Tom Cruise Biography:
If nothing else, Tom Cruise will always be remembered for the lip-synching scene in Risky Business. Sure, he's done bigger more artistic work since then, but that one movie captured on film what every guy does when they have the house to themselves. Thanks, Tom.
Yes, Tom Cruise paid his dues in a few teen films, as teenage girls practised their squeals to such flicks as Taps, All the Right Moves, and Losin' It. Not content to be just another handsome face, Cruise has worked with great older actors. You can't help but hone your craft when you work opposite Paul Newman (The Color of Money), Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man), and Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men).
Cruise has also not been afraid to take on challenging roles. The first major sign of this was hiding his good looks behind the Lestat character in Interview with the Vampire. Though even the books author, Anne Rice, was against his casting at first, he eventually won her, the critics, and the public over with his portrayal.
Tom is able also able to work in lighter fare that fills the seats and sells the popcorn. He had a huge success with both Jerry Maguire and two Mission Impossible flicks.
His next big challenging role was in the much-anticipated Eyes Wide Shut in which he co-starred with his wife Nicole Kidman. The film took many months to shoot, but Tom says the lengthy production was an equitable trade-off given that he had the opportunity to work with late director Stanley Kubrick.
He also started to work as a producer. Robert Towne's Without Limits, starring Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland, was a Tom Cruise/Paula Wagner production. He exhibited the film at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival and we have photos and coverage of that gala and press conference.
On December 20th, 1999, Tom was nominated for the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards for his role in Magnolia. He won the award on January 23rd. His Magnolia role, a supporting one, also earned him an Oscar® nomination. The winner of the award, Michael Caine, joked that Tom should be careful taking supporting roles, asking him "Do you have any idea how much we make?"
Tom and Nicole announced their separation on February 5th, 2001. Two days later, he filed for divorce. The divorce went through in August 2001. Tom's new girlfriend is actress Penelope Cruz. The couple met while filming Vanilla Sky.
Tom returned to the big action flick with the summer of 2002's Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg.
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