Tom Cruise: biography and latest news!

    Tom Cruise © Guirec-Guignebourg
    Tom Cruise © Guirec-Guignebourg

  • Occupation: actor, producer
  • Real name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
  • Sign: Cancer
  • Date of birth: Tuesday 03 July 1962 (age: 58 years)
  • Country: United States

One of the most influential men in American show business is also the most controversial. For a long time adulated, he is today better known for his involvement in the Scientology sect than for the mixed success of the blockbusters in which he participates. His marriage to Katie Holmes in November 2006, long considered a publicity stunt, was highly decried. Born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, USA, Tom Cruise, real name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, is the son of Mary Lee Pfeiffer, a special education teacher and Thomas Cruise Mapother III, an electrical engineer of Irish descent. Tom grew up alongside his three sisters, Cass, Lee Anne and Marian. A very sporty child (he played many sports such as basketball, football, hockey, baseball…), he had several career dreams: fascinated by mineral varieties, he first became a biologist, then changed his mind and was about to enter the orders after a year spent in a Franciscan monastery. Once again, however, destiny had a different fate in store for him. In high school, he discovers the profession of actor by acting in several shows and it is finally this last passion that wins him over. At the age of eighteen, freshly arrived in New York, he went through a series of castings. He managed to land several roles in Franco Zeffirelli’s Infinite Love, in 1981, and in Harold Becker’s Taps, the same year. In 1983, the public discovered a handsome twenty-one year old who measured his muscles against other promising young men such as Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze or Rob Lowe, all in the cast of Francis Ford Coppola’s Outsiders. That same year, Tom Cruise landed his first major role in Paul Brickman’s Risky Business. The actor then reveals the best side of his acting, that of an impertinent man who is hated to be adored. In 1985, Ridley Scott cast him in Legend, but it was a year later, with the film Top Gun by the director’s younger brother, Tony Scott, that the actor was consecrated a hero of America. Tom Cruise’s box-office success then followed on from Martin Scorsese’s The Colour of Silver in 1987 and Cocktail in 1989. Thanks to Rain Man, in which he gave Dustin Hoffman a line the same year, the New Yorker also showed himself to be sensitive. A colour from his actor’s palette that he will find again for his memorable role in Né un 4 juillet and years later alongside Penélope Cruz in Vanilla Sky. The film is decried, but his love story with the divine Spanish girl makes fans dream. Three years earlier, the fantasies were about his relationship with Nicole Kidman, both in the city and on screen in Eyes Wilde Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s latest film. The two actors had met on the set of Thunder Days when Tom Cruise was still married to actress Mimi Rogers, whom he had married on May 9, 1987 and divorced on February 4, 1990. A few months later, on December 24, 1990, Tom Cruise married Nicole Kidman. Together they adopted two children: Isabella, born in 1992 and Connor, born in 1995. But after ten years of living together, the two actors also end up divorced on August 8, 2001. Tom Cruise’s membership in the Church of Scientology and his will to follow all its precepts would have weighed heavily in the balance… Passionate icon but also blockbuster superhero, Tom Cruise is inseparable from the Mission Impossible that he will fulfill four times. A status he also highlights for Steven Spielberg in Minority Report and War of the Worlds. At barely fifty years of age, Tom Cruise hasn’t said his last word and he has been reborn in the cinema for several years now. The release of Rock Forever and Jack Reacher this year will perhaps temper the image of a dangerous Scientologist that Katie Holmes has more or less voluntarily given him since her divorce petition on 29 June 2012. An express divorce, pronounced on August 20, 2012, and surprisingly enough after seven years of public relations, a love affair proclaimed loud and clear for the actress of Dawson by a Tom Cruise, who leaps from the couch on the set of Oprah Winfrey’s TV show and the birth of their little girl, Suri, in April 2006… Between financial battle and war of nerves, Tom Cruise will also have to ensure in the coming years on no less than nineteen films in preparation… for the next fifty years, in sum.