1962 - Born in Syracuse, New York on July 3rd. American actor and producer.
1973 - His parents divorced when he was 11, and the children moved with their mother to Louisville, Kentucky, and then to Glen Ridge, New Jersey, after her remarriage.
- Cruise suffered from dyslexia, which made academic success difficult for him. He excelled in athletics, however, and had considered pursuing a career in professional wrestling until a knee injury sidelined him during high school in Glen Ridge.
1976 - At age 14, Cruise enrolled in a Franciscan seminary with thoughts of becoming a priest, but he left after a year.
1978 - When he was 16, a teacher encouraged him to participate in the school's production of the musical "Guys and Dolls". After Cruise won the lead of Nathan Detroit, he found himself surprisingly at home on the stage, and a career was born.
1981 - His first acting role came, when he had a small role in "Endless Love", a drama/romance film starring Brooke Shields.
- He had a more substantial role in a bigger film, "Taps", appearing alongside George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn.
1983 - Cruise was one of the many young teenage stars to appear in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders".
- Appeared in the teen comedy "Losin' It" with Shelley Long.
- "Risky Business" was released, widely thought to be the film that propelled Cruise to stardom.
- One sequence in the film, featuring Cruise lip-syncing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" in his underwear, has become an iconic moment in film history. The film has been described as "A Generation-X classic, and a career-maker for Tom Cruise".
- Released the high-school football drama, "All the Right Moves".
1986 - Cruise's next film was Ridley Scott's "Legend". Cruise was picked as the first choice by big producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson for an upcoming American fighter pilot film.
- After being taken for a flight with the "Blue Angels", Cruise changed his mind and signed on with the project.
- "Top Gun" opened in May and became the highest grossing film of the year, taking in US$353,816,701 in worldwide figures. The marine even used it as an ad for its recruitment and did succeed.
- He also starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" along with Paul Newman, which earned Paul Best Actor academy award and Tom won prominence too.
- He married Mimi Rogers on May 9th. Rogers is generally believed to be the one who introduced Cruise to Scientology.
1988 - Cruise starred in the light hearted drama "Cocktail".
1989 - The film received mixed reviews and Cruise was subsequently nominated for a Razzie award.
- "Rain Man" was released, which also starred Dustin Hoffman and 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.
1990 - Cruise starred as hot-shot Cole Trickle as a race car driver in Tony Scott's "Days of Thunder" where he first met American born and Australian raised actress Nicole Kidman, who was his co-star.
- Cruises' next film was Ron Howard's "Far and Away" where he again was starring with Nicole Kidman. Although it was not such a success compared with his past works, he won the love from Nicole.
- Cruise starred in "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, the well received military thriller earned Cruise Golden Globe and MTV nominations.
- Married Nicole Kidman on December 24th in Telluride, Colorado, after a whirlwind courtship.
- He bought Kidman a Gulfstream IV business jet, which was equipped with three staterooms and a Jacuzzi.
1991 - He starred in Sydney Pollack's "The Firm" along with Gene Hackman and Ed Harris, which was based on the best selling novel of John Grisham, won Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards.
1994 - Cruise starred in Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire" along with other handsome stars such as Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater, a gothic drama/horror film that was based on Anne Rice's best selling novel also very well received.
1996 - Cruise starred in (as well as produced) Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible". The film was a remake of 60's Tv series and grossed $456,494,803 worldwide, and was the third highest grossing film that year.
- He starred in "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 in total, nominated for five Academy Awards. The film also included the line "Show me the Money!" which became part of popular culture. Jerry Maguire saw Tom Cruise become the first actor in history to star in five consecutive films that grossed at least $100 million in domestic release.
1998 - Cruise next project as a producer was the film, "Without Limits", a film about famous runner Steve Prefontaine.
1999 - "Eyes Wide Shut" which took two years to finish as director Stanley Kubrick's last film, alongside then spouse Nicole Kidman. But the straightforward description of sex and recondite story telling style raised great controversies.
- Cruise also performed as amisogynistic male guru in "Magnolia", which netted him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.
2000 - Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in 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, but it continued the series' blockbuster success at the box office, taking in US$545,902,562 in worldwide figures, like its predecessor, being the third highest grossing film of the year.
2001 - Starred in the erotic thriller remake of Abre Los Ojos' "Vanilla Sky".
- He then served as an executive producer for "The Others" which starred Nicole Kidman.
- He subsequently worked on "Narc", "Hitting It Hard" and "Shattered Glass" being particularly successful.
- His next project, which he also starred in, was "The Last Samurai".
2001 - Cruise and Kidman divorced on August 8th. They separated when Kidman was three months pregnant, just shy of their 10 year wedding anniversary.
2002 - Cruise starred in the dystopian thriller, "Minority Report" which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the science fiction of Philip Dick; as well as "The Last Samurai", which saw Cruise perform some of his own stunts, as he did in "Mission Impossible-III".
2004 - Michael Mann's crime-thriller film "Collateral", Cruise combated a good-guy stereotype which had been attributed to him. A number of Cruise's more well-known and popular movies have cast him in a similar role, one which has been half-jokingly referred to by movie fans (and some critics) as the "Generic Tom Cruise Character.
2005 - Cruise starred in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds".
- In April, Cruise began dating Katie Holmes, before announcing on June 17th that he had proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. She accepted his proposal, and the couple were expected to be married in the summer or autumn of next year.
2006 - On April 18th Katie gave birth to a baby girl named Suri, which could be derived from the Persian word for a "red rose".
- On August 22nd, Paramount Pictures announced it was ending its 14-year relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions.
- Tom and Katie announced in October that they would get married on November 18th in Italy, with Giorgio Armani designing Holmes' wedding gown.
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