In the 28 years since becoming an actor, Cruise's versatility is evidenced by the varied films, and roles he chooses. He has appeared in, staring in the majority, of 37 films and produced or executive produced 17 films and worked with a remarkable list of acclaimed film directors, including Francis Ford Coppola. Paul Brickman, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Woo, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Bryan Singer and most recently James Mangold.
Cruise recently starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic-action-comedy Knight & Day which opened on June 25, 2010 and has grossed over two hundred fifty million dollars worldwide thus far. He is currently filming the fourth Mission:Impossible; a franchise that has grossed over two billion dollars worldwide since Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them at Paramount while starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt. Mission Impossible was Paramount's highest grossing film when it was released 1996. Cruise is producing this latest installment with J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird will direct.
In 2008, Cruise played German officer Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in the critically acclaimed and world wide hit Valkyrie, the historical thriller about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film grossed $200 million world-wide making it the 5th highest grossing WWII film, of all time. Cruise also appeared in Ben Stiller's comedy smash Tropic Thunder as the hip hopping foul-mouthed Hollywood movie mogul Les Grossman. This performance, based on a character he created earned him critical acclaim and his seventh Golden Globe Award nomination.
Cruise received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, in addition a Best Support Actor nomination for Magnolia. He also garnered two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia, and nominations for his roles in Risky Business, A Few Good Men, The Last Samurai and Tropic Thunder. Cruise has also earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review.
Cruise has been honored with tributes ranging from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award to the John Huston Award from the Artists Rights Foundation, The American Cinematheque Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film, and has been memorialized as being the only Hollywood star to have his own day in Japan - Cruise Day, annually on October 6.
While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Cruise has used his professional success as a vehicle for positive change to become an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health and education. He has been honored by the Mentor-LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world and in May, 2011 he will receive the Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award in 2011.
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Tom Cruise Facts
|Birth Name||Thomas Mapother IV|
|Birthday||July 3, 1962 (54)|
|Birthplace||Syracuse, New York, USA|
|Height||5' 7" (1m70) How tall is Tom Cruise compared to you?|
|Awards||2001 MTV Movie Awards: Best Male Performance (for Mission: Impossible II)|
|2000 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Magnolia)|
|1997 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Jerry Maguire)|
|1997 MTV Movie Awards: Best Male Performance (for Jerry Maguire)|
|1990 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Born on the Fourth of July)|
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