Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American actor and producer.
, byname of
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
, (born July 3, 1962, Syracuse, New York, U.S.)
American actor who emerged in the 1980s as one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men, known for his clean-cut good looks and versatility.
One of the world's highest-paid actors, Cruise, who took up acting in high school, made his film debut in
He had supporting roles in such movies as
(1983) before starring as a high-school senior who turns his parents’ home into a brothel in
The movie was a major success, earning Cruise widespread recognition. His star status was cemented with
In 1986 Cruise appeared opposite Paul Newman in
The Color of Money
, which was directed by Martin Scorsese, and two years later starred as an autistic man’s selfish brother in
For his portrayal of a Vietnam War veteran turned activist in
Born on the Fourth of July
(1989), Cruise received his first Academy Award nomination.
Cruise starred in a number of action films in the 2000s, including the science-fiction thriller
(2002), directed by Steven Spielberg