod Paige about endorsing Scientologist education methods as part of No Child Left Behind

Cruise co-founded and raised donations for Downtown Medical to offer New York City 9/11 rescue workers detoxification therapy based on the works of L Ron Hubbard This drew criticism from medical professionals and firefighters For such activities, Scientology leader David Miscavige created the Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor and awarded it to Cruise in late 2004 Former Scientologist Paul Haggis also claimed that Cruise attempted to convert celebrities such as James Packer, Victoria and David Beckham, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, and Steven Spielberg to Scientology

Controversies

Criticism of psychiatry

In January 2004, Cruise made the controversial statement: “I think psychiatry should be outlawed” Further controversy ensued in 2005, when he criticized actress Brooke Shields for using the drug Paxil (paroxetine), an antidepressant which she used to recover from postpartum depression after the birth of her first daughter in 2003 Cruise asserted that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance and that psychiatry is a form of pseudoscience In response, Shields argued that Cruise “should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them” This led to a heated argument between Cruise and Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today on June 24, 2005

Medical authorities view Cruise’s comments as furthering the social stigma of mental illness From The Lancet, “He may be right that psychotropic drugs are overused, sometimes misused; and that lifestyle changes (and exercise for depression) can be helpful But he is wrong, as a celebrity, to add to the burden of those with a mental illness, who often fear seeking or continuing treatment because of the stigma still attached to their condition” Shields called Cruise’s comments “a disservice to mothers everywhere” In late August 2006, Cruise apologized in person to Shields for his comments

Scientology is well known for its opposition to mainstream psychiatry and psychoactive drugs that are routinely prescribed for treatment It was reported that Cruise’s anti-psychiatry actions led to a rift with director Steven Spielberg Spielberg had reportedly mentioned in Cruise’s presence the name of a doctor friend who prescribed psychiatric medication Shortly thereafter, the doctor’s office was picketed by Scientologists, reportedly angering Spielberg

YouTube video removal

Main article: Project Chanology § Tom Cruise video

On January 15, 2008, a video produced by the Church of Scientology featuring an interview with Cruise was posted on YouTube by the Anonymous-linked group Project Chanology, showing Cruise discussing what being a Scientologist means to him The Church of Scientology said the video had been “pirated and edited,” and was taken from a three-hour video produced for members of Scientology YouTube removed the Cruise video from their site under threat of litigation

After YouTube investigated this claim, they found that the video did not breach copyright law, as it is covered by the fair use clause It was subsequently reinstated on the site, and as of June 2020, the video has achieved over 15 million views YouTube has declined to remove it again, due to the popularity of the video, and subsequent changes to copyright policy of the website

Scientology’s purported influence on Cruise

In March 2004, his publicist of 14 years, Pat Kingsley, resigned Cruise’s next publicist was Lee Anne DeVette, his sister, who was herself a Scientologist She served in that role until November 2005 DeVette was replaced with Paul Bloch from the publicity firm Rogers and Cowan Such restructuring was seen as a move to curtail publicity of his views on Scientology, as well as the controversy surrounding his relationship with Katie Holmes

Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Alex Gibney’s 2015 television documentary adaptation of the same name cast a spotlight on Cruise’s role in Scientology The book and the film both allege that the Scientology organization groomed romantic partners for Cruise and that Cruise used Sea Org and Rehabilitation Project Force workers as a source of free labor In the film, Cruise’s former auditor Marty Rathbun claims that wife Nicole Kidman was wiretapped on Tom Cruise’s suggestion, which Cruise’s lawyer denies Cruise’s ex-girlfriend Nazanin Boniadi later compared the Scientology organization’s auditioning of women to date Cruise and experiences with him to “white slavery”

Filmography

Main article: Tom Cruise filmography

Awards and legacy

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Tom Cruise

Cruise’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Cruise’s handprints in Leicester Square, London

In 2006, Premiere ranked Cruise as Hollywood’s most powerful actor, as Cruise came in at number 13 on the magazine’s 2006 Power List, being the highest ranked actor The same year, Forbes magazine ranked him as the world’s most powerful celebrity The founder of CinemaScore in 2016 cited Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio as the “two stars, it doesn’t matter how bad the film is, they can pull up”

October 10, 2006, was declared “Tom Cruise Day” in Japan; the Japan Memorial Day Association said that he was awarded with a special day because of “his love for and close association with Japan”

While reviewing Days of Thunder, film critic Roger Ebert noted the similarities between several of Cruise’s 1980s films and nicknamed the formula the Tom Cruise Picture Ebert listed nine key ingredients that make up the Tom Cruise Picture: the Cruise character, the mentor, the superior woman, the craft he must hone, the arena it takes place in, the arcana or knowledge he must learn, the trail or journey, the proto enemy, and the eventual enemy of the character Some of Cruise’s later films like A Few Good Men and The Last Samurai can also be considered to be part of this formula

Widescreenings compares two of these Cruise characters in an article on the film A Few Good Men,

Cruise is an aerobatic pilot, and was inducted as part of the Living Legends of Aviation in 2010, receiving the Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award from the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy In addition to other aircraft, Cruise owns a P-51 Mustang

Litigation

In 1998, Tom Cruise successfully sued the Daily Express, a British tabloid which alleged that his marriage to Kidman was a sham designed to cover up his homosexuality

In May 2001, Cruise filed a lawsuit against gay porn actor Chad Slater Slater had told the celebrity magazine Actustar that he had been involved in an affair with Cruise This claim was strongly denied by Cruise, and Slater was later ordered to pay $10 million to Cruise in damages after Slater declared he could not afford to defend himself against the suit and would therefore default Cruise requested a default judgment and, in January 2003, a Los Angeles judge decided against Slater after the porn actor said that his story was false

Cruise also sued Bold Magazine publisher Michael Davis for $100 million, because Davis had alleged (though never confirmed) that he had video that would prove Cruise was gay The suit was dropped in exchange for a public statement by Davis that the video was not of Cruise, and that Cruise was heterosexual

In 2006, Cruise sued cybersquatter Jeff Burgar to obtain control of the TomCruisecom domain name When owned by Burgar, the domain redirected to information about Cruise on Celebrity1000com The decision to turn TomCruisecom over to Cruise was handed down by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 5, 2006

In 2009, Michael Davis Sapir filed a suit charging that his phone had been wiretapped at Cruise’s behest That suit was dismissed by a Central Civil West court judge in Los Angeles on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired on Sapir’s claim

In October 2012, Cruise filed a lawsuit against In Touch and Life & Style magazines for defamation after they claimed Cruise had “abandoned” his six-year-old daughter During deposition, Cruise testified that due to his work load 110 days had passed without his seeing her The suit was ultimately settled between the two parties

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