Tom Cruise - Details

Biography

Tom CruiseRecently, Cruise won a Golden Globe AwardŽ, a SAG Award nomination, a Chicago Film Critics Award and his third OscarŽ nomination for his supporting role in Magnolia (1999) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, prior to which he starred opposite his wife, Nicole Kidman, in the late Stanley Kubrick's critically acclaimed final film Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

Cruise appeared in his first major role in Taps (1981), followed by Risky Business (1983), for which he received his first Golden Globe AwardŽ nomination. He went on to create one of the most popular characters of the '80s with his portrayal of Maverick in the top-grossing film of 1986, Top Gun (1986).

His other starring roles include Color of Money, The (1986); the Academy AwardŽ-winning film Rain Man (1988); Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), for which he received his first Academy AwardŽ nomination and won a Golden Globe AwardŽ for Best Actor; and Far And Away (1992). In 1993, he received his third Golden GlobeŽ nomination for his portrayal of Lieutenant J.G. Daniel Kaffee in Few Good Men, A (1992), the NATPE/ShoWest Meritorious Achievement Award and the Actor of the Decade Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. His role as sports agent Jerry Maguire (1996) in the 1996 film of the same name brought Cruise his second Academy AwardŽ nomination for Best Actor and earned him the Golden Globe AwardŽ for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. In addition, the National Board of Review honored him with its highest distinction, Best Actor of the Year, and he received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role.

Cruise's other film credits include Endless Love (1981), Outsiders, The (1983), Losin' It (1983), All the Right Moves (1983), Legend (1985) , Cocktail (1988), Days of Thunder (1990), Firm, The (1993) and Interview With The Vampire (1994).

Among his many honors, Cruise received the People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actor in 1990 and, in the following year, the American Cinema Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film. In 1994, he was honored as the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year at Harvard University, and in 1996, he received the prestigious American Cinematheque Award, which is presented annually to an extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry currently making a significant contribution to the art of film and video. Cruise has also received the John Huston Award from the Artists Rights Foundation in recognition of his advocacy of safe-guarding the integrity of the artistic process.

Cruise made his directorial debut in 1993 with "Frightening Frammis," an episode for the Showtime series "Fallen Angels."

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  • 3rd July 1962 - Birth