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
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
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.
1 Family and early life
o 2.1 Acting career
o 2.2 Producing career
2.2.1 Breakup with Paramount
2.2.2 Management of United Artists
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
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
7 See also
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.
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;. 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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
Cruise is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology. He became involved with
Scientology in 1990 through his first wife, Mimi Rogers. 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
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
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.
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;
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.
1 Films and salaries
o 1.1 Metacritic
Films and salaries
Year Title Role Salaries Other notes
not yet released on
Endless Love Billy $32,492,674
Region 1 DVD
Cadet Captain $35,856,053
David Shawn (domestic)
The Outsiders Steve Randle
Losin' It Woody
All the Right Stefen quot;Stefquot; $17,233,166
Moves Djordjevic (domestic)
Risky Business Joel Goodson $75,000 Nomination Best Actor
Jack O' The $15,502,112
Top Gun 'Maverick' $353,816,701 $2,000,000
The Color of $52,293,982
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
Far and Away $137,783,840 $13,000,000
Lt. Daniel Golden Globe
A Few Good Men $243,240,178
Kaffee nomination Best Actor
1993 The Firm $270,248,367
Interview with the
Vampire: The Lestat de
1994 $223,664,608 $15,000,000
Ethan Hunt $457,696,359 (gross
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
Best Supporting Actor;
Magnolia $48,451,803 Academy Award
Nomination - Best
2000 Ethan Hunt $546,388,105 (gross
A Life in Pictures
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+
Austin Powers in
Himself $296,655,431 Cameo
Golden Globe Best
$25,000,000 + %
2003 The Last Samurai Nathan Algren $456,758,981 Actor nomination; also
2004 Collateral Vincent $217,764,291
War of the Golden Raspberry Worst
2005 Ray Ferrier $591,745,528 participation -
Worlds Actor nomination
2006 Ethan Hunt $397,850,012 $75,000,000 Also producer
2007 Lions for Lambs $59, 072, 652
Tropic Thunder Les Grossman $187,964,083 Nomination for Best
Valkyrie $139,008,806 $33,670,550
2009 Men Unknown pre-production
2010 Tourist 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.
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%
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
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
Golden Globe Award for Best
Preceded by Succeeded by
Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Ed Harris Benicio del Toro
for The Truman Show for Traffic