Tom Cruise BiographyTom Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) is an incredible American actor, director, and producer who earned his fame due to his leading roles in the movies Rain Man, Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, and the series of films Mission: Impossible. Cruise received three Golden Globe awards and also earned 3 Academy Award nominations.
Childhood and FamilyTom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York in a catholic family of English, German, and Irish ancestry. His father, Thomas Cruise Mapother III, was an electrical engineer and his mother, Mary Lee née Pfeiffer, was a special education teacher (however, probably because of her namesake Michelle Pfeiffer, some resources erroneously indicate that she was an actress). Cruise has three sisters: Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass.
That same year, at the age of 16, Cruise was encouraged by his teacher to try himself in school drama again. That’s when, much to his surprise, Tom realized that he found his calling. His mom supported his intention to become an actor wholeheartedly; when she was young she also dreamed about theater and film industry but she ended up never trying to become an actress, because, according to her, she was afraid to step away from the church, to go beyond the borders of morality and to lose everything that was so much valued by girls at those times.
Tom Cruise's father died of cancer in 1984.
Acting CareerEven though Tom Cruise never formally mastered acting, he got lucky and in 1981, he was cast for a small role in the film Endless Love. Later that year, he played a supporting role in Taps.
Personal LifeIn the first half of the 1980s, Tom Cruise had a number of relationships with older women, including Rebecca De Mornay, his partner in the film Risky Business, who is 3 years older than him; Patti Scialfa, a singer and guitarist, who is 9 years older than him; and a well-known singer Cher, sixteen years his senior. The latter frankly confessed that Cruise was very good in bed and she ranked him in the top 5 of her lovers. “I was crazy for Tom Cruise - and we had a fling,” admitted Cher.
Almost at the same time as going through the divorce process, Cruise entered into a new relationship with his Vanilla Sky partner Penélope Cruz. The affair was very vivid and the couple was even talking about marriage but three years later they broke up. According to Penélope, Scientology became an obstacle to their further relationship. She couldn’t give up her Buddhist beliefs in favor of Cruise’s religion, and for him it was crucial.