Tom Cruise is a Hollywood icon known for his action-packed roles and charming smile. But how old is he? This timeline takes a look at his life and career, from his early days in the industry to his most recent projects.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York. He grew up in a family of four children and attended several different schools before settling in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Cruise’s interest in acting began at a young age, and he made his film debut in 1981 with a small role in Endless Love. However, it was his breakout role in 1983’s Risky Business that launched his career and made him a household name.
Breakout Role in Risky Business
Tom Cruise’s breakout role in the 1983 film Risky Business catapulted him to stardom. In the film, Cruise played Joel Goodsen, a high school student who turns his parents’ house into a brothel while they are away on vacation. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $63 million at the box office, and helped establish Cruise as a leading man in Hollywood. The iconic scene of Cruise dancing in his underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” has become one of the most memorable moments in film history.
Iconic Roles in Top Gun and Rain Man
In 1986, Tom Cruise starred in the action drama Top Gun, playing the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a talented but reckless fighter pilot. The film was a massive success, grossing over $356 million worldwide and solidifying Cruise’s status as a Hollywood superstar. In 1988, Cruise starred in the drama Rain Man, playing the role of Charlie Babbitt, a selfish and materialistic car dealer who discovers he has an autistic brother. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and further cementing Cruise’s reputation as a versatile actor.
Personal Life and Controversies
While Tom Cruise’s career has been filled with success and accolades, his personal life has been the subject of much scrutiny and controversy. Cruise has been married three times, with his high-profile relationships and divorces making headlines. He is also a prominent member of the Church of Scientology, which has been the subject of criticism and controversy. Additionally, Cruise has faced backlash for his public support of controversial practices such as Scientology’s anti-psychiatry stance and his vocal opposition to the use of medication for mental health issues.
Recent Blockbuster Hits and Future Projects
Despite the controversies surrounding his personal life, Tom Cruise continues to be a box office draw. In recent years, he has starred in blockbuster hits such as Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Top Gun: Maverick. He is also set to star in the upcoming films Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, as well as the long-awaited sequel to his hit film, Top Gun. Cruise shows no signs of slowing down and continues to be a major force in Hollywood.