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    • Tom Cruise Cruise on MTV Live in December 2008 Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV July 3, 1962 (age 46) Syracuse, New York, U.S. Occupation Actor/Film producer Years active 1981–present Spouse(s) Mimi Rogers (1987–1990) Nicole Kidman (1990–2001) Katie Holmes (2006–present) Domestic partner(s) Penélope Cruz (2001–2004) Official website http://www.tomcruise.com Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Awards won Motion Picture Drama for Born on the Fourth of July – 1990 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jerry Maguire – 1997
    • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture for Magnolia 2000 Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (pronounced /ˈtɒməs ˈkruːz ˈmeɪpɒθɚ/; born July 3, 1962), better known by his screen name Tom Cruise, is an American actor and film producer. Forbes magazine ranked him as the world's most powerful celebrity in 2006. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. His first leading role was the 1983 film Risky Business, which has been described as quot;A Generation-X classic, and a career-makerquot; for the actor. After playing the role of a heroic naval pilot in the popular and financially successful 1986 film Top Gun, Cruise continued in this vein, playing a secret agent in a series of Mission: Impossible action films in the 1990s and 2000s. In addition to these heroic roles, he also played other roles, such as the misogynistic male guru in Magnolia (1999) and a cool and calculating sociopathic hitman in the Michael Mann crime-thriller film Collateral (2004). In 2005, Economist Edward Jay Epstein argued that Cruise is one of the few producers (the others being George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer) who are able to guarantee the success of a billion-dollar movie franchise. Since 2005, Cruise and Paula Wagner have been in charge of the United Artists film studio, with Cruise as producer and star and Wagner as the chief executive. Cruise is also known for his support of and adherence to the Church of Scientology. TOM CRUISE has achieved unprecedented success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over two decades. He is a three-time Academy Award® nominee whose films have earned in excess of six billion dollars worldwide – an achievement to which no other actor has come close. Cruise was most recently seen in Ben Stiller’s comedy smash Tropic Thunder as film executive Les Grossman. In 2007 he appeared in the ensemble political thriller Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford, and prior to that he reprised his role as special agent Ethan Hunt in J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible: 3. In the 27 years since he became an actor, Cruise has worked with a remarkable list of film directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Curtis Hanson, Franco Zeffirelli, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Roger Donaldson, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian De Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Woo, Michael Mann, and Steven Spielberg. Cruise received Academy
    • Award® nominations for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire in addition to a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Magnolia. In addition to nods for Risky Business and A Few Good Men, he has won three Golden Globes: Best Actor, Born on the Fourth of July; Best Actor, Jerry Maguire; and Best Supporting Actor, Magnolia. In 2007, Cruise was awarded a Bambi, the most important media award in Germany, for “Courage” – not only for displaying courage in making Valkyrie, but also for his courageous other choices of film roles. While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Cruise has utilized his professional successes as a vehicle for positive change, becoming an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health and education. Recently he was honored by the Mentor-LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world. Cruise lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kate, and his three children. Contents 1 Family and early life • 2 Hollywood • o 2.1 Acting career  2.1.1 1980s  2.1.2 1990s  2.1.3 2000s o 2.2 Producing career  2.2.1 Breakup with Paramount  2.2.2 Management of United Artists 3 Popularity • 4 Relationships and personal life • o 4.1 Mimi Rogers o 4.2 Nicole Kidman o 4.3 Penélope Cruz o 4.4 Katie Holmes 5 Controversy • o 5.1 Scientology  5.1.1 IAS Freedom Medal of Valor ceremony video o 5.2 Oprah Winfrey Show incident o 5.3 Litigation related to gay rumors o 5.4 Other litigation o 5.5 Publicist 6 Filmography • 7 See also • 8 References • 9 External links •
    • Family and early life Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of Mary Lee (née Pfeiffer), a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III, an electrical engineer. Cruise has German and English ancestry from his paternal great-grandparents, William Reibert and Charlotte Louise Voelker; and Irish ancestry from his paternal great-great-grandfather Thomas O'Mara. It was O'Mara's son Thomas who adopted the name Mapother, the surname of his older half-brothers, becoming Thomas Cruise Mapother I. Tom Cruise's oldest sister, Lee Anne, was born in Louisville. His older sister Marian was born in Syracuse, as were Tom and his younger sister, Cass. Cruise attended Robert Hopkins Public school for grades three, four, and five. The Mapother family then moved to the suburb of Beacon Hill, in Gloucester, Ontario, so Cruise's father could take a position as a defence consultant with the Canadian Armed Forces. There, Cruise completed grade six at Henry Munro Middle School, part of the Carleton Board of Education, where he was active in athletics, playing floor hockey almost every night, showing himself to be a ruthless player, eventually chipping his front tooth. In the game quot;British Bull Dogquot;, he then lost his newly capped tooth and hurt his knee. Henry Munro was also where Cruise became involved in drama, unter the tutelage of George Steinburg. The first play he participated in was called IT, in which Cruise won the co-lead with Michael de Waal, one playing quot;Evilquot;, the other playing quot;Goodquot;. The play met much acclaim, and toured with five other classmates to various schools around the Ottawa area, even being filmed at the local Ottawa TV station. The two were also singled out for a version of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as a Marcel Marceau-type act. It was at this point that Mary Lee Mapother helped foster her son's acting aspirations: when the religious overtones of the former caused concern for school principal Jim Brown, Cruise's mother convinced him that the play should proceed, and she founded the Gloucester Players, a theatrical troupe where Cruise and some of the boys in Steinburg's class acted. When Cruise was twelve, his mother left his father, taking Cruise and his sister Lee Anne with her. After a long period of near-poverty, in which Tom's newspaper-delivery earnings helped put food on the table, his mother married a plastics salesman named Jack South. Besides Ottawa, cities in which Cruise lived included Louisville, Kentucky; Winnetka, Illinois; and Wayne, New Jersey. In all, Cruise attended eight elementary schools and three high schools. He briefly attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati (on a church scholarship) and aspired to become a Catholic priest. In his senior year, he played football for the varsity team as a linebacker, but he was cut from the squad after getting caught drinking beer before a game. Cruise graduated from Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey in 1980. Cruise has said that he suffered from abuse as a child. This was partially due to his suffering from dyslexia. He stated that when something went wrong, his father came down hard on him. He told Parade Magazine that his father was quot;a bullyquot; and quot;a merchant of chaos.quot; Cruise said he learned early on that his father was – and, by extension, some people were – not to be trusted: quot;I knew from being around my father that not everyone means me well.quot; Having gone through fifteen schools in twelve years, Cruise, who dropped his father's name at age twelve, was also a victim of bullying at school.
    • Cruise started acting after being sidelined from his high school's wrestling team due to a knee injury. While injured, he successfully auditioned for a lead role in his high school's production of Guys and Dolls and decided to become an actor after his success in the role. His cousin William Mapother is also an actor most known for playing Ethan Rom on Lost. Hollywood Acting career 1980s Tom Cruise in 1989 Cruise's first film role came in 1981, when he had a small role in Endless Love, a drama/romance film starring Brooke Shields. Later that same year he had a more substantial role in the film Taps, appearing alongside George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn. The film about military cadets was moderately successful. In 1983, he was one of many teenaged stars to appear in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders. The cast for this film included Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio, two of which were part of the Brat Pack. That same year Cruise appeared in the teen comedy Losin' It. Cruise's breakthrough came after Risky Business was released, which helped to propel Cruise to stardom. One sequence in the film, featuring Cruise lip- syncing Bob Seger's quot;Old Time Rock and Rollquot; in his underwear, has become an iconic moment in 1980s film. The film has been described as quot;A Generation-X classic, and a career-maker for Tom Cruisequot;.[3] A fourth film that was released in 1983 was the high-school football drama, All the Right Moves. Cruise's next film was the 1985 fantasy film Legend directed by Ridley Scott. Cruise was then selected as the first choice by producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson for an upcoming American fighter pilot film. Cruise at first apparently turned down the project, but helped to alter the script he was given and developed the film. After being taken for a flight with the Blue Angels, Cruise changed his mind and signed on with the project. The project was titled Top Gun and opened in May 1986, becoming the highest grossing film of the year, taking in US$354 million in worldwide figures. Also in 1986, he starred in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money along with Paul Newman, which earned Newman a Best Actor Academy Award. In 1988, he starred in the lighthearted drama Cocktail, which received mixed reviews and Cruise received
    • his first nomination for a Razzie award in 1989. Later that year, Rain Man was released, which also starred Dustin Hoffman and was directed by Barry Levinson. The film was praised by critics and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and won four, including Best Picture and Best Actor. 1990s Tom Cruise's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cruise was welcomed with similar success the following year when he received Academy Award nominations for Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July, which was based on the best selling autobiography of parapalegic veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic. In 1990, Cruise starred as hot-shot racecar driver quot;Cole Tricklequot; in Tony Scott's Days of Thunder. Cruise's next film was Ron Howard's Far and Away where he again was starring with Nicole Kidman. After Days of Thunder he starred in the military thriller A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. This film was very well received and earned Cruise a Golden Globe and MTV nominations. The following year he starred in Sydney Pollack's The Firm along with Gene Hackman and Ed Harris. It was based on the best selling novel by John Grisham, and won Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards. In 1994, Cruise starred along with Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater in Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire, a gothic drama/horror film that was based on Anne Rice's best-selling novel. The film was well received, although Rice was outspoken in her criticism of Cruise having been cast in the film, as River Phoenix was her first choice. In 1996, Cruise starred in (as well as produced) Brian de Palma's Mission: Impossible. The film, a remake of the 1960s TV series, grossed US$456 million worldwide, making it the third highest grossing film that year. That same year he played the title role in the comedy-drama Jerry Maguire. The film earned him an Academy Award Best Actor nomination as well as winning co-star Cuba Gooding, Jr. an Academy Award; the film was nominated for five Academy Awards in total. The film also included the catchphrase quot;Show Me the Money!quot; which became part of popular culture. In 1999 he starred in the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut which took two years to complete and was director Stanley Kubrick's last film. It was also the last film in which he starred alongside then spouse Nicole Kidman. But the film, which had a straightforward description of sex and a recondite story-telling style, raised great controversies. Cruise also played a misogynistic male guru in Magnolia (1999), which netted him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. He was originally intended to play as Jericho Cane in the action horror film End of Days before Arnold Schwarzenegger assumed the lead role. 2000s
    • Tom Cruise in Toronto, Canada, 2008 In 2000, Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of the Mission Impossible films, releasing Mission: Impossible II. The film was directed by Hong Kong director John Woo and branded with his Gun fu Style, and it continued the series' blockbuster success at the box office, taking in almost US$546 M in worldwide figures, like its predecessor, being the third highest grossing film of the year. The following year Cruise starred in the remake of the 1997 film Abre Los Ojos, Vanilla Sky. In 2002, Cruise starred in the dystopian science fiction thriller, Minority Report which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick; and the following year, he was in Edward Zwick's historical drama The Last Samurai. In the 2004 Michael Mann's crime-thriller film Collateral, Cruise took a turn against his generic quot;good guyquot; role by playing the role of a sociopathic hitman. In 2005, Cruise worked again with Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds, which became the fourth highest grossing movie of the year with US$591.4 M worldwide. The film also earned three Razzie nominations including one for Cruise. In 2006, he reprised his role as Ethan Hunt in the third installment of the Mission Impossible film series, Mission: Impossible III. Although it was more positively received by critics than its predecessor, it disappointed at the box office, grossing nearly $150M less worldwide.[18][19] He appeared in the 2007 drama Lions for Lambs, which bombed, and had a comedic supporting role in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. Cruise's latest starring role is in the historical thriller Valkyrie, released on December 25, 2008 to mixed reviews. Producing career Cruise partnered with his former talent agent Paula Wagner to form Cruise/Wagner Productions in 1993, and the company has since co-produced several of Cruise's films, the first being Mission: Impossible in 1996 which was also Cruise's first project as a producer. He won a Nova Award (shared with Paula Wagner) for Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Golden Laurel Awards in 1997 for his work as a producer for the film Mission: Impossible. His next project as a producer was the 1998 film Without Limits about famous American runner Steve Prefontaine. Cruise returned to work as a producer in 2000, continuing work on the Mission Impossible sequel. He then served as an executive producer for The Others which starred Nicole Kidman, also that year, he again worked as actor/producer in Vanilla Sky. He subsequently worked on (but did not star in) Narc, Hitting It Hard and Shattered Glass. His next project, which he also
    • starred in, was The Last Samurai, he was jointly nominated for the Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award at the 2004 PGA Golden Laurel Awards. He then worked on Suspect Zero, Elizabethtown and Ask the Dust. Cruise is noted as having negotiated some of the most lucrative movie deals in Hollywood, and was described in 2005 by Hollywood economist Edward Jay Epstein as quot;one of the most powerful – and richest – forces in Hollywoodquot;. Epstein argues that Cruise is one of the few producers (the others being George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer) who are regarded as able to guarantee the success of a billion-dollar movie franchise. Epstein also contends that the public obsession with Cruise's tabloid controversies obscures full appreciation of Cruise's exceptional commercial prowess in the industry. Cruise/Wagner Productions, Cruise's film production company, is said to be developing a screenplay based on Erik Larson's New York Times bestseller, The Devil in the White City about a real life serial killer, H. H. Holmes, at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition. Kathryn Bigelow is attached to the project to produce and helm. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, is also developing a film about Holmes and the World's Fair, in which DiCaprio will star. Breakup with Paramount On August 22, 2006, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise. In the Wall Street Journal, chairman of Viacom (Paramount's parent company) Sumner Redstone cited the economic damage to Cruise's value as an actor and producer from his controversial public behavior and views. Cruise/Wagner Productions responded that Paramount's announcement was a face-saving move after the production company had successfully sought alternative financing from private equity firms. Industry analysts such as Edward Jay Epstein commented that the real reason for the split was most likely Paramount's discontent over Cruise/Wagner's exceptionally large share of DVD sales from the Mission: Impossible franchise. However, Radar has claimed that the quot;personal conductquot; complained of by Redstone was an allegedly Cruise-inspired attempt to intimidate Brad Grey, CEO of Paramount. According to Radar, when Grey was walking to his car one night after tense negotiations with Cruise over Mission: Impossible 3, he was quot;surrounded by more than a dozen Scientologists, who pressured him to ease up on the actor … Following a terse exchange, the visitors allowed Grey to get into his car and leave, but the message was clear.quot; Grey reportedly stood his ground and convinced Cruise to accept a lower fee than the actor had initially demanded. Management of United Artists According to an Associated Press report on November 2, 2006, Cruise and Paula Wagner announced that they will be in charge of the United Artists film studio. Cruise will produce and star in films for United Artists, while Wagner will serve as UA's chief executive. Production began in 2007 of Valkyrie, a thriller based on the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler. The film was acquired in March 2007 by United Artists. On March 21, 2007 Cruise signed on to play Claus von Stauffenberg, the protagonist. This project marks the second production to be greenlighted since Cruise and Wagner took control of United Artists. The first was its inaugural
    • film, Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford and starring Redford, Meryl Streep and Cruise. Lambs was released on November 9, 2007, opening to unimpressive box office revenue and critical reception. In August 2008, Wagner stepped down from her position at United Artists; she retains her stake in UA, which combined with Cruise's share amounts to 30% of the studio. Popularity In 1990, 1991 and 1997, People magazine rated him among the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1995, Empire magazine ranked him among the 100 sexiest stars in film history. Two years later, it ranked him among the top 5 movie stars of all time. In 2002 and 2003, he was rated by Premiere among the top 20 in its annual Power 100 list. In 2006, Premiere ranked Cruise as Hollywood's most powerful actor, as Cruise came in at number 13 on the magazines 2006 Power List, being the highest ranked actor. On June 16, 2006, Forbes magazine published 'The Celebrity 100', a list of the most powerful celebrities, which Cruise topped. The list was generated using a combination of income (between June 2005 and June 2006), web references by Google, press clips compiled by LexisNexis, television and radio mentions (by Factiva), and the number of times a celebrity appeared on the cover of 26 major consumer magazines. As of August 2006, quot;a USA Today/Gallup poll in which half of those surveyed registered an quot;unfavorablequot; opinion of the actorquot; was cited as a reason in addition to quot;unacceptable behaviorquot; for Paramount's non-renewal of their production contract with Cruise. In addition, Marketing Evaluations reports that Cruise's Q score (which is a measure of the popularity of celebrities), had fallen 40%. It was also revealed that Cruise is the celebrity people would least like as their best friend. Cruise came bottom with just 3 percent, while the winner was Jack Black.[citation needed] October 10, 2006 was declared quot;Tom Cruise Dayquot; in Japan; the Japan Memorial Day Association said that he was awarded with a special day because he has made more trips to Japan than any other Hollywood star. Relationships and personal life Mimi Rogers Cruise was married to Mimi Rogers on May 9, 1987; they divorced on February 4, 1990. Rogers is generally believed to have introduced Cruise to Scientology. Nicole Kidman Cruise met Nicole Kidman on the set of their film Days of Thunder. The couple married on December 24, 1990 and divorced on August 8, 2001. He and Kidman adopted two children, Isabella Jane (b. December 22, 1992) and Connor Antony (b. January 17, 1995). They separated when Kidman was three months pregnant, just before their tenth wedding anniversary; she later miscarried.
    • Penélope Cruz Cruise was next romantically linked with Penélope Cruz, the lead actress in his film Vanilla Sky. After a three-year relationship, in March 2004, Cruise announced that their relationship had ended in January. Katie Holmes In April 2005, Cruise began dating actress Katie Holmes. Shortly after they began their highly publicized relationship, on June 17, 2005, Cruise announced he had proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. She accepted his proposal, and the couple married in Bracciano, Italy on November 18, 2006. On April 18, 2006 Katie gave birth to a baby girl named Suri at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Cruise stated that the name derives from the Hebrew word for quot;princessquot; or the Persian word meaning red rose. (See also Sarah.) She is the first child for Holmes and third for Cruise, who (as previously mentioned) has two adopted children with Nicole Kidman. Controversy Scientology Cruise is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology. He became involved with Scientology in 1990 through his first wife, Mimi Rogers.[41] Cruise has publicly said that Scientology, specifically the L. Ron Hubbard Study Tech, helped him overcome dyslexia. In addition to promoting various programs that introduce people to Scientology, Cruise has campaigned for Scientology to be fully recognized as a religion in Europe. He lobbied politicians in France and Germany, where the legal systems regard Scientology as a cult and business respectively. In 2005 the Paris city council revealed that Cruise had lobbied officials Nicolas Sarkozy and Jean-Claude Gaudin, described him as a spokesman and militant for Scientology, and barred any further dealings with him. Cruise co-founded and raised donations for Downtown Medical to offer New York 9/11 rescue workers detoxification therapy based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard. This has drawn criticism from the medical profession, as well as firefighters. For these activities and others, David Miscavige awarded Scientology's Freedom Medal of Valor to Cruise in late 2004. A controversy erupted in 2005 after he openly criticized actress Brooke Shields for using the drug Paxil (paroxetine), an anti-depressant, to which Shields attributes her recovery from postpartum depression after the birth of her first daughter in 2003. Cruise asserted that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance, and that psychiatry is a form of pseudoscience. This led to a heated argument with Matt Lauer on The Today Show on June 24, 2005. Medical authorities said Cruise's comments had further stigmatized mental illness and Shields herself called them quot;a disservice to mothers everywhere.quot; In late August 2006, Cruise apologized in person to Shields for his comments; Shields said that she was quot;impressed with how heartfelt [the apology] was […]. I didn't feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of
    • anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it.quot; Cruise's spokesman confirmed that Cruise and Shields had made up but said that Cruise's position on anti-depressants had not changed. Shields was a guest at Cruise's and Holmes's wedding. Cruise also said in an Entertainment Weekly interview that psychiatry quot;is a Nazi sciencequot; and that methadone was actually originally called Adolophine after Adolf Hitler, a myth well-known as an urban legend. In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, Cruise said that quot;In Scientology, we have the only successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. It's called Narconon… It's a statistically proven fact that there is only one successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. Periodquot;. While Narconon claims to have a success rate over 70%, the accuracy of this figure has been widely disputed. Scientology is well-known for its opposition to mainstream psychiatry. In January 2008 the Daily Mail (UK) announced a forthcoming biography of Cruise, Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography, by Andrew Morton. Among the book's claims, it said that Cruise had become the church's quot;second in command in all but name.quot; This has been corroborated by former Scientology staff member Marc Headley. Cruise's attorney Bert Fields said that the unauthorized biography was full of quot;tired old liesquot; or quot;sick stuffquot;. IAS Freedom Medal of Valor ceremony video On January 15, 2008, a video produced by the Church of Scientology featuring an interview with Cruise was leaked to the Internet and uploaded to YouTube. In the video, music from Cruise's Mission Impossible films plays in the background, and Cruise discusses what being a Scientologist means to him. According to The Times, Cruise can be seen in the video quot;extolling the virtues of Scientologyquot;. The Daily Telegraph characterizes Cruise as quot;manic-lookingquot; during the interview, quot;gush[ing] about his love for Scientologyquot;. The Church of Scientology asserted that the video material that had been leaked to YouTube and other websites was quot;pirated and editedquot; and taken from a three-hour video produced for members of Scientology. YouTube removed the Cruise video from their site under threat of litigation. As of February 4, 2008, the web site Gawker.com was still hosting a copy of the video, and other sites have posted the entire video. Lawyers for the Church of Scientology sent a letter to Gawker.com demanding that they remove the video, but Nick Denton of Gawker.com stated: quot;It's newsworthy, and we will not be removing it.quot; Oprah Winfrey Show incident Cruise jumps on the couch during the taping of an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
    • Cruise has made several expressions of his feelings for Holmes to the media, most notably the quot;couch incidentquot; which took place on the popular The Oprah Winfrey Show of May 23, 2005. Cruise quot;jumped around the set, hopped onto a couch, fell to one knee and repeatedly professed his love for his new girlfriend.quot; The phrase quot;jumping the couchquot;, fashioned after quot;jumping the sharkquot;, is used to describe someone quot;going off the deep endquot; in public in a manner extreme enough to tarnish his or her reputation. It enjoyed a short-lived popularity, being chosen by the editors of the Historical Dictionary of American Slang as the quot;slang term of the yearquot; in 2005 and by the nonprofit group Global Language Monitor as one of its top phrases for the year. The quot;couch incidentquot; was voted #1 of 2005's quot;Most Surprising Television Momentsquot; on a countdown on E! and was the subject of numerous parodies, including the epilogue of Scary Movie 4. In early May 2008, Cruise reappeared on the Oprah Winfrey show to celebrate 25 years of being in the film business. The feature was a two hour special, the first hour was Oprah spending the day with Cruise at his house in Telluride, Colorado on May 2. The second part was on May 5 with Cruise making an in studio appearance and ending with every member of the audience receiving a box DVD set of all the films Cruise had ever starred in. Litigation related to gay rumors The Daily Express newspaper — During his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman, the • couple endured public speculation about their sex life and rumors that Cruise was gay. In 1998, he sued a British tabloid that alleged that the marriage was a sham designed to cover up his homosexuality. David Ehrenstein — Tom Cruise's lawyers threaten to sue Ehrenstein for his book titled • quot;Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928–1998quot;, that discussed Cruise's appeal to both men and women. Chad Slater — In May 2001 he filed a lawsuit against gay porn actor Chad Slater (aka • Kyle Bradford). Slater had allegedly told the celebrity magazine Actustar that he had engaged in an affair with Cruise. Both Slater and Cruise denied having the affair, and in August 2001 Slater was ordered to pay 10 million USD to Cruise in damages after Slater declared he could not afford to defend himself against the suit and would therefore default. Michael Davis — He also sued Michael Davis, publisher of Bold Magazine, who alleged • but never confirmed that he had video that would prove Cruise was gay. The suit was dropped in exchange for a public statement by Davis that the video was not of Cruise and that Cruise was heterosexual. Other litigation Buffalo Beast newspaper – After The Beast's publication of their 50 Most Loathsome • People of 2004 (which included Cruise in the list), Cruise's lawyer Bertram Fields threatened to sue the small independent publication. The Beast, seeing the opportunity for nationwide exposure (particularly after the story broke on the entertainment program Celebrity Justice and later in mainstream newspapers) actively encouraged the lawsuit,
    • effectively calling Fields's bluff. No lawsuit was ever filed and Cruise was included more prominently in the 2005 list. TomCruise.com – In 2006, Cruise sued cybersquatter Jeff Burgar to obtain control of the • TomCruise.com domain name. When owned by Burgar, the domain redirected to information about Cruise on Celebrity1000.com. The decision to turn TomCruise.com over to Cruise was handed down by WIPO on July 5, 2006. The decision was criticized by The Register suggesting that the WIPO conflict resolution system is flawed and that quot;if you were provided with the names of the panelists in any given case, you could predict with almost complete certainty what the outcome was.quot; Publicist Cruise's more open attitude to Scientology has been attributed to the departure of his publicist of 14 years, Pat Kingsley, in March 2004. He replaced her with his sister, fellow Scientologist Lee Anne DeVette, who served in that role until November 2005. He then demoted his sister and replaced her with veteran publicist Paul Bloch, from the publicity firm Rogers and Cowan. DeVette explained that it was her decision to work on philanthropic projects rather than publicity. Such restructuring is seen as a move to curtail publicity of his views on Scientology, as well as the hard-sell of his relationship with Katie Holmes backfiring with the public. Filmography Contents 1 Films and salaries • o 1.1 Metacritic 2 Awards • 3 References • Films and salaries Worldwide Year Title Role Salaries Other notes Gross
    • not yet released on Endless Love Billy $32,492,674 Region 1 DVD 1981 Cadet Captain $35,856,053 Taps David Shawn (domestic) $25,697,647 The Outsiders Steve Randle (domestic) $1,246,141 Losin' It Woody (domestic) 1983 All the Right Stefen quot;Stefquot; $17,233,166 Moves Djordjevic (domestic) Golden Globe $63,541,777 Risky Business Joel Goodson $75,000 Nomination Best Actor (domestic) Comedy Jack O' The $15,502,112 1985 Legend Green (domestic) Lt. Pete Top Gun 'Maverick' $353,816,701 $2,000,000 Mitchell 1986 The Color of $52,293,982 Vincent Lauria Money (domestic)
    • Brian Cocktail $171,504,781 Flanagan 1988 Young Guns Cowboy uncredited cameo Charlie $3,000,000 + % Rain Man $354,825,435 Babbitt of gross Golden Globe Winner Born on the Best Drama Actor; 1989 Ron Kovic $161,001,698 Fourth of July Academy Award Nomination - Best Actor 1990 Days of Thunder Cole Trickle $157,920,733 Joseph Far and Away $137,783,840 $13,000,000 Donnelly 1992 Lt. Daniel Golden Globe A Few Good Men $243,240,178 Kaffee nomination Best Actor Mitch 1993 The Firm $270,248,367 McDeere Interview with the Vampire: The Lestat de 1994 $223,664,608 $15,000,000 Vampire Lioncourt Chronicles
    • $70,000,000 Mission: Ethan Hunt $457,696,359 (gross Impossible participation) 1996 Golden Globe Winner $20,000,000 Best Actor Comedy; Jerry Maguire Jerry Maguire $273,552,592 against 15% Academy Award Nomination - Best Actor Eyes Wide Shut Bill Harford $162,091,208 $20,000,000 Golden Globe Winner 1999 Best Supporting Actor; Frank T.J. Magnolia $48,451,803 Academy Award Mackey Nomination - Best Supporting Actor $75,000,000 Mission: 2000 Ethan Hunt $546,388,105 (gross Impossible II participation) Stanley Kubrick: Narrator A Life in Pictures 2001 $20,000,000 + Vanilla Sky David Aames $203,388,341 Also producer 30% of profits Space Station 3D Narrator $95,341,718 IMAX Only Minority Report John Anderton $353,600,000 $25,000,000+ 2002 Austin Powers in Himself $296,655,431 Cameo Goldmember
    • Golden Globe Best $25,000,000 + % 2003 The Last Samurai Nathan Algren $456,758,981 Actor nomination; also of profits producer 2004 Collateral Vincent $217,764,291 20% profit War of the Golden Raspberry Worst 2005 Ray Ferrier $591,745,528 participation - Worlds Actor nomination $100,000,000 Mission: 2006 Ethan Hunt $397,850,012 $75,000,000 Also producer Impossible III Senator Jasper 2007 Lions for Lambs $59, 072, 652 Irving Golden Globe Tropic Thunder Les Grossman $187,964,083 Nomination for Best Supporting Actor 2008 Claus von Valkyrie $139,008,806 $33,670,550 Stauffenberg 2009 Men Unknown pre-production 2010 Tourist[1] Unknown pre-production All salaries are reported by IMDb. All gross reported by boxofficemojo.com and are worldwide totals except as noted (i.e. quot;domesticquot;). Figures are subject to minor adjustments (usually upwards) when studios release revised official figures, which sometimes occurs years after first release. These figures do not account for inflation. Metacritic
    • This list includes only fresh films (over 60%) of Tom Cruise on Metacritic. Rank Title % 1 Risky Business 75% 2 Rain Man 65% 3 Born on The Fourth of July 75% 4 A Few Good Men 62% 5 Jerry Maguire 77% 6 Eyes Wide Shut 68% 7 Magnolia 77% 8 War of the Worlds 73% 9 Collateral 71% 10 Mission Impossible III 66% 11 Minority Report 80% 12 All The Right Moves 62% Awards Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Preceded by Succeeded by Motion Picture Drama Dustin Hoffman Jeremy Irons for Born on the Fourth of July for Rain Man for Reversal of Fortune 1990 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Preceded by Succeeded by Motion Picture Musical or Comedy John Travolta Jack Nicholson for Jerry Maguire for Get Shorty for As Good as It Gets 1997 Golden Globe Award for Best Preceded by Succeeded by Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Ed Harris Benicio del Toro for Magnolia for The Truman Show for Traffic 2000