Facts About Tom Cruise

Just in the extremely rare case you haven't heard before of Tom Cruise, 50, Cruise (real name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) is an American film actor and producer. Feel free to check out below some facts about Tom Cruise...

1. Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in 1962 in Syracuse, New York.

2. Tom Cruise suffered from dyslexia early in his life.
3. His mother was a SPED (special education) teacher and his father was an electrical engineer who died in 1984.

4. Tom Cruise described his father as an abusive one - a bully coward.

5. Tom Cruise is of German, Irish and English ancestry.

6. Tom Cruise was bullied regularly in the 15 different schools he attended in 12 years.
7. Tom Cruise played floor hockey but stopped when he was injured and damaged his front teeth.

8. Tom Cruise was a football player but he was cut from the squad after getting caught drinking beer before a game.

9. Tom Cruise learned and acted in a drama entitled "IT" in Ottawa, Canada.
10. Tom Cruise was a partner of Rebecca De Mornay from 1983 to 1985.

11. Cruise was voted People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990.
12. Tom Cruise's first wife was actress Mimi Rogers. They were divorced in February 1990.
13. Tom Cruise's second wife was actress Nicole Kidman. She was his wife for 11 years. They divorced in 2001.
14. Tom Cruise's third wife was actress Katie Holmes. They married in 2006. Cruise proposed to Holmes in the early morning of June 17, 2005, on top of Paris' Eiffel Tower. They divorced in 2012.

15. Tom Cruise's height is 5' 7'' (or 1.70 m). His first wife, Mimi, is 5'8" in height. His second wife, Nicole  is 5'10.5"  tall and his current wife, Katie, is 5'10".
16. Tom Cruise was dating actress Penelope Cruz from 2001 up to 2004.
17. Tom Cruise's performance in "Risky Business" rose him to stardom. The film in the 1980s is a satire of suburban adolescence.

18. Tom Cruise became one of the most popular film stars in the world in the 1990s.

19. "The Outsiders" (1983), "Legend" (1985), "The Color of Money" (1986), "Top Gun" (1986), "Cocktail" (1988), "Rain Man" (1988), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) were among his most popular films in the 1980s.
20. Tom Cruise's other films in early 1990s include "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992), "A Few Good Men" (1992), "The Firm" (1993) and "Interview with the Vampire" (1994).

21. Tom Cruise debuted as director in 1993 with "The Frightening Frammis," an episode of the cable-television miniseries "Fallen Angels". 

22. Tom Cruise starred as agent "Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible" in 1996, which he also produced.
22. The psychological thriller "Eyes Wide Shut" is a film which Kidman and Cruise starred in 1999. They were together also in the films "Days of Thunder" (1990) and "Far and Away" (1992).

23. His popular films in the 21st century include "Mission: Impossible II" (2000). "Vanilla Sky" (2001), "Minority Report" (2002), "The Last Samurai" (2003), "Collateral" (2004), "The War of the Worlds" (2005, "Mission: Impossible III" (2006) and "Lions for Lambs" (2007).

24. Tom Cruise was awarded as Best Actor by Golden Globe Award for his performance as a paraplegic veteran of the Vietnam War who becomes an antiwar activist in the film "Born on the Fourth of July".
25. Tom Cruise won another Golden Globe Award in 1997 and was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his starring role in "Jerry Maguire" (1996).

26. In 2000 Tom Cruise won the Golden Globe Award as best supporting actor for his role in "Magnolia" (1999)

27. According to Forbes Annual Celebrity 100 Power List, Tom Cruise was named the 2006 world's No. 1 star. He is the only celebrity to have topped the list twice. He was also No. 1 in 2001.
28. Tom Cruise is a Scientology fanatic but was a Catholic until he was 14. He was actually enrolled in seminary school to become a priest but he left after one year.

29. The "couch incident" on Oprah was voted No.1 of 2005's "Most Surprising Television Moments" on a countdown on Entertainment magazine or E and No.5 at BoxOfficeProphets.com. and was the subject of numerous parodies.

30. In 1990, 1991 and 1997, Tom Cruise was rated by People magazine among the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
31. In 1995, Empire magazine ranked Tom Cruise among the 100 sexiest stars in film history.
32. In 1997, Empire magazine ranked Tom Cruise among the top 5 film stars of all time.
33. In 2002 and 2003, Tom Cruise was rated by Premiere among the top 20 in its annual Power 100 list.

34. In 2006, Premiere ranked Tom Cruise as Hollywood's most powerful actor, as Cruise came in at number 13 on the magazine's 2006 Power List, being the highest ranked actor.

35. In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Tom Cruise most powerful celebrity in the world.
36. Tom Cruise was ranked number 7 on ET's annual Hot List of top 20 people of 2008.
37. The people of Japan love Tom Cruise so much that October 10, 2006 was declared "Tom Cruise Day" in Japan because he has made more trips to Japan than any other Hollywood star.

38. Tom Cruise's daughter Suri to Katie Holmes was born in April 2006. The name Suri is believed to be a variation of Sarah.

39. Tom Cruise and Holmes were married on November 18, 2006 at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy, in a Scientology ceremony.
40. Tom Cruise is the celebrity people would least like as their best friend as reported by Marketing Evaluations.

41. Tom Cruise has three children. He has two daughters: Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise; she was adopted in January 1993 and Suri Cruise, born in April 2006 and a son: Conor Anthony Kidman Cruise; he was adopted in February 1995.

42.  When Cruise was between 6 and 7, he was used as a smooching guinea pig. His sister's pals would sit him on the kitchen sink and practice kissing him on the lips.

43. When Tom Cruise was 14, he spent a year at a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati and even took a vow of celibacy.

44. Tom Cruise once had a standing offer to pose nude for "Playgirl".

45. A Disney source revealed to PEOPLE in 1992 that Tom Cruise was the inspiration for Aladdin's hunky mug. Photos of him decorated the office of the top animator responsible for the title character in the film.

46. Tom Cruise was considered for the lead in "The Matrix".

47. In 1983, Time magazine described Tom Cruise as a "baby-faced Christopher Reeve" and "Superman in miniature."

48.  Tom Cruise will not allow his likeness to be used in video games or for action figures.

49. Tom Cruise was voted #35 in Vanity Fair's Top 40 biggest earners. He earned $14.5 million in 2010.

50. Tom Cruise told Driven magazine that he thought about killing Hitler as early as four years old.

51. Tom Cruise recently revealed to MTV that a sequel to 1986's "Top Gun", may be in the works!

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