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American Actor - Tom Cruise
born : Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, United States of America 1962, July 3
famous for : Being one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood and his strong beliefs in Scientology. Cruise was married to the actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, and is now married to Katie Holmes.
lives: USA

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Tom Cruise was born on the 3rd of July, 1962 as "
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV". Tom Cruise was the only son of four siblings. His upbringing was unsettled with his family living in various locations throughout the United States and Canada.

When Tom Cruise was younger he briefly studied at a Franciscan seminary where he had ambitions of becoming a priest. It was during high school in New Jersey that Cruise found his love for acting and then abandoned his ambitions of becoming a priest.

The first movie Tom Cruise played in was in 1981 where he played in a small part in "Endless Love". In 1983 Cruise achieved his first success with the movie "Risky Business". He then went on to establish himself as a major actor in the 80s with starring roles in popular movies like "Top Gun" (1986) and "Rain Man" (1988).

Tom Cruise is one of the highest paid actors in the world with his fee per movie now rising above $20+ million each. Some of the fees of his recent movies are listed below;

Lions for Lambs (2007)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
War of the Worlds (2005) (20% profit participation)
The Last Samurai (2003) $25,000,000 + % of profits
Minority Report (2002) $25,000,000+
Vanilla Sky (2001) $20,000,000 + 30% of Profits
Mission: Impossible II (2000) $75,000,000 (gross participation)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) $20,000,000
Jerry Maguire (1996) $20,000,000 against 15%
Mission: Impossible (1996) $70,000,000 (gross participation)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) $15,000,000

Tom Cruise has been married twice (Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman). While married to the actress Nicole Kidman the couple adopted two children, Isabella and Connor.

Tom Cruise is a strong believer in the controversial "religion" Scientology and is very vocal about it in his interviews with the press. Controversial negative comments about psychiatry, the supposed benefits of Scientology, and several other statements have brought much attention to the actor's beliefs.

Cruise is currently married to the actress Katie Holmes.

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