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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York, to Thomas Cruise Mapother III (1934–1984), an electrical engineer, and Mary Lee, a special education teacher. His parents were both from Louisville, Kentucky, and their ancestors included English, German, and Irish. Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass are three of Cruise’s sisters. William Mapother, another of his cousins, is an actor who has worked with Cruise on five occasions. Cruise had a Catholic background and grew up in near poverty. Later, he referred to his father as a “dealer of chaos,” a “bully,” and a “coward” who abused his children. “[My father] was the type of person who would kick you in the face if things went wrong,” he explained. How he’d lull you in, make you feel protected, and then, boom! ‘There is something wrong with this person,’ I thought to myself. He’s not someone you can put your faith in. ‘Be cautious when he’s in the vicinity.’

Open Support

Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes are among Cruise’s previous wives. He has three children, two of whom he adopted during his marriage to Kidman and the other of whom he had biologically with Holmes. Cruise is a vocal supporter of Scientology and its humanitarian activities, which he credits with assisting him in overcoming dyslexia. His Church-affiliated criticisms of psychiatry and anti-depressant medicines in the 2000s, as well as his efforts to promote Scientology as a religion in Europe and a leaked video interview of him supporting Scientology, created controversy.

Acting Career

Moreover Cruise began acting in the early 1980s and rose to prominence with prominent parts in the comedies; Risky Business (1983) and Top Gun (1986). (1986). His roles in the drama flick The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988); and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) garnered critical praise (1989). He won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award; for Best Actor for his performance as Ron Kovic in the latter film. He starred in numerous commercially successful films in the 1990s as a top Hollywood actor, including the drama A Few Good Men (1992), the thriller The Firm (1993), the horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994), and the romantic comedy Jerry Maguire (1996). He garnered his second Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the latter.

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