famous actor and Scientology follower - currently in the news for his expected divorce from actress
Holmes - was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962,
in Syracuse, New York.
young Cruise was a wrestling champ in high school, but turned
to acting following a knee injury. A
struggling thespian in New York, his Hollywood movie debut finally
came with an appearance in the film Endless Love in 1980.
A Hollywood Top Gun
was only a short two years later when he appeared in Risky Business in a scene that would forever-after define a
teenagers' lust for freedom when - following the departure of
his parents - Cruise's character dances around the living room
in his underwear.
iconic performance put Cruise on the Hollywood map, soon going
from success to success with starring roles in Top Gun
in 1985, a year later co-starring with Paul Newman in the Color
of Money, and opposite Dustin Hoffman in the mega-hit, Rain
Man in 1988.
ended his first decade in acting with a powerhouse performance
as a disabled Vietnam vet in the critically acclaimed Born
on the Fourth of July.
The Hollywood actor's most memorable film roles include Top Gun, the Mission Impossible
franchise, and in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.
the 90's, Cruise continued to take on a wide variety of roles
in such movies as Far and Away co-starring his then-wife,
Kidman, and opposite Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men,
and alongside Brad
Pitt in Interview with the Vampire. He later scored
major hits with remakes of the TV hit, Mission
Impossiblein which he once again returned to the action-adventure
was his dramatic turn in Jerry Maguire that earned Cruise
an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, later re-teaming with wife
Nicole Kidman in the controversial Eyes
Wide Shut directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1999. That same
year, Cruise would also give an Oscar-nominated performance for
his role in Magnolia.
In 2003, Cruise
appeared in the surreal Vanilla Sky that opened to mixed
reviews, followed by the huge success of his role as sci-fi cop
in Stephen Spielberg's Minority Report and his appearance
in the historic epic, The Last Samurai.
Katie, & baby
Suri on the cover of
Vanity Fair in 2006.
In 2004, Cruise
continued to receive critical notice for his role as a contract
hitman opposite Jamie
Foxx in the thriller Collateral.
2005 movie hit found Cruise in another Spielberg-directed
film, a remake of the 50's sci-fi hit, War
of the Worlds.
on the set, Cruise starred in the anti-war film Lions for Lambs
alongside Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in 2007 and next appeared
in the Nazi-era drama, Valkyrie
playing Col. Claus von Stauffenberg.
His next appearance on the big screen was in Rock of Ages in which Cruise played against type as the aging rocker, Stacee Jaxx.
Tom Cruise's most recent starring roles have included playing the title role in the action thrilller, Jack Reacher; in the dystopian action film, Oblivion; and in the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow.
In 1987, Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers, who introduced him to the controversial relgious teachings of the Church of Scientology, and for which Cruise remains one of Hollywood's most outspoken proponents.
to Katie Holmes in 2006 included a star-studded wedding eve
celebration that took place within a dreamy lakeside castle, Odescalchi
Castle, outside Rome.
Soon after, Cruise and Katie announced the birth of their
first child together, Suri Cruise born April 18, 2006.