At the age of 54, Tom Cruise is one of the biggest movie stars today. He got his start as a young man and quickly rose to international stardom.
Many may remember him most early on from Risky Business or Top Gun, but he was in a few films even before those, including Endless Love and Taps. His filmography has grown since then and is chock-full of multi-million-dollar blockbusters.
Tom Cruise’s life hasn’t been all roses, even though he is consistently one of the top-paid actors in the business. Between childhood struggles and failed marriages to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes, Tom has certainly hit some speed bumps along the way.
This short Tom Cruise biography will give you a bit more of a connection to the actor’s life beyond what we all see on that shining silver screen. He’s come a long way from where he started out, that’s for sure.
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1. He's An Actual Hero Of The Streets
According to the Chicago Tribune, Tom chased robbers after they ripped jewelry from a neighbor in London in 1998. He and his bodyguards chased down the attackers and became real heroes.
2. He's Pretty Darn Selfless
When Tom saw a woman get hit by a car, he followed her to the hospital to make sure she was all right. She had a broken leg, bruised ribs, and no insurance. Tom made sure that her entire medical bill was paid with his own money.
3. He's Worth More Than Most Of Us Could Ever Imagine
According to The Richest, Tom’s net worth is a whopping $480 million. They also have him listed as number three on their ranking of 100 richest actors.
4. He Missed His Own High School Graduation
He was performing in Godspell at the time, and his drive to become a serious actor brought him to the decision to miss out on his own high school graduation ceremony to appear in the performance.
5. He Was Bullied As A Kid
His family was constantly moving around as his parents looked for sources of income, and Tom was always the new kid in town. This made him susceptible to getting bullied, but he eventually learned to hold his own. He wasn’t a big kid, but he learned that he had to stand up for himself at a very young age.
6. His Mother Was An Inspiration
Tom’s father wasn’t the best of dads, to say the least. His mother, Mary Lee, left her husband and took Tom and his three sisters back to the United States, as the family was living in Canada at the time. He learned a lot from his mother, who worked so hard to make ends meet as a single parent. Tom took odd jobs to help support the family.
7. He Struggled With Dyslexia
All through his schooling years, Tom struggled with an inability to comprehend what he was reading. When he got his first acting role at the age of 19, he realized that his disability was going to keep him from pursuing his dreams and learning his lines. That’s when he shifted his focus to becoming a visual learner while reading, creating mental images along the way. There’s always a way when you try hard enough!
8. Anne Rice Paid Over $7,000 To Apologize To Him
Anne wrote the book Interview with a Vampire, which was the basis for a movie starring Tom. The author paid $7,740 for an ad in Daily Variety to apologize for doubting the choice that filmmakers made to cast him in the movie. She was quite public about the fact that she didn’t want him in the film adaptation of her book. However, she changed her mind once she saw the movie and wanted the world to know!
9. Japan Has A Day Dedicated To Him
In Japan, October 6 is Tom Cruise Day. The star has made a ton of trips to the country, and the folks over there are pretty big fans.
10. He Likes To Do His Own Stunts
In pretty much every movie Tom’s been in, he insists on doing his own stunts, even when that requires him to hang from an airplane during flight. From the Mission Impossible movies to Collateral and the new Jack Reacher, he’s been in quite a few dangerous situations.
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