Why is Tom Cruise so popular

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is one of the top stars in Hollywood. "My name is something like a seal of quality!" The actor claims with conviction. The success proves him right.


Date of birth: 03.07.1962
Place of birth: Syracuse, New York

Awards: Golden Globe (2000, 1997, 1990), MTV Movie Award (2004, 2001, 1997), Blockbuster Entertainment Award (2000, 1997), etc.

Most famous films:
Top Gun (1986)
Rain Man (1988,
Born on July 4th (1989)
Mission: Impossible (1995)
Jerry Maguire - Game of Life (1996)
Minority Report (2002)
Collateral (2004)
Operation Valkyrie (2008)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)


From priest to actor

Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. He grew up with his three sisters Marian, Lee Anne and Cass. He began acting as an actor in high school, and after briefly intending to become a priest, Tom eventually decided to pursue a secular career. He took acting classes in New York and made a living as a bus conductor and courier. At the age of 19 he got his first small role in Franco Zeffirelli's potty "Endlose Liebe", in which Brooke Shields was his partner. A year later, Tom Cruise already hinted at his enormous screen presence in "The Cadets of Bunker Hill". In 1983 Tom Cruise played a prominent leading role for the first time in "Loose Business". His hot love scene with Rebecca DeMornay and especially his performance as a rock singer in underpants made the film a success.

Through the acquaintance of director Ridley Scott, under whom Tom Cruise played in "Legende", he was signed in 1986 by his brother Tony Scott for the blockbuster "Top Gun - You fear neither death nor the devil". The role of the daring jet pilot Maverick gave him his international breakthrough and had a lasting impact on his image - to this day. The times after "Top Gun" were years of apprenticeship for Tom Cruise. He played alongside great actors and worked with renowned directors. First he shot the billiards drama "The Color of Money" in 1986 with Paul Newman and directed by Martin Scorsese. In 1988 the Oscar-winning hit film "Rain Man" followed, which brought him together with Dustin Hoffman and Barry Levinson. But Tom Cruise also learned during this time what it means to be a celebrated star who is panned for a poor film: This is what happened with his '87 movie "Cocktail". But the positive response prevailed.

For his sensitive study of the paraplegic Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's "Born on July 4th" he received the Golden Globe, the People's Choice Award, and he was nominated for an Oscar in 1989. Shortly before the shooting of "Interview with a Vampire" began, the Chicago Film Festival named Tom Cruise in 1994 actor of the decade. With leading roles in "Mission: Impossible" (1996) and "Jerry Maguire" (1996) he became one of the most deserved actors in Hollywood. Tom Cruise is also active behind the scenes. He co-wrote the script for "Tage des Donners" (1990). He made his directorial debut for the Showtime series "Fallen Angels" with the staging of the half-hour episode "The Frightening Frammis".

In "Mission: Impossible" and The Last Samurai, Cruise even took on the grueling double burden of leading actor and producer. Tom Cruise was recently married to Australian actress Nicole Kidman, with whom he adopted two children. Tom Crusie was most recently in front of the camera with the Moulin Rouge star in Stanley Kubrick's last work "Eyes Wide Shut". Since the shooting of "Vanilla Sky" the self-confessed Scientologist met with the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz. Tom was later married to fellow actor Katie Holmes, with whom he has a daughter. The marriage only lasted until 2012. In addition to his wives and film projects, Cruise takes enough time for his children, charity events, diving, skydiving and flying his plane. And since Cruise - despite the TV mistake - still gets good role offers, we could see him in German cinemas in 2012 with the musical comedy "Rock of Ages" and as "Jack Reacher". The science fiction spectacle "Oblivion" followed in 2013 and in 2014 Tom Cruise entered fantastic worlds again when he wanted to save the earth in "Edge of Tomorrow".

After "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" last year, "Jack Reacher: No Way Back" is back as an ultra-cool ex-agent. And his next projects have already been decided. He can soon be seen in "Mission: Impossible 6", "Top Gun 2" and "American Made".


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