Telling a fourteen-year-old Franciscan seminary student that he would one day, be among the top 100 movie stars in the whole world would sound like a bluff. Nevertheless, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV went from that teenager whose only dream at the time was to become a priest to Tom Cruise, the drop-dead gorgeous Hollywood superstar.

Today, he’s one of the highest paid and most sought-after actors in the history of screen acting. Tom Cruise is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur.

Bio, Age, How He Began

Born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, Cruise is the only son among four children. He has German, Irish, and English ancestry. His nomadic parents, Mary Lee, a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III, an electrical engineer brought him up in a Catholic background. Due to the constant relocation by his family, by the time he was 14, Cruise had attended 15 different schools in the U.S. and Canada. He also grew up in an abusive home.

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At some point in his prime, Cruise decided he doesn’t want to become a priest. Subsequently, he developed an interest in acting and dropped out of school. At age 18, he headed for New York in search of a possible acting career. He made his film debut with a small part in “Endless Love” (1981). His big break came when he took up a role in ‘Risky Business’ for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

Five years later, Tom Cruise was already established in the industry, starring in some of the top-grossing films of the 1980s including: “Top Gun” (1986); “The Color of Money” (1986), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989). Likewise, the 1990s showed him even more love as he was one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He was earning an average $15 million a picture in such blockbuster hits as “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (1994), “Mission: Impossible” (1996) and “Jerry Maguire” (1996). The latter scored him an Academy Award Nomination for best actor.

Cruise is popularly known for performing his own hair-raising stunts and has been injured many times while at it. After so many years in the industry, he’s still one of the A-listers in Hollywood.

Net Worth, Film Salary

One of the biggest stars in Hollywood with his wealth estimated at $550 million, Tom Cruise has a career that spans 3 decades. He received the 2nd and 3rd Academy nominations from “Jerry Maguire” and “Magnolia” and won a Golden Globe Award. Over 20 of his films have grossed over $100 million each. In 2012, he was named the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He has been nominated 3 times for the Academy Awards and has received 3 Golden Globe Awards.

One of his most successful movies was “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” which grossed $694.7 million globally. He has also made $290 million from the “Mission: Impossible” series. Cruise signs profit participation deals for his movies and earn an average of $60 million per film.

Here is a breakdown of what some of his top-grossing movies made:

  • Top Gun – over $180 million in the U.S and $356 million worldwide. This is 12 times its budget. It won him an Oscar.
  • Mission: Impossible – $181 million in box office.
  • Mission: Impossible II – $215 million in the U.S. It had a budget of $125 million.
  • Minority Report – $132 million in the U.S.
  • The Last Samurai – $111 million in the U.S.

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  • Collateral – $100 million in the U.S. It had a budget of $65 million.
  • War of the Worlds – $234 million in the U.S.
  • Mission: Impossible III – $133 million in the U.S. Its budget was $150 million. The profits were largely from overseas audiences.
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – $209 million in the U.S. The movie was successful all around the world.
  • Jack Reacher – $80 million in the U.S.
  • Oblivion – $89 million at the box office. Its budget was $120 million. He made $20 million.

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Tom Cruise Wife, Kids

He has been married and divorced three times with three children. His first marriage was to actress Mimi Rogers on May 9, 1987. They divorced on February 4, 1990. He married his second wife, actress Nicole Kidman on December 24, 1990, and they adopted two children, Isabella and Connor Antony. Cruise filed for divorce from Kidman in 2001.

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Cruise later married actress Katie Holmes in a fancy celebrity wedding in 2006 but divorced 5 years later. According to their prenup, Katie received $400,000 as child support for their daughter Suri of whom she received full custody.

Church of Scientology

His first wife Rogers introduced him to the Church of Scientology. In 1990, Cruise renounced his Catholic beliefs and embraced The Church Of Scientology, claiming that its teachings had cured him of dyslexia that had plagued his life. Rumor has it that the movement which Cruise is a dedicated member of did not allow him to see Suri, his only biological daughter. There were also rumors that he tried to ‘brainwash’ Holmes into joining the cult-like religion. The religion is to be blamed for his failed marriages to both Holmes and Kidman.

Is Tom Cruise Gay?

Despite several speculations and questions about his sexuality, the actor has never come out as gay. In fact, he couldn’t qualify as gay if you put into consideration, the fact that he married three among the sexiest women in Hollywood.

Notably, Cruise and John Travolta have been roped in rumors in the past, claiming that the “Mission Impossible” actor and the “Grease” star shared a secret gay romance that has secretly lasted for three decades.

Height, Teeth

While he now has what many may describe as the perfect smile, thanks to dental surgery, Tom Cruise is left with one tooth right in the exact center of his face.

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The actor who stands at 1.7m has reportedly had so much dental surgery, the entire top row of his dentition is completely different from what it used to be.