Tom Cruise is an American actor who has starred in many blockbuster movies and as of 2012 is the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He is also a film producer and owns a production company. Tom Cruise has been the winner of three Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated thrice for Academy Awards. Apart from this, many of the movies Cruise has starred in have been huge blockbusters on the box office.
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV a.k.a Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York to mother Mary Lee and father Thomas Cruise Mapother III. Cruise’s mother was a special education teacher and father was an electrical engineer. Tom Cruise is basically of Irish, German and English origin. Cruise’s family had the male domination of his abusive father whom Cruise had once described as The Merchant of Chaos. He was often bullied and beaten by his father and Cruise called him a coward. A part of Tom Cruise’s childhood was spent in Canada. However, when Cruise was in the sixth grade, his mother left his father and brought Cruise and his siblings back to America.
Acting Career of Tom Cruise started quite early but with a small role in the movie Endless Love (1981). However, he got his big break as a supporting actor in the movie Taps later that year. In 1983, his movies Risky Business and All the right moves along with Top Gun in 1986 paved the path for Tom Cruise as an established actor and a Superstar. After this there was no looking back and Tom Cruise went to star in many super-successful movies like Cocktail, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Interview with the Vampire.
Then in 1996, he starred as a superspy Ethan Hunt in the very popular and blockbuster movie which went on to be a series, Mission: Impossible. That same year he also was seen in the lead role of the movie Jerry Maguire and won a Golden Globe for the same. In 1999, his supporting role in the movie Magnolia again won him his second Golden Globe.
After repeated success in many films, Tom Cruise kept going on with release of two Mission Impossible movies, War of the Worlds which was a super duper box office hit and many more.
Tom Cruise’s films have gained $7.3 million worldwide as of 2013. However, the net worth of the highest paid actor in Hollywood is $270 million and he still gets paychecks from his previous movies.