- Category : Entertainment-Actor-Actress
- Type : ME
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (12,37)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Tension 2
American actor, one of the "most beautiful people." He began in the Brat Pack of young talent, moving up the ranks to N.1 box-office in the U.S. by 1986. He commanded $12 million for "A Few Good Men," 1992, followed by "Interview with a Vampire," 1994.
One of four kids and the only son of an electrical engineer and a teacher, the family moved 12 times by the time he was 12, a year after his folks separated. With no support from his dad, his mom worked three jobs to keep the family together. She was nonetheless a caring and supportive mother and Tom loved her for it. He was not a great student and was an undiagnosed dyslectic, so often landed in remedial classes. Sports were more to his liking. When he was 16, his mom remarried and the family settled in Glen Ridge, NJ where he first acted in a school play. The die was cast. He dropped his last name and moved in with a pal in New York City, waiting tables and giving himself a ten-year deadline. He did not have to wait that long as he was appearing in bit roles within a few months. After a few minor roles, he made his first impression in "The Outsiders," 1983. His next role was "Risky Business," and he was on his way up. He also met Rebecca DeMornay at that time and they were a couple for the next three years. He had lead roles in "Top Gun," 1986 and "Rain Man," 1988. In between, Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers 5/09/1987, New York, for three years. He won his first Oscar nomination for "Born on the Fourth of July," 1989 and a second for "Jerry Maguire," 1996.
In 1990 he met redheaded Australian actress Nicole Kidman, at 5'10" an inch taller than he, and they had instant chemistry. After divorcing Rogers, they married on 12/24/1990. (Kidman was born 6/20/1967, Honolulu)
After 11 years of marriage Cruise and Kidman separated in December 2000, making the announcement on 2/05/2001, because of "difficulties inherent in divergent careers, which constantly keep them apart," reports their spokesman. They had two adopted kids, Isabella, age eight and Conor, age six, and their estimated worth was $225 million for Cruise and $100 million for Kidman. The divorce skirted the edge of nasty before becoming final on 8/08/2001. Not long after that he began openly dating Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, whom he had reportedly fallen for earlier in the summer of 2001 on the set of their movie, "Vanilla Sky." Their love relationship lasted until January 2004. They announced their split on March 25, 2004, saying they are "still friends." A year later the 42-year old actor was dating much-younger Katie Holmes, then 26.
The actor became engaged to Katie Holmes on June 17, 2005. He told journalists that he proposed to her early in the morning at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and she accepted. She gave birth to their first child together, named Suri, on April 18, 2006 in the Los Angeles area. Time given in one media report was "about 3 AM." A birth certificate found online gave a time of 3:26 AM.
In late August 2006 Paramount Pictures severed their 14-year tie with Cruise; the chairman Sumner Redstone labeled the star's recent conduct unbecoming. Cruise had received negative publicity for jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch shouting his love for Katie Holmes and caused an uproar when he criticized Brooke Shields' use of antidepressants for post-partum distress. In addition, Cruise's recently released movie Mission Impossible III made a poor box office showing.
He married Katie Holmes on November 18, 2006 in a well-publicized fairy-tale wedding in an Italian castle in Bracciano Italy. According to Italian newspapers the wedding took place at 6 PM local time.
Cruise is also known for his support of and adherence to the Church of Scientology.