Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise – The Biography of An Award-Winning Actor

This post is about Thomas Cruise, popularly known as Tom Cruise, a Hollywood actor and the producer of Mission Impossible, Top Gun, etc.


  • Born in Syracuse, New York, US, on July 3, 1962
  • Has been married thrice: 1987, 1990, and 2006 (Currently divorced and is a father of 3)
  • An alumnus of Northern Vermont University-Johnson Campus, VT, USA
  • Has produced films that grossed over $11.5 billion worldwide and more than $4 billion in North America
  • Won more than 130 awards and has over 413 nominations

Read on as we explore the personal life and career of Tom Cruise, including his featured films, awards, and nominations.

Who Is Tom Cruise?

Tom Cruise, also known as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, is a big name in the American film industry, Hollywood. He is an actor and producer renowned for playing Ethan Hunt in all six parts of Mission: Impossible (film series) since 1996.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, NY, US, on July 3, 1962. He started his early years in Canada while his father was a defense consultant with the Canadian Armed Forces.

As he had a learning disorder called dyslexia, he was a slow learner, and his education took longer than usual. Tom attended 15 schools in 14 years. He lost his father due to cancer in 1984.

The Church of Scientology helped him to overcome the disorder, which made him become a strong advocate for the organization. He has since been a close friend to the Church’s leader, David Miscavige.

Tom had his first marriage in 1987 to Mimi Rogers but got divorced in 1990. That same year, he married another woman, Nicole Kidman, until their marriage ended in 2001.

In 2006, he married Katie Holmes, until they called it quits in 2012. He hasn’t remarried since then. His three marriages made him a father of three children.

Career – How Tom Cruise Became Famous?

While in fourth grade, Tom Cruise got interested in acting and joined a drama group. He and some other students staged a musical improvisation play at the Carleton Elementary School drama festival. Shortly after, he left the school to attend the Robert Hopkins Public School, Ottawa, ON, Canada, for his fourth and fifth grades. At this time, his family was living in Beacon Hill, Ottawa.

Tom enrolled in 4 different high schools before graduating from Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey, in 1980.

His career in Hollywood started when he was 18, with the support of his mother and stepfather. Then he relocated from Canada to New York City, US. While working as a waiter’s assistant, he traveled to LA to try out his luck for a role.  

Luckily for him, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) signed him, and he started acting in films. His first feature was in “Endless Love”, a 1981 film co-produced by Keith Barish and Dyson Lovell. That same year, he played a major supporting role in “Taps”, directed by Harold Becker.

Tom Cruise on set

In 1983, Tom Cruise acted as Steve Randle in “The Outsiders” and was among its ensemble cast. He was also featured in “All the Right Moves” and “Risky Business” that year.


Tom Cruise has produced a good number of films, some of which include:

  • Mission: Impossible (1996)
  • Without Limits (1998)
  • Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Awards Won by Tom Cruise

Tom has been nominated for many awards and achievements. Below are some notable awards he has won.

Tom Cruise receiving an award
  • 1986 – Star on the Walk of Fame
  • 1987 – Special Award (ShoWest Convention)
  • 1987 – Favorite Motion Picture Actor (People’s Choice Awards)
  • 1990 – Best Actor in Motion Picture Drama (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 1991 – Distinguished Achievement in Film by American Cinema Awards
  • 1994 – Worst Foreign Actor (Yoga Awards)
  • 1994 – Hasty Pudding Man of the Year (Hasty Pudding Theatricals Awards)
  • 1995 – Worst Screen Couple (Golden Raspberry Awards)
  • 1997 – Best Actor in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 1997, 2001 – Best Male Performance (MTV Movie & TV Awards)
  • 2000 – Best Supporting Actor in Motion Picture (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 2002, 2022 – Best Actor (Saturn Awards)
  • 2003 – Minority Report (Empire Awards)
  • 2004 – Funniest American in Japan (MTV Movie Awards – Mexico)
  • 2004 – Freedom Medal of Valor (Scientology)
  • 2005 – Special David (David di Donatello Awards)
  • 2005 – Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts (Critics’ Choice Movie Awards)
  • 2005 – Generation Award (MTV Movie & TV Awards)
  • 2005 – Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film (British Academy Britannia Awards)
  • 2006 – Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets (Golden Raspberry Awards)
  • 2010 – Screen Icon (National Movie Awards)
  • 2011 – Wannabe Award – Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
  • 2014 – Honorary Awards (Jameson Empire Awards: Legend of our Lifetime)
  • 2018 – Worst Actor (Golden Raspberry Awards)
  • 2022 – Honorary Palme d’Or Achievement in Film (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 2023 – Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble (Screen Actors Guild Awards)
  • 2023 – David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures (Producers Guild of America Awards)
  • 2023 – Best Performance in a Movie (MTV Movie & TV Awards)

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