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)
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
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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