“The thing about filmmaking is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own checks, be responsible.”
“I believe in life. I know that life comes in at your heart and it doesn't matter if you're an actor, a filmmaker or a gentleman on the street, it comes at you. What Scientology gives me is the tools to deal with that, to better enjoy my life and to be able to contribute more.”
Tom Cruise, born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, always thought he would be a priest. He ditched the idea in high school, and focused on becoming an actor. He made his first debut in Endless Love, and quickly shot to stardom. Within five years, Tom became the highest grossing actor in the market, starring in hits like Top Gun, Risky Business, and Rain Man. Tom became a big supporter of The Church Of Scientology in 1990, claiming that the teachings cured him of the dyslexia that he’d had all of his life. In the 1990s and 2000s, he continued to succeed, earning an average of 15 million dollars per picture, with movies such as the Mission Impossible franchise, Vanilla Sky, War of the Worlds, and Jerry Maguire. His role as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder brought him even more popularity, helping him recover from controversy surrounding a few instances of bizarre public behavior, which many said were caused by his connection to Scientology. He’s been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. His net worth is estimated to be around $250 million.
Best Known For:
His starring roles in blockbuster hits, including Mission Impossible and Top Gun, being a devout practitioner of Scientology, and jumping on Oprah’s couch, declaring his love for Katie Holmes.
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.