I’ve been… chased by paparazzi, and they run lights, and they chase you and harass you the whole time. It happens all over the world, and it has certainly gotten worse. You don’t know what it’s like being chased by them.
– Tom Cruise
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, Born (July 3, 1962) better known by his screen name Tom Cruise, is an American actor and film producer. Forbes magazine ranked him as the world’s most powerful celebrity in 2006. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of Mary Lee (née Pfeiffer), a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III, an electrical engineer. Cruise has German and English ancestry from his paternal great-grandparents, William Reibert and Charlotte Louise Voelker; and Irish ancestry from his paternal great-great-grandfather Thomas O’Mara. Cruise’s numerous film credits also include “The Color of Money” (1986), with Paul Newman; “Rain Man” (1988), with Dustin Hoffman; “A Few Good Men” (1992), with Jack Nicholson; “The Firm” (1993); and “Interview with the Vampire: the Vampire Chronicles” (1994).
When I work, I work very hard. So I look to work with people who have that level of dedication. And I depend on that from everyone. From the director to my crews that I work with.
– Tom Cruise
He starred as super spy Ethan Hunt in 1996’s “Mission: Impossible,” and reprised his role in the hit 2000, 2006 and 2011 sequels. An actor whose name became synonymous with all-American entertainment, Tom Cruise spent the 1980s as one of Hollywood’s brightest-shining golden boys. Born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, NY, Cruise was high-school wrestler until he was sidelined by a knee injury. Soon taking up acting, he found that the activity served a dual purpose: performing satiated his need for attention, while the memorization aspect of acting helped him come to grips with his dyslexia. Moving to New York in 1980, Cruise’s first big hit was Risky Business in 1982, in which he entered movie-trivia infamy with the scene wherein he celebrates his parents’ absence by dancing around the living room in his underwear.
I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can’t do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I’m going to do something, I go all the way.
The Hollywood press corps began touting Cruise as one of the “Brat Pack,” a group of twenty-something actors who seemed on the verge of taking over the movie industry in the early ’80s. Tom Cruise net worth is estimated at $482 million. Tom Cruise net worth came from his works as an actor and as film producer but majority of his wealth came from his box office movies. Once counted as the sure shot ticket to success in Hollywood, he is the only actor to have his six consecutive movies gross more than $100 million on the box office. His first major blockbuster was 1983’s Risky Business, which literally made him the most sought after actor in the business, this also marked the beginning of Tom Cruise net worth.
I’ve never done work for money ever. If your choices are based on grosses and the film doesn’t do well, what does that mean? It leaves you with nothing.
A string of Hollywood hits and he was clearly leading the way, both in terms of cash and fan following. His stint as a producer has been even more eventful. The Mission Impossible franchise, which is a baby of his own production company, is one of the highest grossing movie franchisee of all times booming Tom Cruise net worth. He has everything that takes to be one of the most successful celebrities of history. May be that’s why he is the only person to make it to the top of Forbes Celebrity 100 power list not once, but twice. Tom has been married three times. His first marriage to Mimi Rogers lasted from May 9, 1987, until February 4, 1990. He then famously married Nicole Kidman on December 24, 1990, and they adopted two children together: Isabella and Connor. They divorced on August 8, 2001. Five years later, he married Katie Holmes on November 18, 2006, and they had daughter, Suri. On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Katie had filed for divorce from Tom.
I always look for a challenge and something that’s different.
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