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->''"Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise crazy\\
Just be glad it's him, not you...\\
If you had Tom Cruise's trouble\\
You might be Tom Cruise crazy, too.\\
You'd flash your big white shiny smile,\\
And buy expensive shoes,\\
But you'd be the only man on Earth who couldn't enjoy Tom Cruise."''
-->-- '''Music/JonathanCoulton''', "Tom Cruise Crazy"

'''Thomas Cruise Mapother IV''' (pronounced /ˈtɒməs ˈkruːz ˈmeɪpɒθər/; born July 3, 1962), better known by his screen name of Tom Cruise, is an American actor and film producer. Forbes magazine ranked him as the world's most powerful celebrity in 2006. During his career he has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. His first leading role was in ''Film/RiskyBusiness'', and since then he has become well known for playing heroic characters, although several of his most memorable turns have been [[PlayingAgainstType villainous roles]], such as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'', Vincent in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'', and recently [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive studio boss]] [[Film/TropicThunder Les Grossman]], which provides the page caption.

More recently he has been known for his... ''unusual'' antics, such as [[NeverLiveItDown jumping on the couch on Oprah]]. Cruise is also known for his controversial support of and adherence to the [[ChurchOfHappyology Church of Scientology]], both of which have contributed to his status as a ButtMonkey of modern Pop Culture (...at least until Creator/CharlieSheen went bananas), and which cause many people to forget his very real and quite considerable acting talents. He also runs a lot in his movies... ''[[http://tomcruiserunning.tumblr.com/ a lot]]''.

[[BunnyEarsLawyer Despite all the crazy]], Cruise is [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct a genuinely good - sometimes even great - actor]] with some great films under his belt. He was pretty much the top movie star in the world for a good fifteen to twenty years, starting around the time of ''Film/TopGun''. He opened the 2002 Oscars -- just months after 9/11 -- and gave a memorably appropriate and heartwarming opening speech as well, called "A Little Bit of Magic".

There are some indications that he may be in the process of a CareerResurrection, thanks to the very positive reception to his performances in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', and ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''.

Finally, [[OlderThanTheyLook even at age 52]], he remains Hollywood's preeminent {{Bishonen}}.
!! Notable for:
* ''Film/{{Taps}}'' - Cadet Capt. David Shawn
* ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' - Joel Goodson
* ''Film/{{Legend}}'' - Jack (O' The Green)
* ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' - Brian Flanagan
* ''Film/TopGun'' - Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
* ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly'' - Ron Kovic (Ironically, he was actually Born on the Third of July.)
* ''Film/RainMan'' - Charlie Babbitt
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' - Lt. Daniel Kaffee
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' - Lestat de Lioncourt
* ''[[Film/MissionImpossible Mission: Impossible]]'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Film/JerryMaguire''
* ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' - Frank T.J. Mackey
* ''Film/VanillaSky'' - David Aames
* ''Film/EyesWideShut'' - Dr. William "Bill" Harford
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' - John Anderton
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' - Nathan Algren
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' - Vincent
* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' - Ray Ferrier
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' - Les Grossman ([[PlayingAgainstType Yup, that's him]])
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' - Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
* ''Film/KnightAndDay'' - Roy Miller
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Theatre/RockOfAges'' - Stacee Jaxx
* ''Film/JackReacher'' - Jack Reacher
* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' - Jack Harper
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' - William Cage (a LiveActionAdaptation of ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'')
* ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'' - (Unknown, currently in production)